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Ok so today i ended up getting....
The 3770k intel chip + Asus P8 Z88-V Pro ~ Mobo + Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling System. And I got a new case SGC-5000W-KWN1 case ..aka...CMSTORM STRYKER
Oh & i got a EVGA SuperClocked Geforce GTX 660 something
Oh and for the power supply got a P.P. Silencer MKIII 600W
So i just seated the chip, put the ram into board...barely even got started (4 hours in reading crap i don't understand lol)
My first time ever building a pc & I'm a software person not a hardware person.

Couple questions so far
#1 - I did not get any thermal paste etc. with my stuff. Do i need that since I'm liquid cooling? If not i already put it in dry.

#2- My main question for this thread....the instructions (on all of the parts, not just the cooler) have lots of pictures but very little text explaining the positions of things. So I'm not sure what side of the fan is supposed to be installed onto the radiator.
I.E. I know the Corsair logo side of the fan is supposed to be facing down toward my motherboard.
But should the fan power cords be coming out of the bottom left (closest to the radiator hoses) or bottom right (toward the front of my pc)


Any other suggestions anyone can give me on an easy install process for my parts? smile.gif

And am i going to be alright with these parts? Did i pick a 'decent' system?

p.s.
i have the following from my old p.c. i could put into my new build....would this help me any? I mean in addition to my new video card. And would it even fit on my mobo ..if it indeed would help me @ all?
PNY GeForce 430 1GB DDR3 Vid Card


RESOlVED: 12/17/2012
My new CM Stryker (color = white) + i7-3770k + 16GB DDR3 + SSD + Caviar Black 1TB + Corsair H100 Beast is officially online & I am posting this thread from it as we speak. I am super happy with it too!
And it's all in thanks of the help of all my new friends @ overclock.net
What an awesome resource full of awesome ppl!

Edited by swagga - 12/15/12 at 10:44pm
    
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Ok so today i ended up getting....
The 3770k intel chip + Asus P8 Z88-V Pro ~ Mobo + Corsair H100 Liquid Cooling System. And I got a new case SGC-5000W-KWN1 case ..aka...CMSTORM STRYKER
Oh & i got a EVGA SuperClocked Geforce GTX 660 something
Oh and for the power supply got a P.P. Silencer MKIII 600W
So i just seated the chip, put the ram into board...barely even got started (4 hours in reading crap i don't understand lol)
My first time ever building a pc & I'm a software person not a hardware person.
Couple questions so far
#1 - I did not get any thermal paste etc. with my stuff. Do i need that since I'm liquid cooling? If not i already put it in dry.
#2- My main question for this thread....the instructions (on all of the parts, not just the cooler) have lots of pictures but very little text explaining the positions of things. So I'm not sure what side of the fan is supposed to be installed onto the radiator.
I.E. I know the Corsair logo side of the fan is supposed to be facing down toward my motherboard.
But should the fan power cords be coming out of the bottom left (closest to the radiator hoses) or bottom right (toward the front of my pc)
Any other suggestions anyone can give me on an easy install process for my parts? smile.gif
And am i going to be alright with these parts? Did i pick a 'decent' system?

As far as your questions go the h100 comes with pre-applied thermal paste so you won't need anything beyond that unless for whatever reason you need to re-seat your h100 block, but you shouldn't need to if you do it correctly ;p. To be honest it's very easy to install, I don't even think I needed to use the instructions. It's pretty much common sense, but the instructions were good enough for me to install my h100. If for whatever reason you are having trouble installing it you can watch this video.



The parts you picked are ok, I mean there isn't anything wrong with them from what I can see as far as compatibility goes.

Being a first time builder can be a pretty daunting task if you have never done one before or have someone there to help guide you. I recommend you take a look at some tutorials on the net. The ones I watched in anticipation for my first build were the new egg how to build a pc tutorials on youtube.



Watch all those and you will have a pretty good grasp of what to do. The rest is just reading. The most difficult task for me was wiring everything properly(which wasn't even that hard); however this can achieved quite easily by simply reading your motherboards manual, use the index to find the right section and just follow that. I wasn't lucky enough to have one of those adapter things that you plug everything into for the front panel connectors then plug into your mobo so it was slightly more difficult for me, but not much!
Edited by immakulate - 12/14/12 at 12:29am
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yea this ASUS P8Z77-V PRO came with a panel and from what i was reading & understood its something for you to plug all your wires into. So i really hope that saves me a lot of time! (crossing fingers)
I actually had a guy @ the store who seemed pretty knowledgeable help me pick out the PC parts after i explained to him what i was using it for (not for gaming, just heavy application use/photo editing etc.)
I wanted to get the faster 12-thread intel but it was simply out of my price range since this was an emergency a.k.a. unplanned build to get me back up & running and back to work. So i settled on the 3770k @ 3.5ghz. Which i got for $233 v.s. the price tag of $299 @ newegg

So when you said that they weren't "bad" and should all work together....do you mean i got sub-par parts or what homie? Please elaborate on what i could have done better in the same price range. I came out spending about a grand.
    
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yea this ASUS P8Z77-V PRO came with a panel and from what i was reading & understood its something for you to plug all your wires into. So i really hope that saves me a lot of time! (crossing fingers)
I actually had a guy @ the store who seemed pretty knowledgeable help me pick out the PC parts after i explained to him what i was using it for (not for gaming, just heavy application use/photo editing etc.)
I wanted to get the faster 12-thread intel but it was simply out of my price range since this was an emergency a.k.a. unplanned build to get me back up & running and back to work. So i settled on the 3770k @ 3.5ghz. Which i got for $233 v.s. the price tag of $299 @ newegg
So when you said that they weren't "bad" and should all work together....do you mean i got sub-par parts or what homie? Please elaborate on what i could have done better in the same price range. I came out spending about a grand.

I might have missed it but what RAM are you using?

Also to be honest if you are using that rig simply for photo editing and applications it might even be on the over-kill side of things. Don't get me wrong, that's never really a bad thing but you probably could have easily gotten away with a cheaper cooler and GPU. Do you plan on over-clocking? If not then an h100 seems entirely unnecessary to me. I would recommend since you bought it you may as well over-clock your CPU to the 4.5 GHZ region and enjoy the added performance it will give you.

Really when it comes to picking PC parts it's pretty subjective, while I may have went with some different options you did pick some very quality parts that will serve your needs very well! Like I said it might even be kind of over-kill for your purposes.

Also are you using an SSD or HDD's if so how many and what size?

Also be aware of ESD (Electro Static Discharge) and just frequently make sure to touch some metal and ground out yourself, especially if you are working in a carpeted area or a very dry area. Another novice mistake is to not seat the mother board properly into the case. Make sure the stands are configured properly for your motherboard type(most cases will automatically come configured for a standard ATX mobo as this is the most common). Make sure all your stands are in the holes and not touching the motherboard anywhere other then the holes for seating it or you will short the board.
Edited by immakulate - 12/14/12 at 12:50am
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I might have missed it but what RAM are you using?
Also to be honest if you are using that rig simply for photo editing and applications it might even be on the over-kill side of things. Don't get me wrong, that's never really a bad thing but you probably could have easily gotten away with a cheaper cooler and GPU. Do you plan on over-clocking? If not then an h100 seems entirely unnecessary to me. I would recommend since you bought it you may as well over-clock your CPU to the 4.5 GHZ region and enjoy the added performance it will give you.
Really when it comes to picking PC parts it's pretty subjective, while I may have went with some different options you did pick some very quality parts that will serve your needs very well! Like I said it might even be kind of over-kill for your purposes.
Also are you using an SSD or HDD's if so how many and what size?
Also be aware of ESD (Electro Static Discharge) and just frequently make sure to touch some metal and ground out yourself, especially if you are working in a carpeted area or a very dry area. Another novice mistake is to not seat the mother board properly into the case. Make sure the stands are configured properly for your motherboard type(most cases will automatically come configured for a standard ATX mobo as this is the most common). Make sure all your stands are in the holes and not touching the motherboard anywhere other then the holes for seating it or you will short the board.

I think I understated my needs...essentially my applications are running "24-7" use roughly 6-8gb of ram & 25% of my previous AMD 3.8ghz quad core. Then on top of those 10 programs running 24-7...i use Photoshop, do video editing/processing/encoding, programming in Visual Studio 2010 & all my personal web stuff as well. And now i'm wanting to start using VMWARE to operate other OS's for testing my coding 24-7 as well...so It essentially runs like a server, 365 days a year like that. So im glad you said i got too much!

To answer your questions....
I got a anti-static band i found in my garage tonight boohoo! Thanks for reminder!
4x4GB of "team" ram @ 1600 (DDR3) - ' wish i had gotten corsair etc.'
Western Digital 1TB HDD 7200RPM Caviar Black (storage & whatever i shouldn't put on my SSD...i wanted to make a post about that soon)
1 OCZ gen3 SSD - 128GB (main operating system files)
^ these things are all out of my old pc...didn't have the $ to buy new today...but they are all less than 6 months old & the WD drive has never been used (still in box)

And yes since i went overkill on the H100 i absolutely want to overclock it to the fullest amount i possibly can (assuming i still get at least 12-18 months out of the CPU if i overclock it big time...as long as it lasts a solid 12 I'm down like charlie brown...just no idea how to do it yet...glad i found this forum though!)
Edited by swagga - 12/14/12 at 1:02am
    
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Yeah for your needs I think you made some good choices! Honestly I mighty have even got more RAM, I would have went with 16GB's.
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Yeah for your needs I think you made some good choices! Honestly I mighty have even got more RAM, I would have went with 16GB's.

4x4GB - so i am on 16GB .....but....

Mhyles suggested this 2 x 8GB Corsair Vengeance LP

So I am asking my best friend to get me 2 sets of those for Xmas. Hopefully I get them...because I would really love to have 32gb of ram!

I am thinking about using Vmware Workstation 9 so that I can virtually run another copy of Windows 7 on my desktop (as opposed to buying yet another pc) & then run another set of my applications on that. Any suggestions on what else I might need to add in order to run Vmware efficiently (i.e. as if it were a standalone pc)? Someone told me to get a seperate hard drive to run it on...so i went and got that WD Cavair Black 1TB for that purpose...i was using just a OCZ 128GB SSD by itself for my pc before now. I wonder if my CPU will be able to handle all this....i mean its no doubt faster than my 2 year old Asus QuadCore 3.4ghz...something tells me that it really has 4 threads...v.s. the new cpu's like the one i just got that has 8 threads via 4 cores.
Is it really true that i should ideally have a separate HD for running Vmware?. What about a second network card/wifi for my Vmware instance? If i wanted to run like 10 copies of VMware...is it possible to have multiple cpu's/video cards/motherboards on a PC? (just wondering for in the distant future...im not even close to needing that yet...just curious if thats a realistic option for running multiple operating systems...i.e. windows server/CentOs/Redhat/windows 8/ all @ the same time)
    
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