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Dasher Build

post #1 of 4
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Current rig is over 2 years old, time for a new rig. My current rig is the first desktop I built, so it wasn't as good as it could have been.

Old Dasher = {
"CPU" => "AMD Phenom II 1090T Black Edition",
"GPU" => "EVGA GTX 460 SE",
"RAM" => "G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600",
"MOBO" => "MSI 870-G45 AM3",
"PSU" => "Corsair TX650",
"HDD" => "Western Digital RE4 1TB",
"SSD" => nil,
"CASE" => "Rosewill Challenger"
}

New Dasher = {
"CPU" => "AMD Phenom II 1090T Black Edition",
"GPU" => "undecided",
"RAM" => "Crucial Ballistix 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1866",
"MOBO" => "GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+",
"PSU" => "Silverstone ST85F-G Evolution",
"HDD" => "Western Digital Black 1TB",
"SSD" => "Samsung 830 Series 256GB"
"CASE" => "Lian-Li PC-A05NB"
}

The goals of this build was to make a rig with a sexy black interior and exterior. Also I wanted the rig to have the capability to upgrade the CPU and SLI GPUs in the future. I was thinking of painting the PC-A05 matte-black, but I am unsure because I don't want to paint it myself, screw up, and waste money.

I purchased a PP05 cable set and planned to sleeve it. However, Silverstone just released their own line of sleeved cables called the PP05, so I might just purchase that. I'm not entirely sure though, because I think the PP05 cables are a bit too long. I've contacted Lutro0 about sleeving my cables. Depending on pricing that Lutro0 sets, I might go ahead and purchase the PP06 cables.

For the GPU, I want to go NVIDIA. I was thinking about the GTX 670, but I am unsure. What GPU do you guys think I should get? Also, I plan to purchase two H80's and one of Dwood's mounting brackets for the GPU for cooling. I have everything listed so far including a single H80 for the CPU.

I appreciate any comments and/or criticisms
post #2 of 4
Thread Starter 
Got all the parts except for the GPU now. Will post pictures sometime tomorrow.

I also decided to sleeve my PP05 cables from Silverstone myself. Order the tools and materials to do it.

Additionally, I'm really thinking about water cooling this system. I was thinking getting a MCP355x pump + res combo and getting EK waterblocks and compressors. Not sure though.
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Got all the sleeving, heatshrink, and tools for sleeving my psu cables. Started sleeving my PP05 cables from Silverstone. Finished the 8-pin CPU connector. Took me 4 hours for the 8-pin CPU connector because I had no experience sleeving prior to this. I used Lutro0's video guides to help me with the sleeving process.

I know I haven't posted any pics so far, I will get to that asap.
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
Have everything installed now. Got the EVGA GTX 670 FTW+ for my GPU. Just need to sleeve the sata cable, motherboard cable, and molex 4 pin power cable.
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