Gaming Rig

Went all out on this one.

  • CoolerMaster HAF 922
  • ASUS Sabertooth X79 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
  • Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 2011
  • CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866
  • CORSAIR Professional Series HX750W Power Supply
  • CORSAIR H100 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler
  • XFX Radeon HD 6870 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
  • Asus VE248 24″ Monitor

boxes of fun

Haf 922 stripped

Sabertooth x79

Incorrect fan/radiator positioning.

The image above, shows the original “pull” method I had for the Corsair H100 cooler. Due to the large heatsink on the top of the board, the fan would not fit. Putting the fans in a “push” setup, with the fans on top of the radiator blowing air downwards, was the solution. The fans are 120x120x25, so there is no room for a push/pull setup in this Haf 922 case. I have some thinner fans (120x120x12mm) that I plan to install to utilize the push/pull method.

Messy

Almost done

Runs like a champ. Plays Crysis, Skyrim, Battleield 3, etc on full 1920×1080 resolution and full graphics. Surprising for a 6870 2GB card running only 200$.

What’s next?

  • Apply Arctic Silver 5 to heatsink
  • Install 2 Scythe 120x120x12mm fans for push/pull
  • Add second Radeon 6870 for Crossfire
  • Add second WD HD for Raid 0 setup

More to come on this post as it progresses. I’ll post some benchmarks from 3DMark and upload some newer pictures soon..

3DMark 11 Basic Edition


Graphics Score
4142

Physics Score
8881

Combined Score
4089

Heaven Benchmark v3.0 Basic

FPS:
42.7
Scores:
1075
Min FPS:
25.0
Max FPS:
79.8

Hardware

Binary:
Windows 32bit Visual C++ 1600 Release Mar 7 2012
Operating system:
Windows 7 (build 7601, Service Pack 1) 64bit
CPU model:
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3820 CPU @ 3.60GHz
CPU flags:
3602MHz MMX SSE SSE2 SSE3 SSSE3 SSE41 SSE42 HTT
GPU model:
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series 8.950.0.0 2048Mb

Settings

Render:
direct3d11
Mode:
1920×1080 8xAA fullscreen
Shaders:
high
Textures:
high
Filter:
trilinear
Anisotropy:
4x
Occlusion:
enabled
Refraction:
enabled
Volumetric:
enabled
Tessellation: disabled