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post #11 of 22
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I'll get the components today! wheee.gif So that means assembling, pics and updates, tomorrow at the latest. thumb.gif
post #12 of 22
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I'm sorry that the pictures are so late guys, I was incredibly busy during the weekend. But I managed to get the rig up and running, and I decided to name her Vortex for all the air cooling, and in my opinion it sounds quite cool as well. So, here are some pictures for you! There are not too many pictures of the actual building process and the finished product, but I'll try to take more pictures of the finished rig once I figure out how to set up lighting for better pictures. Also I'm not a professional photographer by any means, so bear with me.


Three nice boxes for me.



Some fans.



And the good stuff!




Everything taken out of the boxes.











And the chassis itself!


What a beauty it is.


Stripping the case down for building.





Setting the system up for a test boot.




Everything ready for boot + the chassis with new fans.


She is alive!


Starting to get everything inside.


Everything up and running!



There's still some more stuff left to do. The motherboard has only three connectors for case fans, so I'm running the system with three fans at the moment. I have two fan cable splitters on the way though, they should be here on Wednesday. Once I get all the fans working I think I'll start studying overclocking, and maybe get some moderate clocks going on on this system. I'm going to take my time and do my homework though, because I don't want to break anything.

I tested the CPU and GPU temperatures with AIDA64 and Furmark (by the way, are these good for overclocking stability testing or are there better ones available out there?). The average temperatures for CPU when running AIDA64 with fans set on auto were 52-55 °C depending on core. The GPU maxed at 82 °C with fans set on auto (maximum fan speed it was running at was 64%) when running Furmark Burn-In Benchmark in 1080p. What kind of overclocks should I expect while keeping the noise level and temperatures at bay?
Edited by CasP3r - 10/30/13 at 3:33pm
post #13 of 22
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Now I have all five case fans up and running, two front fans as intake and top and rear fans as exhaust. It dropped my CPU temperatures for 5 degrees Celsius compared to the three fans I was running the system with before I got the fan cable splitters. thumb.gif During the weekend when I have more time I will probably start doing some overclocking, I'm eagerly waiting for it!
post #14 of 22
Nice Build! Once you play a game on a PC the world just...looks different all of a sudden. You become different, almost turning green and ripping your purple pants, muscle begins to stack on itself and you become a Hulk like monster....whatever welcome to OCN and awesome build . biggrin.gif
post #15 of 22
Very clean build, I like it!
ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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ITX (Gaming PC)
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E3 1230v3 3.3GHz (3.7 Turbo) Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Gigabyte HD 7970 Reference 16GB (2X8GB) Corsair XMS3 1600MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Crucial M500 240GB SSD Samsung Spinpoint M8 750GB 5400RPM  Cooler Master Blade Master 92 Silverstone FN121 120mm Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 X-Star DP2710LED 27" 1440p Ducky Shine Zero (MX Brown, White LED back lit) Rosewill Hive 650W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cubitek Mini Cube Razer Naga 2014 Standard Black Logitech Z313 2.1 Channel 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630qm Intel HD Graphics 3000 8GB Gskill 1066MHz 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
1TB Western Digital Blue 5400RPM Windows 7 Ultimate 15.6" Integrated 1366x768 90 Watt Adapter 
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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Dirkonis View Post

Nice Build! Once you play a game on a PC the world just...looks different all of a sudden. You become different, almost turning green and ripping your purple pants, muscle begins to stack on itself and you become a Hulk like monster....whatever welcome to OCN and awesome build . biggrin.gif

Haha, thank you very much, both for the welcome and nice words! That's actually quite true what you said about PC gaming. I used to play games only on PS3 before, but now I finally decided to take a leap into the world of PC's. For example I thought that Skyrim looked fantastic on PS3 once I got the game on it, but now that I have Skyrim running on PC... I mean, even the vanilla Skyrim looks soooo much better on ultra than the PS3 version, and now I have a PC that I suppose to be capable of running the game with mods on as well... I can't wait to see what the world of Skyrim looks like once I get some mods installed!

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Originally Posted by hambone96 View Post

Very clean build, I like it!

Thank you! I'm actually pretty happy with how it turned out, it's the first PC I've ever built afterall. Make sure to check the thread for more interior pictures once I get them up here!
post #17 of 22
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Here are couple of inside pictures for you. My room is just so freaking dark that I don't really know how to get good lighting inside the case. But anyway, I hope you'll get the idea.





post #18 of 22
Holy heatsink batman, I wish I would have picked that one up instead now. Blue would have gone so much better with my rebuild. mad.gif Envious sir, envious.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Dirkonis View Post

Holy heatsink batman, I wish I would have picked that one up instead now. Blue would have gone so much better with my rebuild. mad.gif Envious sir, envious.

Hmm... Thanks? tongue.gif
post #20 of 22
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I did my first experiments with overclocking today. My CPU is now running at 4.0GHz and 1.153 volts. Temperatures under full load were 64-66 Celsius peak and 55-58 Celsius average depending on core. I ran AIDA64 for about three hours (didn't have time for more, will do a longer stress test tomorrow) and it ran well with no problems whatsoever. I guess I could raise the voltage and pump the clockspeed higher, but I'm not doing anything that demanding on this rig which would ask for higher frequencies at the moment and I'm pretty happy with my temperatures right now, so... I don't know if it's necessary to go higher, with my current cooling set up probably not. If I had a custom loop though... biggrin.gif
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