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My first computer build. Thanks for feedback - much improvement if you compare 1st pic to last

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  • 80 months ago
  • 6 points

Graphics card is installed in the wrong slot. The only full X16 PCI-E 3.0 slot on your motherboard is the very top one. You have it installed in a x8.

The grommet directly next to the powersupply is the one you are supposed to use to route all of the cables coming out of the power supply through. Not the grommet furthest from it near the hdd cages... If you used that grommet and took that cable you have running all over the place, straight from that grommet up to the top of the motherboard tray. You can see in the second picture the exact whole in which you are supposed to route that cable.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

On the mobo it says by the slot the card is currently istalled PCIE x16_2. Do you still think it's x8?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think its x8 I know for a fact it is only wired x8. The only motherboards on the market that have more than one full wired x16 slot are more than $200. I'm a computer parts consultant and when I am contracted to help someone build a computer over Skype I download the manuals and memorize the needed installations. The installation of the GPU is one of those things I memorize.

In case you doubt me read the manual: http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/LGA1155/P8Z77-V_LK/E7242_P8Z77-V_LK.pdf

You'll find the answer you are seeking on pages 2-13 / 2-14

It is a x16 slot but it is only wired x8. You can physically look at the slot and directly above it you can see it for yourself.

  • 80 months ago
  • 5 points

Your cable mangagement is... interesting. I haven't seen anyone route that cable up around the fan like that. While you don't have the cleanest setup, your cables don't look like they would impede airflow that much. If you temps and noise are good, then leave it.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha. I tried to get it round out of the way but the cable was too short

  • 80 months ago
  • 0 points

If you flip the PSU you will have more length and you might be able to reach it.

  • 80 months ago
  • 4 points

I love this build. Very well balanced. One thing, I always say go with amd radeon if you are spending $300 or less on a video card. Nvidia's price to performance tanks at that price

  • 80 months ago
  • 3 points

"Go with amd radeon if you are spending $300 or less on a video card. Nvidia's price to performance tanks at that price."

Truer words have not been spoken. I usually say if you can't afford a 670 than go AMD. Unless you play WoW or just really need the Cuda cores.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

THANK YOU! It is what I recommend on every build (that's not for budget editing) with a 660ti or less.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Sometimes it's not always about top performance. I would rather rip my own eyes out than update drivers on an AMD card.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Your 3tb hard drive is fine. You have to format it a certain way. Here is a good link: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463524

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, I'll try that in the morning

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  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, my names oliver to!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Such a sexy name eh!

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, and I've got to say, It's a habit or Oliver's, people and computers, to have good cable management. Check my build out (follows the Oliver standards): http://pcpartpicker.com/b/zJJ

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I used some Oliver inspiration to improve Oliver the PCs cables. Not such a great picture though

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

lol I was wondering when you were going to see this build.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your part choices, however why did you choose to mount the Graphics card in the lower slot?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

This drives me insane and yet so many new builders have this crazy urge to do it.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I just found it easier, away from the heat sink. Does it make much difference?

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I did the same thing with my CPU power cord with my build (I have the CM 430 Elite) because my cases cable management sucks. But it appears in your pictures that you could route that CPU power cord behind the right panel because there is a cut out at the top. I would look into it. It would make things look cleaner. But nice build!

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm called Oliver :)

  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

The hard drive issue is probably how you have it formatted. You have to format it a certain way. Do some googling.

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

There are two common ways to format a hard disc, MBR and GPT. MBR, the older and more common standard, only supports discs up to 2TB in size, which is why you are only seeing 2TB. GPT supports up to 9.4ZB which is, uh, a lot. So you need to reformat your drive as GPT.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh thanks, will do

  • 80 months ago
  • 2 points

Here is a link on how to format it: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463524

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

The RAM probably got in the way when he tried to put it the other way... i have mine the same way. Hopefully he switched the fan around to push air out.

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  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really if you look at the 4th picture it's actually a black tall heatsink ram module not the one listed

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  • 80 months ago
  • -1 points

Pull can actually perform better than push for that heatsink, it's not odd at all, just not common.