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Ok, I built my original computer about a year and a half ago. Don't get me wrong, she's a beast, but it's time for something different. I decided to do something new, something a bit more than just a performance piece. So I started digging and designing, and here's how she goes so far. The original specs are in my sig, I'll update it once the build is complete. On to the build!

First, I decided that with the release of some amazing games right around the corner-such as Battlefield 3, ARMA 3 (I'm a member of ShackTac, for A2), and of course, Skyrim- it was time for some additional "Oomph" (great band by the way, for those into German rock). So I picked up a new

, and .


I snagged a second 6970 on the marketplace here (shout out to Psi_guy for the 2nd 6970, what a great guy). For those wondering "well why not just get a 6990 so you can have your cake and eat it too?" well, I tried, believe me. It's almost impossible to find a 6990 for sale right now, unless you're willing to buy a used one off Ebay for almost double retail. But, I digress.

After the new RAM:


and 6970:


went in, I was able to bump my 670 up over 4GHz (dunno what I was doing wrong before but it seemed like the XMS3 RAM had me bottle-necked somewhere, just wasn't stable over 3.8GHz). That accomplished, I started looking around some more. I recently sold my car, and am in the process of selling off all the custom parts, so I've got some spare funds. So I started looking into water cooling, and discovered that, short of a reservoir I really liked, EKWaterblocks had everything I needed for a very nice black and white themed build. I chose black and white because 1, I love minimalist/understated stuff, and 2, everyone seems to do a blue/red/UV build and I like to be different.

After some digging, I decided I was bored with my HAF932, and it's unpainted interior:


I don't have the skills necessary to do an interior paint-job that the HAF deserved. So I sold the HAF to one of the guys I work with, and went about choosing a new case. I settled on the . The white case with black accents appealed to me, and it goes perfectly with my inverted "Noir" theme. For my new power supply, I chose the (current PSU isn't modular, and with the CXFire, I wanted just a little extra room).
Case will be delivered this afternoon, but here's a stock pic to tide you over:


From there, I picked up a , some black heat-shrink tubing:


Some (in preparation for the liquid portion of the build):


And some :


I also picked up some , in case I'm a complete failure at sleeving on my own (big possibility):


Goodies:


Now I sit and wait for parts to arrive. Side-note, does anyone else feel like you're always the last house on the delivery list for UPS? I see them in the neighborhood during the day, but never when I've got stuff on order. They always show up in the evening for me.
Edited by WusteHase - 8/4/11 at 2:18pm
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sweet build, and yes, I always get my UPS stuff at like 6:00 PM even though I see them driving around in front of my house at 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by funkybottoms View Post
sweet build, and yes, I always get my UPS stuff at like 6:00 PM even though I see them driving around in front of my house at 11:00 AM
Thats because there is the next morning delivery option which cost a ton more, they put all those on a few trucks and those trucks only do those deliverys
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Why a 16GB kit?
I dont use more than 5GB in intense gaming.
Lots of V'Machines?
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Why a 16GB kit?
I dont use more than 5GB in intense gaming.
Lots of V'Machines?
Future-proofing mostly. I know I don't need near that much, but for the price, it made sense. With the XMS3 not letting me OC for some reason (probably lack of skill on my part), I wanted something I knew could handle a bit more stress.
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True... Yeah I missed a good sale, there was a 16GB kit for 100 dollars
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great build man, waiting for updates
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Ok, my case finally arrived, but not my new PSU or 6970 :'( Boo UPS. Also, please pardon my crappy cell phone pictures. My real camera is broken, due to an out-the-window-picture session on the freeway, but that's a different story.

Anyways, moving on.

So here's what arrived:


And inside the box, tada!


For those wondering about the size, here it is next to my HAF932:




Did a once over of all the bits and pieces in the box, and found this! Shame shame corsair, ***?


Always better safe than sorry:


Moving on to the good stuff, here's how she started out:



Out with the old:



Sleeving the front-panel cabling:


Getting there:


Tada!


What a mess! Thankfully Corsair had the foresight to leave enough space behind the mobo tray:


All together:



But just a bit too dark I think:



So let's add some light:



Side note, minor update:
I discovered that the NZXT fan shrouds had a solid pipe for mounting, like so:


But what I needed was an open area, since I only have the one set of long screws for mounting through a fan to the radiator. I had my radiator set up in push/pull before, using some slightly-longer-than-regular screws to hold a fan on the front, like this:


and the long screws that came with the kit to hold the fan on the back, and the whole assembly onto the case.

So here's the dilemma: I bought all these nifty color matched fans, but now I can't do the push/pull because I don't have the right combination of bolts. What to do, what to do... Aha! Pull the shroud off a Xigmatek smoked fan, and the blades out of the NZXT fan (total pita, instead of the standard rubber seal on the back of the fan, NZXT made theirs completely solid. Heat guns, knives, one totally broken fan, and some bloody knuckles were involved. But I got one out intact finally) and Voila! A push/pull setup with color matched fan blades:


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Dual channel RAM in an X58 motherboard? what?
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http://www.evga.com/articles/00481/
Check out the highlighted area.

It's what I got, hmm?
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