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[Build Log] ROG Silent Killer

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Background

When I build my rig 18 months ago, I was still in school at had a limited budget. Now I have a full time job, so I am rebuilding virtually the entire computer. The RAM, CPU and Hard Drive will carry over from the old system (for now), but everything else is getting replaced with top-of-the line parts. My goals for this build are to achieve an ROG theme and relatively silent operation. My last build before leaving for college in 2008 used an Antec P180. I was very happy with the case, so I will use the updated P280 for this build.

Parts

  • Case - Antec P280
    As I said in the background, I was a big fan of the P180 from my last major build. It seems the Antec has addressed my main complaints with the P180 (the sliding hard drive cages and the divider between the power supply area and the rest of the case). They also added builder-friendly features such as cable routing grommets and tiedown points. I'm sad to see them drop the layered plastic/aluminum panels, but Silent PC Review continues to recommend the case.
  • CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k
    This is being carried over from my old build. None of the games I play are CPU bound, and I haven't even pushed my overclock very aggressively yet.
  • Motherboard - ASUS Maximus V Formula
    I'd had my eye on this board, but the price was prohibitive. Luckily, I was able to get a great deal on a used board from stickg1!.
  • GPU - EVGA GTX 780 Classified
    I jumped on this card when nVidia announced the price drop. I've always been a fan of nVidia, not only for the quality of their video cards, but also exclusives like PhysX and GeForce Experience. I considered waiting for the 780 Ti, but I don't think the performance gains justify the premium price.
  • Power Supply - EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1000W
    I wanted to get a power supply that would be as reliable as is humanly possible, and one that would support me for as long as possible. 1000W is overkill for my current build, but I want to future proof myself in case I decide to go SLI down the road. I see this as an investment, since I can carry the same PSU through multiple builds. Props go to shilka for lots of help and advice on power supplies!
  • RAM - Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600 MHz 2x 4 GB
    This is another part that is being carried over. I'm not hitting my RAM ceiling, and I don't see much reason to invest in super fast RAM at the moment, when that money could go to other, more important, components.
  • Hard Drive - Seagate 3 TB
    Also from my old build. I do plan to go SSD soon, but first I want to take care of the rest of the components, and do more research. Currently my plan is to get dual Samsung 840 EVOs, but I am also considering PCIe-based drives.
  • Cooling - Corsair H100i Cooler Master Seidon 240M
    I do not have the budget, time, or skill to build a custom water setup (at least for now), so this will have to do.
    I had planned to get the H100i, but Fry's was sold out, and the reviews I read said that the Seidon and the H100i were almost identical, plus the Seidon was a bit cheaper!

Current Status

I have the GPU and motherboard now, and I will be getting the PSU and case on Saturday 11/8. I'll do the preliminary build then (with plenty of pictures). The H100i will come later, depending on my budget. At the latest I will have it by 11/22 (when I get paid), although I may get it sooner. I welcome any feedback and suggestions!
Edited by SoaDMTGguy - 11/9/13 at 6:01pm
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Looks solid! I agree with overkill but hey, I did that too with my HX1050.

I just built a rig for my dad and those 840 EVOs are solid performers, definitely a nice SSD. The software they come with also is nice to work with. I also have a H100 not the i but it works well for me!

Don't forgey pics, lotsa pics!! thumb.gif

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I got all the parts today, so its build time!


All laid out, ready to get put together! The fans are AeroCool Shark's.


Case stripped and ready to go.


Motherboard installed.


Power supply installed and wired up. The P280 is so much nicer to work in than the old P180! Those cable routing grommets are fantastic!


Radiator prepped and ready.


Installed!


It was a tight fit to get the rad in. The CPU power cables are squeezed between the fans and the WiFi/Bluetooth daughter board, but it fits!


Video card and hard drive in. Ready for the big moment...


She lives!


I'm in the process of installing Windows and downloading all my games and such. I'll start my OC soon; I'm looking forward to finding out what my 2500k can give!

Please let me know what you like, what you don't and what you would improve. I'm open to any suggestions for cable management. I'd like to sleeve the PSU cables, but I've never done it before and it seems quite involved.

EDIT: Fixed rotation on some of the images.
Edited by SoaDMTGguy - 11/9/13 at 6:35pm
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what is your radiator fan?
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1x 750GB, WD 640GB, 4x 1TB ( 3x Seagate 1TB & 1... EK Supreme HF (acteal/nickel) Phobya NB Eloop fans  Windows 7 
PowerCaseOtherOther
antec BP 550w SM8 ST30 240 UT60 
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ASUS M5A99X EVO AM3+  3450 gskill DDR3-1600 Western Digital  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rickyman0319 View Post

what is your radiator fan?

The fans are AeroCool Shark's. I wanted to get a third to replace the case fan, but Fry's only had two left.
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