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I've needed a new PC for quite some time now, but due to always waiting for new tech and always getting caught up with exams one after the other, I had to delay this PC.

Initially I was going to go all out and as such I was set on investing into watercooling. I was also very interested in cable sleeving. However, because I'm still in school, my PC would be funded by my Parents and as such decided that it would be unfair to have them pay a large sum of money just for my PC. If I lived in the US, I would not be concerned with costs, but because I'm in the Caribbean, after duties and taxes, Items can cost double its US value. So, a $4-5k would end up costing my parents close to $10K.

I refocused and Instead decided that I would get a good enough gaming machine to last maybe 2-3 yrs as my primary PC. Within that period I would've started working and would therefore feel no remorse in blowing away $10k on my PC.

With that said, think of this as a good enough machine.

PARTS

Coolermaster Storm Trooper
XFX x1250w PSU
NZXT Sentry Mix
Asus 24x DVD-RW
Scythe Slipstream 1900RPM
Asus Maximus V Extreme
Intel 3770k
Coolermaster TPC 812
GSkill RipjawZ 16gb 1600Mhz
Gigabyte GTX 670 2GB
Corsair K90
Coolermaster Storm Sentinel Advanced II
Dell U2412M
Samsung 830 128GB SSD
Fantom Drive 2TB External(HDD removed for this build)
WD Green 3TB


I intend to sleeve all my cables but due to having school and trying to get the PC up ASAP, I rushed some wires, and will re-sleeve them once I get the time. Some wires have also been skipped from being sleeved. This will be fixed as time passes and I intend to maintain this thread and have it updated as I update my rig.

Some components that may be added as time passes to extend the life of my PC are:

Creative Sound Blaster Z
Another Gigabyte GTX 670
Possible replacing the RAM with some ULV Samsung RAM(If I find a sale for my Gskill ones)
Some good computer speaker(Just for reference, I found a 5.1 Onkyo Home Theater Audio system for US$300, when I checked the total cost to get it home to me, the final price was just under US$1100. Crazy right. Seems I might go with the Z906, although I like 2.1 systems more. )


Here we have the sentry mix. I initially got this because of the 50W per channel rating, but after changing my case choice from a Caselabs to the CM Storm Trooper, it was clearly an overkill. Sure the SM ST has a fan controller but I get the impression that these controllers are generally built poorly and I'd like to have no issues when running my fans. Also, I've had none of the humming issues with the fan controller as others have reported.







The soft touch rubber coating feels real nice and the sliders work and feel pretty solid as well.


I will sleeve the cables in the future.




Heres with the sleeving done. I did this in the night while quite tired. Sure the size of the heatshrink doesn't match, but I don't care, as I won't be seeing it.

I intended to do all black sleeving for the fan controller, but some wires would not fit in the black paracord but would fit in the red one, so I decided to add some colour.






Did I need all those zip ties, no, but I like to thug on wires from time to time, and I hate when sleeving slips off the wire. biggrin.gif

Also picked up a 360 controller. Please hear me out, sure its PC gaming, but some games are so poorly ported thats its total hell to play them on PC. Thats where the controller will help me out.




Also picked up one of those huge Razer mousepads..........well for me, its a mousepad, a keyboard mat and a hand rest. biggrin.gif




For my keyboard and mouse I picked the K90 and the storm sentinel advanced 2. I was eyeing the Ducky shine and the Mionix Naos 5000 but the Ducky was Out of Stock everywhere at the time and the Sentinel had a better sensor. So I made the plunge.








Edited by pratesh - 1/19/13 at 1:40pm
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Originally Posted by adridu59 View Post

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master TPC 812 86.2 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($55.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($180.48 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($297.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell U2312HM 23.0" Monitor ($245.41 @ Mac Connection)
Keyboard: Cooler Master Storm QuickFire Rapid Wired Gaming Keyboard ($78.00 @ Mechanical Keyboards)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($35.21 @ Amazon)
Total: $1318.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-19 16:15 EST-0500)

It's a gaming build so no need for an i7 since an i5 performs just the same for this (i7 = i5 + Hyperthreading), then the Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 which is a great motherboard at a very competitive price (review here), the Samsung Magic Memory which overclocks up to 2400+ MHz, the Plextor M5S as SSD which is a top-tier one sold for a great price (this is allowed by the use of newer 19nm NAND) + the WD10EZEX as HDD which is Western Digital's fastest consumer drive currently, the Gigabyte 7950: the 7950 is the best value in high-end video cards right now, 3-5% slower than the 7970 while being ~$120 cheaper, also has FAR better value, more memory (3GB) and better memory bandwidth and GPGPU performance than Nvidia cards, the U2312HM as monitor (those ending with HM are newer models, there's no new 24" currently), and the Logitech G400 which is the most prefered mouse with the Razer Deathadder (but this one is very expensive and, it's Razer) and the CM Storm QuickFire Rapid which I can say is the most preferred mechanical keyboard at the moment (chose the one with MX Brown's because they're the best in my opinion). thumb.gif

Parts I put up are my choices after weighing pros and cons for a long time. I know what your saying, but I already bought most of them and I'm just putting this build together. Thanks for the effort tho. thumb.gif
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My bad. smile.gif
Ti-89 Titanium
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Motorola 68k @16 MHz Ti-89 HW4 256 KB 2.6 MB Flash ROM 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Ti-89 OS 3.10 LCD Dot-Matrix 160x100 4x 1.5V AAA Ti-89 HW4 Black 
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Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
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Intel Core™ i7 930 Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R 2.0 Gigabyte GTX 470 SOC G.Skill RX 2x4GB 1600C8 
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PNY Prevail Elite 120GB Hitachi 7K1000.C 1TB LG GH24LS50 Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
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Windows 8 Pro x64 Lubuntu 13.10 x64 Samsung BX2250 Logitech Illuminated 
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My bad. smile.gif

NP thumb.gif

Whats great tho is the fact that in the OCN community, ppl are so ready to help others and are more then willing to go the extra mile to help you save a few bucks or have less issues over the longterm thumb.gif
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Wow, really nice looking build, great job on that Fan controller sleeving! drool.gif

Reminds me, I still need to get me a fan controller redface.gif
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Decided to get this ram as It was cheap and the heat-spreaders do look quite nice. If I get bored and decide to overclock, I might get the Samsung ones. Those seem to OCK like crazy, but ATM 1600Mhz is good enough for me.



God do I love the look of those spreaders. Also, they do add quite a bit of weight to the ram sticks. I was surprised by the weight of them.


Also picked up a basic DVD writer. The feedback on Asus burners tends to be quite good, so I went with them. Although I must say, my choice has my based on brand than it was on reviews biggrin.gif



Bluray burners have become pretty cheap, so I might pick one up as well. But, with all these items, think I'm gonna need a PCIE SATA controller. Still those are pretty cheap.



Bought lots of fans to test with temps and noise. I'll stick with the slipstream in the end with the Fan controller under volting them to keep the noise down. Didn't bother with the better branded fans like Noctua and Noiseblocker as I'm keeping the cost down, and personally, I think those fans work best with watercooling were temps are not a factor and noise is the biggest issue.




Sleeved the fans. Its not the best, but it looks alot better than the original did. I might decide to cut the wires shorter and re crimp the fan connectors to give a cleaner look, but again, only when I get bored. Also don't expect that to be soon as I about to start up some Skyrim and Mass Effect 3.




I needed some fan filters as well. I wanted the magnetic Silverstone 120mm ones but they were out of stock so I made some of the normal ones magnetic by sticking magnets onto the back of the filter.



The glue makes the plastic get alittle white. On the back that is. But the whiteness can be easily wiped off. I placed the magnets inside the crevasses so as to protect the metal material the filter will be placed against from scratching.


Tested it on the old freezer. No scratches biggrin.gif


Got these pretty cheap so I decided to buy them. I'll use some of them to test how to spraypaint fans. Others will be used to test noise and temps they product. I don't have high expectations of them, but we'll see.



Yep, I sleeved them all.





Took them apart to get the blades separated and prepared for painting/. No, not any fancy painting, no sanding, using primer etc. Just spray paint on the blades without any prep.





Picked up this cable set on ebay for $20. I just got it to practice sleeving and also to use the connectors when I get my crimper.
Edited by pratesh - 1/20/13 at 1:47pm
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