Description

First build ever. I guess it's a gamer, but I don't really game. Just D3, SC2, etc. for fun occasionally. Just wanted the builder experience. And wanted to go to three monitors at 1900x1200 instead of two monitors at 1600x1200 like I was using before.

Would love to get your thoughts. Did I do okay on cable management? I did it pretty quickly and didn't tidy up the back at all, which I guess I should do. I also didn't realize just how big the 600T is, but it's okay since I have the space for it.

Overall, fun experience. Looking forward to building another one soon. Named this one "Neo" because I'm a neophyte, not because of The Matrix.

Comments

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

Congrats on your first build! Cable management looks good, especially for the first go-round.

  • 84 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks! Didn't expect to get a staff comment on my build!

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Well first off I should take note that you did an amazing job keeping the inside of your case looking clean. Great work. For a first build ever you deserve a (Build Clap) I see a well balanced system though I probably would have gotten a different SSD, not because the Plextor is necesarrily a bad drive, just others with similar prices usually have a better track record. I really enjoyed looking through your pictures thank you for sharing them on the interwebs ;)

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

Do you get a notification when someone posts a build?! Otherwise how are you always the first responder? Thanks for the kind words. I wasn't sure on SSD and was considering the 840 Pro and some others but it was new and Plextor seemed to have a good reputation so I thought I'd try it. Glad you enjoyed the pics.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

I keep an eye on here, reddit, tomshardware to see if I can encourage / help / give feedback on builds. If you haven't seen what I do feel free to check it out: IamApropos Website and IamApropos Facebook as well as IamApropos Youtube

All are welcome to come and I hope everyone enjoys their visit.

  • 84 months ago
  • 2 points

If you wanted a little tip for cable management, tuck all the PSU cable going out of it into the rubber grommet hole right next to it instead of having some of them going to that metal square, makes it look neater.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, if they all fit through there that makes sense, thanks. I'll check that out when I need to go into the case again later this week in any case. Thanks!

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

This is your first build? Great job all the way around. What Mini DisplayPort Active Adapter are you using for the triple monitor setup?

I haven't set my triple monitors up yet only because I hear some active adapters are hit or miss in terms of quality.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind comment. My monitors actually haven't arrived yet so I don't have an adapter yet and don't have triple monitor setup going yet. I also have seen some issues with adapters and all that so I'm not rushing into that just yet. I might start at a dual-monitor setup (since I dont really game all that much) and then move up to triple monitor in a little bit. I'm worried that triple monitor setup will require a stand and maybe another 7970 which would make it pretty expensive.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

They certainly are hit and miss, and I think some get miss advertised, i bought an "active" adapter, but my PC still wont let me use 3 screens.. i'll get round to buying some over priced one soon though.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's a list of AMD Eyefinity Technology - Recommended Adapters. The only thing is, some of these adapters have lots of customer reviews saying the active circuitry in the adapter itself burnt out after only a couple of months. So that's what I was referring to when I said "hit or miss".

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks but... i'm UK, all of the vendors listed are american companies.. Also, there are no mDP -> HDMI adapters listed that are active... how pleasant. Looks like all mDP->HDMI adapters listed as "active" are fake/miss-branded.. any US imports for me will cost Shipping and import taxes, and from what i can tell for mDP->DVI-D its £100 +£10 shipping +20% VAT £130 for an adapter.. i could buy another graphics card for cheaper :/

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh yes, that would make for a very pricey adapter. LOL.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

So I've now realized that my monitors have DisplayPorts so I wont need an adapter. Yay. Just a miniDP-DP cable. Good luck, though, on finding a decent adapter that works and doesnt cost an arm and a leg.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! That's great news to have that kind of simplicity now. Guess my researching and product hunting continues. LOL.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a sexy build. In the future, you might find it easier to assemble all the parts (except the GPU) on the motherboard before dropping it into the case. Assembling outside the case makes the process so much smoother, plus you can run and troubleshoot it before even dropping it in the case.

  • 84 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I wasn't sure the backplate would be easy to put on outside the case for the cooler, so i assembled the cooler and the GPU in the case. The RAM and the processor went in outside the case.