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Hey guys this will be my first ever build log, first build alone, and second ever build! UPS just dropped off a nice reward after the all nighter I pulled to ace my final today biggrin.gif I'm WAY too tired to even think about assembly now. Besides I'm still missing components.rolleyes.gif

I kinda broke my build up into parts/stage since I'm still debating parts but I HAD to start ordering or I would never get anything. So far this is what I've acquired.

Parts list 1

Processor: Ivy Bridge 3570k

Power Supply: Corsair hx650 modular

Case: NZXT Tempest Elite 410

Ram: Corsair Vengeance 8gb

MoBo: AsRock Z77

I ordered everything from Newegg. Total price spent so far after rebates+promo+giftcard is $553.07 U.S. This includes shipping.

I don't think I did too bad. biggrin.gif

What I have left to get Waiting on sales/promos at new egg to pop up.

GPU GTX 670 Ordered!
**5/24/12**

Cooling: Corsair H-100
**edit 5/10/12**

SSD: Probably going to go for a single 250gbish SSD since that would hold everything I need including games.
**edit 5/24/12 Crucial M4 128gb Ordered!

Sound Card: Asus Xonar

I don't have an awesome camera so sorry bout the pic quality.

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Edited by HighwayStar - 5/24/12 at 5:44pm
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Nice smile.gif Looking forward to seeing a finished build smile.gif
Im jelly of your Ivy I5 redface.gif i want one too and new red mobo tongue.gif
Also I was choosing between this chassis and few others, ended up getting Survivor for my new build though smile.gif Do tell how is the chassis, and take some more pics smile.gif
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post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by StormXLR View Post

Nice smile.gif Looking forward to seeing a finished build smile.gif
Im jelly of your Ivy I5 redface.gif i want one too and new red mobo tongue.gif
Also I was choosing between this chassis and few others, ended up getting Survivor for my new build though smile.gif Do tell how is the chassis, and take some more pics smile.gif

I love this case. I thought I'd regret it but the quality is very high for the price. My last case was NZXT Nemesis and boy that was a flashy case but it had no cable management. It was quite an old case though so I can't really compare it to this one. The only thing I don't like about this case is the hard drive bays. If they had used the sliding ones like on my old Nemesis it would have been perfect.

I need to update my parts list as my budget has changed frown.gif No longer will the Corsair H-100 be affordable for me right now so I'm looking at getting a Coolermaster Hyper 212 to hold me over.
Anyone know if that will be fine on Ivy Bridge?

It was either I get the H-100 and skip the SSD or get an air cooler and keep the SSD. doh.gif

Here are some more pics as requested!

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Did a little painting today since I had the day off. This is my first time doing any "mods". I think it came out OK for a newbie. I kinda want to contact NZXT and see if I can purchase these parts separately and try a different color :/

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Edited by HighwayStar - 5/10/12 at 6:14pm
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Update: My aunt wanted to go to Best Buy today to get some I-phone accessories and she wanted me to drive her. I thought i'd check to see if they had any Hyper 212 cpu cooler but they only had some Best Buy store brand which I didn't trust. Anyway I happened to see a couple of H-100s sitting there looking at me.. and I caved and got one.. but at least I figure its better than buying the 212 since I would have replaced eventually so it would've been a waste!

Now I can at least start assembly! thumb.gif

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Nice thumb.gif H100 is way to go man smile.gif never liked air coolers, too big and not as good as water :|
Also liking the color guess you picked it to go with the PSU ?
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post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by StormXLR View Post

Nice thumb.gif H100 is way to go man smile.gif never liked air coolers, too big and not as good as water :|
Also liking the color guess you picked it to go with the PSU ?

I'm So glad I got this cooler but It was a little challenge getting the backing plate lined up. At first I thought I had gotten something incompatible with my motherboard but then I saw that the mounting bolts slide!
I just got done installing everything and doing a test boot! I was really scared but everything booted up into set up! biggrin.gif As for the color I just sort of picked it at random. It somewhat clashes with the lights on the board though. I didn't know this board had them. I'll have more pics tomorrow
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post #8 of 29
h100 works great! on the ram if doesnt reed as 1600, just load up xmp profile in bios.

might wanna get a 1-2tb 7200rpm for storage. i got bf3 and progs on the 128gb ssd, gonna put d3, but thats about it

nice build man looks great!
     
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Go for EVGA GTX 670 @$400.. wink.gif
Edited by Ankit07 - 5/12/12 at 8:16am
post #10 of 29
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Thanks for the feedback guys! I have quite a few old hdds around I can use for storage but I really don't use a lot of space smile.gif Looks like 670 would be a good fit for this build.

Here's what it looked like last night. The psu is in and wires everywhere but I'll work on that later tonight. I didn't know the board was gold rolleyes.gif too late now lol

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