Wish my custom loop could look this good. Great build man. Hope these things get off the ground!
unfortunately the case is not in production. The company (halo-cc) sent us a product review. They are trying to get these into mass production but have run into financial issues. If you know any way to help them please feel free to do so.
There are some kinks that have to be worked out, but the product is truly fantastic. I really hope we can help get this company off the ground.
The CPU coolers are hyper t4's. You dont need any additional hardware or modifications if you use the t4, although I think you have to interchange some of the mounting posts from different parts of the kit.
I am actually going to be putting this motherboard into a computer case at some point, so I will probably put a new build up when I do that.
I didnt have to update the bios. It come default ready to run vishera. I wouldnt recommend any 125w CPUs on the motherboard though, especially if you want to overclock.
My problem with Intel haswell/skylake dual cores is this. Yes, they will play sc2 4v4 relatively well, but if you want to have a web browser up and a voice chat program (ie skype or discord) it will start having problems. My rule of thumb is 2 cores simply isn't a good gaming setup anymore.
There are settings in the graphics that you can turn down or off to relieve some of the stress on your CPU, and best thing about sc2 is it tells you in the settings which ones are taxing your CPU and GPU.
This build was for a friend and he moved to Colorado. He isn't planning on moving back anytime soon and I don't know when I will be out there to do anymore testing on it.
I honestly LOVE that you play sc2 (it is my favorite game).
This computer is actually on the other side of the country right now, but I can tell you from experience that SC2 will even bring an i7 4790k at stock speeds to its knees in 4v4. It puts a TON of calculations on just two cores. You can probably crack the 30fps barrier in 4v4 with a good overclock, but you will not get fantastic FPS in that game without at least an Ivy bridge i3/i5/i7.
I don't know why SC2 isn't used in CPU stress tests still, and I have been trying to find a good way to effectively benchmark it so we can add it to our suite.
Hope this helps.
Love these old CPU's. Overclock like champs and once they are compete with modern CPU's.
where is the crossfire bridge?
Love the tri-fire bro. Well done.
Gotta love the old phenom CPU. Did you overclock it? At 4ghz it will outperform any current AMD quad core CPU.
We have a build with the same motherboard, and I am working on reworking it right now. Great piece of hardware!
I actually ran an Athlon 64 x2 as my primary cpu till 2013. Love this old hardware bro.
Oh yes. We actually have a video that we have tried to shoot 3 times now but were rained out (yes, its outside). I am also going to try and shoot a behind-the-scenes video this week.
We also started a podcast which may/may not turn into a streamed video cast that we also post to youtube. Trust me, we are still alive and kicking!
Yeah I would buy this over Linus' build every time, and I found it very rude of him to tell his partner that he carried his team.
I LOOOOOVE this build. A little better on the cable management and it would be awesome. The Nahalem i7's are still awesome when overcocked. Very good build sir.
All storage was used. Only new pats were the case, fans and LED.
The phenom ii x4 series has a max temp of 60-62c on the cores and 70c on the socket. You are running waaaaaay too hot.
I love it... cept that old phenom is gonna FRY with that cpu cooler...
You can add voltage, even with a stock cooler, so long as you are staying within thermal limits. It is no different than overclocking with an aftermarket cooler, you will just hit a thermal wall much sooner.
Also, Intel made much more stout CPU coolers back in the day. I would say just follow the simple rule of keeping temps under control and you should be fine.
Good luck bro. I love these kinds of stories.
I love this build. I just ordered an old phenom ii x4 and have a phenom ii x2 on the shelf. Those things are pretty beastly.
This is a great value pc. Well done sir.
Please post pictures of that GPU! I am sooooo glad someone bought that behemoth of a graphics card!
I love this build. I had a computer with that CPU and I would probably still use it if I didn't fry it overclocking.
Well done sir!
Yes. I already owned it lol
Thanks man! We appreciate it!
I bought it from a friend. He has had it for years and I have no clue where he got it from. Sorry.
No. Well not yet. I am possibly going to start in the spring.
This stickers were on the case before I bought it. I had nothing to do with them.
Well, considering how much I abused it during test runs (didn't fit my test bench so I bent the crap out of it), I am just happy it booted lol.
But in all honestly its doing really well. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to do a micro-ATX rig. It overclocked great and is very rugged.
This needs to be featured. We have a similar build on our page, but your computer is much cleaner and prettier. Well done sir!
This is the best and worst build in the world. I LOVE IT!!! Well done sir!
Not a fan of the GTX 970, but I am a fan of this build. Well done sir!
I really love this. Very well done!
how is that 212 doin keepin that 9590 cool? I was under the impression you needed either VERY high end air cooling or liquid for that cpu.
I love white and black theme computers. This is a fantastic little machine! Well done!
If you want to run two of them at some point I would suggest purchasing a pair at the same time. They have to be a matched pair to work together in a server properly. You can also get some 6 core xeons to work in it, but I would check out the forum I posted a link to if you are looking to build one. It has a plethora of information.
I got the motherboard on ebay for $80. It is a HP z800 server motherboard. Yes, the processors were only $15 a piece on ebay. You can get higher clocked ones (like the w5590) but they cost more.
We are working on audio for our videos. It is a top priority. We just need to work out some bugs.
I love them! I was thinking about upgrading to the w5590, but I really have no need. These do the job just fine in every game I have played.
Combined they have about the multi-core performance of my i7 4790k at stock. Single core is about that of an AMD FX 8350. They have the same architecture (Nahilem) and clock speed as a core i7 920.
Thank man! Really enjoyed building this thing!
That wasn't the plan, but thats a good idea! I would have to get lower profile CPU coolers tho...
Thanks so much! Did not expect this.
This site is really a life saver for so many enthusiasts including myself and really lets people's creative side shine!
Feel free to use it! I was looking for a way to make a poor cut job look cleaner. I looked at what I had lying around and the loom appealed to my creative AND lazy side! :)
Dank was the goal!
I love this comment!
I mainly play SC2, but this isn't my primary rig. This is actually the computer my wife uses, and she plays a lot of Heros of the Storm, Portal, and will be playing battlefield when it comes out.
Got a great deal on the r9 290x that I couldn't pass up, and she was in the market for a GPU anyway, so it worked out perfect.
I recently put that same GPU in my computer, and am more than happy with the performance. I will never regret the purchase! And getting the model with the backplate is totally worth it!
The r9 390x is beats out the r9 290x by a noteable amount. Even the r9 390 does. In tomshardwares review on the r9 390 posted last week it puts it on par with the gtx 980, and most benchmarks out there show the r9 390x beating the gtx 980. Somehow toms still puts it a tier lower on the chart though. I have thrown the chart out the window over this latest batch of nonsense. Oh well.
powercolor is coming out with a r9 390 x2 that will have 16gb (8gb usable) Vram. I really want to see how it does. Maybe that extra Vram will unleash a monster!
Most people are leaving the r9 295x2 out of benchmarks these days because it is a last gen card, but if you look back at the release of the titanX the r9 295x2 still beats it. It is truly the most powerful single PCB GPU on the market and really didn't deserve the recognition it deserved. It also has frame time variance similar to that of a single GPU. I really wanted one of these but it was out of my budget so I settled on a r9 390. Glad to see it in such a clean build!
Soooo clean. Only thing I don't like about it is I am not a fan of the windforce coolers. Nothin against gigabye, or your build. Just not my preference.
Still get an A+ in my book.
I gotta say, I love those massive zotac cards. Nothing better than massively over sized graphics cards.
Love this build. Dual cores are still good for some older games, so I am glad to see it being used.