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Quick and easy build for a friend (with the help of another friend)

post #1 of 5
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Hey guys,

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.


SPECS!

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
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

GTX670

PICS!

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!

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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.

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IMG_1914 by shaun raney, on Flickr

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IMG_1915 by shaun raney, on Flickr

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IMG_1916 by shaun raney, on Flickr

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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.

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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
post #2 of 5

A nice setup is going on.

 

How happy are you guys with the fans you used on H80?

 

I also have a H80 and the fans were very loud on medium and high so i got myself 2 Noctua fans instead. They are extremely silent even at high, but i can see up to 5C difference in temperatures. Corsair Fans did run cooler although way louder.

 

I have Oced my CPU to 4.0 and I hit 73-74 degrees with the Noctua fans. If i use Corsair fans, the highest i get is 68 degrees. Though my room is extremely hot and humid due to the weather.

 

 

Also yeah the cable management looks very nice too.

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by iARDAs View Post

A nice setup is going on.

How happy are you guys with the fans you used on H80?

I also have a H80 and the fans were very loud on medium and high so i got myself 2 Noctua fans instead. They are extremely silent even at high, but i can see up to 5C difference in temperatures. Corsair Fans did run cooler although way louder.

I have Oced my CPU to 4.0 and I hit 73-74 degrees with the Noctua fans. If i use Corsair fans, the highest i get is 68 degrees. Though my room is extremely hot and humid due to the weather.


Also yeah the cable management looks very nice too.

We used SP120's on the radiator and it was idling at 31* C in a 75*F room (sorry for making you do conversions). I use the SP120's in my case at home as well and I love them. Very quiet, the rubber mounts are a nice touch and the extensions make running cables a little easier. We haven't done a load test on this set up yet, but I will let you know how it handles the heat. We moved the H80 fans to the side of the case which hasn't been installed yet because of the paint.
post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 
Finished the build. Added AF120's to the sides and added an AF140 to the top just so we a quiter fan installed.

Went with the Windforce GTX670 from Gigabyte. Might have to go SLI when running three screens, but at 399 for the card it's not too terrible.

Some quick pictures with my iphone (left the 7D at home)

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Untitled by shaun raney, on Flickr

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Untitled by shaun raney, on Flickr

Edit: Holy crap the acrylic looks like someone sneezed all over it. And all the wires for the fans need to cleaned up, but he's incredibly happy at this point.
post #5 of 5

Good job with the Gigabyte 670

 

I have it and love it as well.


Great card.

 

Your friend will enjoy the setup but add a 2nd 670 if he will go 3 screens. 

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