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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

Edit

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

Update...

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.

Jamie

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the case; build looks solid.

Couldn't wait for Haswell though? :P

  • 79 months ago
  • 3 points

Not very patient guy lol. However circumstances dictated, as I bought these while away with work. So a few items I got sent out to me tax free.

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

The Core i7-4770K, specifically, is a bit faster than the -3770K it replaces—but only because of IPC improvements. It runs at the same 3.5 GHz and sports the same four cores otherwise. HD Graphics 4600 are a small step up, but not significant enough to overtake AMD’s $130 A10-5800K APU in any meaningful way. The vaunted Iris Pro Graphics 5200, with eDRAM, is currently reserved for BGA-based SKUs. And although it appears we received fairly overclockable samples of the -4770K, industry consensus amongst the companies with hundreds of these chips on-hand is that, at safe input voltages, 4.3 or 4.4 GHz should be OK. The luckiest enthusiasts might get 4.5 or 4.6 GHz. Skill won’t get you far; Haswell is all about luck of the draw due to its integrated voltage regulator.

So, for the second time in a week, we’re disappointed. Haswell has a lot to offer, just not to desktop enthusiasts. Intel’s attention is fully in the mobile space, and we can tell.

Tom's Hardware...

  • Looks like if he was going to overclock this rig, he made the right choice.
  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

Honestly, I feel as if not many people, even if they do video editing and rendering, will utilize the full potential of the new Haswell chips. He probably won't need it, and he's saved at least $100 there and quite a bit on the Z77 mobo instead of upgrading to Haswell and having to buy a Z87 mobo

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  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Flip the PSU, the fan should be facing ground: basically it steals air from GPU. After flipping the PSU, do cable management! There are rubber grommets for that, simply hide all the cables behind the motherboard holder wall.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately the base fan means that flipping the psu is a no can do. This would mean me not being unable to use the modules on the psu. but I agree that it'd be a better option and was first orientation I tried when fitting it.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the M65?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I've yet to do any gaming on it... It feels good, nice quality and comfortable. Only issue I see there being is the noise of the mouse clicks(it is pretty annoying). It'll drive the wife crazy

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this build. May I ask the quantity of Corsair cables you needed to buy? Because when I looked on their site, there was ones that were 30 dollars, 20 dollars and 70 dollars. Don't know which ones would be enough to be for the whole build

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah I found that confusing myself. simply though ones you need are in relation to the psu you own. Cheapest was the hx/cx I believe then the ax however you also need to buy a 24pin with the ax makes no sense to me why but you do. The 70 caters for all the psu's and is ment to be a nicer cable. Howee I loved my $20ones infact makes me wish I got the ax model so all the cables were matching. Love them.

so Basically All you need is the set that matchs the PSU, I hope this helps

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the cables, I have them in green.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the choices in colour... really allows some great looks and customisation. Shame there is a lack of choice in terms of companies... so corsair is a must for custom off the shelf psu/cable combo

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I got a deal from pax that was 50% of a purchase, and there was another deal of $50 when purchase psu and sleeved cables so it was a very appealing deal!

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Got to love a bargain haha

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that weird white component that moves from the first picture it a white computer troll.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd love to think of a witty response. But I've got nothing. lol Anyone? lol

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

That gpu sags more than my ball sack on a warm day. Nice build.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha Yes... Yes it does... I have had a Re-jig in there and added more support but im not sure really how to combat the sag... Its better than itd was... i have now also Flipped the PSU and removed the lower Fan... Got a H100 on the way and going to re-shuffle the Fans a bit

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you loving that 7970? When you get around to BF3 and such, please let me know! Also, the NZXT HUE... love it, I'll be doing a very similar setup, +/- here and there, but not a sweet 27" monitor :c

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the monitor if I am honest... Its amazing.

The 7970 Handles all I can throw at it. I have been Smashing BF3 Arma3 and Skyrim etc on Ultra settings no problem. Graphics are amazing. Struggled with over clocking though which is a shame though i put that down to when i tried i had the PSU and base fan blowing at it... while it was blowing at them.. not the best cooling solution however. lol

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe a backplate will redue sagging, idk just a suggestion, they are like 25-45 bucks

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

I have changed A few bits and updated the build and description. I would love advice on the fans :) Ill add pictures when i get a chance :) Cheers

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build.

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