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My First Build - "Darwin"

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Charles Darwin - proposer of the first fully accepted theory of evolution (I don't know if Lamarck was any earlier, but heigh ho). And that is what this is about. It's my first full build, I mean for my own actual use at least, I have stripped apart and put back a few old knockers, but they were destined for the great wheelie bin in the sky. But this build shall be mine. I call it Darwin because I feel like it needs a codename, and also because the component choice allows for evolution, especially the case.

Specs
Case - Case Labs Magnum M8
CPU - Intel Core i7-3770K
Mobo - Asus P8Z77-V PRO
RAM - 2x8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3 @ 1600Mhz
Storage - 120GB Corsair Force Series GT
2TB Western Digital Caviar Green (the WD20EARX if you care)
ODD - Pioneer DVR-219LBK
Cooling - Corsair H80i
2x Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition
Keyboard - Logitech G19
Mouse - Logitech G9x
Monitor - Asus VE228T
OS - Win7 Home Premium

Now, the eagle-eyed amongst you might notice the discernable lack of a discrete graphics card. I have a very good reason for that - it is totally unnecessary for this build. There will be no games played at max graphics at max res etc., but there will be a lot of SolidWorks, After Effects etc. that need CPU power.

I wasn't certain how big the M8 would be, as I don't really know about the physical size of motherboards etc (don't get me wrong, I do know what I'm doing, but judging size is a weak point) and I also wanted a physical model to work out where it could go. So, I did the best I could and made one (partially) out of old Corn Flakes boxes. I call it the Kellogg's M8, and it's bloody huge!



Any points or advice or what have you is welcome, as I figure this of all places is likely to have some people who know what there're talking about.
Edited by GingertronMk1 - 12/8/12 at 8:20am
 
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320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 LGA 775 Intel Stock Cooler 32bit Vista Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 
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Logitech 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Corsair AX760i Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 See Keyboard 
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Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 
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2x Intel Xeon E5-2690 EVGA Classified SR-X 2x EVGA GTX TITAN Hydro Copper 96GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600Mhz 
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2x Samsung 840 EVO 2x Western Digital 4TB RED All Loops: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm Loop 2: Mayhems Pastel Mint Green 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Loop 3: EK-FB KIT SR-X CSQ Nickel/Plexi Loop 3: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 120mm Loop 3: Mayhems Pastel Red All Loops: Aquacomputer Aqualis 450ml w/ Pump A... 
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Dell Ultrasharp U3014 Ducky Shine 3 2x Corsair AX1200i Case Labs MagnumTH10 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 LGA 775 Intel Stock Cooler 32bit Vista Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Corsair AX760i Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 See Keyboard 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x Intel Xeon E5-2690 EVGA Classified SR-X 2x EVGA GTX TITAN Hydro Copper 96GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x Samsung 840 EVO 2x Western Digital 4TB RED All Loops: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm Loop 2: Mayhems Pastel Mint Green 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Loop 3: EK-FB KIT SR-X CSQ Nickel/Plexi Loop 3: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 120mm Loop 3: Mayhems Pastel Red All Loops: Aquacomputer Aqualis 450ml w/ Pump A... 
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If you do a custom watercooling loop will the res be filled with milk...? :-D

Looks like a nice build. Have you considered Samsung RAM? Supposed to be the best for overclocking from what I've heard...

Also, Gentle Typhoon fans might give a better airflow vs noise level than the corsair fans, with a good static pressure.

Are you planning any mods to the case? Always nice to see a CadeLabs build :-)
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Perhaps I could use a cereal bowl for a dry ice pot? Sorry, I'm clutching at straws there.

OCing RAM will come later. For now, I'll be concentrating on getting the CPU to 4.5Ghz. I say for now, this is just talk for the moment until I get the cash together to actually buy the damn thing. I'll get the case first, as I reckon I'll be able to use it as a coffee table until I need it for actual computing.

Regarding the fans, I'm trying to keep it to as few manufacturers as possible. I know it sounds daft, but I just get this weird brand loyalty thing going on, and I'll be using the stock fans on the H80i for the HDD tray, so it'll all match in.

Case mods aren't really on the agenda, as for this build, they're presently unnecessary and if I balls up, I'm not waiting up to two weeks for a new door or panel to be delivered.
 
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Intel Core i7-950 @ 1.6Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus EN9800GT/DI/1GD3 3x2GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 LGA 775 Intel Stock Cooler 32bit Vista Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Corsair AX760i Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 See Keyboard 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x Intel Xeon E5-2690 EVGA Classified SR-X 2x EVGA GTX TITAN Hydro Copper 96GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x Samsung 840 EVO 2x Western Digital 4TB RED All Loops: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm Loop 2: Mayhems Pastel Mint Green 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Loop 3: EK-FB KIT SR-X CSQ Nickel/Plexi Loop 3: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 120mm Loop 3: Mayhems Pastel Red All Loops: Aquacomputer Aqualis 450ml w/ Pump A... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
All Loops: Bitspower Straight Compression 3/8ID... All Loops: Primochill Primflex Advanced LRT - C... All Loops: Swiftech MCP655 w/ Aqualis Pump Top Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 Pro 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Loop 1: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 480mm Loop 1: Mayhems Pastel Blue Berry Loop 2: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480mm Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp U3014 Ducky Shine 3 2x Corsair AX1200i Case Labs MagnumTH10 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 LGA 775 Intel Stock Cooler 32bit Vista Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Corsair AX760i Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 See Keyboard 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x Intel Xeon E5-2690 EVGA Classified SR-X 2x EVGA GTX TITAN Hydro Copper 96GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x Samsung 840 EVO 2x Western Digital 4TB RED All Loops: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm Loop 2: Mayhems Pastel Mint Green 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Loop 3: EK-FB KIT SR-X CSQ Nickel/Plexi Loop 3: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 120mm Loop 3: Mayhems Pastel Red All Loops: Aquacomputer Aqualis 450ml w/ Pump A... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
All Loops: Bitspower Straight Compression 3/8ID... All Loops: Primochill Primflex Advanced LRT - C... All Loops: Swiftech MCP655 w/ Aqualis Pump Top Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 Pro 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Loop 1: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 480mm Loop 1: Mayhems Pastel Blue Berry Loop 2: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480mm Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp U3014 Ducky Shine 3 2x Corsair AX1200i Case Labs MagnumTH10 
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Fix the pictures please.
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Sorry, have fixed them now, they were the right way up everywhere else, i.e. photo software, Finder etc.
 
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Intel Core i7-950 @ 1.6Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus EN9800GT/DI/1GD3 3x2GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 LGA 775 Intel Stock Cooler 32bit Vista Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Corsair AX760i Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 See Keyboard 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x Intel Xeon E5-2690 EVGA Classified SR-X 2x EVGA GTX TITAN Hydro Copper 96GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x Samsung 840 EVO 2x Western Digital 4TB RED All Loops: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm Loop 2: Mayhems Pastel Mint Green 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Loop 3: EK-FB KIT SR-X CSQ Nickel/Plexi Loop 3: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 120mm Loop 3: Mayhems Pastel Red All Loops: Aquacomputer Aqualis 450ml w/ Pump A... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
All Loops: Bitspower Straight Compression 3/8ID... All Loops: Primochill Primflex Advanced LRT - C... All Loops: Swiftech MCP655 w/ Aqualis Pump Top Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 Pro 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Loop 1: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 480mm Loop 1: Mayhems Pastel Blue Berry Loop 2: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480mm Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp U3014 Ducky Shine 3 2x Corsair AX1200i Case Labs MagnumTH10 
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Logitech G700s Asus Xonar Phoebus Sennheiser HD558 Corsair SP2500 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-950 @ 1.6Ghz Asus Rampage III Extreme Asus EN9800GT/DI/1GD3 3x2GB Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 LGA 775 Intel Stock Cooler 32bit Vista Samsung SyncMaster 215TW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech 1500 Laser Cordless Desktop Corsair AX760i Fractal Design Arc Midi R2 See Keyboard 
Audio
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2x Intel Xeon E5-2690 EVGA Classified SR-X 2x EVGA GTX TITAN Hydro Copper 96GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
2x Samsung 840 EVO 2x Western Digital 4TB RED All Loops: Noiseblocker Blacksilent Pro 120mm Loop 2: Mayhems Pastel Mint Green 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Loop 3: EK-FB KIT SR-X CSQ Nickel/Plexi Loop 3: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 120mm Loop 3: Mayhems Pastel Red All Loops: Aquacomputer Aqualis 450ml w/ Pump A... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
All Loops: Bitspower Straight Compression 3/8ID... All Loops: Primochill Primflex Advanced LRT - C... All Loops: Swiftech MCP655 w/ Aqualis Pump Top Aquacomputer Aquaero 5 Pro 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Loop 1: Alphacool NexXxos UT60 480mm Loop 1: Mayhems Pastel Blue Berry Loop 2: Alphacool NexXxos Monsta 480mm Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell Ultrasharp U3014 Ducky Shine 3 2x Corsair AX1200i Case Labs MagnumTH10 
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Logitech G700s Asus Xonar Phoebus Sennheiser HD558 Corsair SP2500 
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