Oh Yeah!!! >:D
Work on your cable management. :D Also, if you put your ram like that, you may not get the most out of it. I think the optimal way is either 1&3 or 2&4, depending on your mobo. Can anyone else confirm this?
You are correct about the ram, best suggestion for any builder is to RTFM...
More people should do this^
Yes, totally. Cables look awful and you are all right about the ram. Read the manual, ESPECIALLY for a first build.
Can you illuminate me on the definition of RTFM? I am fairly noob and this is the first time I have heard that term. :)
Could be wrong but from context I think it means 'Read The Fu**ing Manual'
lol. That would make sense. xD
Thank you... I had already did... those pic's were when I was just getting everything settled.. :)
awesome, good sir! May this build be all that you wanted it to be. I wish you the best! ;) Also, how is the psu? I have not heard good things about OCZ psu's before.
it is very reliably, I have put it thru a lot of testes and intense stress and so far I am fairly impressed with its performance. :)
thats good to hear. I am glad to hear that this build is working out for you. :)
Correct - I have the same MB and for dual channel do 1&3 and 2&4
Are you sure your RAM are in the right slots? Check your motherboard manual. To take advantage of dual channel ram you need your RAM to be in the correct slots. Usually this means both sticks aren't right next to each other. Not sure about your motherboard.
I reviewed over the manual and it told me to place them like that... but I will look online and see how it should be...
You are correct about the ram. Dual channel is not utilized the way this builder has them installed. RTFM
the only issue I foresee is that he is using the outer most slots because the CPU cooler is blocking the first two. If this is the case he would have been better served with low profile RAM.
It's only blocking slot 4. Slot 3 still looks plenty open.
forgot to list HDD :)
I know.... my bad :P
Flip the hard drives around so the cables are in the back and it will be easier to hide them.
I did... thank you though. :)
Not bad for your first time. Good job on putting it together though there are a few things I would do.
Flip your drives around where you wont see the connector. You should be able to take the other side of the case off by removing 2 screws so you can have easier access. While you are there, I suggest running as much of the cables behind the motherboard for a much cleaner look and better air flow.
Swap your ram around. Starting from the left going to the right use slots 1 and 3. It might be possible you aren't using the ram as intended.
60GB may sound like a lot but after formatting, installation of windows and a few programs will take that up pretty quick. I myself have a 120 GB SSD with HDD data drives in my system but sometimes I like to keep things on my desktop which will use some SSD space. In the future you might want to look for a bigger SSD. I highly recommend the Samsung 840 series.
Other then that, you got a really nice build. Hope you enjoy it for years to come.
Thank you for the tips.... I did some of those things you listed already but swapping the ram and try to get all the cables in the back I will defiantly do... :)
That chair in the background of picture 10 is sick.
I had the same problem with ram placement and the hyper 212. you could either remove the heat sinks from the RAM since from what I understand they really aren't necessarily, or swap the fan so that it is in a pull config. I swapped the fan around so that it is in a pull configuration. I have heard that it's less efficient, but I had this nice blue theme and the ram heat sinks were a nice complement.
That's not my chair... :P (thanks for the input)
I pointed the hyper 212 up so the air will blow out the top of my case while the other 2 fans that came with my case blow to the back and front... and it works very well and it is really cold inside. :)
Nice build but cable management needs some work. Its a modular psu right. If you actually try to hide the cables behind the case the airflow and cable management would improve greatly.
I fixed some of the cables so what you see now is very different from what it looks like today.
Great part choices and a nice build.
Thank you. :)
it is good but you might want a Hard Drive you can get some nice 1TB ones for $70. Unless 60GB is good enough.
If you look at the pics it's obvious he has an HDD in there. He just didn't include it in the part list. Probably a drive from an old build.
I don't see a HDD!
In Pics 11, 17, 18, and 20 you can clearly see an HDD on the bottom drive cage below the SSD.
The 60GB is the SDD. I got a 1TB internal hard drive and a 3TB external hard drive.... so really I have to much space... :P .... and I got a good price on those 2 hard drives
I must say Bravo. For the price you are going to be getting some killer performance, you really did a great job choosing out all your parts.
it took me about 2 years of comparing and reviewing each and every part..... and now I got everything and I love it.. :)
I like how you went with blue RAM and showed all the pictures. Also, work on cable management :)
I did.... I am a perfectionist.... and I don't like leaving things in a mess. :)
Nice first build! My first build was a AMD FX-4100 with a GDDR5 6670 and now i need to upgrade the GPU alreaday haha
hehe... Thank you
Damn, that case is ugly!
It may be ugly but the air flow is very good and I am very happy with it..... I am more for performance than appearance... :P
Sorry man, it's not your fault that the case manufacturers don't have the sense of beauty. It's ok, as long as it works for you (and you can keep it hidden :D ).
under my table with a table cloth maybe... :P
I have the same mobo and CPU. For the powersupply, I went with a 750W Thermaltake. The only thing missing to have a functional build on my own (not gaming ready but bootable) is a hard drive, RAM and a monitor.
Do you use the 60gb ssd just for your OS? I am building my first ever PC too and Im stuck between getting a 1TB HDD or getting a 60GB SSD for the OS and then getting a 500GB HDD. Anyone feel free to comment on this as well on what the best option would be.
The SDD just make programs load a little faster. I put the OS in the HDD. but its kind of good have both.
Sorry. I fixed it... :P