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This is my first gaming build. It took me around 4 hours just for cable management.. And it's not even that good, so please, go easy on me! :)

First of all, I would like to note something about the case. Before i got it, i read everywhere that the case doesn't come with the USB 3.0 cable to connect the front 3.0 ports to the motherboard, so i ordered one from ebay. In the end, when the case arrived, guess what? It actually had the cable in it.. So, 10 euros wasted, but you can never be sure. So for anyone who is getting this case, you can ask to make sure if it has the cable or not.

The build was extremely easy, as I've watched hours and hours of building tutorials. All the parts fitted very well, lots of space to work with. As i said earlier, the cable management took me the longest to do, but in the end i think it looks pretty good.

The monitor i got isn't actually on this list, it's the 23" Philips (236V4LAB). It's a very good monitor btw, excellent contrast, and very nice colors.

The PSU is also not the one on the list, it's actually the Be Quiet! STRAIGHT POWER E9 | 680W CM

Also I would like to add is that all the fans that I put in this case, plus the CPU Cooler and the Arctic Silver 5 are doing a pretty good job. I live in Cyprus, so the temps here are crazy high in the summer, so better safe than sorry. At idle the CPU and GPU are at around 30-36 degrees Celsius. Under load the CPU goes at maximum 50 degrees and the GPU at maximum 65 degrees.

So, hope you like the photos, put a lot of them for you guys. For any questions, clarifications or something that I could've done better, just comment below and i'll make sure to answer to all of you.

EDIT: After a lot of people told me to fix my cables a little bit, well, I did! :) uploaded new photos(last six photos are the ones with the "fixed cable management"). I did all i could but my sidepanel wouldn't close if stuffed more cables on that side! Hope you approve now! :)

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice job there, particularly for the price!

+1

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

My only comment on this build is about the cable management. Could be better, but saying that, it could be a lot worse too. Good job with the cable management anyway, I've seen some pretty poor management and this is quite good. Other than that, same as everyone else, fairly nice build.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes, the cable management is indeed fair. I will probably use the space in the HDD cage as someone else told me, to hide some wires. Thank you!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty sweet! RAM is a bit overpriced, I personally would've gone with this

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

As for the RAM you suggested, I couldn't use them on Haswell, as intel recommends 1.5v or lower on Haswell. Also, I did want to use RAM with high profile heatsinks, but I wasn't sure if they would fit with the CPU cooler installed.

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

You can use over 1.5v ram on haswell. Intel has been recommending 1.5v for generations but 1.65v is still just fine.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

really? i wish i knew that.. because everywhere i read it said 1.5v. Plus the 1.65v were cheaper for me to buy.. Well, what's done is done!

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build :) If you spend about an hour with some cable ties I think it would look 10x better but it doesn't look bad at all

All in all great build :) what games do you play?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :) yeah, i'll probably fix the cables a little bit on the weekend. but right now i'm trying to find(locally) those sleeves you have in blue. Right now i'm on GTA V, so no time for PC. But i play BF3, my friend just gave me the Crysis series to play, on Crysis 2 now, Tomb Raider, and in a month BF4. Oh, and Skyrim, finally, a PC where i can install the High resolution textures(my laptop couldn't take them)! :p

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya I ordered my sleeves from corsair, local places around me just had sleeved extensions and that's not what I wanted

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like Darth Vader. +1.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, really nice build, well done! Can I ask what OS you are using and if it is Windows 8, does the wifi adapter work with it? I've heard that it doesn't.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I am using windows 7 professional. I did have a problem with the MOBO ethernet though. it kept reseting every 5 minutes. After some searching, i found out that there was a power management tab on the adapter settings and that i had to untick all the boxes there. All is good now.

Thank you!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

never heard of that brand of psu, i would watch out incase that thing explodes

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard of Be Quiet! a lot of times before and I haven't even build another PC before. Maybe never searched for the brand? Anyway, I'm very happy with it and as the name states, it's very quiet and it covers my needs with room to spare! :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

As long as it works, I'm sure it can't be as bad a raidmax

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Solid pairing of the i5 and 7970. Sapphire always makes good GPUs, so don't worry about that.

Cable management could be tidied up a little bit, but apart from that, looks good.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! I will try and utilize the space in the HDD Cage for some wires to park there. It is a little tight on the other side now, could barely close the sidepanel. I love this case, but it's a bit harsh on you, cable managing wise.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice, well done. Any chance of a pic of the back of the build?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!! Will post better pics later in the day!

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job! Like others said, memory seems a bit overprice. I'm not sure about the PSU, so I wont comment on it. But everything else, smart money all around! Enjoy your rig. I'll see ya on the battlefield :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Indeed, i overspend a little more on the RAM and PSU. But overall, I'm very happy with the end result! See you there! :)

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I just got the same RAM, the kingston HyperX genesis. How does it work so far? I know that i had to configure it to 1600mhz in the BIOS because it first recognized it as 1333

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It works perfectly! Didn't have to configure it at all, regognized as 1600mhz.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Great choice of parts. Congrats.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management is great for the room you have. Really clean! 1+

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

This thing is going to be as loud as hell

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Not as much as you(me included) would think actually. I tested it and it's only around 40 db at idle. And because I'm a headphone user, even if it stresses out during games, i can't even hear it. Then again, my GPU fans never go more that 55%, so it doesn't really get that loud.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Only question is why did you place the PSU facing up and not the other way? I am making a build and want to know which way would be better

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The PSU isn't facing up. The intake is on the bottom. Now it depends on where are you going to be placing your PC. If you're placing it on a rug, it's better to have it facing up so it won't suffocate. But if it's not on a rug, facing down is better so it can take in cold air.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

i will be placing my pc on table. so should i place my psu facing down?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

yes, you should. It would breath in cold air from the outside. Does your case have a filter underneath where the PSU fan will be facing?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

i have the same case as your. zalman z11 plus.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Then don't worry about it. Put the PSU facing down.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the motherboard working for you?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

The motherboard is good! Never had any issues with it and the bios is just so easy to work with!!

  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

That is a very nice build there, and excuse my question if the answer seems obvious but why did you go for a Z board when you have a non-K series CPU?

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I was going to go with a K series at start, but when I changed my mind and was looking for another motherboard, I didn't want to go with the cheapest solution, plus the other boards i found were ASROCK, and i just don't trust the brand. And also the reviews i read on this board were very good, so i just went with this one.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 0 points

Carried away with pics of boxes and boxes. One with them all is fine..

  • 75 months ago
  • -3 points

Seems like you overspent on the psu, and ram. I wouldn't touch a Sapphire gpu with a 10 foot pole. But what did you actually pay for the psu you got? Other than that i think it looks fine. The cable management is actually good to me considering you actually used the wholes in the backplate.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

i spent 169 euros. That's roughly 230 dollars. I know i went a little morE on the PSU, but i'm very happy with it! :) I had the psu on my eye for a long time and i couldn't just find something else that would change my mind. Thanks for your input!

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