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Thread: First build up and running

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Los Angeles

    Default First build up and running

    First name: Mario
    State: CA
    Month and date of completion: July 20
    Case: Antec Sonata III
    Operating system used: windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
    Motherboard brand and model used: ASUS P8Z77V LK
    Processor brand and speed used:Intel Core i7-3770
    Video card brand and model: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750
    Amount of system memory: 16GB Crucial Ballistix
    Hard drive brand and size: Crucial M4 SSD 120GB (system and programs) + 3 7200rpm 1TB drives for storage and backup
    Other: Firewire card

    Assembly was pretty straightforward. The hairiest part was probably the system panel connectors, which are tiny and have to be matched to tiny pins on the motherboard. First and second boots went without a hitch.

    On first running the Windows Experience Index, the SSD was rated at 5.9. After installing ASUS and Intel drivers, that went up to 7.9.
    The information about optimizing an SSD at Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSDs & HDDs came in handy.

    The mobo I'm using comes with 2 6GB/s SATA ports and 4 3GB/s SATA ports, but you use up two of the latter to connect the optical drive and a front panel eSATA port. Since I've installed an SSD and three HDDs, all my ports are taken, even though the case has room for one more HDD. If I ever add another internal HDD, I'll disconnect the eSATA port, which I'm unlikely to use.

    Thanks to My Super PC for the info.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    South Carolina


    Congratulations on a super build. Glad everything went well.
    My Rig:
    Corsair Obsidian 450D | EVGA SuperNova G3 650W | Asus Prime Z270-A | Intel i7-7700K | Cryorig H7 | G.Skill TridentZ 16gb (2x8gb) DDR4 3200 | MSI GTX1070 Gaming X 8G | Crucial MX300 SSD | Windows 10 Pro 64-bit | Asus VW246H

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007


    Congratulations on building your own computer! Thanks for the good words and sharing your experiences.

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