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Hey guys and girls, welcome to my first build ever! After months of part research and debates I went with the list seen below. I apologize beforehand for the bad quality pics.

I have to say I am extremely lucky as all my parts came in full working order, and the build went flawless! Hopefully this luck continues and this computer lasts me a long time. (knock on wood)

My goal for this computer was to play games on extreme settings, but also to be able to handle some work related programs such as ArcGIS 10 and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop to name a few.

I haven't done any performance testing yet, as I just finished this two days ago and with work and everything it's been kind of hectic. But there will be some stats soon. I will also post some more pics when I have time.

I went with this case because I read some reviews that it had great cooling features, and because I really love LED lights. Tron was one of my favorite movies VISUALLY and I wanted to theme my case around that kind of idea. I plan on getting a new keyboard and mouse in the future but for now I just used my old set up from my previous computer which was a hand me down DELL.

Feel free to leave some constructive feedback in regards to cable management or optimizations or case mods! As I said before this was my first build and cable management is new to me. Any suggestions to better manage my cables would be excellent.

Thanks for stopping by!

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  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice bike!

And really nice build, too! I think you've packed a lot of quality parts in there that are going to do well for your needs. I'm digging the Tron theme, too. Nice work!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice :) in planning on that cpu for my first build, it looks really neat, nice cable management compared to some iv seen, is it as nerve racking as you thought it might be and are you planning on over clocking?

ill be taking the plunge soon as iv got the money and was just wondering :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya it really was at first, but once I got going and each part was going in smoothly my nerves calmed down!

I will overclock somewhere down the road. For now I'm just going to enjoy all these games. It is sooooo much better than my Xbox 360! So glad I made the jump, it is really worth it in the end!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing your experience. With it :), hopefully ill do the same, and im coming from xbox too :), don't like the look of that xbox one :/

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I always electrical tape my wires so they are black and just look like one instead of 10. For me I like the look of black wires instead of colors and stuff.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm also starting my first build and I have a few questions about your case:

-I've rarely seen any builds, where the case opens on the right side. Does it affect anything, having to mount the components on the left wall upside down?

-Does the video card being above the CPU affect the cooling? (I see plenty of fans in there so prob. not)

-Why did you put the CPU-cooler fan pointing down? Do those fans below it blow air right back up?

-Did that black supporting arm on the left of the video card come with the card or the case? (I'm also going to use 7870XT)

Thanks for any input.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey!

-My case is kind of special to where it has a motherboard tray that can be mounted on either the left or the right side of the case. Both side panels open and you can reverse the panels as needed. The upside down mount is to allow the graphics card to be closer to the top and allow for cooler gpu temps.

-I haven't noticed any issues with cooling, although I am still in my testing phases.

-I actually reverse mounted the fan on the heatsink so it blows upwards, unfortunately though my graphics card is right there blocking the stream. Even with this current set up im still attaining 30* C while idling now.

-The supporting arm came with my case. It actually came with 4 supporting arms for any Crossfire or SLI combination!

Thanks!

EDIT: I flipped the fan after I took the pics...

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

your idle temps seem a little high for that combo...i would have expected 25C at idle

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya definitely, I think I had some of the fans pointed in the wrong direction. This past weekend I have re-directed some of the fans so I'm waiting to see how that turns out. May consider water cooling

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, i was just wondering that does it make any sound when you play the a game?

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. I haven't really noticed any noise coming from the graphics card itself, even when its under stress. I do have 7 fans running at a higher capacity though, and so my system is not completely soundless, but the noise does not bother me or other gamers when im mic'ed up.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice! I will definitely look into that bigger SSD and mobo soon! Ya I wanted home premium but they were out at the store and I couldn't wait anymore days to build, my anxiousness cost me $40 lol. I am actually not even sure if that is the correct monitor...Mine doesn't have built in speakers but it looks just like that....may be an older model or something who knows, I just wanted 3D capabilities.

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

both motherboards support SLI/crossfire, so whats the difference?

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  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

good info, i thought i saw the F in the asus board

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