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First ever build, hope it turns out nice!

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Hi,

I am basically just doing the build step by step, ordering things then when I have time putting it together. I haven't decided exactly what all the components will be, so this build log won't be finished for a couple of weeks. Hope for some input into the missing components as to what is good etc. I'm building it in Shanghai, China.

Specs will be:

Mid tower case
Z68 mobo
(Air cooled entirely as it's a first build and water cooling will just add complexity I don't need)
i5 2500k (over-clocked of course)
next gen GTX6xx (GTX580 if it's too far away or ATI 7xxx) Gpu is most important part to me as I won't be doing any sli or crossfire and I want an absolute beast of a gpu.
8GB ram, one SSD and one HDD.
Corsair psu (deciding today which one exactly and ordering today).

Some of you may be thinking, why do an i5 2500k now when ivy bridge is about to be released. Well, the Z68 mobo will be a gen 3 with usb3 and pcie3 so it'll be a drop in replacement if I want to go ivy in the future.

To begin, here's the case:

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It's a Cooler Master 690 basic edition, but luckily I got one with the new back design which has the bigger cut-out and rubber grommets.

Today I got to work on adding/replacing some fans, as it only came stock with two 120mm ones so I bought some 140mm fans from Lianli.

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Bye blue 120mm, hello red 140mm.

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If you look at pic above you can see I removed the stock lower HDD bays, for better intake airflow. The one doubt I had about this case before buying it is that you can't remove the other two HDD bays without some actual cutting of metal (they are riveted in). So there is a limit in gpu length this case will allow. If future gpu's become longer than 12 inches I will just have to learn how to remove rivets.

Next mounted two 140's at the top as exhaust.

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I like how the lianli fans came with rubber things for the screws to help with vibration.

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Going to mount another 140 at the bottom in a few hours time after a break. All the fans will be hooked up to a fan controller in a 5 1/4 bay.

More coming as I get components and do more work on it. Hope i'm not posting too many pics. It's like a first baby you know, taking pics every second lol.
Edited by ilikebeer - 2/16/12 at 2:08am
post #2 of 106
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More coming as I get components and do more work on it. Hope i'm not posting too many pics. It's like a first baby you know, taking pics every second lol.

you can never post too many pics! keep them coming!
how much do you expect to dump in?
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post #3 of 106
more! more!. Love seeing buildlogs. Bring it! jerry.gif
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I would use these for mounting the fans, get rid of the screws

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_____________________________________
Brand
LOGISYS Computer

Model
BFB1

Features
High quality rubber material.

Easy to install.

Absorb vibration and reduce noise maximally.

Case Fan Fittings, De-vibration Design.
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I would use these for mounting the fans, get rid of the screws
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_____________________________________
Brand
LOGISYS Computer
Model
BFB1
Features
High quality rubber material.
Easy to install.
Absorb vibration and reduce noise maximally.
Case Fan Fittings, De-vibration Design.

second that, I pulled some from my old IBM, real neat.
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post #6 of 106
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If I knew the Chinese word for those rubber screws (so I can find them) I'd buy them.
Edited by ilikebeer - 2/17/12 at 2:39am
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Looking good, will keep an eye on this smile.gif
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Yep never too many photos and have subscribed to this thread.thumb.gif

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Today the psu arrived. I know it is too much power for a single gpu rig. I just decided to get something a bit future proof so that, if next year I upgrade my gpu, I can just keep the current one in there and it can be busy folding@home, or searching for aliens with seti@home. After reading this site and thanks to input from others I am also aware a good psu is one of the most important parts of a build.

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Corsair packaged the psu very nicely, velvet bag, black pouch for cables. But see what I circled in red, my camera isn't great at close ups (or maybe I just don't know how to use it), but it says 'void if broken'. It's a sticker and it doesn't overlap anything.... that really doesn't instill any confidence about my 7 year warranty lol! How can they know if I open/tamper with it?

I mounted it upside down, I'm not sure if this is correct. I am assuming that it will be happier drawing in air from under the case than from within the case. Please let me know if i'm wrong. The two sleeved cables are very stiff and didn't want to unwind, had difficulty routing them through the bottom rubber grommet, hope didn't damage them in the process.

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flush fit.

I am undecided about airflow... see the photo bellow. Basically I want to keep it simple/logical... one 140mm intake at front, two 120mm intakes at bottom, one 140mm at side blowing over gpu (case has space for two but a higher intake would block after-market cpu cooler I am told), one 120mm exit at back, and two 140mm exhausts at the top. Blue arrows are... cool air... red arrows are? Congrats, you have an IQ over 70. Help me turn this thing into a HAF! With so many intakes I hope it will have positive pressure inside.

There was someone who claimed to have a degree in thermodynamics who said that with this case, it is better to have very powerful fans at the top blowing air INTO the case. Despite going against the law of nature that hot air rises, he said this way the cool air reaches the most important components first, the cpu then the gfx card. He also recommended having the side panel fan as an exhaust. No idea if he is correct or not.

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As the front is red led, I might just get two 120mm red leds for the bottom intakes so that the case has a mysterious/glum red glow about it coming from front, bottom. This would be visible even though this thing doesn't have a side window.

Lastly, I dismantled a 2TB WD Elements Portable I bought back when they cost around 80$, to save a bit of money... it's not a very good HDD, well, it gets 3 eggs on newegg USA. But it won't be the system drive so here it is. It worked just fine while being used as a portable HDD over a usb 2.0 interface.

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Now it's mobo and ram time!! I need another night researching what to get and then hopefully I can continue this build over the weekend.
Edited by ilikebeer - 2/17/12 at 1:56am
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But see what I circled in red, my camera isn't great at close ups (or maybe I just don't know how to use it), but it says 'void if broken'. It's a sticker and it doesn't overlap anything.... that really doesn't instill any confidence about my 7 year warranty lol! How can they know if I open/tamper with it?

hmm, maybe there is a screw under it?
there seems to be one on the oposite side of the fan....

keep the updates coming though!

Ignore HDD reviews in newegg.... or at least read ALL of them and tag out the ones that just say 'drive dead' or something similar.....
you see, when you ship HDD, if it gets thrown around too much, it WILL be defective.... and people just blame it on the PRODUCT not the shipping service... I mean, would you really expect much from free shipping? whenever you need a drive, and don't have time to deal with returns or exchanges, do yourself a favor and pay a bit more for better shipping. smile.gif
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