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As promised I've added some photos (more of my mediocre photography skills) to the first post.

Recently purchased products are;

- G.Skill Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) RAM @ 1600MHz
- G.Skill Turbulence II RAM Cooler
- BitFenix Sleeved ATX Extension (Black)
- 2x BitFenix Sleeved 8-Pin Extension (Black)

I'm still waiting on the 590 to arrive. More updates as they come!
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Apologies for the belated updates - work has been a bit of a nightmare! Anyway, on to business.

Firstly, my GTX 590 arrived from the States in record time;

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Shortly followed by the RAM, cooler and extension cables. Eager to start I threw everything on the dining table and set to work briefly putting the build together.

Motherboard (with RAM fitted [yes, in the wrong slots - I'm new to this, remember? tongue.gif]) and Kuhler mount fitted;

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Kuhler 920 and Lian-Li BZ BZ-502B fitted;

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'Finished';

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I must stress that at this point the build is not final - it was simply thrown together (with a bit of subconcious anally retentive cable management) while I made sure that everything works.

As some of you may be aware this is what happened the very first time that I turned it on (yes, I failed to turn on the plug frown.gif);

[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dThE1v50YNw[/ame]

Turned out that the front and middle AP181s were hitting the shrouds. Shortly after this the middle fan snapped a blade off and jammed! Needless to say an RMA quickly ensued and my new fans arrived a couple of days later.

Also, the more eagle eyed of you will notice that the CPU_LED came on, and the computer shut down. Turned out that in my noobishness I had incorrectly located a 3-pin fan into a PWR fan port which was somehow interrupting the POST sequence.

I had a fan plugged into the red box below (don't do this on a P8P67 Pro biggrin.gif);

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For those interested in the details - my help thread can be found here. It was during this issue that I was informed my RAM was in the wrong slots, so they were swapped back over.

So this is how my build is looking currently with the sleeved extensions fitted;

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Slightly artsy (pointless) photo;

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She's by no means finished - I plan to re-route the front (or rather, top in the Raven) cables as I'm not happy with their placement at the moment. I am also going to sleeve the rest of my visible cables and re-route the power to the GTX 590.

I'd also like to build a kind of PSU cover that will hide the cables dropping from it into the right-side of the case. I have a friend that make me something nice out of aluminium (I just pictured some USA members thinking '...out of what?') and get it powder coated to match the case.

For now that's where I am while I decide where the build is headed next. I'm currently selling my 2407WFP in favour of an ASUS 3D monitor, so I'm considering another 590 or perhaps even 2x 3GB 580s if I move on to surround gaming.
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post #23 of 115
nice. i was thinking of installing a fan in the 5.25 bays as well with the scythe bay rafter.

are u taking in the air from the case for the cpu cooler?
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Originally Posted by flipfreak;14231476 
nice. i was thinking of installing a fan in the 5.25 bays as well with the scythe bay rafter.

are u taking in the air from the case for the cpu cooler?

Thanks smile.gif

Yes - the Kuhler feeds from the AP181 at the bottom of the case and exhausts out the top. I'm using Coolermaster Sickleflows at 1,000rpm with a Scythe fan controller. My i5 2500k is overclocked to 4.4GHz and never goes over 56c. I could push further but the sound level is just right for me.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Smo;14232785 
Thanks smile.gif

Yes - the Kuhler feeds from the AP181 at the bottom of the case and exhausts out the top. I'm using Coolermaster Sickleflows at 1,000rpm with a Scythe fan controller. My i5 2500k is overclocked to 4.4GHz and never goes over 56c. I could push further but the sound level is just right for me.

ic. didn't see the fc in your shots. i thought u didn't install anything in 5.25 bays. smile.gif

was the original fans very loud at high rpms?

i am contemplating changing to the antec or corsair rads down the road but i am very happy with temps and noise level of my rig now.

i have been thinking of throwing in a fan at the 5.25 bays to cool my cards when i get another piece to run crossfire.
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post #26 of 115
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Originally Posted by flipfreak;14234145 
ic. didn't see the fc in your shots. i thought u didn't install anything in 5.25 bays. smile.gif

was the original fans very loud at high rpms?

i am contemplating changing to the antec or corsair rads down the road but i am very happy with temps and noise level of my rig now.

i have been thinking of throwing in a fan at the 5.25 bays to cool my cards when i get another piece to run crossfire.

In the second to last photo you can see the fan controller mounted in the top bay.

Which fans are you referring to? The ones that came with the Kuhler? If so, they were fine, but I wanted a more ambient glow inside my case and had the Sickleflows laying around so threw them on - at first they were jammed at maximum speed (1800rpm IIRC) so were very loud!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Smo;14238565 
In the second to last photo you can see the fan controller mounted in the top bay.

Which fans are you referring to? The ones that came with the Kuhler? If so, they were fine, but I wanted a more ambient glow inside my case and had the Sickleflows laying around so threw them on - at first they were jammed at maximum speed (1800rpm IIRC) so were very loud!

yup. i noticed it after u mentioned it. i usually don't look for the smaller details in a rig. hehe.

yup. i was referring to the kuhler fans. i guess i would replace them with yate loons or scythe gt if i were to switch to them down the road. i just find the price on the high side locally.
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post #28 of 115
That case is stunning. Nice job man. Have to ask, why the choice of cpu cooler?
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post #29 of 115
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Quote:
Originally Posted by flipfreak;14241591 
yup. i noticed it after u mentioned it. i usually don't look for the smaller details in a rig. hehe.

yup. i was referring to the kuhler fans. i guess i would replace them with yate loons or scythe gt if i were to switch to them down the road. i just find the price on the high side locally.
I've heard very good things about Yate Loons actually - if and when I decide to explore water cooling I think they'll be my fan of choice for the rad(s).
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dillmiester;14241629 
That case is stunning. Nice job man. Have to ask, why the choice of cpu cooler?
Thanks smile.gif

I chose the Kuhler based on several reviews I found on the web such as this one at KitGuru. I didn't want to jump straight onto the Corsair bandwagon just yet either - after all I'm still very inexperienced when it comes to building computers so I feel that I'm better off trying several products to get a feel for what I like, and what works.

That said - I've been looking into something like the Corsair H100 for a future build, with a seperate GPU loop in a different case.

Time will tell mate biggrin.gif
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As you've probably noticed the retention that it uses is the same as the h50, which is rather lackluster to say the least.
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