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Jun 01, 2014

I've been getting a few PMs asking where the hell I am and how my new PC build is going, so I figured I should make a blog about it because I'm too lazy to type this out more than once.

As of right now, I am in a hold mode. The parts I initially looked at and put on a wish list at Newegg were:

Intel i5 4670k CPU
Noctua HSF
ASUS Z87-A motherboard
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz DDR3
Thermaltake SmartPower SP-850M 850W modular PSU

I already have decent storage solutions (2 - WD Raptor 10,000RPM HDDs and a 500GB Seagate HDD) and a decent videocard (XFX R9 270X).

My case is an old FrozenCPU Blizzard 360, which is based on an Antec mid-tower case and modified at FrozenCPU with 3 120mm case fans. (2 side mounted fans and a blowhole fan on top) The 120mm case fans have all been replaced recently. The case is HUGE, with a mobo tray that slides out to mount the motherboard on it's standoffs outside of the case and then it just slides back in neatly. Because of the size of the case, I prefer to use a full size ATX motherboard.

I went ahead and already purchased the items that I knew weren't going to be too expensive to start out...the RAM and PSU. Since then while I save money up for the rest of the parts, I have been reading a lot of information on the Z87 chipset motherboards and watching YouTube videos on various PC builds and overclocking, trying to soak up as much info as I can to prepare me for the easiest way possible to get this thing done with the most performance available with the least amount of money spent. Along the way, I learned about the new Intel chipset motherboards that just came out this month, the Z97 chipset. From reading and watching, I found out that the biggest improvement the Z97 chipset has over the Z87 chipset is the Z97's compatability with the new Intel Devils Canyon CPUs being released next month. The Devils Canyon CPU is different from the existing Haswell CPUs in that the CPU voltage regulator for the Haswell CPU is right on the CPU die, whereas on the Devils Canyon CPUs the voltage regulator is removed from the CPU die and now relies on the CPU voltage regulator on the motherboard. The Haswell CPU got to be quite hot when overclocked due to the voltage regulator being on the CPU, and the theory behind moving the voltage regulator off of the CPU for the Devils Canyon chip is to provide better thermal qualities for better and more efficient overclocking.

So as it stands, I went to my wish list and already swapped out the ASUS Z87-A motherboard for an ASUS Z97-A motherboard as it is only 10 dollars more than the Z87-A. Now I am just waiting for the Devils Canyon CPUs to be released. Initial estimated price points seem to be just a few dollars more for the i5 4690k over the i5 4670k, but that's just an estimate. There's a very good possibility that the price on the new CPUs will be inflated when first released. So that may help me make the decision to stay with the 4670k. But if not, I will jump on the 4690k. There's also a very good possibility that once the new CPUs come out, the Z87 boards and Haswell CPUs might just drop enough in price to make me go back to my original wish list.

So exciting, eh?

Looking at all the estimates online about when the new Devils Canyon CPUs will hit store shelves, I may not be back on the track until late June, early July. And that's only if I don't get any surprises thrown at me that cost major $$$$. (Another kid?!) No! :)

I took my time and did the same waiting game and level of research with my previous PC build (C2D E8400 running at 4Ghz!), and it lasted me 5 years to this point, outside of graphics upgrades. I'm hoping that waiting for the latest gear this time helps me squeeze out many years on this build, and get the biggest bang for the buck as well.

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Apr 17, 2014

by STRYPER, recorded in Puerto Rico 2004

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Mar 21, 2014

by TED NUGENT, recorded live at California Jam 2, Ontario Motor Speedway March 1978.

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Mar 10, 2014

by KXM. Album release is March 11 2014.

KXM is:

Bass, vocals - dUg Pinnick (King's X)
Drums - Ray Luzier (Korn)
Guitar - George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch Mob)

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Feb 10, 2014

by LOUDNESS, recorded at the M3 Festival 2012

Akira Takasaki mad shred!!!!!

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Feb 02, 2014

After a couple of messages asking where I have been, I figured I should mention that my health is fine. I've just been terribly busy lately...

15 comments | Last by Garry Hedrick Feb 25, 2014
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Jan 27, 2014

by LOUDNESS recorded in Tokyo 2009

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Jan 19, 2014

by Paul Gilbert, recorded 2010

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Jan 01, 2014

by RUSH, recorded 2011

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Dec 18, 2013

As as 12 year old kid in 1975, there was no other band than KISS! I still can't believe my parents let me listen to them and go to their shows back then. My Dad would tell me he could hear the music many blocks away from the New Haven Coloseum LOL! It's been such a travesty that so many bands and performers that cite KISS as a major influence that it took so long for the Hall to finally recognize them. Whether you loved them or hated them, within a split second of seeing them, you knew exactly who they were. No other band has ever come close to putting on a stage show like KISS. The sheer number of today's famous guitar players that say ACE (not Gene, not Paul) was their sole influence and reason for even playing should have been enough to get them into the Hall. That all said, Gene, being the moron that he has been for the past 20 years or so, probably was the reason for most of the lack of respect for the band. But here we are, 2014, and "the greatest band in the land" has finally made it into the Hall! Grats to them!

KISS performing Black Diamond live, 1975.

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