Got the EVGA backplate for the GTX 770 and it is nice looking. I added the light inside and I look a purple blue and I think it looks pretty good. I am looking for more feedback from the site to see what you guys think.
Added photos of the GTX 770
Added the GTX 770 and because I had the HDMI plugged into the motherboard on the extreme6 I had some issues with the installation, but thanks to the EVGA FAQ site I was able to figure it out. I removed the HDMI cable plugged in the DVI cable and magically the monitor started to work. I was able to see the login screen in Windows using the GTX 770 but after entering in the password the screen would go black.
The cabling behind the mobo is just brutal. I don't know how you pros get it done so cleanly.
Added some more production photos. Still working on cabling but I did install the water cooler. I am already concerned with the Core temp per the Corsair Link software. Can someone lead me into what software I need to cross check the temperatures of my CPU?
I have not built in 15 years and I am going to try it again.
I will still have an iMac in my house but I am always wanting a windows environment usually for gaming. While I mostly play WoW, Diablo III, and SC2, there are some other games on the way that I know will require the later tech. In addition I do minor video editing of AVHCD content but because I have an iMac I will rarely do it on the Windows machine. I will have BD-R burner to transfer my back up video footage and will most likely rip DvDs and BD using Handbrake.
The current Dell XPS 630i pissed me off with false promises for continued upgradability, but replacing the Mobo in that chassis, which I like, will not offer what I am looking for because of how the case is Dellified, so i am going to sell it and take the plunge. The XPS 630i has an Nvidia 630 stock motherboard with a Dellified (nerfed) x8 max PCI 2.0 slot. It has 4GB of Ram and a Q9450 @ 2.66Hz Processor. No Sata 6.0 Gb/sec speed which is one of my major reasons to upgrade. I saw the release of the GTX 770 so since I am coming from a GTX 280 I figure I will see improvement.
Thank goodness for Micro Center, they are just really easy to work with and will match any price you can find from a large internet retailer. I would highly recommend them if you have the luxury of them being near you. I did use Frys Electronics along with NewEgg but I will always go to Micro Center first. The prices you see above are real and took 30 days to make happen included a $40.00 price drop on the Extreme 6 from AsRock at Micro Center.
I hope the Mobo will last me at least 3 years as the previous Dell XPS 630i lasted me 5 years and is still working today. No warranty services on it, which I know will be the death of me when I build this new unit out. I thought I was done building machines but it just looks to damn fun.
If I hear from you guys I will be happy to provide photos of the build as I do it with my 4 year old son to show him the inside of a computer and how things work. More updates to come.