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[Build Log] Project "MOOIMABEAR"

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INTRODUCTION:
I'd decided not to skip the formalities and do a proper introduction! I'm a full-time undergraduate student at Baruch College majoring in Accounting minoring in Graphic Design. I've been gaming since grade school and have been wanting to build a computer ever since I knew it was possible and this will not only be my first build but this will also be my first water cooled build, more risk, more reward! In terms of funding, I currently work as an Accountant, freelance Tennis Coach and Graphic Designer so I've been saving some money aside for this build!

NAME:
The name "MOOIMABEAR" is just something that's been my IGN for as long as I could remember - I can go deeper into it's meaning but I'll save that for another post. Let's move into the good stuff!

HARDWARE LIST:
Main Components:
  • Motherboard: ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
  • GPU: 2x ASUS MATRIX HD7970 PLATINUM
  • Memory: 2x Samsung 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (Awesome Overclocker at a fraction of the cost!)
  • PSU: OCZ 1000W Modular Power Supply - Champion Series
  • Case: NZXT Switch 810
  • Storage: 2x Samsung 830 128GB SSD (RAID 0) // 1x Samsung 830 128 SSD (Boot Drive) // Seagate Barracuda Desktop 2TB

Water Cooling:
A quick note about my water cooling setup. Due to the GPU's I'm using, there is no water block for it. I've read that the onboard cooling is really great so I figure I'd let the fans do their thing but I'll water cool the full motherboard and the CPU. Throw in a couple fans and I should be good!
  • Motherboard Block: EK ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Full Board Cooling Kit (Acetal + Nickel)
  • CPU Block: EX Supremacy Universal CPU Liquid Cooling Block (Acetal + Nickel)
  • Reservoir: XSPC Dual 5.25" Bay Black Resevoir w/ D5 Variant Pump
  • Pump: Swiftech MCP655 Variable Speed
  • Radiators: XSPC RX360 Triple 120mm Radiator (Rev 2) // XSPC RX240 Dual 120mm Radiator
  • Coolant: Primochill Base High Purity Deionized Water - UV Red
  • MISC: IandH Silver Kill Coils

Pending:
This will be bought after I the mentioned parts because I want to get an accurate number.
  • Fittings
    Because I won't be water cooling the GPU's, I'm not quite sure how many fittings I'll need. Once the case arrives and I put the components in, I'll have a better visual and I can map out the tubes.
  • Tubing

Still Hunting:
Given that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are near and also with the crazy amount of sales going on daily for different computer parts, I'm still waiting to see if anything good pops up. If you have any recommendations for the components listed below, please let me know!
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Sound Card
    Might stick with the on board. If I see a good one on sale, I might go for it!
  • Optical Disc Drive (preferably one with a Blu-Ray burner).

Need Advice:
This next part is for the stuff I really am at a loss for. I want your advice on this part so I'm hoping you all can help! biggrin.gif
  • Fans
    I'll be doing a push/pull configuration for the radiators along with the additional few fans that'll go around the case! I just don't know what fans to use.

THANKS:
I'd like to thank everyone. Haha...I know it's a very broad statement but I've been doing nothing reading different posts, different topics, looking at different builds on so many different sites that I really can't name them all. But for everyone that helped, that participated, that made a build, be it your first or your last, and inspired me, thank you!

STATUS:
[11/11/2012] Got a couple parts in. Also managed to snag the CPU and the hard drive for a steal at Micro Center! I'm waiting for the rest of the stuff to arrive from Newegg and FrozenCPU! Should be here within the next day or 2.

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS:
Please feel free to post any and all questions or comments. This is my first build, my first log, I'm 100% open to any and all suggestions that would help improve the overall build!
Edited by mooimabear - 11/11/12 at 5:37pm
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This is the collection so far! More stuff to come in the next few days. Hopefully everything is working condition - RMA's are a pain-in-the-butt!

  • Motherboard: ASUS RAMPAGE IV EXTREME
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K
  • GPU: 2x ASUS MATRIX HD7970 PLATINUM
  • PSU: OCZ 1000W Modular Power Supply - Champion Series
  • Storage: 2x Samsung 830 128GB SSD (RAID 0) // Seagate Barracuda Desktop 2TB

Edited by mooimabear - 11/11/12 at 5:40pm
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Looking forward for an epic build wink.gif
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UPDATE

So I've got some interesting updates for today!

  • My case came in today! The box was in pretty beat up condition, I was worried that the case might've been damaged but luckily everything was in good condition. That and my Samsung ram and my last Samasung 830 SSD.


  • So before I started my build, I did this...remember this is my first build so it was very necessary to just have some sort of voice walking me through! Even though I've watched this video so many times that I even remembered some of the lines...


  • I began the process of testing all the components and that's when the craziness started. I installed my CPU and 2x video cards into the motherboard, connected the relevant cables from the PSU into the motherboard, hooked up the HDMI cable, hit the "Power" button NOTHING HAPPENED! The LEDs were flashing on the motherboard and the video card, but the CPU fan, video card fan and even the PSU fan were not spinning. I seriously thought I broke it! For a couple minutes I was freaking out but then I told myself "RELAX!!!" I took the following steps to remedy my concerns:
    1. I jumped started the PSU to first confirm whether or not that was the issue but the PSU work perfectly fine. Then I freaked out again because I thought I really really must have broke something!
    2. I then disconnected all the PSU cables, removed the video cards. I rechecked the installed rams to make sure they were in right and reinserted the video cards.
    3. I carefully reconnected the PSU cables, making sure they went in all the way and fit properly.
    4. I CLOSED MY EYES, HIT THE START BUTTON. THE MOMENT I HEARD ALL THE FANS SPINNING I WAS SO FLIPPEN HAPPY! After intensely staring down my monitor, I saw it post! All the ram was properly read, the CPU was read and the GPU's were running fine! Once again, I was SO HAPPY!

I really want to let people know, especially those who are building a computer for the first time, it may not necessarily go your way on the first go, especially if it's your first time building. DON'T FREAK OUT! Take a deep breath, review the steps you did, test each part one by one, locate the problem and fix it! It's definitely not hard but when it's your first time you'll need time to get familiar with the parts and procedures. It's one thing to watch the videos but to actually have the parts in your hand and do the installations, it's a whole different animal. All in all, I'm really loving the experience thus far!

I'll be getting my water cooling gear tomorrow so after I install the water block on the CPU, I can move the motherboard into the case. It was suppose to come today but the USPS person left a notice saying that no one was home, EVEN THOUGH I WAS AT MY HOUSE AT THE EXACT TIME LISTED ON THE NOTICE! mad.gif Anyhow, so far I installed the PSU into the case. It is quite a thing of beauty!



I'll update as soon as I get the water cooling gear in and start to throw everything into the case. Also, will be stopping by Micro Center this weekend to hunt for random things.
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and glad to hear you managed to solve your own problem. most people tend to freak out at the shop they bought their gear from. so A* on that front smile.gif

however quite an ambitious build for your first, gona say good luck. and give you a tip when your water cooling. go slow. THINK about it before you do everything. also don't be too tight or too loose on your tubing. basically avoid kinks but keep it simple for high flow smile.gif i would also recommend leaving a bit of slack between components and the bay res if you are using the bay res fill port to fill. such as pulling it slightly out the front for filling smile.gif

as for fan recommendations in push pull. i would say find fans with high pressure head for push and high air flow rates for pull. this will help keep noise level to a minimum.

And Finaly!!! Double check, Trible check. then check again before filling your loop. and the obvious. paper towels everywhere. you can't have too many of them when leak checking.

have your PSU outside of the case and only attached to the pump. and bypass the ATX 24 pin PSU outlet. fill your ress. power on. keep topping up the ress. then eliminate air bubbles. rock the case and flick the PSU on and off. the more air you can get out of the loop. the better performance your system cooling will be smile.gif

but mainly. Good luck mate. looking awesome so far. looking forward to more progress smile.gif doing my latest build too soon "Vamp" you can check out my plans so far in the same section. just waiting on my student loan to come in >.<<br />
EDIT: Forgot to mention i would recomend adding a drain port at the bottom of the loop for gravity to drain it for you. unless you like the idea of tipping your case upside down every 6 months to drain and re fill your loop tongue.gif

enjoy your build though. building is a great adventure and a terrible craving for most after their first taste ^.^
Edited by AngelZest - 11/16/12 at 8:54am
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 3770k Maximus V Gene GTX 670 FTW Dual SLI GTX 670 FTW Dual SLI 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
GeIL EVO Veloce Frost White 2400MHz 2x8GB Corsair Force Series 3 WD 500GB Raid0 Asus 24x DVD±RW 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Water cooling Win 7 Ultimate 64Bit LG CINEMA 3D Monitor Razer Arctosa 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
NZXT Hale Power 90+ 850W '80 Plus Gold' Modular... CM Storm Stryker Full Tower Razer Naga: Molten Edition Razer Goliathus 
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