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So you guys, have started on my first build. It's a monster of a rig and I need a lot help putting it together. Parts list below:

Case - Case Labs SMH10 Matte Black (with side 480 radiator mount, front flex bay fan mounts, Flex bay hard drive cage, SSD mounting kit, XXL window, and solid top and side vents)
Motherboard - Asus Rampage IV Extreme
CPU - Intel Core i7 3930K 3.2GHz
Video Cards - SLI GTX 670 ftw 4gb Classified Water Cooled
Sound Card – Asus Xonar STX
Hard Drives - 2 Corsair Neutron GTX 240gb, 2 Corsair Neutron GTX 480gb
RAM - Corsair Dominator 32gb
PSU - Corsair 1200W Platinum
Usb 3.0 Silverstone I/O 3.5 inch bay

Cooling
Radiator - XSPC AX480 Black
Pumps – EK D5 Pump with Black Pump Top G1/4 Threads
Reservoir – EK X3 400mm Multioption Reservoir
CPU Block – Swiftech Apogee HD Black
Thermal Paste – IC Diamond
Fittings – Koolance Quick Disconnects and Koolance Fittings
Tubing - Tygon Ultra Chemical Resistant or Primochill Advanced Clear
Liquid - Mayhems Red Pastel
Fans – 12 Gentle Typhoons 1450 RPM
Fan Controller - NZXT Sentry Mix
Black Sleeving on all cables

I do have a few questions/ things to say regarding this build.
1) I kind of messed up the motherboard/ learned my first lesson of building a computer - read the manual before you touch anything!!!! (don't make the mistake that I did and watch someone build a computer online and just assume "its that easy") I was taking off the cpu cover for my motherboard and messed up some of the pins. I was able to put the pins in what looks like perfect alignment from above with a flathead screw driver , but if you look at it from the side the pins that were touched by the cover look "shiny". Thats the only way I know how to describe it. I haven't powered anything on yet because the 3930k doesn't come with a stock cooler which means I have to assemble my whole water cooling system to test it out (which won't be too bad to disassemble since I have all of those quick disconnects and the case labs case has a really easy to use removable motherboard tray) so I don't know if it will work or not. If not I might have to buy a new motherboard frown.gif Also, if things turn out not to be unusable, would it create performance issues when I try to overclock? Also, now I'm freaking out about what if the messed up motherboard pins messed up the cpu pins, its messing with my mind! (yeah I used messed up a lot in that sentence) If the processor is messed up in any way will it completely stop working or cause a downgrade in performance? I'm freaking out about this kind of stuff. Should have read the manual.
2) Do you flush out just the rad or do you clean all of the water cooling equipment before you assemble the loop?
3) Do you have to buy data cables separately? Not sure if data cables comes with the equipment, if so what should I be looking for? I'm not very good at identifying the different cables, they all look the same to me. (yeah this one is a super-noob question lol)
4) When jumping the power supply I know that I'm supposed to connect the green wire with the black wire on the 24 pin power cable, but all of my cabling is sleeved completely. In this case what do I do?
5) Yeah. Being this is my first build I can tell that I probably shouldn't have gone this big with the components, I made that mistake and now the only thing I can do to fix it is build the computer properly (while reading the manuals!).


Any other information that you think I need please let me know. As you guys can tell, I'm under qualified to build a computer with the above specs and need all the help I can get. I will try to take pics, I don't have access to a camera right now but will try to borrow one.
post #2 of 4
Hmm. The bent pins could be an issue. From what I've heard a lot of the time your computer won't boot even if you bend them back. Its worth a shot though...

All of your cables should have come with your Case/Mobo.

I would try and boot if the pins are realigned and if it doesn't, you're looking at a new mobo. :/

Note: I wouldn't normally recommend you tried to boot as it could mess up your CPU, but the motherboard has an LGA socket...with these the CPU just rests on the motherboard and the pins just touch the surface of the CPU.

Hope this helps.
post #3 of 4
1st build and all of this??? surprise....wink.gif usually i wouldnt recommend 2011 for beginners but.... hope all goes well. thumb.gif
Project - ARC
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Project - ARC
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3930K RAMPAGE IV GENE AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (HD7970-DC2T-3GD5) G.Skill 
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
G. Skill G. Skill G. Skill Vertex 4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Custom Liquid Windows 8 ASUS VS278Q-P Black ASUS VS278Q-P Black 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
ASUS VS278Q-P Black LG Flatron IPS234W (secondary monitor) Seasonic Platinum 1000w Fractal Design Arc Midi 
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Project - ARC
(90 photos)
Project - ARC
(16 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3930K RAMPAGE IV GENE AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (HD7970-DC2T-3GD5) G.Skill 
RAMRAMRAMHard Drive
G. Skill G. Skill G. Skill Vertex 4 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Custom Liquid Windows 8 ASUS VS278Q-P Black ASUS VS278Q-P Black 
MonitorMonitorPowerCase
ASUS VS278Q-P Black LG Flatron IPS234W (secondary monitor) Seasonic Platinum 1000w Fractal Design Arc Midi 
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So I was finally able to borrow a camera and took some pictures! Quality isn't very good cause the camera is quite a few years old but they're pictures.









Still haven't progressed much, found out I need some extra parts/ tools in order to mount some of the stuff. Also If anyone could let me know if I need/ where to buy data cables it would be much appreciated, I don't think my equipment came with those (although I could be mistaken, I'm not very good at cable identification sadsmiley.gif ). I I need to put the waterblocks on the 670, cables, tubing, installing the SSDs, and cleaning the rad (which I put in without cleaning cause I forgot like a noob). Is it just the rad you need to clean out or is it all of the water cooling parts? Also, I haven't booted the system yet cause I haven't put together the cooling yet, but from I have read online the CPU socket for the LGA 2011 processor is fine if you bend back the pins in the correct position and they don't break. Tis good news to me. If you guys have any other tips for a beginner, let me know.


Edit: Also I have an extra pump with a pump top and three extra codes for games (1 for BL2 and two for AC3) , what do I do with them? Sell? Give away? Am I even allowed to sell the codes since they came for free with the video cards?

Edit 2: I've realized that the data cables DID come with the motherboard. Yeah. Also, I need help with
1) BIOS (how to use/what stuff means)
2) Overclocking
3) How to hook up fans to a fan controller/fan splitters to controller
5) How to put a water block on a video card
6) Do CPUs have built in temp sensors
7) When installing new water cooling equipment do you need to clean just the radiator or everything
Edited by walden emrys - 12/21/12 at 12:11am
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