Hi guys this will be my build in a long time, the main components I bought are the Case, CPU, PSU, and Mobo. I got these because for me they are future-proof which they will last me for a long time so I don't need to worry about them, here is what I built in order.
Friday 17th January 2014
Case: Love the size of the case especially the space to move around in, the cables were a little bit confusing but got the hang of it.
PSU: Alhough its overkill at first but I want to go for the platinum because of its power and efficiency in which I will be adding HDDs in the future as well as another GPU for SLI and it was on offer! Fitted perfectly in the case, shame about the cables (especially the 24 pin connector) they were quite stiff to move around the case even when connecting them to the PSU but managed it in the end. I will be ordering Individual sleeved cables.
Optical drive: My friends recommended me the Pioneer BDR-208EBK because its the best for overall performance and price, this was easy installing in the case.
Saturday 18th January 2014
Motherboard: I decided for the Formula because of the performance, features and the aesthetics as well as the good price. It was a lot bigger then I thought, this could be because of the thermal armour.
CPU: I chose an i5 because I am building a gaming rig, which obviously it's for gaming but with the addition of internet use, watching online/downloading movies, series etc this will be plenty.
Memory: Probably the best 1866MHz 8GB G.Skill I went for this because its sufficient enough for this rig, also its good value for money with this performance and because it is under the required height for the Noctua cooler.
I was annoyed that it didnt come with the order so I will have to wait till next week, for now I borrowed my dads RAM from another PC.
CPU Cooler: I researched countless times for good coolers and the Noctua seems to have a good reputation, especially for overclocking. This thing is HUGE! but the look and feel shows its a top quality cooler, fitted the brackets in no problem, I then applied the thermal compound using the spread method but was a little tricky tightening the screws.
Just to be on the safe side I installed it on the board then into the case, it helped since the case is big enough.
Sunday 19th January 2014
Storage: Bought this because its the best SSD on the market (my opinion), love the performance of the 840 pro series so I opted for the EVO. I dont really like the cage its on because of the positioning. I might remove the cage and position the SSD somewhere else.
Video card: Went for this because of the performance which I believe is enough for this rig and price is great with a free game, this thing is huge I didn't expect it to be this big but went in without problems I will buy another for SLI.
Wiring was a bit of a nightmare especially for the fans which I had one fan LED power left and the manual didn't help at all. At first I thought I made a mistake, but found out eventually that there was supposed to be one wire left, actually I should edit that especially on how to install the x-dock, this is totally CM's fault for making silly mistakes on not including on how to connect the cables to the x-dock for it to work.
Right turned it on to test it and it worked! without a hitch, installed drivers for mobo and GPU.
Monday 20th January 2014
Yay I finally got my RAM! and ordered Corsair Individually Sleeved Modular Cables red, I will get them tomorrow and wont be a problem connecting them. I tried to install it in the case but the cooler was in the way, so unfortunately I had to take it out to put the RAM in, it was annoyingly frustrating (it was midnight coming from work) trying to put the cooler back in so I had to take the motherboard out to put it on, it took a few attempts but got it in the end, going to install drivers for optical drive and SSD tomorrow.
Thursday 23rd January 2014
Sorry for taking too long because of the delay for sleeved psu cables they were supposed to come Tuesday so for now I'm using the standard cables, also I took the SSD cage out because I didn't like where it was so I screwed the SSD to the HDD tray and put in the HDD module I also installed a spare HHD to try out but unfortunately it failed :( bummer! going to have to buy another HDD.
I installed the drivers for optical drive and SSD and did the cable management, tomorrow I will check the temps by leaving it on overnight to see how the cooler is doing.
Hopefully if everything runs fine I will overclock my rig!
Friday 24th January 2014
I began overclocking which I started from 4GHz up to 4.5GHz with 25.0° C Idle and 64.0° C Under Load but will see if I can go further.
Saturday 25th January 2014
I decided to overclock further to 4.6GHz but crashed under load so I set it back to 4.5GHz and stress tested which resulted in great stability 4.5GHz @ 1.250V.
I also overclocked the RAM which was on 1600MHz default to 1866Mhz @ at 1.5V I ran a stress test again and worked like a charm.
I will provide Benchmark Results once I'm satisfied with my overclocking and temps
Tuesday 28th January 2014
Finally! I got my individual sleeved cables, still surprised and annoyed that you had to buy the 24pin cable separately. I will swap them for my original cables, which will make the case cleaner and more appealing, I received a Toshiba 2TB DT01ACA200 from my dad as a gift (thanks!), I will get another HDD soon either a 2 or 3TB.
Monday 20th October 2014
Wow! its almost been 10 months since I built my rig, its been running perfectly without any problems but I decided I wanted to make some changes to the parts. The first thing I wanted to do was to cover the PSU and cables because they didn't look clean enough so I bought 2 HAF PSU covers which fit perfectly with the case and by rearranging the cables it now looks much cleaner.
Tuesday 21st October 2014
After adding the PSU covers I realised that I wouldn't be able to see my work so I decided to order a Cooler Master Trooper Transparent Side Window for £26.00, now I have to wait.
Thursday 23rd October 2014
While waiting I bought a NZXT HUE RGB LED Controller to get some lighting in the case which has different modes of brightness and colours, it was super easy to install and it sticks in quite nicely but bear in mind that some people have said that the adhesive on the LED is not very strong but you can purchase double sided adhesive to sort out the problem.
Friday 24th October 2014
Yes my transparent side window arrived, just swapped it out to the original and it looks great but the only thing spoiling this was the massive air cooler that was covering the mobo and ram and because of this I wanted to add a liquid cooler in my rig but the problem was choosing which one.
Wednesday 29th October 2014
After a few days thinking and advice from fellow builders I chose the Corsair H105 mainly because of the thicker radiator and ordered Crucial Ballistix Tracer 8GB.
Wednesday 5th November 2014
I got both my cooler and ram, the cooler was a lot bigger then i thought but lets see how it goes.
Thursday 6th November 2014
I installed the cooler but man was it tight the problem wasn't the case it was the CrossChill internal cooling from the mobo and the 8 pin connector that made the fitting a problem especailly the thicker radiator and add the fans might take some fidgeting to fit it perfectly but do NOT force it in, you can damage the 8 pin connector if your not careful but once installed it looks sick. I will run it for a couple of hours to see how it is stock and then overclock the rig and run stress tests.
Friday 7th November 2014
Success!! I have been running it since yesterday with any problems and the temps now are 29° C idle and 59° C under load. Although fans are loud full speed I can adjust them with tuning software which runs quiet but might change fans in the future.
My next goal is to buy a new GPU specifically Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU II OC Strix 4096MB GDDR5 hopefully this will complete my setup.
More pics and editing coming soon!!!!