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For all those who have thanked me for the sleeving, this is not to offend you. I purchased extensions that were pre-sleeved because I lack the experience to sleeve my own cables as this was my very first build. I appreciate your comments, and hope that this does not offend you.

To all those who sleeve their own cables, you are extremely dedicated people, and deserve all of the credit given for the time you take to painstakingly sleeve every individual cable, I do not intend to take credit for someone else's sleeving job. My hat's off to your expertise and patience.
Thanks, and enjoy my Buildlog!


So, I decided post build it might be a good idea to create a buildlog chronicling my adventures whilst engaging in my very first build. While the pictures may be only of late stages of the build, I will do my best to explain my entire process so that other people like me do not make the mistakes I made (which, coincidentally was very few, but more on that later).

I was in fact lucky enough to have a brother who works at the Apple Retail Store (please, don’t kill me), and was able to take advantage of Intel’s Retail Edge program and snag a 2600k for a mere $114 + shipping. This segues nicely into my spiel on finding deals. Don’t get yourself caught up in finding THE ABSOLUTELY BEST DEAL EVAR, unless you’re into that kind of thing. Also, a tip for people who are like me, don’t factor in MIRs. I’m so paranoid about things breaking that I won’t remove the UPC to get my 30 bux, and thus should account for that $30 still being in my total cost.

Other than the CPU I didn’t really get AMAZING deals on anything else, but
I’m fairly certain I got decent to good prices on almost everything. Minus shipping I will list out the grand totals rounded off to whatever the hell I want to round it off to. I previously owned a monitor, so that doesn’t factor in.

Bitfenix Colossus Window – 150
Intel i7 2600k – 114
Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3 – 180
G.Skill Sniper 1866 2x4GB stixxx - 115
2x EVGA SC GTX 580s – 998
OCZ Vertex 3 – 255
Spinpoint F3 1TB – 60
Corsair AX1200 – 279
ASUS DVDRW drive - 30
Mod/smark Kobra UV green sleeved cable extensions (2x 8pin PCI, 2x 6pin PCI, 1x 24 pin ATX, and 1x 8pin EPS CPU) – I don’t remember, lets say 50
4x CM Sickleflow w/ Green LEDs – I think it was 40
4x UV cold cathode tubes - 20
Antec Kuhler 920 – 115
Razer Naga Epic (I actually use the 1-12 keypad)- 105
Razer Goliathus Superwaytoobigbutnotthekeyboardsizedone Mouse Pad – 20
Deck Legend Toxic – 160



I probably missed something, but the grand total is ~2700. I left peripherals in because other than the monitor I already had, I planned on getting ones that matched up with the level of the computer I was building. Plus I was having fun spending money. I ordered almost everything off of Amazon, minus the case, keyboard, mouse, PSU extensions, DVD drive, and fans. I got the case and PSU extensions from Performance-PCs, and the rest from Microcenter. I originally planned on getting the Venom edition of the Colossus, but it was out of stock, and still is at the time of writing this, and damnit I wanted my new computer.

I received the case last, and was not in posession of the monitor until a few days after my initial test assembly, but was able to satisfactorily test my system inside of an old beige monster PC case, of which I had removed a side, and the front panel. Essentially it was a computer case on its side with a back panel with motherboard mounting places, and only 3 sides left. Sadly I don’t have any pictures of it, and it is currently in the dump somewhere. I hastily assembled everything, any by hastily I mean carefully, but feverishly because damnit I wanted to turn it on and go all googly-eyed at it. Everything worked, and I was also probably the only person in the world that used a VGA adapter on a pair of 500 dollar graphics cards. Don’t worry, when I got ahold of my monitor I went to HDMI.

Protip for all new system builders, GET ALL OF YOUR DRIVERS ON A FLASH DRIVE. I sat around for about 20 minutes trying to figure out how to download drivers with an ethernet port that didn’t have drivers. Also, I had installed Windows through USB (didn’t have my DVD drive at the time either, and of course I REALLY wanted to turn my computer on), so I felt dumb that the answer had been sitting right there the whole time.

So after a few days of no case, I had a case. It was sideways. Also, everything that looks bluish, is actually black. I blame my lighting. Also the light blue is actually white, and glows red if I turn the LEDs on.



Also I had fun with my case badges. I thought I was pretty clever.



I disassembled my “test bench” thing, and set about assembling everything into my Colossus. If anyone is wondering, it really is a nice case to work with, especially as a first time builder. Other than the multi-colored cables, it’s pretty much perfect for anything other than Xbox-hueg motherboards. PSU is bottom mounted, and it fits like 18 jillion different motherboards. Standoffs are included.



I got everything assembled, and like a noob first builder closed up my case before trying to turn it on. So, of course something was wrong. I pushed the power button and my computer blinked and laughed at me. It would turn on for maybe a half a second and then turn back off. I nearly died inside, because I thought I had shorted something and ruined a component.

Nope, Loki himself was playing tricks on me. I had plugged about 19 million things into a single molex plug. Turns out PSUs don’t like having 6 fans, a pump, 4 cathode tubes, and a bunch of LEDs plugged into one plug. Of course I figure this out after I have removed everything except my CPU and cooler. So I reassemble everything, and am supremely satisfied when I can turn my computer on and play gaemz with awesum graphx.

About a day later I went back and rearranged all of the cabled and cleaned things up a bit. All of the pictures are of it in it’s current state.



Me being a boss, and installing a 120mm fan/radiator combo in a 140mm grate.



Thanks for taking the time to read my wall of text and the look at my pictures of shiny plastics and metals with electricity running through them.

Pretty pictures of it in the dark!









Edited by Najentus - 7/4/11 at 3:38pm
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post #2 of 17
Love the sleeving. Nicely done!
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post #3 of 17
Nice build!

+1 for awesome sleeving.
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Originally Posted by Brittain View Post
Love the sleeving. Nicely done!
Thanks!

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Originally Posted by frizkie View Post
Nice build!

+1 for awesome sleeving.
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post #5 of 17
Kind of funny how everyone is giving him props for the sleeving, yet he didn't even do it himself, just bought the extensions pre-sleeved.

I don't like to be an ass though, so nice build.
    
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post #6 of 17
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Kind of funny how everyone is giving him props for the sleeving, yet he didn't even do it himself, just bought the extensions pre-sleeved.

I don't like to be an ass though, so nice build.
I actually went through and made sure there was at least 2 pieces of proof that showed I didn't do the sleeving (extensions listed in price list, picture of it connected from the back panel). Not really sure if they were saying they liked the sleeving itself, or that I sleeved them really well. I'm hoping it's the first one, because I don't want to take credit for some company's work as my own. I'll make an edit to the main post to hopefully help clarify this.

Don't feel bad about what you said, I'd be the first to admit I'm way too lazy, and nowhere near skilled enough to sleeve my own cables. People who do it themselves deserve much more credit than they get.
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post #7 of 17
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My Deck Legend Toxic came in, currently in love with it.

Night pic for fun.

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post #8 of 17
Whaaa, where did you get that keyboard?! I have looked for so long to try and find a board with a green backlight.
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post #9 of 17
That's a sweet looking build you got there!

+1 from my girlfriend too; she loves green.
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post #10 of 17
Nothing wrong with extensions bro! I love mine and I sure as hell don't have the time or patience to do it myself...
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