Greetings fellow PCPartPicker.com Users,
The intended purpose for this build would be mainly for FPS gaming. Eg. Battlefield 3, Planetside 2, Crysis and the occasional video editing with Adobe Premiere. I selected a bluray burner because I may have the rare wedding/event which I may author and watch movies. I'll be using Win7 Ultimate, 24" LCD moitor, several Seagate 160GB SATA HDD from an old computer for misc video clips and music. Corners had to be cut so the Xonar & 1TB HDD will be put on hold.
The Asus P8Z77-V LK will make this build somewhat future proof. I spent enough so I don't have to lower my video settings in the games I play and have the option to SLI or jump on to Crossfire.
I intend to overclock when needed. This is why I selected a CX750. I've found that I have many PSU cables that I need to manage and bundle up the unused. If you look carefully you'll see that I dumped the extra cables in the opening above the HDD cage to attach the side door but I will tie them in back later.
Did I connect the videocard PCIe power connectors correctly? It did "click" when pushed in but it also seems to hang down about 1cm. Oh the dreaded GPU sag...more about this later. I also double checked that the videocard was properly seated, locked retaining clip, and properly screwed down. The sagging of the GTX770 bothered me so I tied a "ghetto" black nylon thread to the case grille on top to reduce circuit board stress. I don't have a windowed case so it cannot be seen.
What are the common mistakes in assembly as I'm reluctant to power this on until I've quadrupled checked all connections? I did catch myself not removing the Cooler Master EVO protective sticker after screwing down the adapter. DOH! YouTube proved very useful as all of the supplied instructions were horrible. The Amazon Merchant Summer.Rain was a problem since it will take 30~40 days to ship my grounding strap from China. They mentioned that if I ordered from the US you will get it within 5~7 days from a US location. I guess this is what I get for ordering a $1.95 grounding strap. I had to improvise and use a broken ghetto grounding strap. Furthermore, the static discharge is rather rare in my location but its better to be safe than sorry. Communication with the vendor was good but it's 8/4 and no grounding strap. Update, the grounding strap arrived fifteen days later. Amazon also was able to perform price adjustments up to 7 days after the item had been delivered.
I'm somewhat regretting buying the CX750 powersupply but I could not justify paying $40 more for the modular model. Therefore, the difference went to the GTX 770. The power cables feel stiff like single strand cables instead of multi strand ones. The IC Diamond thermal compound was rather thick so I kept in hot water until use.
I updated with more photos and my final cluttered desktop appearance.
I recently ran into another problem with my Acer X243W LCD monitor. It was stored in its original box for some time and I read online that it had an HDMI port so I purchased a high quality HDMI cable. The online specs were incorrect and I needed to either buy a new DVI-D to DVI-D cable or a DVI-D Single Link Male to HDMI Female adapter. I went with the adapter so I can use the HDMI cable to connect a nearby 55" LCD TV. Luckily, I found a Monoprice adapter for only $3.92. It's shorter than other adapters and works great. Thanks Monoprice.
After figuring out how to remove the front cover I searched the house for something transparent and blood red. I found a lychee candy bag and cut out a corner. This corner piece was placed over the LED. Take a look here for this ghetto mod. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/Ekh
9/28 Update: I installed two AeroCool Shark 140mm Red Cooling Fan EN55475 with a Silverstone Tek Sleeved PWM Fan Splitter Cable (CPF01). I could not use the antivibration mounts since they did not fit in the predrilled holes in the case. This dropped temps about 15 degrees. Now I can hear my fans but the red and black theme is awesome. I can't wait to get a mx cherry red switch keyboard with red LED backlit keys. The last photo is of the weird graphical multicolored garbled textures while playing Battlefield 3. The old 320.xx drivers may cause physical damage to your GPU. For more info about this click this link. http://pcpartpicker.com/forums/topic/11487-nvidia-320xx-drivers-may-damage-gpu
12/27 Update: Shopped at eBay and picked up a used Asus Xonar Essense STX w/ upgraded 3X Burr-Brown OPA2107AP opamps & Microsoft Sidewinder X6. The STX could only fit in pci-e 1x slots therefore I had no choice but to move the GTX770 to just above the power supply thus increasing GPU temps to 77C. Since the X6 was used it was very dirty and smelled of hand/face oils. I removed all keys and repeatedly cleaned keys and surrounding areas with a toothbrush, cotton swabs, dishwashing detergent, rubbing alcohol and chlorox wipes. That's what I got for buying used.
A big thanks to btsniper for helping me to select parts.
In Battlefield 3 I get an average of 107 FPS on high settings GPU is 67 C on stock settings. On Ultra settings I achieve 30 FPS max but GPU is 74 C. The Tomb Raider benchmark on ultra settings 1920x1200 I have an average of 60.0 FPS. Gameplay http://youtu.be/4HEiTVgTqGM YouTube http://youtu.be/L41tNheI_DY Please feel free to comment.