This is my very first build. It was a Motherf'er to build, stress wise, so I figured it'd be fitting to name it so! I loved everything about putting it together though. It was a fun puzzle from start to finish.
During the pre-boot outside of the case, I didn't know/notice that the GPU required two 6+2 power pins. So I only put in one 6+2. The fans would spin, but the screen wouldn't show. It took me 1hour+ to figure it out with the help of Reddit's IRC... But it worked! So I got started on the rest.
This case was/is great, however the one problem cable management wise is that with this Mobo the Supplemental CPU power in in the top left. My cord couldn't stretch that far behind the case so I had to stretch it over... That was the one part I was really bummed about, I would much rather have it in the back. Also, with the Corsair H55 cooling system, I can not put two fans in the top because one of them them is blocked by it.
Sorry for the quality on some photos, they were all taken with my iphone.
EDIT: The one photo of the side open to show all the parts inside, I know is missing the GPU in it. I don't know how that photo didn't get in with the GPU. I'll try to find it, or re take a pic with all the parts inside.
Let me know what you think! I am getting the Benchmarks and Temps as we speak. (Since this is my first build I am a little new on getting temps and clock rates, if you have suggestions let me know.)
GPU 3DMark Test Scores
Ice Storm: Graphics Score 181305 Physics Score 40961
Cloud Gate: Graphics Score 44867 Physics Score 5682
Fire Storm: Graphics Score 7317 Physics Score 7837 Combined Score 2797
|CPU||AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core||$179.99|
|CPU Cooler||Corsair H55 57.0 CFM Liquid||$54.99|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+||$92.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$81.98|
|Storage||Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" SSD||$93.99|
|Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$84.99|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB||$406.99|
|Wireless Network Adapter||Rosewill RNX-N180UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0||$17.99|
|Case||Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower||$87.11|
|Case Fan||Apevia CF312SL-UBL (3-Pack) 63.9 CFM 120mm||$17.99|
|Power Supply||Cooler Master 720W ATX12V||$100.00|
|Optical Drive||Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer||$14.99|
|Monitor||Asus VE248H 24.0"||$149.48|
|Keyboard||Logitech MK320 w/Optical Mouse||$36.00|
|Speakers||Creative Labs A60 4W 2ch||$19.51|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.12Ghz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||20.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||-|
|GPU Core Clock Rate||950MHz|
|GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate||1425MHz|
|GPU Temperature While Idle||42.0° C|
|GPU Temperature Under Load||67.0° C|