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[Build Log] My First Build: Vortex, Air-cooled Corsair 350D Goodness

post #1 of 22
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Hello guys!

I joined OCN a few days ago seeking for advice for my first PC build ever, a gaming PC to be exact. I got a lot of great advice from you (the conversation can be found here) and now I have ordered the parts for the computer itself! Here's what I have on the way:


The Parts:

Intel Haswell i5-4670K




Phanteks PH-TC12DX Blue




Gigabyte Z87MX-D3H




Kingston HyperX 2x4GB 1600CL9




MSI R9 280X




Crucial M500 120GB




Corsair Obsidian Series 350D, window, black




XFX 650W XXX Edition Semi Modular, 80Plus Bronze




Western Digital 1TB Caviar Blue




Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit





So that's what I'm going to be working with. So there's no fancy watercooling stuff or anything else really impressive (for now), but it's going to be the first PC I've built from scratch so I'm really excited anyway! The color theme is going to be mainly blue and black with maybe some white splashed here and there, the GPU is a little bit off-color though. Now I just need to wait to actually get my hands on those parts so I can start building this thing. And I still need to purchase a screen, a mouse and a keyboard for this system. I'll post updates (and pics, I know already that you love pics biggrin.gif) once the parts and other stuff start rolling in. smile.gif
post #2 of 22
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Wuhu, I got the first things today, the mouse and the keyboard! tongue.gif I snapped a few quick photos with my phone.






So the keyboard is a Cooler Master CM Storm Quickfire Rapid with red Cherry MX switches and the mouse is a Razer Abyssus. The mouse feels really nice, it's small'ish and compact and fits my small hand and grip perfectly. And the keyboard, just wow. This is my first mechanical keyboard and the difference between this and my previous membrane keyboard is enormous. Although the red switches don't produce much of that clickity-clack sound and dont provide tactile feedback, I still really like the feel. It will just take a while to get used to this really light feel and realise that I don't have to push these buttons all the way down when I'm writing. But once the muscle memory starts to kick in a little, I presume that I'll become faster and more accurate writer. I'd love to check out brown and blue switches somewhere though, just to see how different they are from my previous keyboard. I can't even imagine, haha.

Also my parents had a spare screen they don't need anymore, so the screen thing is safe and sound now. I believe it's a BenQ G2400WD 1920x1080p, altough it's not that new It's still pretty nice and it should do what it's supposed to do.

The store I orderer my parts from is still waiting for my motherboard, GPU and SSD, so it will take some more time until the parts find their way to my hands. I'm hoping to receive them by the end of the next week, but we'll see.
post #3 of 22
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I ordered some Corsair SP120 Quiet Editions to really get the air flowing inside the case. They should also be more quiet than the stock case fans if I have understood correctly and they can be matched with the rest of the components color-wise which is definitely a positive. Then I'll just have to test which combination of fans, intakes and exhausts keeps the temperatures on the lowest level.

I have also started wondering if could use something like *this* on the back of my GPU even if I used the air cooler, not water? It would really refine the overall looks of the build if could cover the back of the GPU with something as beautiful as that EK backplate. Does anyone have experience with such backplate + air cooler combo?

Unfortunately it will still take some more time before I can start assembling this thing *sigh*.I'll leave for a vacation trip with my family for a week, so no building, pictures or pretty much anything before I come back. This wait will probably kill me before that, but anyway. tongue.gif
post #4 of 22
While the Corsair fans are nice, you should have skipped them. Corsair unfortunately (while they make nice products most of the time), is terribly over priced and overrated. When you're looking for fans that will keep your system there's some brands that you'll want to keep in mind: Noctua, Noiseblocker, Gelid Wing, Gentle Typhoon (for radiators), and in certain cases Fractal Design. I've heard Corsair fans in real life (undervolted quiet editions), and they are no way worth their price.

Otherwise, I really am waiting to see how this rig turns out. I haven't really ever considered that Phateks cooler, wanna see how those over clocks turn out wink.gif diggin' the 280X as well!

Man I'm hungry, better get a SUB!

-Zepp
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(X1) NoiseBlock eLoop B12-PS Bitspower X-Station (White) (X3) ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 5... Bitspower Acrylic Pump Top 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 3 3-Pins) (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Nickle/Acrylic (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Reinforcement Brackets (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Backplates 
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(X3) NoiseBlocker BlackSIlentPro PL-2 @ 5V Bitspower 45* Single Rotary Adapter (Matte Blac... (X3) Bitspower Chrome Stop Plug (W/ Black O-Ring) (X2) EK Monarch (Nickle Base, Clean Acetal Top) 
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Bitspower Mini Valve (Matte Black) (X4) NoiseBlocker eLoop B12-2 @ 7V (X3) NoiseBlocker/Phobya eLoop Black "Silent Ed... (X4) NoiseBLocker BlackSilentPro PK-2 @ 7V 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
(X1) NoiseBlock eLoop B12-PS Bitspower X-Station (White) (X3) ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 5... Bitspower Acrylic Pump Top 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 3 3-Pins) (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Nickle/Acrylic (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Reinforcement Brackets (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Backplates 
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Looking forward to seeing the finished build.
Cheers!
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Got a name for the rig? smile.gif

-Zepp
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(X3) NoiseBlocker BlackSIlentPro PL-2 @ 5V Bitspower 45* Single Rotary Adapter (Matte Blac... (X3) Bitspower Chrome Stop Plug (W/ Black O-Ring) (X2) EK Monarch (Nickle Base, Clean Acetal Top) 
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(X1) NoiseBlock eLoop B12-PS Bitspower X-Station (White) (X3) ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 5... Bitspower Acrylic Pump Top 
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ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 3 3-Pins) (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Nickle/Acrylic (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Reinforcement Brackets (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Backplates 
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Stronger, Stiffer, Cleaner.
EK Waterblocks R9-290X Reinforcement Bracket
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel 3930K (4.411GHz @ 1.35V) Asus Rampage IV Black Edition Sapphire Radeon R9-290X (1010/1260) Sapphire Radeon R9-290X (1010/1260) 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Corsair Dominator GT 16GB Kit @ 1604MHz (9-9-9-24) Asus Raidr 240GB PCI-E SSD Samsung EVO 250GB Samsung EVO 250GB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
(X3) NoiseBlocker BlackSIlentPro PL-2 @ 5V Bitspower 45* Single Rotary Adapter (Matte Blac... (X3) Bitspower Chrome Stop Plug (W/ Black O-Ring) (X2) EK Monarch (Nickle Base, Clean Acetal Top) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower Mini Valve (Matte Black) (X4) NoiseBlocker eLoop B12-2 @ 7V (X3) NoiseBlocker/Phobya eLoop Black "Silent Ed... (X4) NoiseBLocker BlackSilentPro PK-2 @ 7V 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
(X1) NoiseBlock eLoop B12-PS Bitspower X-Station (White) (X3) ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 5... Bitspower Acrylic Pump Top 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
ModMyToys Splitter PCB (Single 3-Pin --> 3 3-Pins) (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Nickle/Acrylic (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Reinforcement Brackets (X2) EK-FC R9-290X Backplates 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
HardwareLabs BlackIce SR-1 360MM  HardwareLabs BlackIce SR-1 560MM  BItspower Black Mod Kit XSPC D5 Vario 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower 150mm Reservoir (Acrylic base, clear ... (X14) Bitspower X47 Acrylic Fittings (Matte Bla... (X3) Bitspower Dual Rotary Snake Fittings (Matt... (X4) Bitspower 90* Angled Fittings (Matte Black) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
(X2) Bitspower Enhanced Dual 45* Multi-Link Ada... (X3) Bitspower Enhanced Dual 90* Multi-Link Ada... Bitspower Pressure Equalizer Stop Plug (Matte B... Windows 8.1 + Full Office Suite 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420TE Logitech G710+ Silverstone Strider Evolution 1000W (Sleeved by... CaseLabs SMH10, XL Window, standard ventilated ... 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Razer Ouroborus  Akasa Venom XXL Schiit Asgard 2 (soon to be happening) (X6) Silverstone 120mm Magnetic Fan Filters 
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(X4) Silverstone 140mm Magnetic Fan Filters Vintage Soviet Ushanka Over Monitor, For Good Luck 
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WD Black  Windows 7 Home Premium  Samsung Syncmaster S20B350H Razer Anansi 
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EVGA Supernova NEX750G Cooler Master HAF-X (Modded) Logitech G700 Cheap one 
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OtherOtherOtherOther
Phobya 400mm Extreme (Dual 200mm) Radiator Alphacool UT60 120mm Radiator Alphacool XT45 120mm Radiator Swiftech MCP35X PWM Pump (Black) 
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post #8 of 22
Welcome to OCN.

I would like to see how this build turns out. I want to see that x280 in there.
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your comments and subs and welcome aboard, all of you! I'm glad to see my quite ordinary build get some attention. Or maybe the air cooling and the ordinariness make this one unordinary in the middle of all of these awesome acrylic-tubing-liquid-cooled-tri-titan-mod-monsters (Not that I would mind having one of those sitting on my desk...)? biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by ledzepp3 View Post

While the Corsair fans are nice, you should have skipped them. Corsair unfortunately (while they make nice products most of the time), is terribly over priced and overrated. When you're looking for fans that will keep your system there's some brands that you'll want to keep in mind: Noctua, Noiseblocker, Gelid Wing, Gentle Typhoon (for radiators), and in certain cases Fractal Design. I've heard Corsair fans in real life (undervolted quiet editions), and they are no way worth their price.

Otherwise, I really am waiting to see how this rig turns out. I haven't really ever considered that Phateks cooler, wanna see how those over clocks turn out wink.gif diggin' the 280X as well!

Man I'm hungry, better get a SUB!

-Zepp


Hmmm, it's interesting to hear that about the Corsair fans. I literally read dozens of fan reviews before I ordered them and I don't think I read a single one that was negative. I have also seen countless of builders use them on this forum and on other forums as well, so it's pretty difficult for me to believe that they would be outright bad... But I'll have to see how they work once I get them.

The Phanteks cooler was quite an outside of the box choice really, I only found a handful of builds that used it. The reviews I read were really positive though and it seemed to be perform quite similarly if not better than Noctua NH-U12S, which should be a noteworthy accomplishment considering the quality and performance of Noctua's stuff.

I'm also eagerly waiting for overclocking. I don't think I'm going to try anything extreme with this rig though, I've never overclocked before so I don't want to take a risk of blowing up any of my components. So I think I may be aiming at something like 3.8-4.0GHz on the CPU (for start at least), depending on how good chip I get and what those temperatures start to look like. But fortunately I'm on the right forum if I need any help with my project! smile.gif

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Got a name for the rig? smile.gif

-Zepp


That's something I've been thinking about for quite a bit. In my opinion it really deserves a name, in comparison with the previous computers me and my family have had this isn't even in the same ballpark with color schemes and all other good stuff going on in it. But I really have no idea what I should name it after, maybe that will start to get its shape once I get the components and start assembling. Or do you have any ideas? smile.gif I realise that this is my build and I'm the one to give it a name, but maybe I could get some inspiration from your suggestions.
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My components were shipped today, I'm dying to get my hands on them... If I could coax my father to leave home from our vacation place 12 hours earlier, I would be able to pick them up on Saturday and I would have almost the whole weekend to put it together. If I can't, I can only have them on Monday, because postal office is closed on Sundays. And on Monday school will continue as well, which means less time for building computers, damn. I guess I'll have to figure something out... wheee.gif
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Overclock.net › Forums › Case Mods & Cases › Builds & Case Mods › Build Logs › [Build Log] My First Build: Vortex, Air-cooled Corsair 350D Goodness