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[Build Log] Bladed's First Build Ever

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So I decided to build my first desktop ever after not having a desktop pc since the first Fragbox back in 2003 (P4, 1GB Ram, 5600 Ultra gpu). My original plan was to make a pylon from Starcraft as the case but due to time constraints I'll have to hold off on that for at least another month. For now, the colors don't really match and it looks kinda ugly but it works tongue.gif

Before I get to the build, I'd like to thank sheepdog16 for giving me a ton of advice on installing the 760GC on the GTX Titan. I had given up on trying to figure out if it would work when I came across his post on these forums and he's been very friendly, helpful, and patient.

And now, the Specs:

Processor: Intel i7 3770k
Ram: 32GB G.Skill Ripjaws X (1866, 9-10-9-28)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene
SSDs: 2 x 256GB Samsung 840 (in Raid 0)
PSU: Kingwin Lazer Platinum
Case: Corsair Obsidian 350D
All in One liquid cooler: Asetek 760GC

Fans: 3 x Corsair AF 140mm, 2x SP 120mm, 350D's 140mm fan
Keyboard: Ducky Shine II
Mouse: Mionix Naos 8200, (Mouse pad: SHIDEN XSOFTM Snow White)
Monitor: IMon 27" 2560 x 1440 H-IPS (Korean brand)

Here are some pics of the build as it progressed. Any advice or suggestions are appreciated, especially when it comes to keeping components cooled.
The Parts (Click to show)

Mistake #1: Random case I bought off a friend for a good deal after I gave up on the Pylon idea. Too small to fit the Titans power cables so I had to bend the 2.5inch drive bays and bend up on the side panel.

Mistake #2, This Powersupply would have been perfect for the pylon, but it had terrible coil whine and low power. Switched out for the Kingwin.

The Build (Click to show)

Old temporary case. I ran the computer in this case without any fans (Other than the stock Intel heatsink and the stock Titan heatsink) for about 2 months. Not a good idea, processor idled around 50c and the Titan idled around 65c and easily got to 80c when gaming.

Also, I made the mistake of installing the gpu in the 8x PCI slot instead of the 16x slot. Needless to say, it performs much better in the 16x slot. (Tomb Raider FPS Jumped from 27ish FPS to 50FPS). doh.gif

I preordered the 350D and received it in beginning of June, but due to summer classes it took me over a month to get around to installing the components in it. Definitely a nice case.

Disassembled the Titan.

It looks soo shinny. I cleaned off the stock thermal paste on the 760GC and replaced it with Artic Silver MX-2. I didn't do that for the processor.... maybe I should? Temps are kind of high.

Fit perfectly without any brackets. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?

Dunno what to do with the heatsink now, it was definitely the coolest looking thing in the case frown.gif I miss the green GTX logo

I don't really like the badges/stickers in that location. Ruined the clean look I was going for axesmiley.png

Before installing Asus software

After installing Asus ROG software

I decided to reinforce the wall with new studs since I was wall mounting all the monitors and would constantly adjust the angle, position, ect. (And a 46" TV eventually for an accessory monitor). I also decided to add a new electrical outlet for the monitors and picked up a neat wall-panel surge protector that switches off 3 outlets when 1 outlet is powered off. (2 other ones are constantly on and it also has a usb port for charging)
Theeeee Wallll (Click to show)

My next plans are to get a custom water cooling loop to bring the temps even lower and look cool (I have no idea where to begin looking at parts for this), get a second Titan for SLI and liquid cool it, get the 46" 1080p 120hz TV and mount it above the monitors, I also want to replace the 2 side monitors with 2560 x 1440 monitors so I can do Surround Gaming. Hopefully I can have all that done by the end of the year.

And of course, I want to get it into a case that looks like this:

I think it'd be cool to have the blue sides as the reservoirs and the blue lines could be tubes carrying the coolant. I'll have access to a MIT FabLab to make it but I haven't decided on how to make it yet. Maybe use a 3D printer?
Edited by Bladed - 7/16/13 at 1:21am
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I would use something with a little more power. Maybe something like 750w to give you some room to grow. worriedsmiley.gif
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