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The First Build: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

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EDIT: Sorry about the crappy title.

UPDATED: 6/25
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Hey fellow OCNers! I'm about to embark on my first build and thought I'd share it with you guys. I've pretty much gone from having a very limited understanding/interest in computers to having a whole new world opened to me. Here is my parts list of everything I've gotten so far:
Parts recieved:
Intel Core i5-2500K
ASUS P8P67 PRO (B3)
MSI Twin Frozr III GTX 570
G.Skill Ripjaws X (2 X 4Gb) 1600 Mhz CL8
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X DVD Burner
CORSAIR TX750 V2 750W
CM HAF 922
Asus Xonar DG
JVC HARX700
Logitech Z623 2.1 (have had for a while, just haven't opened; warranty replacement of Logitech Z-2300)
CM Hyper 212+
AC-MX4
Zalman Microphone
Anti-static wristband
Kingston V+100 96Gb SSD (don't hate, it was cheap)
2.5" to 3.5" bracket
DEMCifilter HAF 922 filter suite

Parts I'm waiting for:
Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable
3x Yate Loon Mediums
1x Yate Loon High
Rheosmart 6 channel controller



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6/25
Achieved a stable CPU overclock of 4.5Ghz yesterday. Next step is to work on OCing the GPU (a lot of reading involved ;p).

CPU Validation (2hrs OCCT stable, 8 hours Prime95 blend stable):
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1885022

3DMark06 (post 4.5Ghz OC, pre OC was around 24,000):
http://3dmark.com/3dm06/15833736

3DMark11 (post 4.5Ghz):
http://3dmark.com/3dm11/1430766;jses...JwpW9HddXPP2LT



On a side note, my monitor crapped out on me and is RMAed.


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6/19

She's a beaut'! First boot went flawlessly (kudos to CM for throwing in a mobo speaker) and I've since installed my OS (double install for upgrade version), drivers, a lot of personal data, and have optimized my software for using an ssd (to some extent). Even this 'crappy' Kingston ssd makes me want to make sweet love to this rig. I'll have a few pics up later today and maybe a benchmark or two at stock. Then, it's on to OC!

If I have time tonight I'm going to run some stock benchmarks and post them here.

Temporary set-up while I get everything up and running. Also waiting for filters before I put it on the floor.


Finalized innards:

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6/16

Got the new case and put everything back in. Also my first shot at cable management: nothing pretty but I think it should keep the air flowing. Will finish tying stuff up tomorrow and boot her up.




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6/14

I decided to send back the defective case rather than mod it. I talked to newegg customer support and they waived the shipping fee back and the restocking fee for a return; they also gave me free rush ordering on a new HAF 922 so my unit (rather than waiting for an RMA exchange) will be here in 2-3 days. Newegg customer service is really accommodating! I'm also going to try to run this rig without a box to check for any problems, provided I find a guide to do so without destroying anything. Any suggestions?



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6/13

Finally started working on this bad boy today! It went pretty smoothly; the most difficult part for me was figuring out a method for applying the thermal paste, but I wound up just using a combo-sandwich bag/credit card method. I had to mod the bracket I bought for the SSD slightly by dremeling out the threads to allow the tool-less post in the 3.5" trays to hold the contraption. Also had bit of trouble being able to line up the GPU with the case screws in the back; I wasn't able to line the holes up in the first PCI x16 slot, so I had to move it to the second where it barely fit. Not sure if that was a case, mobo, or gpu problem. I forgot to take pictures as I put it together, but here is the result of about 5 hours of work I put in today:

I mounted everything but haven't plugged anything in yet, saving that and the first boot for tomorrow.





I did have an unpleasant surprise that I discovered when I was installing the DVD drive: it appears that the hood that houses the front panel I/O had 2 of the clips holding it to the top of the box completely broken off, and the last 2 on their last leg. I really don't want to wait weeks for an RMA to process, so I'm probably going to pick up some velcro strips tomorrow to anchor the approx. 1/2" lip under the hood to the top of the box (would rather do that than glue it). A bit of a pain in the ass; I hope this doesn't speak for the quality/durability of the rest of the case.





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6/9

Here are some quick pics of the packages:








I'll post more pics tomorrow when I take everything out of the boxes and get my hands dirty.
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I really look forward to building this thing and I appreciate in advance all of the help and encouragement I will probably need over the next month or so. Multas gratias tibi ago!
Edited by Infinite Jest - 6/25/11 at 5:30pm
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FOR MY OWN REFERENCE

To Do:

-Data management b/t SSD & HDD
-Mess around with fan speeds
-Run initial benchmarks/Load tests
-Install Programs
-Overclock - in progress
-Play some games!
Edited by Infinite Jest - 6/25/11 at 3:55pm
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Nice parts. Can't wait to they are all together

Let me know if you need any help assembling/ and or testing anything.
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Looks good man! I have that same case, its amazing . I just built mine too for the first time, it really isint that tough!
 
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yup, wanta see this
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nice choices all around...put some build pics up when finished.
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post #8 of 61
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Could anyone recommend a hardware guide with pics? This especially for TIM application.
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I've been reading in a few places that is a good idea to bench test parts attached to the mobo individually before everything is mounted in the case to check for part failures. Do you guys recommend doing this or is this an unnecessary risk for a first time builder such as myself?
Edited by Infinite Jest - 6/10/11 at 8:26am
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I've been reading in a few places that is a good idea to bench test parts attached to the mobo individually before everything is mounted in the case to check for part failures. Do you guys recommend doing this or is this an unnecessary risk for a first time builder such as myself?
Can anyone give me an opinion on this? I'd like to start assembling tonight.
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