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This was my first full build ..so cpu and mb install in addition to the basic stuff.

It was very straightforward and the only issue I had was getting the cooler to install. Just a couple turns of one thread would make the other pop up too high. No matter what I did, I could just not get it done. 20 min of fretting, I was finally able to do it. I did not do anything different. So I guess it was just vexxing me.

Pics are of the cool new bios replacement and to show it is working well. Will have some more in later.

I can now play all my games in ultra (up to around bf3 quality). One surprise is that I still ca not get my civ 5 game to start past the video intro (gods and kings). I had thought it was because I was using a legacy amd driver. but newp, still will not load.

I had to make a couple compromises on my build as my store did not have the parts ... so settled for a corsair hx gold 650 instead of seasonic. And this is my only pet peeve I think. The system runs quiet but every 20-30 seconds.. this additional soft whir (hard to describe) creeps up above system noise and just as quickly disappears again. You can only notice it when the room is dead quiet. but it is still so annoying. I tested my psu at 12.33 V after install though, it is 12.408. I am not supposed to worry (especially as it does not fluctuate at all) ... but....

The biggest nice surprise tho was my old 8.1 pro install on a ocz ssd recognized the new system with no complaint ..I could install the new drivers at leisure. And the auto phone reactivation was just repeating a very long number.

so overall, I am very satisfied with my build :)) (oh yah..I have not been an LED "fan" .. but, I just so love the look of this all black phantom 410 radiating a subdued blue ...and the MSI gaming board looks absolutely beautiful. It is just too bad that the vid card covers half of it.) oops, and while thinking on the case ... there are a ton of wires all neatly tied that will have to be moved to make it easier to manage.)

edit: ok I put up some raw photos not artistically done ...even so sorry for the tardiness. I will put up more later and the few from my phone (charging now) while it was not complete. I was pretty stressed out about esd ..that I only took time out to take pics of that amazing mb~!~ :) that's what the planks of wood are for ...extra percautions. I was extra nervous as it is dead cold here and humidity was at 30%. After I removed the case from it's packaging I could feel the static. But I was still totally surprised to see a blue arc of light go from my screw driver to the thumb screw half an inch away. But, I expexted to be panicky over my first full build and the money on the line. But was no problem with bear feet, cotton clothing, touching the case..ad as intel suggests ...if no wrist strap then just discharge into anti static bag :)) but phew I was absolutely so happy when everything was working in the end (well except that tiny unexplained noise in psu here and there). thanks for bearing with me :)

edit 2: oh yah .. that case beside my component boxes in the one pic is my old p180 (which I could not hear the hdd activity unlike in this new case). I will miss it but I sure do love the looks of this new case so much better!! :)))

edit 3: have included inside pics..after the fact. And I just wanted to note that upper left corner. It reminded me that the other thing I really struggles with was first sliding that cable through the small hole and then trying to plug in that p8 connector ...1st p4 was easy/// but oh man ... I think it took me longer to connect the p8 than installing the cpu cooler!

From those pics you can see the msi gamer does indeed have creative on there (creative cinema) ... I love the red and black of the motherboard. Seems like it is my favourite piece! I gave up on the cable management ... the case wires from the front were tied to the second main access point ...and I was afraid of cutting through the wires to move them all. So I gave up on cable management 1/2 way through. So airflow is not so good. I will have to see if I will have to add another fan because of it.

Thanks for all your comments, I will learn from them for my next build share :)

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Where's the pics of the actual build?

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I only took a few on my phone. And since I can't get my phone to sync up and download them.. I added a couple photos of my phone showing the beautiful dragon mainly. But yah, I did not think of taking more photos as I was so nervous. I will know better next time. Thanks for your comment :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Saw this earlier, almost down voted it, but I came back, but +1 for the great build!!! Cheers!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks very much for understanding and the compliment. I will be checking out all your links after done responding here so I can learn more stuff. I am especially interested in cable management now ...as I started with it..but soon gave up when I need a whole string of molex connectors just to plug in the fan connector...and an extra line of sata connectors because I could not twist around the 1st one to get the differently orientated 5 1/4 drive bays.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

don't bother with my page, I took down both of my builds, it hasn't been cooperating with me lately. It's been saying that I put items in that I didn't or vice versa. if you need any tips or if you have any questions, feel free to ask, I've been using and exploring computers since I was in diapers haha. (no joke)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I look forward to seeing them both. The only question I have right now is what the hay is that noise coming from the psu (I am pretty sure)? It sounds rather like something rubbing on a fan ...not chirpy or all whistles. But it is not continuous. This is at idle when the corsair fan is not even supposed to be on. Since the fan faces the bottom, I am not sure how to check it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

A noise? Unless it's the fan, just being noisy, then I really don't know...call corsair. It could be faulty.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

Red Dragon = Blue lights... I give up

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

Some of those pics would make great backgrounds. (Except you probably won't be able to see any icons)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Lets all be nice to the new people. We really like to see pics of the build. Especially the inside. Please take some pics and update.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I have tried to do that now. thanks for your input and understanding :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

great parts. I will reserve my vote until there are some more pics. Next time try to wait until you have everything and everything installed and the pics to proove it before you post.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

ah ok.. did not realize proof would be needed. Nor that anyone would actually read this. hehe. but ok I took a couple of pictures before I finished and I will add those. Mostly I just wanted to relate the bumps I had along the way in this process of building.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Just always remember the more pics and more detail you have in description will always help get you more +1 on your builds. Parts do have a lot to do with it but as you notice a lot of us "geeky computer gurus" want to see a beautiful work of art, cable management included. Best of luck and I now give my +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

yah about the beautiful work of art... the computer sure is... but my cable management not so much and follow up pics. At least next time I will know to include phots from beginning and be way more confident to do it :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a fantastic build, you'll get my +1 for sure when we get pics!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

no pluses are needed but thanks for your compliment :D

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 from here - I would hate to see this build end up having a negative score.

Get them piccies up and harvest the votes :-)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I will know better for the next harvest. :P thanks :)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

-1 needs more pics, especially inside the PC.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

added more. thanks for your comment.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks. +1

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Take a picture of what you have inside of the case. That's what most people want to see.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

ok will do ...

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Nicely done! Good job being that this is your very first full build.

I really dig MSI components! They always look just plain awesome, and can't complain with how the z87 overclocks.

I imagined the 270x being a full-sized card, or maybe that's just that particular model.

Thanks for taking the time to add more pics, we LOVE seeing what it looks like altogether.

+1. Keep up the good work, and game on!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

well I don't mind showing it off. hehe :) my last computers have all been rather staid so this is quite the departure! I am having a hard time putting it away under the desk and just keep gazing on its beauty (in my opinion). And yes indeed, that vid card is regular dimensions.

MSI rocks!! knock on wood I am still saying that years down the road on this build. :)

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