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post #1 of 19
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Hi all,

First post here, but have been lurking for a while.

After 5-6 years, I finally am going to get a new computer! (Always an exciting moment biggrin.gif)
This will be my 3rd computer I built for myself, the other two, well, I'll consider them practise runs with me not knowing quality stuff (Ahem, cheap 500w power supplies and sparks devil.gif, at least I got to see beautiful sparks!)
So, first time ordering computer parts from the Internet, fingers crossed for no problems with them.

Maybe I'll get to modding this case, but that is probably ages away.
Getting a new working computer in ~3 days is my primary aim at the moment.
Note as the title states, I like taking pictures (I upload them to ~150kb/pic) and sorry to 56kbps users (if there is any here).

So here's my purposed list:
- Intel i5 3570K
- Asus Sabertooth Z77
- Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.5V
- Noctua D14
- Corsair AX650
- Crucial M4 128GB
- TP-Link WDN4800
- Lian Li PCA05N

So here goes my journey!


Amazon and UPS shipments arrived yesterday:
Shipping took only around 5 days which I am pleased with. Packaging is very good, the boxes (it was inside a bigger box as well filled with air bags) only dented a little but after opening it, no damage on the actual parts so no biggie.

Say hello to AX650 and bikini man. Definitely is way higher quality than the cheap 500w ones. I trust Corsair after getting the CX400 to replace it and well, no problems to this date (5 years).
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Accessories that came with the AX650: Manual, US Power cable (I got plenty of NZ ones so no worries there), zip ties, black screws, modular cables.
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Ah, my big hunk of metal is here. Saving ~$100 even with the shipping makes it a no brainer to get from Amazon. Hopefully this is quieter than the Hyper 212 Evo I had, and allows overclocking the i5 3570K to 4.5GHz. Better than 2.33GHz that can overclock to 3GHz but reverts back on a restart for absolutely no reason.
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Just playing with the aperture setting on the camera.
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Accessories that come with the Noctua: AMD kit, Intel kit, thermal paste, resistors, manual and a Noctua badge.
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And this is the thing that came from UPS... Crucial M4. 128GB should be enough for 2 partitions (I dual boot Win7 + some other OS). My data is stored on a low-power server sitting in a cupboard or on an external hard drive. No accessories came with it except a manual. A note that I am reminded of just how light this is. I thought the box came empty when I was holding the box, that I quickly opened it and checked just in case I didn't get scammed or something redface.gif
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Edited by Kotomi - 4/27/12 at 3:06am
post #2 of 19
Hey bro and welcome! Nice to see a kiwi build log. A nice bundle of stuff you got there. Can I ask where you got your hardware from? was it all amazon? Im keen to import some stuff from the states but was not sure how much the package can be worth before customs start raping me with taxes.
As for the d14, its a beast. cools my 2600k at 4.8 no sweat does not go over 65 while gaming. I also have the same ssd, cant go wrong with the m4.
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post #3 of 19
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Thanks for the reply smile.gif

So far, the stuff are from Amazon and SSD from Crucial direct.
Hardest part is actually picking parts that actually shipped here.
NZ$400 (including shipping) before they start charging that 15% + misc. random other taxes.
post #4 of 19
Yea its the random other taxes that im not sure of. sometimes they do it and sometimes they dont, well so ive heard.
So what added up to $400? surely not the whole lot..
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post #5 of 19
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AX650 + Noctua D14 was already nearing $400.

I got the SSD a day later (only about $30 cheaper than in NZ), so that didn't get counted.

The rest, I am getting locally due to Amazon not having it, shipping is expensive for it, or I need to be able to be able to RMA it if something goes wrong.
post #6 of 19
ahh yea, still cheap though. Id like to get my next 680 from the states, 1k is waaay too much, we get screwed down here.
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post #7 of 19
cool build my build is going to be almost identical to yours!
post #8 of 19
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Update!

Just need to wait on ram to arrive and Ivy Bridge to hit the shelves...

Front view of the PC-A05N. It's beautiful~
Although it isn't as small as I'd hoped. About the same size as my old Coolermaster Elite case.
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Sapphire HD7750 Ultimate. Gaming isn't a priority in this build, so I skimped on it, previous gen products are phased out already with none in stock anymore, HD7770/GTX550Ti aren't that great for the price… so, HD7750 it is. The heatsink is definitely worth the extra $5.
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TP-Link WDN4800. I needed a PCI-E, dual-band model and this fit the bill nicely. Green PCB is the only con I can think of at the moment.
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Sabertooth Z77 box.
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Some fancy shots.
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The motherboard itself. The thermal armor looks very good in my opinion, a change from the norm.
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Finally got the motherboard lined up with the screw holes...
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The I/O Plate. Is it just me, or these things are terrribad? 2 hours… just to get it to snap in properly.
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View of the case with power supply in and I/O Shield… (Never ever going to unsnap that….)
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mad.gif CPU Cuthole……. I knew I should've put it on before I screwed the motherboard in...
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Finally got the mounting on the the motherboard.
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Final build pics, maybe a little bit of modding (huge emphasis on the maybe) and some overclocking action will go on later.

Oh yea. Some questions:
- How do you hide the power cable running through the back of the case to the front…
- Any tutorials on how to bend acrylic (false floor? false roof?)?
Edited by Kotomi - 4/27/12 at 3:04am
post #9 of 19
on the power cable you just stick the the 24 pin cable through 1 of the closest holes in the case there should be one next to the psu and on the other side of the case it should come out and then work it up and push it through the other hole and then connect it and done smile.gif thats how ive done it on my 600T
Edited by General_Chris - 4/27/12 at 3:25am
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OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD - Barracuda Green 2TB Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD 
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post #10 of 19
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I was meaning this for the power cable: (not the 24-pin ATX, but PSU --> power, in this case, an extension cable)
400

Also added other points where it isn't too neat. Any tips?

The 5.25"s I can't seem to get the tab thing off.
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