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I've finally done it. After researching on it for about a couple of months, I've finally bought the parts and build my own computer. :D

The guy at the store offered to build it for me, but I didn't want to let him have all the fun. So 7 hours after getting all the parts home, I finally got it working. You guys were right. There is no better feeling than building your own computer and watching your creation come to life. (Well, I'm sure there are, but this definitely belongs to the top 10)

So I'm using her mainly for gaming (obviously). Battlefield, Far Cry, Crysis etc.. Replacing my 3 year old HP laptop which heats up like crazy even on idle. And I do a bit of photo editing using Photoshop, Photomatix etc.

The only problem I ran into while building her was with the H100i cooler. The heat sink of the M/B was in the way. Although the radiator fits in perfectly, the fans were touching the heat sinks. So I had to screw the radiator to the grill on the top of the case rather than the holes allocated for it at the top. It's a tight fit, but well, that's the best spot for it.

I've got a 3 fan in 3 fan out setup generating a bit of positive pressure. Had one Coolermaster Sickleflow 120mm fan lying around, so used that as a fan to let air in from the base of the case.

Stuff left to do:

-As I ran out of time during this weekend, I couldn't try and overclock my CPU yet. The only "overclocking" I've done so for is enabling XMP in the BIOS.

  • Also, got to try and manage the cables a bit better.

UPDATE : Turned the PSU upside down and got the cables out of the way. Swapped the fans that came with the case and installed two Coolermaster Sickleflows at the front. Placed one of the case fans at the bottom pulling air in.

Cleaned up the cable clutter a bit more. As promised, uploading a few more pics.

Also, did a mild overclock...bumped it up to 4.2Ghz. Will go further during the weekend.

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  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Moar pics!!! Looks great +1

  • 78 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree. More photos please! It's a great build!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks guys..I've modded the build a bit more. Will post some pics tonight.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :D

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

"The black box", Is that a TF2 Reference? :D

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I would sincerely hope he didn't spend $1,542AUD on a PC to play TF2 of all things. Lol.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. Couldn't think of any good name. It was just a case of pure lack of creativity :P

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Decent part choice, and cable management isn't THAT bad. +1

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I suggest overclocking your GPU before your CPU. It's easier, faster, and you can find your max OC on it. If you OC the CPU first, there's a chance you might limit your GPU OC. But if you do the GPU first, you'll be able to max it out without worry.

Naturally though, that means you might limit your CPU OC. But unless you're doing heavy rendering workloads, which it doesn't seem so because you chose the i5 (awesome for gaming), the GPU will have a much larger effect on your framerates.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah...thanks for the tip. I have never done any serious overclocking yet. I guess it's time to start going through the guides online.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

For the record, I recommend keeping the OC fairly mild for now. I have the same CPU/GPU combo and I can run all of my games, with the exception of Far Cry 3 at well over 60 FPS (max refresh rate of my gaming TV). Since overclocking can shorten the life of your GPU, with a GTX 770 there's no real need for max OC IMO.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not know that, thanks for the tip. I've only done a moderate GPU OC on my build, but will end up going higher as games get more demanding (and going with SLI). This is one of the reasons I like ASUS parts; with the GPU Tweak software you can set multiple profiles. I generally keep my 770 at stock, but will bump it to the OC settings when I game.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

The ability to save clock and voltage profiles depends more on what utility you use. For example, I've got an ASUS card, but I have 3 profiles saved for it with EVGA Precision X. And I've actually found Precision X to be more reliable (for me). I tried both and GPU Tweak wasn't correctly maxing my voltage, while Precision did. So I would play around with different utilities just to eliminate any possibility of software limitations.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you replace the stock fans on the H100i? If so, with which ones? For rad fans, the amount of static pressure they create is more important than their CFM. Just making sure you're getting the best performance out of your CPU cooler!

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh. Didn't know about that.

And yes, I am still using the stock fans. I have a couple of Coolermaster Sickleflow 120mm fans with me though. Will those do any better?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah alright. The fan blades looked pretty white, and the stock fans are more grey. I was going to suggest you put the stock fans back on, because fans that are designed for massive airflow usually don't perform very well on rads.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

cable management is pretty decent, im not sure what mroe could be done considering that your psu isnt modular

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

Great build, really nice parts picked. Just a note though that normally you want the psu fan to pull clean cold air in from the bottom. If you have it on carpet you will need a piece of wood or stand under it so as not to pull carpet fibers. It will also stop the wires from blocking your bottom fan there. The benefit of having the psu fan facing down is that you pull in clean cool air from the bottom rather that pulling air from the video card that is much warmer. I'm pretty sure that case has the venting at the bottom for the psu to face down. Just a note, great build of course still.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the suggestion tyroneroyer. I had thought of the same and installed the PSU with the fan facing downwards initially. But then the screws didn't align with the case in that position. I could screw in only 1 of the 4 screws. Hence I had no choice but to install it like as it is now :(

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

There really should be some way of screwing it in. If not my bad but if you screw it into a hole that isn't a circle but only a half complete circle it will work still. It would be odd that is wouldn't have any way to screw it down since it is the conventional way to put a psu in. Best of luck, overall it wont ruin your build but its just a little more efficient cooling wise.

  • 78 months ago
  • 3 points

Yep. Totally agree that it will be a better cooling solution. Alright, I will give it a try in the evening.

Thanks :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks mate. :)

I was talking about the clutter of cables you can see if you look behind the hard drive area. Got to make use of the cable ties the case came with and arrange them a bit.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

oh, didnt even notice them, that would bug me as well

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Great!!! beautiful, clean and powerful. Pure art. Love the case! Great selection.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Your video card seems a bit pricey! I was able to get the 4GB Gigabyte version (which has better cooling) for a mere $380.

Still, your rig looks amazing.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for posting this n3wb13. I am building one almost exactly like this and wanted to get your advice on the case/fan setup.

Since I have yet to buy those parts, would you still recommend the Corsair 400R?

  • 79 months ago
  • -1 points

Playing PC games is like looking for a black box next to your feet.

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

Well my PS3 can certainly be used as a footrest now :P

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Sold my 360 and its perfs months ago. I just never played it anymore, except for NHL13 (man, I wish there were more PC sports games).

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I still have my PS3 just for GTA-V. Can't see a PC version coming out in the near future. :(

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't mind playing GTA V myself, but frankly, since none of my friends are into gaming anymore (console or otherwise), I don't see my *** dropping money on a console anytime soon.

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