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Royal-Fortune i7 Build~puttsy

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Hello all, I'm here to post my first worklog! I've been building rigs for many years but am now building a highly popular, higher budget build. I am also doing several mods throughout the process and plan for future upgrades and continual changes/upgrades as well as more serious mods.
Royal-Fortune:
Intel i7 2600k
Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 (8 GB)
Asetek 550LC
MSI GTX 460 Hawk
Kingston 96GB V+100 SSD
Seagate 500GB 7200:12 Program Files
Corsair TX850W
Lian-Li Lancool PC-K58W
Sony BD-ROM BDU-X10S
MDPC-X sleeve
Windows 7 Pro. x64
OCZ Rally 2 4GB

Note: There have been several sponsors for this machine.

1) Asetek, Inc. Asetek has sent me a beautiful 550LC (Essentially the Corsair H50. Has nearly exact same temps and all the same components. Just slightly different cosmetics)
http://www.asetek.com

2) Corsair: Corsair sent me 8GB of Vengeance 1600 memory (well, they haven't formally acknowledged the sponsorship but, they were very generous with an RMA for DDR2 thus, I feel they deserve the accolades. Awesome company anyway though!)

Onto the log:

Day 1: Order motherboard/processor from newegg as combo. (Save $20!)

Day 2: Browse the forums to see just how sweet the motherboard REALLY is. (MaxPC review: [link]http://puttsy.me/mTD2Um[/link]. Read through that in the July issue)

Day 3: Move my current build (Black-Pearl) to an old case. Sleeve the Front Panel cables in the old case and sleeve the front panel headers in the case I planned to use. (Thermaltake Soprano RS)

Day between 3 & 4: Mowed my 3 acres (John Deere rider, of course!)…along with trimming, edging, etc…No work on build though. (*teardrop*

Day 4: Receive UPS package from newegg. Motherboard box CRUSHED by Processor box. Motherboard had some scratches and the capacitors around the broken box were all leaning.

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Day 5: Contact Newegg regarding RMA. Speak with rep. They say sure, we can advance replace the board no problem...can’t find my wallet to share CC # with them so I ask them, “Does this request have a ticket # yet?” “ Rep: No sir, but it is noted in your account so when you call us back, all you will have to do is have the next rep you speak with look at the note and give them your CC #”. Sweet, sounds simple. 2 minutes later I find my wallet (long story, thought it was still in my car...which had been taken to work by another member of the household) and give newegg a call back. Speak with a different rep that say No, no sir we cannot do that. We must file a claim with UPS, the damage was done by them.
Digress: (umm, no. UPS didn’t package my components on directly on the other and neglect to put packing material on top of the mobo box, under the i7 box, around the i7 box or on top of the i7 box. Newegg packed my components WRONG)

Day 5 con’t: Receive confirmation from Newegg that a claim was filed. Received email with labels that had to be posted on the package for the damaged item, fine. Taped that on there and let the box with th eP8Z68-V Pro sit around for a while. Occasionally opened the mobo up to look at colours, determine cabeling techniques, get sleeving ideas, etc…)

Emails from Newegg:
August 4, 2011: Claim Issued
August 4, 2011: Claim Approved
August 4, 2011: RMA Approved
August 4, 2011: Claim Resolved*
August 5, 2011: UPS Tracking
August 5, 2011: Invoice 0.00 for replacement board

This email also stated UPS would contact me directly (via email) to arrange a pickup time etc…

Day 6: Not a whole lot happened. It was a weekend. Looked into sleeve art and started considering sleeving options.

Day 7: Again, more research on Sleeve art and looking into Intel Colour matching. (Looking to get sleeve that matches the accents on the motherboard and hopefully, get some Corsair Intel Dominator memory w/ blue fins) Looked into graphics cards, realized my GTS 250 OC I planned to use has 1 dead output. (Only supports 1 monitor now, still a decent card though)

Day 8: Come home from doctor’s appointment to UPS note on SIDE door stating they stopped to retrieve UPS Damaged item.
Digress: (I have an entryway/breezeway UPS/FedEx usually places parcels in. Fully enclosed, safe from the elements…except the cold in the winter; BRRR) Apparently they think they need to use the fancy French doors on my deck…I think not.

Remember here, I was told UPS would contact me to arrange a pick-up time and proper transfer of the damaged parcel as well as offer interest in issues with the shipment. This NEVER happened, simply had a note waiting. Great email service and letting customers know what’s going on!!

Day 8 cont’: Ordered new video card after determining the previously intend one was defective (Yes, I know, the GTS 250 is an insult to the CPU/motherboard BUT, I don’t really do much in terms of gaming. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, AutoCAD, Vectorworks, etc… are this builds intent so a Quadro would be preferable but a GTS 250 works fine for those apps. (Hence the i7 over an i5)
Consider water cooling solutions and look into complete, custom water cooling configurations. (Personally built/setup by myself, just find all the optimal components) *Hint hint* all you liquid cooling companies. Would LOVE being sponsored for a dual loop rig.

Day 9: Juggled graphics cards BACK around. Put my MSI GTS 8600 back in the spare bedroom PC, took the Zotac PCIe x1 Ion card from spare bedroom PC and put back into box. --I was planning to move GTS 250 OC to NEW Rig and my old 8600 to the rig the new one is replacing. (Black-Pearl: Q6600)

Day 10: Looked into new cases and debated ordering a $70 Lian-Li Lancool PC-K58W from newegg but opted to save the $$$ at his moment. Looked into more watercooling options and have deceided on the zero maintenance type, fully contained coolers. I am introduced to these compliments of Asetek! (Asetek made coolers. Corsair/Antec OEM)

•Day 11: Looked into Asetek OEM coolers. Contacted Asetek regarding this build and their interest in sponsoring this machine, Received prompt response from Asetek with very strong interest in this project and request which 500 series cooler I would be seeking. (The 550 is my choice for this build) They also wanted pictures of previous builds but…this is my first worklog and perspective sponsored build so I don’t have any photos of past work!! (Oh No!!!) PLUS! I had just torn ALL my other machines apart that I had carefully sleeved and routed; lost all my proof that I do, in fact, build performance machines for looks and abuse.

Assembled basic new rig of board, proc., RAM, SSD, HDD, BD-ROM, PSU and installed Windows 7 Pro x64. Intel graphics (On the proc.) are actually, surprisingly decent. Didn’t have video card but was a bit too antsy to have the parts sitting around. Remember, all this was built inside my small, cramped, crappy Thermaltake Soprano. After the basic build, I decided
A) If I am being sponsored I need a better, bigger case
B) The Soprano is just WAY to cramped for proper Air flow and adequate cooling. Only room for 2 fans… unmodded. (I had 3, one on top, and front/back slots. Side panel fan didn’t help much)
Installed Drivers and got comfortable with the awesomeness of the machine.

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Day 12: Installed all my essential apps, changed some icons but that’s not a concern on this worklog. Received Tracking Information For my Lian Li Lancool PC-K58W. Video Card arrived.

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Day 13: Not much progress on the build. Had a doctor’s appointment in the early afternoon and had to return a guest back to their home. Uploaded the pictures from the camera to Flickr. Also picked up a riveter at Harbor Freight and gave it a test run on an old chassis. Can’t wait for more intense case modding!! (3 more days till K-58 gets here!)

Day 14: Stayed home for recovery from appointment. (Yes, actually had an intense procedure but wanted to stop past Harbor Freight so I grinned and bared(sp?) it till after that on the way home. *insert chuckle here* Also, tested out a homemade sandblaster on an old side panel. Yielded very promising results considering all the wrong I was committing in the process.
•Note: Please, If you are attempting any serious case modding, wear proper safety gear. This includes, but is NOT limited to,
oSafety glasses (or side shields if you have prescription specs!),
oRespirator, if you are dealing with airbourne materiel,
oProper clothing. This includes NO loose clothing, no hanging jewelry, no open toed shoes
oGloves. This is especially important if you are welding or working with raw material. There are loads of sharp edges on metal case parts so be careful. (No, I do not weld, I do not know how to weld…It’s on my list though)


Follow me and the rest of the progress with this build:

http://twitter.com/puttsy
http://flickr.com/photos/puttsy
http://puttsy.com
Edited by puttsy - 8/31/11 at 9:03am
post #2 of 14
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Day 15: No progress on the build today. Checked tracking for K58, will be here tomorrow! (Monday)

Day 16: Received K58 today (Check out the pics)/ Am VERY excited. The case is much more than I expected. (Especially for $65! Thanks Back-to-school newegg promo!) Of course, sleeved all the front panel cables first…well, took the chassis apart first thing out of the box, THEN sleeved all the leads. Moved system from old case to K58, went smoothly and it the board looks somehow MUCH smaller…as does my TX850 *sadface*

Front of my K58:

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My components inside their new home smile.gif
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All tucked in and cozy: (sorry for the glare.)
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All that's left is to get my new Asetek cooler. Should be here Tuesday or Wednesday...


Day 17: Still no new cooler frown.gif BUT, I have gotten all my sleeve samples. Throughout the last week I've worked with reps from several companies to get samples and received sleeving from Tech-Flex Flexo PET, FTWPC Paracord and standard sleeve, and MDPC-X sleeve. (Actually, had the MDPC already tongue.gif) Well, the verdict is in, MDPC is STILL the best, tightest weave sleeving available in the custom pc, sleeve art community... I'm still working with some other companies and am going to try and order about a foot of all of Tech-Flex's Flexo PET colours in 1/4". They sent me black 1/8" which is a bit too small to comfortably work with...except on fan wires. PSU/Molex cable is a bit bigger and deserves 1/4" sleeve. Note: MDPC-X "Small" sleeve would correlate to 1/4" flexo PET and FTW PC standard. I DO however have tons of product catalogs. (Yay! More crap to put on my shelf for clients to ask questions about. Yes, I do actually operate a business too...NOT directly affiliated with THIS build however. And it's not-for-profit currently due to university. I've got some product coming in from Molex to test as well. (Connectors and such)

Day 17 con't: Also tried out my old 120mm fans in the top of the new rig and after replacing the molex plug with 3-pin (I believe the words...meh, I'll just make it easy and solder it instead) I found out it's a crappy idea. Those fans are cheap pieces of loud crap. (The top of the K58 uses 140mm fans anyway so they wouldn't fit nicely anyway.) Also tried out the Asus and MSI android apps. They receive a "meh" rating. But that's just my, non-power user thoughts...I prefer the manual, in the BIOS, push it until it stops, then back it off a bit approach.

Day 18: Once again, mowed my 3 acres! Waited patiently for the UPS man to bring my Asetek 550LC and after I had given up hope and headed in for the night I returned to my other work duties. Went outside to finish up some trimming and found a great white box left by the UPS man!! (This was around 6:45pm. I finished mowing around 5:50. A tad later then it should be IMHO but Wednesday is a busy UPS day and I DO, in fact, live in the middle of nowhere rural Iowa.) System is up and running beautifully! Also, My temps dropped 10C after installing the 550LC and removing the Stock Intel 1155 heatsink. I also took this this beauty up to 4GHz and it's in calm seas. (i.e. It's running very stable)

The Asetek 550LC, Direct from Asetek!
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Royal-Fortune, All it's splendour and glory...(yeah, that's an Oreo tray. Kept me going through the build!)
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And closed up tight:
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A newegg note: I noticed a small crack on the bottom of the window of my PC-K58W. Due to the fact I am building this rig for elegance, beauty, and looks, this blemish did not please me. I contacted newegg regarding this (relatively minor) issue and stated I am opk with keeping the chassis, I just wish to bring to note the problem I faced as well as that I would like a small reimbursement due to this damage. The cost to ship it BACK to newegg would be around $20 so I was looking for something less than that. I received a $10 credit to my CC. Thank you Newegg. You made it right in a VERY timely manner. I wished for a greater refund however, a new piece of plexi-glass will cost roughly $12 so this $10 is fair enough for me. This brings the final cost of this chassis to $55 with free shipping. One heck of a deal for such a quality chassis.


This concludes the primary build of Royal-Fortune. Throughout the next months I will be ordering, evaluating, and eventually choosing sleeving for this build. I intend on sleeving the power supply and all the other cables/wires within the computer.

Off to University. Thanks for the interest some of you gave this build. I had hoped/planned for more but I suppose I seem to be a newbie around these parts. I'll continue checking this thread and answering questions however, it will become much more infrequent. Thank you to Asetek for your sponsorship. If any of you wish to get a similar cooler, look for the Corsair H50. I am still in contact with Asetek so if anyone has questions on that end, please PM me or visit http://www.asetek.com and we can try and get you setup. I am leaving home once again and although I will not be gone entirely, it will be missed, as will you all. Due to a busy academic schedule and business affairs, I will not be around the forums much at all. But, to those supports, it was a great ride and I hope you are around for Part 2 of this build; when I plan to sleeve all the internals.

Parts list if you wish to do the same:

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Edited by puttsy - 8/23/11 at 3:27pm
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Sorry for the delay guys!! I just started painting the case and it's look pretty sweet! I'm already planning for future mods and more extreme painting.

Supplies:
Rust-Oleum Self-Etching Gray Primer
Rust-Oleum Sandable Black primer
Rust-Oleum Black Semi-gloss enamel
Rust-Oleum Crystal Clear Enamel (Not sure if I'm going to use it though)
Rust-Oleum Pistol Grip
Tack cloth
3M Med. Grit Sanding Sponge
Variety Wet/Dry sandpaper
HF 220 Grit
HF 500 grit
3M 600 grit
HF 1000 grit
HF 1200 grit
3M 2000
Black Diamond fine Blasting medium 30/60
Old rags for wiping down case

Also, a quick Blasting/Painting Booth from clear plastic tarp material
Edited by puttsy - 9/18/11 at 12:32pm
post #4 of 14
read the title wrong tongue.gif.
nice build
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jach11;14572094 
read the title wrong tongue.gif.
nice build

Thanks...I suppose? What did YOU think it was? If I may inquire? Also, please stay tuned and ask any questions. I know I may appear new to the forums but I've been in the community for years and years...for better or worse.
post #6 of 14
You don't want to know tongue.gif.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
So...little interest, ehh? Anyone?
post #8 of 14
Lego minifigures ftw. Cool build man biggrin.gif
post #9 of 14
What are you sandblasting and why?

Painting only the side panel?

Give it time, that was a long read... =P
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We've got the same PSU. wink.gif

Looking good though man, keep it up!
Edited by pred1993 - 8/15/11 at 12:38pm
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