My project has been on the back burner as I get the last of the parts I need, but a friend of mine wanted to build his first PC so he asked me for guidance. I talked him through what to buy, went with him to get it all and then three of us put it all together.
My friend Matt and I went over to his house and the three of us put it together (and drank beer)
Here's the (almost) final shots. He doesn't have a dedicated graphics card. Just running off the HD4000 Graphics built into the i5-3570K.
Intel i5-3570K overclocked to 4.0
Corsair Vengeance DDR3 8GB (Blue)
Corsair SP120 High Performance Fans
Corsair AF120 Performance Fans
Corsair TX750M Power Supply
Antec Three Hundred Two Case
Crucial M4 SSD 128GB
Corsair H80 Watercooler
Still to come
We tore down the case early in the week, he painted the interior satin black and it came out better then either of us expected with no primer and no prep. Spray and pray worked!
IMG_1889 by shaun raney, on Flickr
These are the almost done pics. He went with a fairly strict blue and black color scheme. I told him blue lights would make it look like ****, so we got some white Cold Cathodes and lit up the case that way. He rough cut an acrylic window so you can see whats going on inside the case but hasn't put the acrylic in due to the paint being wet on the sides still.
IMG_1914 by shaun raney, on Flickr
IMG_1915 by shaun raney, on Flickr
IMG_1916 by shaun raney, on Flickr
IMG_1917 by shaun raney, on Flickr
In this pic you can see how we mounted the SSD. Some of the screws we didn't use with the H80 cooler looked like little stand off adapters with fine threads on the other side. The Antec case has holes for mounting an SSD on the backside of the case (Where all the wires go) Luckily for us, the screws were JUST long enough to put in the SSD on its side and leave hanging like that. He wanted to show the blue side of the SSD. And thats what we did.
IMG_1918 by shaun raney, on Flickr
The combo of black and blue and the white lighting make his computer really pop IMO. I'm gonna get rid of the green cold cathodes I have and switch to white with green being an accent color instead of a flood color. All of the Z77 motherboards from Gigabyte are too cool looking to flood with just one color.
I think my friend did an outstanding job on the cable management. Not having a GPU really gives it a super clean look, but the way the case is laid out it's going to still look fantastic. Some of the fan cables need to be really tidied up but we did what we could with what we had.
I would 100% recommend the Antec Three Hundred Two case. Lots of room for wires, looks great when painted, lots of bays for HDD's. Interesting mounts SSD's and it was only 60$ at microcenter after rebates.
Edited by veloceracing - 7/17/12 at 10:42pm