Page 1:The Magic Of Anticipation
Page 2:CPU, CPU Cooler, And Memory
Page 3:Motherboard, Graphics, And Power
Page 4:Case, SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
Page 5:The Initial Installation: My First Attempt
Page 6:Ten Days, Ten Solutions?
Page 7:Starting Over, This Time With Success
Page 9:Test Settings And Benchmarks
Page 10:Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 11:Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
Page 12:Results: F1 2012 And Skyrim
Page 13:Results: Non-Gaming Applications
Page 14:Power, Heat, And Efficiency
Page 15:The Less-Obvious Benefits Of Spending More
The Initial Installation: My First Attempt
We never know about the days to come...
My plan started off simply: starting with the $1,000 PC, I’d add a storage drive, a second graphics card, and the higher-quality case I knew our readers would demand for an extra $600. And, knowing that the graphics cards would vent heat into my case of choice, I even upsized the CPU cooler.
The Noctua NH-D14’s under-socket support plate has a removable foam section that should only be left in place when it's attached to boards that don’t have a plate there already, namely LGA 775. It must be removed before attaching to our LGA 1155 board, or else the excess pressure could warp the socket.
Two notches in the support plate provide clearance for the LGA 1155 mounting bracket's support screws. These must be aligned to the screws, or else the cooler will sit crooked, applying uneven pressure against the CPU socket.
Two cross braces sit above the board, secured to the support plate’s screws via Philips-headed cap nuts. Included plastic spacers must be installed first over each screw to prevent cross-brace contact with motherboard components and/or over-tightening.
The heat sink includes two factory-installed, spring-loaded screws. These must be tightened a little at a time, side-to-side, to assure even contact pressure.
The memory also has to be installed before the fans are clipped into place, since a fan covers the slots. But isn't the memory and motherboard in the picture above wrong? Didn't my parts list include different components?
- The Magic Of Anticipation
- CPU, CPU Cooler, And Memory
- Motherboard, Graphics, And Power
- Case, SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- The Initial Installation: My First Attempt
- Ten Days, Ten Solutions?
- Starting Over, This Time With Success
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: Battlefield 3 And Far Cry 3
- Results: F1 2012 And Skyrim
- Results: Non-Gaming Applications
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- The Less-Obvious Benefits Of Spending More