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Hey everyone, new to OCN and have been lurking about for few days now. Build my very first PC few weeks ago and it turned out amazing. Still need to purchase 2 more fans and some more single braided cables for the build. I have a couple of pictures up in my profile but i'm waiting for my SLR to take better pictures so i can showcase it because the iphone's camera is a POS(great phone, *****ty camera). Around this time last year i decided that i wanted to build my own gaming/everyday pc. My old HP desktop was on it's way out and basically begging for PC graveyard. I had no knowledge whatsoever of what parts would be needed, where to get them from, how to start, how do i know what i need, how much money am i going to spend...blah blah. I've done a lot of browsing and researching, reading forums and learning everything from youtube. My original wishlist from newegg consisted of a asrock mobo, gskil ripjaws memory, regular wd 500gb HDD, and simple air-cooler and PSU. As time went on i didn't have the funds for the build because i went on vacay with my girlfriend to disney world so that pretty much wiped me out for a while. The build got postponed for later on that year. By october, i started to plan everything all over again. By this time i learned sooooooo much from youtube videos. Just searching for "gaming pc 2012" or "gaming rig build 2012" and there are a lot of amazing PC's out there. Watching videos from linustechtips or paul from newegg, etc. informed me on a lot as well.

i know, TL;DR and my bad, just wanted to give some insight on how much of a noob i was to now where i'm... sort of stepping out of noob stage lol.

PICS WILL COME SOON.

Originally wanted the ASUS sabertooth z77 board but it was a bit out of the price for me at the time.
I originally wanted to go with asus, corsair, and evga everything because of all the videos i've watched and it seems like these products are amazing since everyone has them. Cool, let me follow suit.

I ended up going with MSI. MSI products are absolutely amazing and their software kicks ass too.
Motherboard: MSI z77 mpower
CPU: i7-3770k
RAM: Corsair dominator gt with memory cooler 8gb 2 x 4gb
CPU cooler: Corsair h100i
GPU: MSI twin frozr geforce gtx 660ti power edition (it comes factory overclocked) I prefer the looks of the EVGA cards but the twin frozr design keeps the gpu a lot cooler and their fans spin counter when the pc is booted up to blow out the dust, which is pretty fcking cool. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great looking GPU.
PSU: OCZ zt series 750 watts modular.
Drive: LG super multi blu-ray drive.
HDD: 500gb WD caviar blue
SSD: 1 x 128gb OCZ vertex 3 and 1 x Corsair 60gb force 3
Case: Corsair 600t White Edition
Lamptron fc6 4ch fan controller
bitfenix alchemy single braided cables in white
4 x xigmatek xlf series 120mm white LED fans
1 x bitfenix spectre pro 200mm white LED fan
running windows 7 home

Will probably save up for a samsung 256gb pro SSD and sell my ocz and corsair ssd or save them somewhere. I was also thinking of getting another 660ti and run 2-way sli but at this time i think it would be better to save up for two cards when the new 700 series comes out. Right?

Parts to be ordered:
two Noiseblocker eloop b12-3 120 mm fans for the h100i radiator since the fans that come with can be really loud when the PC is first powered on and it bugs me.

Those who have the 600t case, yes it's possible to mount the h100i in push pull
I originally mounted the h100i on top of the mobo with the fans sucking air from the top into the rad. Yeah, i know it's not ideal to have it that way and my temps won't be that great. I got kind of crafty and put use of the mesh side panel that comes with the white case so i can keep the window panel.

I cut the metal along the red lines and used the holes to mount the two 120mm fans. I advise you get a filer and shave the edges down or use the same kind of rubber material one would use when making a custom side panel window on the perimeter of the metal. Bolted the fans to the radiator through the mesh and it was nice and sturdy. I then mounted the h100i radiator to the HDD housing/compartment/bays whatever floats your boat.
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I didn't use screws or because i didn't want to have to drill into anything, so instead i used black zip-ties. zip-ties running through the mesh and around the HDD bays. For some that's not clean or whatever and they much prefer it mounted, ok cool then go for it. In my situation it came out amazing and there is no vibration, or un-wanted noise. It's sturdy and does the job thumb.gif
Ever since doing that modification my temps dropped significantly. Before with having the fans on top with the radiator, my idle temps were 37-41 degrees celcius. Now the temp. idles at 27-31 degrees celcius with the cpu overclocked to 4.6GHz


My first ever build and i'm loving it, just waiting on the extra parts to finally "complete" the build.


Wish i had the money to make a different build lol because it was a lot of fun.
Edited by zerocool327 - 2/27/13 at 6:11pm
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this was a mock up of putting the fans on the mesh panel. Testing and fitting stage before final assembly
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update!





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Congrats my friend ,It really looks sexy build.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k@stock Asus p8z77v lk GTX 580 8 gb corsair vengeance cl9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD caviar blue SAMSUNG SpinPoint P  Samsung x24 dvd burner Intel stock cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Aerocool lightwave 120mm x2 Win 7 ultimate x64 Hp LE2201w 22" Corsair hx 850w (80+ silver) 
CaseOther
Coolermaster elite 430 Xbox 360 joystick  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k@stock Asus p8z77v lk GTX 580 8 gb corsair vengeance cl9 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
WD caviar blue SAMSUNG SpinPoint P  Samsung x24 dvd burner Intel stock cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Aerocool lightwave 120mm x2 Win 7 ultimate x64 Hp LE2201w 22" Corsair hx 850w (80+ silver) 
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Coolermaster elite 430 Xbox 360 joystick  
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Thanks thumb.gif still have more things to purchase yet. Build is not 100% complete.
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I'm sure a lot of you have messed with raid.

I was thinking of purchasing two samsung SSD's and put them in a raid configuration. I've read that by selecting the raid setting (or whatever it's actually called ex. raid 1) i can combine both drives and the cpu reads it as one bigger drive?
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