Just competed my first build, Was great fun. Some parts were frustrating but I worked it out as I went. Most if not all issues were result of my lack of experience. However 1 issue is that the wireless keyboard usb connector was missing so using the mouse for this. will add more info when that's sorted lol. It's a gaming rig mostly some graphic editing, web design. i7 though is against the norm for gaming but a decision I made based on my thoughts of how next gen consoles will effect gaming.
So yeah once things are tweaked I'll post more info
Ok I'm at work now so got a keyboard... my new one will not arrive til tomorrow.
Ok So this was my first ever build... i read alot of articles on products and builds for the last 5 months ( While i was out the country with work) And changed my mind ALOT on products to buy etc... The build could have been 100% different however I am happy with my choices. Looking Back i wish i read the instructions for the components would have helped a lot given i have no experience building computers, just a back ground in Avionics so that helped. Just ment i had to undo some of the things i had already done so i could do something else first. however Its all an experience.
So The build. I started the build thinking about the layout... I got 2 140mm Case Fans and 3 extra 120mm fans. Placed 2 Intakes on the front and an intake on the base these are all the 120mm fans...Ment removing the existing 140mm intake but that was easy enough... (This Might change after a few issues I discovered last night)
The Base Fan was a bit of a pain juggling the PSU, I initially wanted the PSU the other way round... However the Fan was in the way to get the cables in... Base fan also ment the Cable management was a bit more of a handful as i did not want the cables obstructing the air flow. But I am happy with the result. I am using the Mobo as the controller for the fans... and not connected up the Cases built in controllers.
The Case was a dream to work with... So much space, Room for cables and routing paths.
Mobo I fitted Initially Only to discover when flicking through the manual at the end that I had not Fitted the Wifi controller, However I had also realised i needed the Mobo off to fit the SSD's But had decided I would just mount them in the trays, But this allowed me to Fit the controller and the SSDs So Happy with that discovery.
The GPU sags alot Which concerns me however seems to be common. Not sure if you can see in the pictures to combat this i used some lacing on the Looms going to it to help support it. I chose to Lace the Cables together with Blue thread to try and tidy the visible Cables.
But all in all I Massively Enjoyed the build. Great experience and one I'd defiantly do again.
Issues I Had to tackle after the build... -Getting the Computer to use the Other Hard drives other than the OS SSD was a pain and i had to do some online research to find out how to sort that... -Getting The Computer to save 'My Documents' etc to the Storage HDD. Luckily I had an artlicle about this in a magazine I had bought a few days before so that will help no end in keeping the SSD Clear of clutter. -Front USB Ports: I am Still struggling to the get Front USB ports to read I plug some something in and its powered however I can not read from Sticks in them... this is still on going. I think this is a driver Issue. -That leads on to alot of simple Driver issues most of which are sorted now. -Fan noise... This is a Very Quiet Build but one fan was always Turning alot faster than the others and I could hear it (Most importantly the wife was Moaning about it... It was not load by any stretch but it was there what can you do) However this turned out to be my mistake. I thought the Mobo could control 4 Case Fans a CPU fan and an optional Case fan... turns out It is an Extra CPU fan which i can not control through the Mobo (not that i can find) So its turning away... combat For now i have removed the Top Fan (connected to that slot) And refitted the Foam panel. however I am Thinking that I may either swap the top fan with one of the 120mm fans i bought in the hope its smaller or Route the fan cables so the 140mm and 120mm front fan remain in same pos'ns but again 120mm fan is constant.
Screen Is amazing... performance is Great regrettably I have not had much chance to play with the Rig much tweaking or even play any BF3 Yet so Its wasting away :( However I will Get some benchmarks and game time in and let you guys know if you are interested...
also play with the cable management in the base by the PSU a bit more... please if you can think of anything i could change for the better be it cable management or fans etc please let me know :)
Oh and the NXZT Led controller So easy to fit... Not the brightest but its simple and great. works a Treat.
The DVD drive noisy and cheap, Only use it to install things though so not the end of the world.
I love this build, I think i did a pretty good job with the cables and I hope you guys Like it to.
Also Not sure if people saw the CPU Cooler Painting Thread... However Still in debate as to painting it... i was in too much of a rush to get things built so i didn't do it the first night... and now seems like hassle to remover... thought about just taping and putting Newspaper over everything just to coat it... so wait out on the decision there... But It would look alot cooler in the Blue style i think
So I have changed some components The CPU cooler is now a H100, PSU is now flipped as i Initially wanted... I got a Slim Fan for the base to the PSU connectors don't interfer... the cables do look a bit close though lol. I'll update the pics when i get a chance... The Double Radiator on the h100 does interfer with a Power Connection on my Mobo though so had to change that for a Think one too... :(
Fan Input and Output's have been switched some what too... Input are 2 Front, 1 On the Rear. Output is the 2 on the Radiator on Top and the 1 on the Base... also the PSU if that counts... and advice on this all would be handy though.