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    ROG Member Array Racer Of All's Avatar
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    "A Newcomers" Build

    After looking at everyone's awesome sophisticated builds (read: threads with 5 star ratings) I felt like it wasn't even worth posting my basic build :P However, I told the people that answered my questions in my other thread in the Build Advice forums here that I would.

    So it's pretty late here and I'm just copy-pasting the build process from my blog so excuse any idiosyncrasies:

    Remember to click pictures for a large version.

    Parts used:
    Case: Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula
    CPU: Intel i7 3770k Ivy Bridge X4 @ 4.5 Ghz
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 (SE2011 for 4pin fans)
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW
    RAM: G.Skill Trident X 16GB @ 2400
    PSU: Corsair 850HX 80 Plus Gold
    SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 120 GB — OS/Main Programs
    HDD1: 1TB WD Caviar Black — Secondary Programs/Projects
    HDD2: 1TB Hitachi GST Deskstar HD31000 — Media Drive
    HDD3: 2TB WD Caviar Black — Game Repository

    Let's start off with a picture to keep people interested. Here's a shot of the previous system and what it looked like, note that the PSU and GPU are part of the new build:


    Before the questions arrive, that bottle is 99% isopropyl alcohol.

    After taking apart the old system and some wires (taking a system apart can be a PITA...) that are not needed I decided to start with something simple. Like mounting the SSD:


    Btw, I'm covering up the serial, not pointing at anything.

    Normally I do an external build to make sure everything POSTs okay, but I didn't feel like maneuvering the entire massive CPU fan in the case once installed so I took my chances. Here's the motherboard waiting for it's fellow friends to join it. I decided to run the CPU 8 and 4 pin cables behind the mobo this time instead of through the cable management holes. It was a more direct route (which means I didn't have to use an extender and it still kept it very tidy:


    The CPU brackets are set up for a bottom-up config, I fixed that later.

    Up until this point it was pretty smooth sailing but of course nothing can ever just work correctly. See the top fins of the RAM I purchased was supposed to be removable. This mattered because otherwise it wouldn't clear the massive cooler needed for the CPU.


    DON'T STOP ME NOWWW 'CAUSE I'M HAVING A GOOD TIME, HAVING A GOOD TIME!

    Aha! But as you can see above I found a way to get the fins off of the RAM. Now bear in mind that it was supposed to be as easily as taking off the screws and sliding the fins off. What ended up happening? Blunt force. But it worked. After this abominable demonstration of strength, it was time to stop for a lunch break:


    LIKE A TIGER DEFYING THE LAWS OF GRAVITYYY!

    After that amazing boost of energy I got everything together. Something I'd like to say is that Noctua knows how to build a cooler. Not only for its performance but for its ease of installation. Compared to the D14, the Hyper212+ is the most complicated thing to install. Something else I'd like to say about Noctua is that, like T-Mobile, their 'chosen' color is horrible. Seriously, these fans might perform amazing but they're hideous.


    It's as if we performed heart surgery on my CPU. That cooler does NOT go with those jeans.

    The moment of truth was upon us. Should I have done an external build? Is a part non functioning? Will the fan look itself in the mirror and be so depressed it doesn't work? SO MANY QUESTIONS!


    Spoiler Alert: Everything was okay.

    The very first thing that greets you is the UEFI. Oh, the UEFI. After a decade of dealing with BIOS' and permanently seeing blue everywhere I went it was such a relief. It's one thing to see an EFI in screenshots and such but it's another thing all together to USE one.

    Anyway, everything after here was pretty boring, installing Windows, dealing with drivers, fixing small software things, moving programs around, almost going insane. Just routine stuff.

    Then I spent today getting a decent performing overclock, here's a screenshot:


    Decent chip, if I say so myself.

    I didn't actually push the i7 3770k that much (well some might say 1Ghz for OC is pretty big leap) but I don't feel like I need to. On idle I get around 38ºC and I could definitely make that a lot better but I don't want to increase idle computer noise that much. My build is literally almost 100% silent right now when idling and as for load temps in the screenshot, that's the worst case scenario, when gaming I get temps in around the 50ºC. Oh and the VCore is at 1.135 for a 4.5Ghz overclock on an average of 70ºC on full load, for those of you searching about temps in Google and such but every chip is different.

    All around I'm pretty content with the OC but nowhere near as happy as I am with the entire system. Everything just plays so nicely with everything else. I didn't get a chance to run any benchmarks but playing both Borderlands 2 on high everything gives me a solid 60FPS (vSync ON) when previously it would drop to the 20s in massive combat areas. It was definitely my CPU bottlenecking me before.

    Skyrim is the same story, every single overhaul mod you can think of PLUS an ENB series shader and on the biggest most intense area I still get a solid 60 FPS. It is amazing.
    Last edited by Racer Of All; 10-15-2012 at 12:23 PM.

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    ROG Court Jester Array Nackers's Avatar
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    Good stuff mate,,

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    Nice system, you did a great job on it! Please make another post (or edit the first) to provide a nice list of all the components used. That would be great.

    Covering up serial number, use MS Paint with the black marker tool. Not as quick, but removes all doubt as to what you are doing.
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
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    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
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    ROG Member Array Racer Of All's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nackers View Post
    Good stuff mate,,
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zygomorphic View Post
    Nice system, you did a great job on it! Please make another post (or edit the first) to provide a nice list of all the components used. That would be great.

    Covering up serial number, use MS Paint with the black marker tool. Not as quick, but removes all doubt as to what you are doing.
    Appreciate it! And yeah I realized I could have done post editing for the S/N but I barely forced myself to take the pictures as it is it was much easier to upload them right away than to go back in and edit. Anyway I forgot to add the parts list as you mentioned so here they are:

    Case: Cooler Master HAF X Full Tower
    Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Formula
    CPU: Intel i7 3770k Ivy Bridge X4 @ 4.5 Ghz
    CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 (SE2011 for 4pin fans)
    GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 FTW
    RAM: G.Skill Trident X 16GB @ 2400
    PSU: Corsair 850HX 80 Plus Gold
    SSD: Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 120 GB — OS/Main Programs
    HDD1: 1TB WD Caviar Black — Secondary Programs/Projects
    HDD2: 1TB Hitachi GST Deskstar HD31000 — Media Drive
    HDD3: 2TB WD Caviar Black — Game Repository

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    New ROGer Array Zygomorphic's Avatar
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    Thanks for the parts list! Fast RAM there. Zoom! Zoom! No Scorpio 10K RPM drives? Those are faster (but noisier and hotter).
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

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    Work on that cable management!
    Tom's Hardware Expert starting fresh on the ROG Forums!
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/profile-946176.htm

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    ROG Member Array Racer Of All's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by amuffin View Post
    Work on that cable management!
    Oh yeah, definitely the final version (before it put the sides back on and all) looks a lot better, I just didn't get a shot. I'll try to take a picture with a better camera of the final result along with what it looks like in a darker room. I was using my phone's camera on an old ROM version so it's not the best quality pics anyway (notice the green hue in some pics).

    If I don't get to that, here's what I did:

    The bottom (USB, power, reset hdd led) cables were hidden behind the mobo, CPU fan cables were routed down the heatsink (parallel to it), moved the USB 3.0 connector to the top cable grommet, case fan cables were laid 'flat' onto the chassis with black electrical tape (makes it blend in).

    Only thing that's still a PITA is the PCIe vid card cables. They're unmanageable xD

    Quote Originally Posted by Zygomorphic View Post
    Thanks for the parts list! Fast RAM there. Zoom! Zoom! No Scorpio 10K RPM drives? Those are faster (but noisier and hotter).
    Nah, I had the hard drives left over from my previous build and I feel like 'upgrading' hard drives at this point would be a waste. I would rather save that money for another larger capacity SSD. Only storage device I added on this build was the SSD (and oh am I glad I did, such a difference!).
    Last edited by Racer Of All; 10-16-2012 at 11:53 AM.

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    New ROGer Array Zygomorphic's Avatar
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    10K rpm drives are seeing the end of their lives, Intel's SSD cache capabilities are faster, as well as using less power and often cost less. For their day, they were the fastest around, but I think that we will still see them in servers and things like that where the MTBF requirements preclude SSDs, and the performance gains are worth it.
    I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
    We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee!
    LINUX Users, we have a group!
    http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

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    nice burger =P
    #welcomechallenges

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