Scott J wrote:
The last pic shows clearly there is a 1 inch gap.
How do you like the X-750?
Yes, I just measured it, and it's almost exactly 1" at the bottom. My earlier reference (1/4" to 1/2") was to the amount of the fan area covered by the upper section of the vent window.
I like it just fine, but so far I haven't had a chance to use it yet, because I haven't finished putting everything together. I still have to install the video card, and then connect all the cables, then I'll hold my breath and push the power button...
At least you are close to completion. All I got so far is a SSD. I will probably go for the i7-860. I am still debating between this case, Antec P-183, and CM 690 II. Do you mind posting your parts?
to completion. I was up late last night trying to get everything put together. It amazes me that the cables aren't labeled and the instruction manuals are so poor. I mean, if you've already done this a 100 times then I'm sure the instruction manuals are fine, because you don't need them. But if this is your first time putting something like this together, a little more clarification would be immensely helpful.
For just one example, I have two connectors hanging off the bottom of my video card. I don't know what they're for, and none of the manuals are going to tell me, either. I have both Radeon HD 5850 power sockets utilized and plugged into the psu, but there are two little 4 or 6 pin connectors that split off from the main connectors where the cables plug into the video card, and I don't know if those are optional or whether they need to be hooked up to something (or not).
At 4 o'clock in the morning, I was getting a little frustrated with stuff like that. At 5 o'clock, I was getting a lot
frustrated with stuff like that, LOL!
Since the people who wrote the manuals certainly cannot be stupid, I can only guess that they enjoy creating a sense of mystery for the inexperienced PC builder
I started out going with the i7-920, then I spent about 2 weeks investigating the i7-860 configuration. When I added up the total cost for the i7-860 vs. the i7-920, given the configuration/parts I was hoping to use, the difference was only a little over $100 in the closest "apples to apples" comparison I could get.
The i7-860 is only 95TDP vs. the i7-920's 130TDP, and that was a consideration for me too, because I anticipate high ambient/room temperatures during summer months. In the end though, I wasn't sure if I could put together a computer once, let alone twice, so I wanted to "future proof" the system enough that if I wanted to, I could upgrade to the next generation processor without having to buy new RAM and a new motherboard.
Now that I have finished putting this computer together, I think I could do it a lot faster next time, it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Keep in mind though, I haven't fired it up yet either, so I may not be finished yet after all
The i7-860 seems to have slightly better performance at stock speeds compared to the i7-920, and the i7-860 should put off considerably less heat, but for me, the i7-920 seemed like the slightly better choice. It was a tough call.
Here are the parts I ended up selecting:
Silverstone FT02B-W case
i7-920 cpu (D0 stepping, that's supposed to be good, I'm not really clear about what it means though!)
MegaShadow Heatsink (on the way, Noctua NH-D14 won't fit my motherboard)
Indigo Extreme TIM (haven't tried it yet, need to learn more first)
Nexus 'Real Silent' 120mm fan for the top case fan
Nexus 'Real Silent' 120mm fan for the MegaShadow
EVGA X58 E760 Classified motherboard
Radeon HD 5850 video card
Mushkin Redline RAM 3 x 2GB
Seasonic Gold 80+ x750 psu
Intel X25-M SSD
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 HDD (250GB, free with the Intel X25-M SSD)
Samsung F3 1TB HDD
Lamptron FC-5 fan controller (on the way, all fans plugged into motherboard at the moment)
Win7 Pro 64-bit
Belkin PC tool kit with anti-static wrist strap (wrist-strap was good, didn't need a single other tool from the kit)
Anti-static mat (24" x 26", I think)
Old parts being used with new PC:
NEC Multisync 20WMGX2 monitor (couple years old, still works great)
Pioneer DVR-112D (2 years old, IDE drive, but the case would look a lot 'cleaner' with a SATA drive cable)
Still to get:
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev.2 and two 92mm Nexus fans for video card (unless I find something that doesn't need modification), and a few cable sleeves.
Most valuable tool:
the free non-magnetic Philips-head screwdriver that came with the Noctua NH-D14 (which is being returned). I was able to put the whole PC together with that one screwdriver. I couldn't believe it