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My First Build
by amukid92
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I had no experience, nor a clue on how to build PC rigs before attempting to put this one together. Took a lot of research and YouTube videos for me to even get this one done. Big shout out to the team over at teksyndicate.com who inspired me to build my first rig.

As for the build itself, I jumped backwards and forwards deciding between AMD and Intel. AMD had the best price to performance but Intel had the reliability. In the end I decided to opt for an Intel cpu, however my original GPU choice was the EVGA GTX 680 but changed my mind to an Asus HD DCU2 7970 after researching on comparisons between the two.

My original choice for the case was the Corsair 600T White Graphite edition which I had instantly fell in love with, but I found that it was incompatible with some of my parts such as the CPU Cooler so I opted for something that will not only house all of my components, but give me room to make any modifications and additions in the future.

Some of the problems that I had are how to disassemble the case, the fan controller and wiring. Disassembling the case took me longer then usual as NZXT provided a guide that showed an image of the case at an angle and arrows of which direction I need to push. There was no specific indication on what to push or where to push from, so I had some trouble taking it apart, in the process, I did manage to break the plastic hook on the bottom dust filter, however, it still works, so I wasn't too bothered.

The fan controller was my biggest obstacle as I didn't have a clue on what to do as it seemed like a bunch of wires sticking out from the rear end of the case. I actually only connected one fan to test it out and then added the rest once I figured it out. I had connected the wrong power connectors, so the fan controller wasn't getting any power at first, so I though it was faulty, turns out, the power connector was hidden in the mist of all the wires. The two additional fans that I had bought came with their own controller in the form of a switch. So instead I removed that and just connected those fans to the controller built into the case.

Wiring everything was pretty easy until I ran out of spaces for certain inputs. I had to install 4 usb connections onto the motherboard, but only had space for 3, as the CPU cooler came with one too, so after some trial and error, I decided to disconnect the usb header for the sd card reader that came with the case as I felt it was something that I wouldn't use.

Although I did some cable management, it still wasn't enough to hold everything as tightly as I would have hoped, as I still had trouble placing the back cover on, however I managed to get it on, but it's pretty tight and the screws are keeping it there.

Getting the 7970 to work was my biggest issue. Due to a shipping delay, there was a delay of 2-3 weeks between building my PC and installing the 7970. Once installed into the PCI slot, no matter what I tried, I just couldn't get it to work. I had tried everything from tinkering with the bios settings to trying to install it in different slots. At one point I thought that I was given a faulty product and was just about to send it back until I remembered that this particular motherboard had a switch for multi bios. With no expectations, I gave it a shot and by magic, it finally worked. I still don't have a clue what initially happened but this feature in the motherboard saved me from losing my mind so I'm pretty happy with it.

Overall, I'm surprised I even got the rig to work! During the while process I was more worried about killing the boards with 'static shock' then anything else but now that I have done it, I'm pretty pleased with the finished product. It was a great experience, all I have to do is tinker with the software and make it better, faster, stronger.

Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load52.0° C
Asus Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.4GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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Justin95 [1 Build] 5 points 20 months ago

The only things I would change are a better SSD, the ASRock Extreme 4 Mobo (usually under $130 on newegg or Microcenter), and a better priced 7970. Also, you won't really notice much of a difference between the 2400 RAM and the 1600 RAM, which probably could have saved you 120 dollars if you got 8GB.

But with that being said it's still a really nice build and looks pretty sweet in that case.

IamApropos [3 Builds] 7 points 20 months ago

I agree with the ssd, adata is not a great brand and a samsung 840 is nearly the same price. I Don't however agree on suggesting a budget cheaply built extreme 4 board.. it may have lots of features but at the cost of quality. Boards of similar price such as the z77 ud3h is by far a higher quality built board. I also agree on the memory, with the way intel chips contoll memory there is no noticeable difference in performance for the most part from 1600mhz compared to anything higher.

Booth21209 1 point 20 months ago

I wonder if perhaps the dropping quality of the extreme4 has anything to do with ASUS selling their shares in Pegatron?

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

I'm not trying to indicate theres a drop in quality , on the contrary Asrock has improved. But when physically compared there is a noticeable difference with Z77 boards.

kirbyloveszoe -3 points 20 months ago

I'm tired of seeing you ripping on Adata, could you please give me some reason to believe Adata isn't perfectly acceptable?

I can respect the idea that since it isn't super well-known and popular, one should try and stick to the more trusted brands, but is there anything actually WRONG with their SSDs?

IamApropos [3 Builds] 8 points 20 months ago

I don't state something without knowing what I'm talking about. Either with Hands on experience or hours and hours of research. in the last 6 months I've studied computer parts for approximately 1500 HOURS, 5-15 hours every day unless extenuating circumstances didn't permit. Here is just one article, which a quick google search could have provided you: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/03/05/adata_sx900_128gb_ssd_review/10#.UZp7i1cjmKQ

Though that article points out some red flags - in short there isn't anything "seriously" wrong with Adata it is the fact that there are better and more reliable products available for the same price.

You said that Adata isn't super well-known or popular, this isn't true actually. Adata is very well known. They are infact a budget bargain memory and drive company. Full well competing with other budget brands as in Sandisk and others. My entire theory being a computer parts and build consultant is on picking the best, well known, most reliable parts at the best prices - This being said when you can get a Samsung 840 or an equally high quality part there is no reason go get a budget bargain component when, and here is the KEY, WHEN they are the same prices or very similar. Adata does not have the track record of being "High Quality" or "Extremely Reliable" but if you worked in the industry you'd know this instead of getting tired of a professional for pointing out facts.

My philosophy goes for all budget components - if you know what you are looking for and know parts from alternative companies and know where to look for prices there hardly is ever a reason in most budgets to go with the less reliable, less proven components.

A different person would have taken more offense to the start of your reply so I'd suggest being a little more polite when requesting information. Good day.

ballerslife [1 Build] 3 points 20 months ago

You know, people learn a language in 1500 hours. #justsayin

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks for the comment but I just want to say that you can find negative things about everything if you just look for it Anyways, as for the choice of using an adata SSD, I chose to use it on the recommendation of friends and the fact that it was one of the fastest at the time, However, I will be getting a second SSD, most likely the Kingston hyper X 3k, to dual boot with windows 8

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Though this is very true - which is why you can find negative reviews on even the highest quality parts. That being said I do quite a bit of research 5-15 hours every day from multiple different forums / websites / reviews as well as extensive hands on testing to determine my recommendations for clients. It is kind of a big thing to try and have the most accurate knowledge and un bias educated opinion on components when you are a computer consultant. http://www.IamApropos.com

BTW - A Kingston Hyper X 3K is a great drive not bad at all.

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Haha Thanks mate Finally something we agree on

But yeah, you probably have 100 times more knowledge on computer parts then me, but the parts I chose are based on the information I had at the time, so unless you have a way to go back in time and give me advice, there isn't really anything I can do now I'll ask you for your advice the next time I think about doing another build

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

I'd be more than happy to help ;)

kirbyloveszoe -1 points 20 months ago

I don't state something without knowing what I'm talking about. Either with Hands on experience or hours and hours of research. in the last 6 months I've studied computer parts for approximately 1500 HOURS, 5-15 hours every day unless extenuating circumstances didn't permit.

I really don't know how you expect people to know this on the internet.

Here is just one article, which a quick google search could have provided you

Just because something can be easily searched on google does not mean you should go around saying vague, unapproving things about a part.

I can respect the idea that since it isn't super well-known and popular, one should try and stick to the more trusted brands

I meant for this to express the idea that Adata is less well-known than other brands when it comes to SSDs, and that I can respect that someone thinks this.

Justin95 [1 Build] -3 points 20 months ago

I just need to say: The Extreme 4 is not a cheaply made board and is just as high quality as the board he chose, if not better. In addition, it's also extremely reliable: I have 3 of them running right now and none of them have had problems. This is actually the first time I've seen someone not recommend the Extreme 4 on this site so I'm a little surprised you said that.

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Though you may have had luck with 3 , you are completely wrong with everything you stated about its quality... I have had experience with many more than just 3 as well as done enough hands on testing with many other boards to be able to fully back everything I stated. The extreme 4 is a cheaply built budget board with lots of features plain and simple when compared to nearly any board near its price range and higher.. just one of many reasons is the simple FACT they hide outdated bad mosfets under the heat sinks. I could go on and on but you are already biased and probably dont care.

Jimmy 3 points 20 months ago

lol Every time I link them that article that describes the board's terrible components they argue "so what, it works for me."

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

Just look at the response I received here from posting the link about Adata SSDs... people who have limited hands on experience tend to have the strongest bias opinions no matter how unreasonable and then argue with someone who actually has experience and not just 1 or 2 or even 4 builds but nearly 100 different builds since November 2012.... I guess it is the only way some can justify their puchases and defend their choices.

Jimmy 2 points 20 months ago

You do quite a few builds don't you? I only have four under my belt so far. But anyways, I saw the Adata response. I don't think Adata is the worst but I would rather wait and save up for a better quality SSD. People give bias based off of the features that a component has rather than how solid it's components are. In example they would pick out an SSD based solely off of read and write speed, or a motherboard based on the features without knowing how good it's power phasing is, etc. They don't dig deep enough into the information.

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Jimmy 1 point 20 months ago

Wait did I accidentally reply that to your comment? If so I apologize, I meant to say that to Justin.

IamApropos [3 Builds] 1 point 20 months ago

No not me just curious what it meant.

Jimmy 1 point 20 months ago

Oh, well I already deleted it lol. But I said that because I considered that post of his "full ******" due to the fact that he claimed the Extreme4 is a good board.

jru732 5 points 20 months ago

The GD65 is a much better board than the Extereme 4. Its VRM is much higher quality, but I would have recommended the UD3H or something even higher end than that.

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the advice I was actually going to go for a gigabyte motherboard but it was priced around £300 and way above my budget, however, I may do another build for hackintosh and will be using the gigabyte motherboard for that

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for the comment. I see a lot of people hating on adata but I chose it based on recommendation from friends and atthe time, had one of the best read/write speeds around. The motherboard that I wanted was a gigabyte ud5h I think, I'm not sure, but it was priced at £300 and was way out of my budget. I chose the the gd65 based on its solid build, features and user reviews and it seemed pretty good for the money. The 7970 I got at a discount and although there were cheaper alternatives using the 7970 board, I felt that this one had the best cooling and performance. I chose to get memory clocked at 2400mhz as I felt it would be stable as opposed to memory overclocked to 2400mhz that may be unstable.

But yeah, thanks, I'm loving this case, especially the gun metal colour, only issue I have is that I scratched it while working on the build, so just wanted to ask if anyone knows how I could repair this

Justin95 [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I had the same problem with the case, although not my fault. My dog decided it was a good idea to see if we could dig a hole in the side of the case where the window is, so now I got some nice scratches going on.

Chuk 2 points 20 months ago

Which vid inspired you to do it?

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Head over to teksyndicate.com Logan (dude with epic beard) has a list of build videos, this build follows his specs on his $1850 build video

speedcoaster 1 point 20 months ago

To solve the problem with the USB 2.0 Connections, try the NZXT IU01 internal USB-Hub for 20 bucks. It's working great for me ;)

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I've not really got any use for the sd card reader but thanks for the advice

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headhoncho [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

congrats on your first build! looks powerful!

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks man I'm pretty happy with the result

headhoncho [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

also i love the backplate on the GPU :)

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

thanks came standard with the asus direct cu2 hd 7970

xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah buddy! Rep that triple slot DCII 7970! One of the few 7970 Matrix owners right here! ;D

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks man I did want to get a 7970 matrix but at the time, no one had it in stock so I went for the next best thing

xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah, even when I got mine back in January no one had it in stock, in America, I bought mine as open box on eBay, I have seen a few more open box ones floating around there.... It was and extremely limited edition card.

YAOWNYSE 1 point 20 months ago

I plan on getting that CPU cooler, was the installation very difficult? I plan on using it with a NZXT Phantom 410, will that work too?

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

I'm not sure but you'll have to check the manual for the phantom 410 to find out if it will hold a cpu cooler with a diameter of 280mm Installation was easy but the instructions were just images so it was pretty difficult to work out, but in the end I got it done in under 30 minutes. The other issue I had was that I screwed the fans in the wrong direction, so I had to unscrew and put it correctly when I was working on air flow.

PickItApart 0 points 20 months ago

This is a beast. What is this for?

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks Using it for some gaming, editing and work

saad123abc 0 points 20 months ago

first: just my opinion but you could have gotten 2 x 8 sticks of ram an had room in the future for adding even more ram in the future ( not that you need it cuz 8 gigs is just enough)

second: not a big problem but you could route the cables of the bottom of the mobo through the grommet closest to it

but overall great build im looking to make a build like this myself!

amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks I was planning on getting 2 sticks of ram initially but I got a discount and the difference between 4 sticks and 2 sticks was £40 and 16gb was quite a lot already in my opinion

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kirbyloveszoe 4 points 20 months ago

yes. Totally agreed on that. Aren't we all here to give eachother constructional critisizm and have a good time looking at eachothers beautiful builds?! There shouldn't be ANY hate what so ever. We are the computer republic of the internet! :D

Aren't we all here to give eachother

constructional critisizm

read what you just said, now read this

graphics card is overpriced, could have gotten a HIS iceq-x for $380 or even a FREAKING 7970ghz edition 6gb for Sapphire! WTF

You should follow your own ideals.

Enlyten [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

For the second time today, I just died. Great find my friend :)

kirbyloveszoe 0 points 20 months ago

RIP Enlyten

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philip [Staff] [9 Builds] 2 points 20 months ago

He has a point. (ahem)

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amukid92 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 20 months ago

To be honest, I got the graphics card at a discount of around £320 and I chose this model after comparing the various versions available

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