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Hello and welcome!

This build is OVER!


"A famous explorer once said... that the extraordinary is in what we do, not who we are. I'd finally set out to make my mark; to find adventure. But instead, adventure found me."

-Lara Croft, Tomb Raider


"Look, Lara. We need to send out that SOS and I'm not climbing anytime soon."
"Yeah I was afraid you were going to say that."
"You can do it, Lara. After all you're a Croft."
"I don't think I'm that kind of Croft."
"Sure you are. You just don't it yet."

-Roth and Lara, A Survivor is Born


The Parts

Case: Case-Labs Mercury S3
Mobo: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX
GPU: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
RAM: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB
SSD: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB
PSU: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold
OS: Windows 8 OEM


Links here for easy navigation:

Update: Abridged
Update: New Parts
Update: In Depth
Update: The Plaque
Update: Finished.

Edited by Dmz96 - 4/22/13 at 7:59pm
    
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Hello and welcome!

You have found yourself my first build log, the place where I will be recounting the process of my build, the future upgrades, and some fun little "mods" (if you can call them that) I will be doing to my build.
So without further ado, let's get this log rolling! biggrin.gif

So Why "Aura's Blaze"?
Well I like the way the word "Aura" sounds, meaning:

Neat little word, no? Hopefully when all is done the computer will be striking enough to give off a little bit of a feeling, at least that's my hope. Oh, and I used "blaze" because of the orange tongue.gif

The Parts

Case: Custom Bitfenix Prodigy
Mobo: ASRock Z77E-ITX Mini ITX
GPU: Galaxy GeForce GTX 670 4GB
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
RAM: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB DDR3-1600
SSD: Corsair Neutron Series GTX 240GB ($180 Newegg Deal!)
PSU: Silverstone 550W 80 PLUS Gold
OS: Windows 8 OEM

Parts Still Needed
  • Second HDD, a 2.5" 750GB Western Digital Storage Drive.
  • The Window Parts
  • Paint, Skill, and more Pain (and a freighter more of skill)
  • Sleeving, I'll be using a combo of ModDIY and MDPC parts to get the job done, kinda excited for this - A LOT!
  • Closed Loop Watercooler so I can finally get this thing OC'd!
  • Fans and Fan Splitter, right now I can only get the cpu cooler and a front fan on, I want to put a 230mm in front with a AF140 as exhaust.
  • The Custom Backplate


The Plan

So my goal is to make a sudo-small form factor system so I can bring it around when I need to, hence the Bitfenix Prodigy. I decided on the custom case, however, to go with the color scheme of orange/white. I want to add in a water loop and I had originally planned on doing a custom water loop, but I would like to take a minute to thank our fellow forum-goer, Pestilaence who made a very good point in the Bitfenix Prodigy Owner's Club:
So I thought about it and I think the best move is a closed loop system, as while the aesthetics of a custom loop is very nice, the cost isn't and for the quality loop I want to set up, that cost is too large to validate. So the new plan is to wait it out until the new Swiftech H220 comes out, and because of it's expandability, I can always mess with that later on and add more! Additionally, because I can now save ~$200, I can do the custom MDPC sleeving I wanted to try out AND get a new phone, which I really need! tongue.gif

I also plan on painting the side panels, nothing overly intensive, so more "Stencil" than "New Coat." I'm still in the works of designing this, so I'll update you there later. I only know the color will definitely be and orange.

From there the only other plans are:
  • Custom Window, I have to see my hard work after all!
  • Custom GPU Backplate, which I will be buying from TripTCC as soon I as finalize the design.
  • Custom MDPC Sleeve Job

Update Masterlist
As updates come, I'll link them here, but for now the first one will go right below this.


Update 1

Alright! So the parts came in about 3 days ago but the case took until last night, however I did get a head start:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Smile! Family Photo!


Okay, Ram in, CPU in, and Stock Cooler in (for now)


Hot Damn that's a perty GPU!


It's bending, it shouldn't be doing that! eek.gif


And this is the part where i cut out 2 hours of the build log, as I spent it fighting the PSU cables.... they're very... "stiff" to put it lightly.
Oh, Hey! Look at that it works!

I actually thought it wasn't working at first, as I couldn't jump it... then I remembered to turned on the PSU... yeah it was a late night...

Alright, now that it is working, time to pack up until the case comes! Let's use the newegg box as a shield, after all it "May Contain Awesome" thumb.gif
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Two Days Later.

And the case is in! The FedEx man delivered it to my neighbors house, where I then went to retrieve it and spent the next half hour listening to her rave about her upcoming trip to Australia. I just want to build my computer gurl! mad.gif Anyways, here are the only pictures I took, as it was surprisingly hard to get the parts into the case and I consistently forgot to take pictures in between my rage moments. I'll get some detailed inside pics in the next update, I promise!




So where does this leave us now? Well today I spent an hour at another neighbors getting the windows OEM disk onto a Flash Drive and then installed Windows... in 30 seconds flat. That's right, 30 seconds to install windows onto this SSD, I nearly needed new pants biggrin.gif

From there I installed a few drivers, Chrome, and Rainmeter. Unfortunately, that's all I will be able to accomplish for now until I order a few more parts, as the SSD is strictly for games, OS, and a handful of essential apps (Ie rainmeter). Here's a good question: Can anyone give me some tips on how to use a SSD in conjunction with a HDD? I found a useful tutorial HERE, so I'll mess with that when the second drive comes in, but I want to hear what tips and tricks you guys have!

That's it for now! I'll be away for the next week, so updates will be breif - especially because I won't be near the new computer for the entirety of the week frown.gif I'll mess around with some sketches and see if I can get some ideas for the side panel paint jobs and the custom back plate.
Thanks for reading!

Wow looking great thumb.gif Subbed biggrin.gif SSD works like a harddrive. I have my OS installed to it. I only have Office 2013 installed along with Windows 7. My 3 other harddrives contain Steam and games on one, Storage, tools, music and movies on another and Programs I like to use on the 3rd. With so much room with the programs HDD, I can use it as a disk image as well as a seperate drive to make clones of my setup in case of a critical failure. I look forward to more RAGE and updates biggrin.gif
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subbed! good to see someone else with a HAE Prodigy!

I just have all my libraries directed to my HDD and all my programs and OS on my SSD. I have a 256GB so there's plenty of SSD room.
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Wow looking great thumb.gif Subbed biggrin.gif SSD works like a harddrive. I have my OS installed to it. I only have Office 2013 installed along with Windows 7. My 3 other harddrives contain Steam and games on one, Storage, tools, music and movies on another and Programs I like to use on the 3rd. With so much room with the programs HDD, I can use it as a disk image as well as a seperate drive to make clones of my setup in case of a critical failure. I look forward to more RAGE and updates biggrin.gif

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I just have all my libraries directed to my HDD and all my programs and OS on my SSD. I have a 256GB so there's plenty of SSD room.

I think the most confusing part is redirecting things such as the music/videos/pictures directories. I'll need to play with it, but do you guys have any specifics on how to do this? Do they get moved with the user folder?
    
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I think the most confusing part is redirecting things such as the music/videos/pictures directories. I'll need to play with it, but do you guys have any specifics on how to do this? Do they get moved with the user folder?
Actually its pretty easy. Take downloads for instance. I want them in a specific location. Right click Downloads and choose Properties. Go to the location tab and direct where the default folder should be. You can do that for every folder or program you want. When I download Youtube videos, i can do the same thing by setting where I want the downloaded videos to go thumb.gif I hope this helps biggrin.gif
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Actually its pretty easy. Take downloads for instance. I want them in a specific location. Right click Downloads and choose Properties. Go to the location tab and direct where the default folder should be. You can do that for every folder or program you want. When I download Youtube videos, i can do the same thing by setting where I want the downloaded videos to go thumb.gif I hope this helps biggrin.gif

O. M. G. biggrin.gif!!

That's ridiculously easy, rep'd! That should make this easy thumb.gif
    
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O. M. G. biggrin.gif!!

That's ridiculously easy, rep'd! That should make this easy thumb.gif

wink.gif Anytime biggrin.gif and thanks!
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I've been contemplating for the past hour whether or not I want to do the MDPC sleeving or order off of ModDiy... MDPC is $50 more, I'm not sure if I want to tack that onto the costs, I am on a budget after all rolleyes.gif

Uh-oh, here's an idea: Why not take the extra 50 and stick some led's in there, for better viewing 0.o
I'll have to keep thinking about it.... but things do not look good for my wallet biggrin.gif
    
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I've been contemplating for the past hour whether or not I want to do the MDPC sleeving or order off of ModDiy... MDPC is $50 more, I'm not sure if I want to tack that onto the costs, I am on a budget after all rolleyes.gif

Uh-oh, here's an idea: Why not take the extra 50 and stick some led's in there, for better viewing 0.o
I'll have to keep thinking about it.... but things do not look good for my wallet biggrin.gif

Save the money and order from Lutro0. He is in the States and you will get your order faster thumb.gif PSSSSSSSST and its cheaper!!!
http://lutro0-customs.myshopify.com/collections/all
Edited by SonofJor-El - 2/16/13 at 4:36am
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