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[BUILD LOG]November 2011 - White Tower of Power, First Build -i5 2500k GTX570

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Introduction:
Hello everyone, today I decided to start my log for my new build. My little nickname for 'her', is the White Tower of Power. Why you might ask? Because it's all encased in a gorgeous Corsair 500R White! Now... on to the log.

Reasoning for build:
Well it all started on a nice bright morning with the sun coming over the horizon when I decided it was time. Time to upgrade my PC. Before 'said' morning, I was a noob to hardware. I bought a pre-built PC from ZT Systems. To game. I laugh at it now, but at the time I was dead serious with my purchase. Anyway, after 3.5 years and 2 GPU upgrades later, it was time.

That day was just the other day, last week even. I decided it was time to build a new PC. I kind of hoped for the release of Skyrim, but I'll miss that by a few days. I'll have to manage playing it on Medium on this PC in the meantime. Anyway, it was just time for an upgrade so here it begins.

Let's start, with the specs.
Specs for my new build:
Case: Corsair 500R White (White Tower of Power!)
CPU: i5 2500k SB 3.3ghz (3.7ghz Turbo)
GPU: MSI Twin Frozr III PE/OC GTX 570 1280mb 320-bit GDDR5
Motherboard: ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 Z68 ATX Board
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 8gb (2x4gb) 1600
HDD: WD Caviar Black 750gb SATAIII 64mb Cache 7200RPM
PSU: Corsair Professional Series HX650 Modular PSU
Optical: ASUS DRW-24 Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Cooling: CM Hyper 212 EVO (For CPU), 2x Rosewill 120mm's (For the top of my 500R)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - OEM
Monitor: 24" LG 1920x1080

BEGIN - LOG ENTRIES

Entry 1 - November 7, 2011 - The Grand Day of Ordering
Today is the day I stepped closer to the White Tower of Power. I ordered my build. For a whopping $1300 (300 over budget), it was oh so worth it. And the excitement runs through my veins as we speak. The parts are ordered, and should be here in the coming days.

This concludes Entry 1, but I will continue to make entries and post many pictures once the building begins. Thank you for reading my build log. I hope you enjoy me putting this together as much as I am about to in the coming days. smile.gif

Entry 2 - November 8, 2011 - The First Part
Today I received the HDD. A 750gb WD Caviar Black SATAIII drive. This is the beginning of the process. smile.gif. The rest of the parts are estimated to arrive 11/10/11. I will be building this rig either this weekend or next week sometime. I would prefer this weekend, because I could play Skyrim maxed out sooner, but we'll see. Just keep an eye out on this thread as once I start building I am going to overload you guys with pictures. This is my first rig I ever built at home, so it's very exciting for me.

Stay tuned.

Entry 3 - The Build - PICTURES!
Album of 56 build pictures: http://imgur.com/a/0lWg5#0

Some select photos:
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The Boxes
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One step down, whole computer to go!
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The motherboard
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It boots!
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On a roll...
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The end product
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Edited by zorphon - 11/14/11 at 9:55am
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Like I said in the previous thread I would have upped the cpu cooler if you plan on OC'ing that 2500k.
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MY BODY-I MEAN MY MONITOR IS READY TO WATCH.

Oh baby I'm excited
 
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Like I said in the previous thread I would have upped the cpu cooler if you plan on OC'ing that 2500k.
Up it to what, exactly? I appreciate the advice though!
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Anything that comes with a solid copper base!

hyper 212 evo:
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1368&page=3

Zalman:
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1368&page=3

Zalman isn't even the best cooler by a long shot for that you would be getting a noctua dh14. I'm just saying from experience that you want a solid base to keep the most contact with your cpu to lower temps.
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Anything that comes with a solid copper base!

hyper 212 evo:
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1368&page=3

Zalman:
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1368&page=3

Zalman isn't even the best cooler by a long shot for that you would be getting a noctua dh14. I'm just saying from experience that you want a solid base to keep the most contact with your cpu to lower temps.
Hehe, the Hyper 212 EVO IS what I ordered.
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It's a solid build I just hate to see one weak link that could cause your performance to suffer and it's such a small thing that is commonly missed. just trying to help buddy.
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Originally Posted by fucinboss View Post
Anything that comes with a solid copper base!

hyper 212 evo:
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1368&page=3

Zalman:
http://www.pureoverclock.com/review.php?id=1368&page=3

Zalman isn't even the best cooler by a long shot for that you would be getting a noctua dh14. I'm just saying from experience that you want a solid base to keep the most contact with your cpu to lower temps.
The Thermalright HR-02 (Macho), and the TRUE 120 and 140 are also very good choices. Could step it up to an Archon, Silver Arrow, or (like you also suggested) the NH-D14. They have a newer D14 coming out soon with PWM fans.
 
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It's a solid build I just hate to see one weak link that could cause your performance to suffer and it's such a small thing that is commonly missed. just trying to help buddy.
I appreciate the help! I'll look into some more coolers, I might even go the liquid route since the 500R supports Corsair radiators wells.
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Don't go with the liquid closed loop sytems like the corsair H series they really suck. They sometimes come with air bubbles in the pump which you can't get out and cause the most annouying sound you will ever hear. I know I had to RMA my h60 because of it and my air cooler still outperforms it hands down.
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