48 months ago
I am posting this here so that I don't flood people with a massive amount of text on the build page where they can comment. (Hope this is alright, I though the admins would appreciate this more than linking to another site) Completed build
01/02/2016:Paid for all the parts today, This computer will have: * Intel i5-6600K *MSI R9 390 Gaming 8GB * MSI Z170I GAMING PRO AC * Corsair Vengeance LPX 2 x 8GB DDR4-2133 13CAS * EVGA SuperNOVA P2 650W * Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB * 3x Cooler Master JetFlo 120mm Red LED * Corsair SP140 140mm Red LED * Phanteks PH-TC14CS Red * Corsair 380T * RGB LED DIMMER * RGB LED CONNECTOR CLIPS * RGB LED EXTENSION CABLE * RGB STRIP LED * RGB LED RF CONTROLLER * SONY 24" Playstation 3D TV 1080p 120hz * Corsair K95 RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard * Corsair M65 RGB Wired Laser Mouse I already own the keyboard, mouse and playstation tv.
03/02/2016: First parts came in today, arrived from newegg was my MSI R9 390 Gaming 8GB, MSI Z170I PRO AC, Corsair 140mm SP red LED fan, and my corsair vengeance LPX memory. Man that was fast from newegg, still waiting a few parts additional parts from newegg.
04/02/2016: Early this morning I received my RGB RF(Radio Frequency) controller from amazon, I'm glad I got this one, it costs a little more than regular IR (infrared) controllers, however this one has built in music capabilities, is made of solid aluminium which will be easy to paint either red or black, and the remote is already black which is awesome. Later at night I recieved my samsung 850 EVO from direct canada. Still more parts.
05/02/2016: Today I recieved my Intel i5-6600K processor, one of three Coolermaster 120mm jetflow fan and my evga 650w p2 powersupply, Unfortionatly it looks like I'm going to have to wait until next week to recieve my case, the two other coolermaster jetflo fans and the Phanteks PH-TC14CS cooler. :/ I wanted to start so bad!
08/02/2016: Early this morning I went onto new egg and what did I see... My parts were on sale I bought. Called newegg, after about 20 minutes everything done, I will be getting 2 gift cads totalling 34$ that last for 90 days. Lemonade out of lemons perfect, Will likly use those for another ssd at their store :) Anyways, just another couple of hours and I should be receiving a few more parts :)
09/02/2016: I was hoping to get the parts yesterday :/ That didn't happen :( However I got the rest of my parts today, my 380T case, Phanteks cpu cooler, my 2 other coolermaster jetflo fans and went straight to work on my build. The first thing I did was get my fans installed Which would be easy however the case only comes with 4 long screws.. Thankfully the cm jetflo fans are threaded so all I had to do was drill some holes to install the short screws that came with the fan. I was unsure if the cm jetflo fans cables were long enough and was happy they fit easily with a little spare room. I then unpacked my phanteks cpu cooler, my msi z170i motherboard, my corsair 2133 cas 13 ram, my i5-6600K processor and installed the parts onto my motherboard. I was expecting a super difficult install for the phanteks PH-TC14CS but on this m-itx board it was actually pretty simple, it took me a good 20 minutes to install the cpu cooler It is a little big for this board and could only be positioned with the logo facing the front, I would have preferred the side to have better airflow, however It also looks much nicer this way, ohh well. Even having the cpu cooler facing the front this way I was having issues with those massive copper rails and I had to actually remove the anti vibration rubber for the fans on the back of the case, this isn't a big issue since the Jet flo fans I installed ALSO have anti vibration rubber around the mount. just to be safe, I also completely uninstalled the cooler and bent it slightly foreward, wasn't too happy about this, however I didn't want to take any chances for when everything was installed. I also installed the evga P2 650w PSU, and yes it fits and it is 165mm, the max compatibility says 160mm, but thats likly with the 3.5" drive cage installed. At this point I looked at the drive bay, I would have to keep the entire thing out for my computer to use the psu I had, however Since I would likely never use it if I did this, I decided to cut a slot into the side of the drive where the top 3.5" drive would go, and inserted the drive bay back into my computer, this allowed me to still keep the bottom 3.5" drive and have plenty of room for my cables. I looked in the case and decided where I would put the led controller. I don't have the actual led strip yet, but the unit is big enough that it will cause issues if I don't plan where I will install it. I put it under the drive bay, fits perfectly, drill 2 holes in and its good to go. I then spend several hours doing some cable management, my hand are huge so this is rather difficult for me lol. Now that I have routed all the cables I need to, I install my msi R9 390 into the case, very happy this card has a backplate, I rout all the cabled where they need to go and for now the cable situation is good enough. With everything installed, and after spending many hours I just want to clean everything up, and see if all my parts are functioning :P I plug in my power supply, turn the power supply on and hit the power button, Success. *With everything working, I copy all the discs for driver onto my usb stick, pack all the extras away into their boxes, take one last picture of everything and go directly to bed.
10/02/2016: I got up nice and early in the morning and went straight to installing windows onto my computer, when finished I got to the setup screen and realized I no longer had keyboard or mouse support, went into the bios and enabled Windows 7 support, didn't realize that would be a thing lol. I set everything up open my device manager and see the long list of missing drivers :P, so I put my USB stick into my computer and... Its not recognized, Reboot the computer, go back into windows 7 install and select the repair option to use the windows explorer tool that comes on the installer. Copy all the files over from my USB and reboot the computer, I install all the drivers from my discs and install google chrome that came with one of the discs... then immediately uninstall it because It has issues lol. I look at the list of driver and notice that there are a few missing that should have appeared on the list for my intel graphics and a few other thing, go into my bios, enable a few thing, restart my computer and bam, there are the missing drivers. I try to use the wireless adapter that comes on the msi z170i board and OHH MY GOSH THE DRIVER IS TERRIBLE!!! the wireless adapter constantly and frequently resets making it impossible to use. I immediately make that priority #1 and find the new drivers from intels website, after installing the drivers no issues, I find and install all the remain drivers, flash the new version of the bios and it looks like everything is working :) Some friendly advice, don't use the automatic driver update software that comes with the msi board... just don't its terrible and unreliable. I install all my favorite games and whatnot and all my programs I need and I am finished with my software. I spend a little time to relax and play some games.
11/02/2016: Time to overclock my computer will update later after I read up on some specifics for skylake overclocking. I think it will be a fun learning experience.
15/02/2016 Over the weekend while I was gone visiting another part for my leds came in, today was my R,G,B controller that came in I want to use this to control some leds in my case that I wan't to always remain a static color, The controller is plastic and beige in color, will defiantly have to paint this :). Still waiting on my leds, once they arrive I will take everything in my case apart and do my final wire management and cleanup while i'm putting in the leds. I havn't had too much time to overclock yet since I was out of town over the weekend but now that I'm back and unpacked, its time to sit down and dive deep into my bios.
08/03/2016 Wow its taken a long while and finally my led strips have arrived from amazon. With those in, I think i'll go take a visit to the nearby hardware stores and start looking at some paint and everything else I need, still alot of snow out side, however I do want to get the led controllers painted and I should be able to do that in my basement with the window open :P (way too cold to paint in my garage atm) Just waiting on the cable for the led strip and I have everything I need. While I have been waiting I have been thinking: Why not make the entire side panels acrylic or some other type of plastic mix? Looking at the side panels and seeing how they are constructed I believe it wouldn't be overly complicated, however it would be permanent and the process would not be reversible. Just need a flat razor blade, a jigsaw, a heat gun, and some type of acrylic cement/bonding agent. Should I go for it? I don't think my graphics card will be too happy :P but I think it will look really nice when finished; Plus what's the point of color matching all my parts if I'm not going to show them off? :) I have quiet alot of work ahead.
10/03/2016 Finally everything has come in, I take my entire computer apart and after a couple hours of planning and dis-assembly I start soldiering my leds. I also take apart my two side panels, removing the metal mesh.
11/03/2016 I went to my local home depot and picked up some black paint for the interior parts, I'm going to get the exterior paint somewhere else as I want a higher quality automotive paint that will not chip and scratch as easily. that will be another day. Picked up a sheet of acrylic, some various grit sand paper a drop cloth and found some acetone at home for bonding the acrylic. When I had arrived home, I went back to work on the wiring. quiet a few of things to connect with all the led controllers and whatnot. Most of the wires and the dimmer style RGB controller will go under the top unit after cutting off some of the excess PCB that was used for screwing the unit (Else it wouldn't fit) I'm glad I have this space to work with, and having the built in switch on the case for the led over the motherboard is very handy, I connect that instead to my controller as it doesn't have an on/off switch or control. I wired all my parts so that they go through the sata power cable that comes with the case. The RF LED controller is just in parallel to the 12v and ground cable and the Dimmer RGB controller is actually hooked through a 3pin fan splicer I had lying around, though the fan controller. When the fan controller reduces volts, it will also slightly dimm the leds. I should be able to set this up so that they are always the same brightness as the cooler master fans that I have.