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Waddup everybody! It's been a long time! Mainly because my last builds ran out of steam - both energy and financial-wise. However, now I'm back and ready to get right into it by showing you guys my latest build!
Since I last was posting on here, I've scored myself a job at a local PC / phones and cameras store. The work's great, and the benefit being that I have relatively easy access to great products and great prices!
So without further adue, I present my latest creation:



Atracarmin
Name derived from "atra" in Latin meaning dark, and "carmen" meaning song, so I kind of twisted it a little to suit my taste.



Current state



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The rig is based on a red and black theme that I started in my RAMPAG3 (incompleted) build.
The specs being as follows:

  • ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z
  • Intel Core i5 2500k
  • G. Skill Ripjaws X 1600MHz (4x4GB)
  • 2x ASUS ENGTX580 DCII in SLI
  • Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB
  • Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black
  • Samsung HD103SJ
  • Corsair H80
  • Corsair Obsidian 650D
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w
  • ASUS DRW-24B3ST
  • 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15
  • 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12



Chapter

I - First parts arrival
II - Building begins
III - Some sleeving, DVD Drive painting, H80 installed
IV - Small update: Yate Loon fans installed
V - Maximus and Chronos arrive, big update ahead!
VI - Maximus installed, cable management, H80 installed
VII - Small update: Temporary setup, HD5450
VIII - GTX580 arrives and installed
IX - Second GTX 580 arrives to form SLI
Edited by optimuspotts - 1/8/12 at 2:43pm
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Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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Intel Core i5 2500K ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ASUS ENGTX580 DCII SLI G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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post #2 of 33
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Reserved for showcase.
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Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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Intel Core i5 2500K ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ASUS ENGTX580 DCII SLI G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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180GB Corsair Force GT 4x 2Tb Western Digital Caviar Black Pioneer BDR-206MBK Thermalright Silver Arrow 
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180GB Corsair Force GT 4x 2Tb Western Digital Caviar Black Pioneer BDR-206MBK Thermalright Silver Arrow 
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post #4 of 33
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So, I decided that this week was the week that I started my build that I have been yearning for for months. First thing I picked up was my third Samsung P2370H monitor to get my surround monitors set up:
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The desk you see above is my custom desk. The build log for that can be found here.


The first arrival of parts came today:

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Intel Core i5 2500k; although I tossed and turned between this and the i7 2600k, I went with this one. Mainly due to the fact that HyperThreading has adverse effects on overclocking and even in some games!

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4 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600MHz; again I spent a long while deciding about the RAM (I'm a terribly indecisive person in general) mainly due to the colour of the heatsinks. I wasn't sure whether they would stand out too much, and was considering the G.Skill Sniper 1600MHz's, but in the end I went with these because they were cheaper. And I must admit, I do like the colour biggrin.gif

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To be honest, I only really intended to get 8GB (2x4GB) RAM, but when I saw the price of these Ripjaws I just couldnt resist thumb.gif

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Corsair H80; Coolest looking CPU cooler out. Pun intended?

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I can put these stock Corsair fans aside for now. I heard they are very noisy, so I'm currently waiting for some Scythe AP-15s to arrive from Britain biggrin.gif

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Western Digital and Samsung HDDs; Performance and relability wink.gif

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WD1002FAEX

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Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w; Watch this space thumb.gif

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Corsair 650D; Such a beautiful case! Have been really looking forward to getting my mittens on this one! Awesome packaging by the way, Corsair thumb.gif

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Sorry guys, the protective film is staying on for the duration of the build. Don't want scratches on my window before I can even get the rig fired up wink.gif
Edited by optimuspotts - 12/3/11 at 5:14am
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Intel Core i5 2500K ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ASUS ENGTX580 DCII SLI G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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Logitech G9x Sony MHC-GTR88 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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post #5 of 33
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First thing I did was remove the stock exhaust fans, as I shall be replacing those in due time. Unfortunately, I have to alter the Scythe 140mm fans, as they each come attached to a PCI bracket fan controller. Which, although it may be practical for some, serves no use in my case, as slots will be scarce once I get in my ENGTX580 DCII monsters.

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I sleeved this power supply a while back using MDPC-X red, white and grey sleeving. I wish I had held out and got Colour-X though, because that colour is S E X Y.

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Not the most perfect heatshrinks, I know, but hey, it was my first full power supply sleeving and I really like how it turned out! Plus, next time around I'll make sure to take extra care. Or pay somebody to do a perfect job wink.gif

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Only issue is that it got quite difficult getting the sleeving the perfect length / shrinking the heatshrink right at the base here. I'm still debating just how to deal with those wires, because I don't want banana colours in my rig ewww tongue.gif Any suggestions? Black paint is seeming like the most likely option right about now...

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Just some sleeved S-ATA cables. Don't know whether I'm going to keep these in the rig or not, after finding out that quality S-ATA cables can greatly influence performance...

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And how could I forget this wonderful, under-rated piece of tech biggrin.gif

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As you can tell, it took me a few tries before I could get the cables to fit properly. Sleeving cables really adds to the overall bulk of the cables, so be prepared.

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This cool little feature of the 650D is designed to support PSU's, especially the longer-than-average sort. I really like this, especially seeing as it's another little feature to play around with smile.gif It's the little things that count tongue.gif


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Finally though, I managed to get the cables into a good state, and could screw the PSU into place.

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I always take great care when installing my HDDs; taking my time to put the most valuble HDDs at the bottom for access to colder air, and the least valuable at the top where they will be more exposed to hot air. I think that's just my OCD playing up though, but it helps me sleep at night tongue.gif


Stay tuned for more! This build has only just begun, and I look forward to hearing all your thoughts, opinions, suggestions... Anything!
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Intel Core i5 2500K ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ASUS ENGTX580 DCII SLI G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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post #6 of 33
Looking sick so far Simon, continue to keep us updated with this beastrig! biggrin.gif
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looking good.thumb.gif
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
180GB Corsair Force GT 4x 2Tb Western Digital Caviar Black Pioneer BDR-206MBK Thermalright Silver Arrow 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
180GB Corsair Force GT 4x 2Tb Western Digital Caviar Black Pioneer BDR-206MBK Thermalright Silver Arrow 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win7 Ultimate 64bit Asus VK278Q Razer BlackWidow Ultimate OCZ ZX 850w 
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post #8 of 33
looking good, I have a similar build smile.gif
post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 
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Success!
My Scythe Gentle Typhoon AP-15s have arrived!
Now, let the modding begin!


To-Do list for the coming week:

  • Paint Scythe Slip Streams (those annoyingly colourful stickers)
  • Sleeve Scythe Typhoons and Slip Streams
  • Heatshrink front panel USB + audio cables
  • Remove RAM stickers (even though it voids the warranty tongue.gif )
  • Get rid of the yellow wires on my PSU!
  • Purchase + paint DVD drive black!
  • Remove mesh on rear exhaust + front intake


Stay tuned for more! thumb.gif
Edited by optimuspotts - 11/19/11 at 11:57pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ASUS ENGTX580 DCII SLI G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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Logitech G9x Sony MHC-GTR88 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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post #10 of 33
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Hey guys! Only a small update this week.. Currently waiting out for my motherboard to arrive then it's full steam ahead smile.gif
It's on its way from America on the 29th biggrin.gif


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First thing, I got out my sleeving kit and put it all on the operating table.

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Stickers came off the RAM no problems! Looking much better! (I am quite pedantic BTW tongue.gif )

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Unfortunately, it was only one Scythe AP-15 that arrived, the second one is due in a few days though! So for now, there's one sleeved.


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Installing these with the H80 and rubber grommets in the 650D don't leave much of a screw to mount the cooler!

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However, I ended up getting the H80 mounted and it looks sweet with those grey coloured fans!


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Next up, my new DVD drive.

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Nice product, but that grey finish just won't do. Why don't companies produce these drives in full black? frown.gif

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I got out a jar of the remains of the self-etching black paint I used to paint the steel on my desk and started painting.

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All finished.

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And once it dried, installed. By the way, it looks much better in real life, the camera flash just brings the contrast out lots.

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I sleeved some more S-ATA cables too. Unfortunately my camera, lighting or photography skills do the beautiful MDPC sleeving colour no justice tongue.gif

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I sleeved the cables on the H80 as well.

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And covered up the yellow wires by wrapping them in black sleeve too - simple enough but it works, and looks the part as well!


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I decided to not use the Scythe Slip Streams for two reasons. Firstly because they weren't the true 140mm fan design I was after, and secondly because I managed to break both of them within 10 minutes mad.gif
The next parts to arrive will be the motherboard, and SSD. I got a Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB instead of the m4 because it was a tiny difference in price but the Chronos performs much better!
I'll post updates as soon as I have them, and be sure to leave some feedback smile.gif



Stay tuned for more! thumb.gif
Edited by optimuspotts - 11/26/11 at 3:24am
Atracarmin
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ASUS ENGTX580 DCII SLI G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9x Sony MHC-GTR88 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500K ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ASUS ENGTX580 DCII SLI G.Skill RipjawsX 16GB 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120GB Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Samsung HD103SJ 1TB ASUS DRW-24B3ST 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Corsair H80 2x Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm 2x Yate Loon D14SM-12 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
3x Samsung P2370H Logitech G110 Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000w Corsair 650D 
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Logitech G9x Sony MHC-GTR88 
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