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I am also on W7 x64. I don't care for W8 yet.

You should try use W8 Pro...you wont regret it..
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http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5487/superspeed-ramdisk-plus-11-software-review/index6.html

Anyone ever try it ? Or use a RAM disk ?

I have used AMD Radeon RAM disk software. Pretty fun with all that speed and all but pretty useless for most people or unless you have 64GB RAM.
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What graphics card are you running btw? Do you game? I would have upgraded the GPU instead of the CPU/mobo.
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Mfusick, are you using NFS with flexraid? My original WHS v1 died so I installed Server 2012 but it doesn't seem to play well in a home environment was I was thinking I should switch to whs2011 if Flexraid and NFS work together.

Curious why Windows Server 2012 isn't playing nice in your environment? I have WHS V1 and I have a test install of WSE 2012 that I'm playing with. I'll be upgrading to it very soon.

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I am also on W7 x64. I don't care for W8 yet.

You should try use W8 Pro...you wont regret it..

+1. I have the same feeling when changed from Win7 to Win8 as when HDD to SSD, "Wow, what miracles are happening in this OS?". Win8 is a truly modern, faster OS, Win7 is older, outdated. Just my crude, non-quantitative impression. smile.gif BTW I have never touched "Modern" UI, I immediately install StartIsBack, $3 for 2 PCs license, although I sometimes (but very rarely) have to see it, e.g. to do something with "PC settings".
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What graphics card are you running btw? Do you game? I would have upgraded the GPU instead of the CPU/mobo.

I haven't been gaming seriously. I only have a 6870 X2 XFX card. It's staying with the 2600k.

At some point I'll prob get a 8000 series Radeon. For now I'll live ok on integrated graphics. I find I'm gaming less and less.


I didn't want or need to upgrade except I needed a PC. My historical pattern is to upgrade my personal workstation and use the old one for work. My 2600k is a bit much for office PC but I'll grow into it.

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+1. I have the same feeling when changed from Win7 to Win8 as when HDD to SSD, "Wow, what miracles are happening in this OS?". Win8 is a truly modern, faster OS, Win7 is older, outdated. Just my crude, non-quantitative impression. smile.gif BTW I have never touched "Modern" UI, I immediately install StartIsBack, $3 for 2 PCs license, although I sometimes (but very rarely) have to see it, e.g. to do something with "PC settings".


Classic shell is free and looks pretty cool also.
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Classic shell is free and looks pretty cool also.

Classic shell (and the other start button alternatives) run as a service in the background if I am not mistaken. Start is back runs almost natively.
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I perhaps should try W8. Perhaps with my 4770k machine I might give it a shot.

I love my w7. I'm just comfortable with it. W8 seemed strange. Your saying I can make W8 look and feel more like W7 ?

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Does Microcenter even make any $$?

I picked up a Coolermaster EVO 212 cooler because it was bulked out at the checkout and tagged wrong @ $19.99 (which is the sale on the Non EVO model). I asked is that really $19.99? They said yes so I bough it much like you'd add a pack of gum at the grocery store checkout.

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I perhaps should try W8. Perhaps with my 4770k machine I might give it a shot.

I love my w7. I'm just comfortable with it. W8 seemed strange. Your saying I can make W8 look and feel more like W7 ?

The speed improvements in Windows 8 really are amazing. It feels smoother and just snappier overall. And this is on my WD Black drive. It's definitely worth a try. My favorite W8 feature is the new file copy/transfer thingie. Anyways, yes you can bring the start button back with various little utilities. Start Is Back is my favorite. $3 for 2 PCs, $5 for 5 PCs.

Doubt you will get 4.5Ghz with an Evo however.
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Doubt you will get 4.5Ghz with an Evo however.

I was actually going to use the stock cooler for now. I only grabbed the EVO because it was $20 and seemed like a fair deal. I am not going to overclock this hard at first. I might not even do it at all.
I usually like to wait 6 months and get all the feedback from others so I know where to go and what to do. I'm not into smoking my CPU being a test monkey. I actually have been shopping for a radiator and water cooler for my Coolermaster COSMOS II.

With a Passmark score over 10,000 it's already higher than my 2600K with a mild overclock. I really did not want or need to upgrade. My i7 Sandy Bridge as perfectly acceptable but my office PC blew up so I figured why not ? I needed to get a PC anyway and if I went low end I'd probably be upgrading or regretting it.


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I perhaps should try W8. Perhaps with my 4770k machine I might give it a shot.

I love my w7. I'm just comfortable with it. W8 seemed strange. Your saying I can make W8 look and feel more like W7 ?

ummmm with your new gig using Windows 8 Pro...You'd be amazed....beat me up if I lie...I'm jealous :-)
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The look and feel of 8 with StartIsBack (or Start8) is almost the same as 7.

The only thing I don't like is that the title bar/border color of inactive windows is all identical, flat gray. When multiple windows are open, it may be hard to distinguish them. There may be a workaround?
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I'm intrigued about windows 8.

ReneThx - you run on your HTPC personally ?
What front end and player ?

This is actually for my work station so I'm ok to try anything I'm just being lazy about a learning curve.

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Looks like you left out the Paypal button rolleyes.gif

lol.

I am actually going to do a full "HOW TO BUILD A HIGH VALUE MEDIA SERVER" thread from this build. I am almost done with it.


Working on it as we speak:

What is the thoughts on editing this thread with links on the first page to the pages with specific guides inside ? versus.. Starting a new thread?

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without much playing or tuning - first results are impressive of my new 4770k


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Time for some pictures I guess:



















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This is my HTPC (3570k/Asrock Z77)





Ignore the crappy case (Antec 300) my HTPC goes on the floor in a dedicated AV closet that holds my receiver, Projector, cablebox, Xbox, etc... It's not seen.


During the project I removed a cheap tuner card I was using for no encrypted channels I bought on ebay for $10 (Good deal biggrin.gif )


The reason I took the HTPC out was to steal the Memory from it:




I used the 2400mhz DDR3 on the new 4770k. It was previously in my HTPC (3570k)

I then split up my 2600K RAM between two machines: (16GB DDR3 1600mhz = 8GB each machine now)


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A 4670k or 4770k is going to stress a stock intel fan - which is not really up for the duties demanded.

Two things happen: (Both bad)

First- The stock Intel Fan must run hard, increasing noise due to higher RPM speed.

Second, The CPU runs hotter than ideal because the stock Intel fan is limited in cooling capability.


When you upgrade the fan a couple things happens: One it can get quieter (not that Intel stock fans are super loud. They are usually quiet unless your going hard). Two, Temps can drop down.

I picked up a Coolermaster EVO2 212 air cooler at Microcenter last week for $19.99. I believe it was marked wrong, but I confirmed the price with the checkout girl. They had a pile of them at the front of the store bulked out with a sign. I believe the non EVO was supposed to be $19.99 and the EVO was $29.99 (still good value) but since it was marked wrong I bought it. I bought it as a last minute after thought much like you would add a candy bar or pack of gum at a grocery checkout. Looking back I am glad I did, because for $20 it saved me the trouble of having to remove my other after market cooler I was originally going to re-use from my 2600k machine.

My long term plan is for a water cooler, which is why I did not want to get too serious with an air cooler or spend big $$. But for $20 the EVO is a great air cooler if you can fit it.

I added a second 120mm fan so there is a fan on both sides of the large radiator.

The results are it is super quiet because most of the time it is going at very low RPM. Lower the RPM the quieter the sound. That is why a high end cooler can often be quieter and cool better than a stock cooler. It cools much better because it's like 5 times the size of the stock intel cooler with more radiator, more surface area, and two 120mm fans moving more air than a small single fan.

Disclaimer: I run a 3570k in my HTPC with stock intel cooler and it's in my bedroom and I hear nothing. No hate on Intel stock coolers. For non overclocked situations they work fine on any mid range or under CPU.


















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One of the reasons I went Z87 Asrock Extreme 4:


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One thing the Extreme 4 seems to have is (2) HDMI (One is an input)




WTF is up with that ???

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One of the millions of things I absolutely love about my coolermaster Cosmos II case is that the sides remove for easy building- and they are on levers and open easily with full swing.

You can remove the door once it is open by just lifting up. It goes on and off and open and closes very easily. It's a true enthusiast case. Nothing I've ever uses is as good.






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Some pictures from the removal of my old system I was upgrading (2600k / Z68 Asus deluxe )











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One thing I like about Asus higher end board is the back plate is thicker and insulated and gives a better fit around the motherboard input connections panel.

Comparison of two:



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Another win for Asus:

The header pins go onto a plug - which then goes on motherboard making it much easier.



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Top of the case has (3) 120mm fans on it. (I am upgrading to a water radiator )

Back of case has a few large fans. Front of case has a monsterous fan and a couple 120mm as well.

I think my case has 10 fans total- all run off the built in fan controller with soft touch buttons on the case.









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Since I needed an SSD for another machine I was building I decided to buy a cheap 128GB Vector (it was $109) as an upgrade and re-use my old SSD (MAX IOPS Toggle NAND) in my HTPC, and the normal Vertex3 in another machine.

It's about time I clean installed again anyways smile.gif






At some point soon I plan to really upgrade my SSD to a Samsung 512 or 256GB PRO. This is just a stop gap.

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I am not sure why I labeled my SATA cables but I figured it would be handy in future. I open my case up enough and mess around. I also have 2 built in Hot Swap bays on my Desktop case.




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The RAM I split up between machines:




I left 8GB in the 2600K


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