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I started the build by taking the parts from my old desktop out of my new Rosewill Challenger case (I had recently transplaneted a Gateway DX4300 into it). Leaving the 1TB HDD, and DVD drive (which I conveniently left a Windows 7 install disc in).



These are the parts I got (most from newegg)



I first put in the new power supply in and prepared the motherboard. Being my first time dealing with a CPU, I was a little nervous. But after following some YouTube videos and consulting my more experienced friends, I was able to get the CPU in nicely.



I then proceeded to prepare my new water cooler to place on top of the CPU. I got everything ready and was about to mount the heatsink when... I discovered the 140mm water cooler I got would not fit in my case with the motherboard. Since the radiator and fan take up more than twice the amount of space as just the single fan, there was not enough room to mount the radiator inside the case. Fortunately my CPU did come with its own heatsink, and that will have to do for now. I removed the pre-applied thermal paste from the heatsink, put a pea sized blob of prolimatech on the CPU and attached the heatsink. After that, I proceeded to force the motherboard into place (the faceplate for the motherboard ports was a pain to get right).



Next I worked on getting everything hooked up. I started with the case's front panel connections. Since the motherboard was clearly labeled, this part was easy. I then worked on getting the Power Supply connected to the motherboard, which after some fiddling, finally fit right. I was actually able to snake the 24pin cable behind the case nicely tucked away. But then proceeded to not do that for most of the other cables (I should go back in at some point and manage the rest of the cables better).

Not being a very complex build, and having had quite a bit of computer knowledge prior, this build wasn't too hard, and I finished it in about 5 hours. Although I wish I had been better prepared so I did not have to return the water cooler (I did get a refund!).

Here's the finished build! It booted up no problem for the first time shortly after this picture was taken.



I plan to overclock it at some point, to use the CPU to its full potential, as well as get a water cooler heatsink that'll fit (which will be required for overclocking.) But for now, it is definitely the fastest computer I've ever owned and I can't wait to make it even faster!
Edited by breeman - 9/16/13 at 7:24pm
    
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Cables! Fix those freaking Cables!
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A 240GB SSD is a luxury, not a necessity. Soundcards can be added anytime.

buying luxuries means taking away from processing power of the system ,which is harder/more annoying to upgrade later.

$200 saved and you could have increased the CPU to the 8320, and got a proper gaming graphics card.

or you could've got an i5 rig, so many better options on a low budget rather than the excessive SSD space and soundcard.

H90 was also a waste of money, yet another cost that could've been put into performance.

Oh well.
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Great job, man!

Right solid for a budget conscious yet decently powerful machine that meets your needs!

Looking forward to the overclock!
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What Casey said. I'd have held back on the sound card and SSD purchase and gotten core components that would have been more future proof. Even the blue-ray drive shouldn't be here but I don't really know how much you'll be using it to have bought it in the first place. Inplace of the sound card, you could have gone for the new realtek onboard audio 1150 that is used by ASROCK on their Z87 boards along with the integrated amp which is as good as an intermediate sound card and can power my 250 ohm headphones perfectly. The difference in sound quality is huge going from a Z77 Extreme6 to a Z87 Extreme6. I even compared it to the MSI Mpower Z87 board which has the same audio chip (1150) but a lower quality amp. The ASROCK won hands down and i'm keeping it.

Regardless, the build is good for a first tryout but could have easily been great.
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The only person here with a valid critique is Zephyr. The rest of you didn't even ask him what his budget or goals/needs were before assuming what he "needs."
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Yeah, you are right. We jumped to conclusion on that one. redface.gif
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I do a lot of video editing, so that was the reason for the bluray drive, as well as the sound card (I also listen to high resolution 24bit music). And the SSD helps greatly with read/write speeds, which is great for working with large video files and video rendering. Processing power I feel is future proof enough for me, as it is I can run any game I have on steam at full graphics without any framerate issues at all, and I play more indie games than AAA games, so that's more than suitable for me.

I also plan to turn this into a media center at some point, so the sound card will be great for a 5.1 or even 7.1 sound system, and the bluray drive will get even more use then.

And I do plan on taking care of the cables better, I'll post an update with new pictures once I've tackled that.
    
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post #9 of 11
SSDs are great and definitely worth the investment for the impact they have on the speed and responsiveness of a machine.

your video card is perfect for indies and for sub-1080p 60hz gaming. the power you get for $100 is amazing.

the realtek 1150 Tobi mentioned is a good step forward for onboard sound, but it doesn't even come close to a dedicated card like the D1. especially a D1 for $70.

the only thing I could see is maybe going with the 8320. It's $30 more expensive and generates more heat. . I'm just not sure if it's worth that for the return. for gaming right now it's not. maybe for editing, but I'm unsure of the real world impact vs. the 6300.

i definitely consider the 6300 the choice sweet spot in AMD's lineup for getting the most return for one's investment. worst case, it gives you a fun upgrade path if you get the itch to a Steamroller 8-core.

to my mind, this is the perfect system for you. overbuying is easy, but why spend the money for power you don't need or may not use/notice? i much prefer the craft of building just the right system. tight and efficient.
Edited by nicodemus - 8/25/13 at 8:38pm
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Cable management!





This time I wired everything I could around to the other side of the case (which it may look like it sticks out a lot, but the panel went back on no problem). The only things that couldn't get wired behind there were the front panel audio connectors (which I plugged directly into the sound card rather than the motherboard) and the motherboard power cable which is too long to do anything better with. SATA cables were MUCH better managed this time around, as I really planned them out rather than just plugging everything in randomly.
Edited by breeman - 9/2/13 at 12:52pm
    
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