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I love a build log with lots of pics, a good build plan, not a lot of off topic stuff, and the occasional custom stuff as a bonus.

The small simple builds, although nice, I don't invest too much time in. I like the big builds with full on water loops.
    
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I had some amunition for you last night. But i think it would have been harsh.

LOL give it to me any criticism is good, the person took the time to write so I'll take the time to listen smile.gif
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I love a build log with lots of pics, a good build plan, not a lot of off topic stuff, and the occasional custom stuff as a bonus.

The small simple builds, although nice, I don't invest too much time in. I like the big builds with full on water loops.

Yea I only do water cooling rigs, and spend way to much money on them LOL my next one will take into consideration for all your comments, I think I need a really good camera to take good pics for you guys
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I've been studying this too as my build log has had zero interest, however I haven't really implemented much of what I've learned yet so I can't really complain.

Outside of that people, including myself, like great photography even if its of not much in particular. I've seen a couple popular logs where there isn't much action in terms of the actual build but lots of great photo's of stuff. I think it's also important to be active on the site other than just in your own build log, if you help other people they will find their way to your build log and show an interest.

Now that you mention it, I keep forgetting to comment on your log >.>;;; In addition to his comment on great photographs, a high end camera is NOT required to do such, just a bit of patience, proper lighting, and a bit of luck. ^_^ (There's a thread on here, somewhere, about how to take higher quality pictures more readily/easily)
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Ok ok yes this is good, I do my builds really fast and usually have them done rather quickly, however my next on is going to take a while as it is pricy..

With that said u bring up a great point, I have seen some build logs that are almost a years worth of work, but that makes it hard for me because then the components are out dated and not as impressive by the time it's done. That's my worry for my next build.

Finally, one thing that is frustrating is when there are so many builds here that one .01% of the 1st world populations could justify spending that kind of money on trump all other builds, for instance there is a 750D build with quay 780Ti's being built all watercooled... You literally cannot best that build in performance specs.

With all that said yes I love the mods I've done and I find I update my build logs with updates but nobody is caring like my last build (Reanimation) and it's my best work to date, aesthetics performance parts and professionalism...

I will have to try to either take my time and start slow for "the journey" as you say thumb.gif

Apologies for the delayed response, it's been snowing like crazy outside (and I got addicted to Borderlands 2, lol). Always fun to see how far I can push my work truck before traction control kicks in though ^_^

Price and being completely up to date, at least for me, have remarkable less impact to me than someone showcasing passion... If that makes any sense. I'd rather see a build that takes a while (be it due to finances, lack of free time, girlfriend, etc) than a weekend miracle. Now sure, there are some incredibly impressive weekend builds out there, but those are fueled on so many energy drinks you yourself seem to get a trickle effect just from reading it! tongue.gif

Practicality and/or aesthetic mods seem to get my attention the most, and yeah, those mega-thousand dollar builds (y'know, the ones that would retail for $7-10k easily) can be frustrating to myself as well (probably why I don't normally look at them). Well documented/photographed mods are things I always like to look at, even if I'm still somewhat terrible at leaving comments >.>;;;
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Now that you mention it, I keep forgetting to comment on your log >.>;;; In addition to his comment on great photographs, a high end camera is NOT required to do such, just a bit of patience, proper lighting, and a bit of luck. ^_^ (There's a thread on here, somewhere, about how to take higher quality pictures more readily/easily)
Apologies for the delayed response, it's been snowing like crazy outside (and I got addicted to Borderlands 2, lol). Always fun to see how far I can push my work truck before traction control kicks in though ^_^

Price and being completely up to date, at least for me, have remarkable less impact to me than someone showcasing passion... If that makes any sense. I'd rather see a build that takes a while (be it due to finances, lack of free time, girlfriend, etc) than a weekend miracle. Now sure, there are some incredibly impressive weekend builds out there, but those are fueled on so many energy drinks you yourself seem to get a trickle effect just from reading it! tongue.gif

Practicality and/or aesthetic mods seem to get my attention the most, and yeah, those mega-thousand dollar builds (y'know, the ones that would retail for $7-10k easily) can be frustrating to myself as well (probably why I don't normally look at them). Well documented/photographed mods are things I always like to look at, even if I'm still somewhat terrible at leaving comments >.>;;;

No apologies!! Lol thank u for the input you have put in already smile.gif I just finished my long awaited haswell build to so I'm addicted to bf4 civ 5 and amnesia! Lol I'm already planning my next build but this is the best build and most powerful and clean build I've made this far so I will enjoy it until I sell it smile.gif

I think I'm going to get a good camera, I find I like builds with lots of good pics, but I also love watching YouTube build logs so I tried to incorporate that as well into my logs I don't know if people watch them or not ;(

But I think I will try to be a little slower in my builds because I often finish them in a month or shorter, I just go in a tear! Lol however this next one is going to be costly so I'll have to take my time!
post #15 of 20
I will put my weapons down and won't be too mean. Talking about your haswell build log reanimation log I can tell you that your whole build including your posts and other people's posts is exactly 10 posts. WhiteWulfe let you down easy with the journey thing. And you other build logs seem to bee the same.

Other that I can't really find much anything else wrong with it. Your build is similar to me to that 750D build you mentioned. I subscribed to it for the case to see how much radiator you can fit in it, but didn't get to actually reading it. I mean you cpu is high-end, you can really do something with it with the right overclock. I would have really liked to see something more about the motherboard, pictures of the box, pictures with only the motherboard, overclocking potential on it may be high, I don't know about that because Asus changed it's motherboard naming, etc,etc... You have an SSD, a high capacity WD drive which can be black series, a high-end video card,a high power psu, watercooling,etc,etc... Your build log and components are very well done with little money spent.

I saw a build that is much more high end'ed and overkilled than the 750D one and it's similar to yours in the number of posts. That user doesn't seem to care much about the number of posts in his thread. He seems to be a person who likes performance and also looks and an enthusiast who likes components, he details his components much. It's done with simplicity, function, taste and style.

Your final buildlog pictures with the case look great.
post #16 of 20
Quality photos is the biggest thing for me.

As long as the hardware is good and the photos are professional looking i will subscribe.

I dont care if its the 1,000th 800D build log because every 1 brings something unique to the table.
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will put my weapons down and won't be too mean. Talking about your haswell build log reanimation log I can tell you that your whole build including your posts and other people's posts is exactly 10 posts. WhiteWulfe let you down easy with the journey thing. And you other build logs seem to bee the same.

Other that I can't really find much anything else wrong with it. Your build is similar to me to that 750D build you mentioned. I subscribed to it for the case to see how much radiator you can fit in it, but didn't get to actually reading it. I mean you cpu is high-end, you can really do something with it with the right overclock. I would have really liked to see something more about the motherboard, pictures of the box, pictures with only the motherboard, overclocking potential on it may be high, I don't know about that because Asus changed it's motherboard naming, etc,etc... You have an SSD, a high capacity WD drive which can be black series, a high-end video card,a high power psu, watercooling,etc,etc... Your build log and components are very well done with little money spent.[\spoiler]

I saw a build that is much more high end'ed and overkilled than the 750D one and it's similar to yours in the number of posts. That user doesn't seem to care much about the number of posts in his thread. He seems to be a person who likes performance and also looks and an enthusiast who likes components, he details his components much. It's done with simplicity, function, taste and style.

Your final buildlog pictures with the case look great.

+1 rep

Thank you I think I'm understanding a little but more, originally I though people just wanted to see the finished product, so I rush through it to submit that.

But as you say more information in a detailed outline allows the user to get more out of it than just the final pics and build.

I think I'm going to get a camera for my next build and start trying to take professional pics, however I do like doing the videos as well because I enjoy watching them more than scrolling through pics.

Keep the suggestions coming!

Oh and p.s. I to am looking at how many rads the 750d can fit without it looking cluttered
post #18 of 20
One of the things that you can do to get more attention to your log (and wanted attention I mean) is participating on similar builds that are underway at the same time. I don't mean to say that your builds aren't unique, they are, but I mean with shared processes or components, etc. For example, if you're doing a mod of a particular case - see if there are other builds at a similar point in their completion being done in the same case. Sub to those logs and contribute - often you will find that the OP (and for that matter many of those who are subbed to their log) are fans of the case and are interested in seeing more/different projects with their favorite component/chassis.

Clubs are another good source of networking opportunities - there's a club for nearly every piece of hardware imaginable - even crap that hardly anyone pays attention to in a log like the keyboard and mouse. biggrin.gif If there is a club for hardware you are incorporating in your bulid - that means there's a built-in group of enthusiasts that will be at least partially interested.

It's also really easy to have your log slip down in the rankings if you don't post updates nearly daily. If you normally work on your build infrequently - say for 8 hours straight, but only one or two days a month... take lots and lots of pictures, and then upload them a few at a time. It doesn't matter as much if it only took 15 minutes in between prepping and painting or between drilling and mounting your reservoir... if you take time to think about the steps and document them in your log... it gives people more to 'digest' and therefore comment on.

That would be the main criticism I could give on the logs you posted... and it's similar to some already given - even if the build is a 'whirlwind' - document it out fully and post incrementally. That gives subscribed readers time to appreciate the work - and also give feedback - which makes them feel more like they're a part of the process rather than just seeing a page or two of "look at what I did" and then moving on along to the next one.

Hope that helps, and good luck with your next big build! biggrin.gif
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Well I'm taking all your suggestions and have created a voting video / pic log where people will vote on the parts I'm going to use smile.gif

Wish me luck http://www.overclock.net/t/1449770/bl-vl-the-voters-choice-build-gold-rush-2014-750d-sli-delidding-sleeving-watercooling-etc/0_30

Let me know what u think add or anything to captivate the audience wink.gif
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Lol I give up extreme overclock forum actually has people who post comments I've had this build log up with the spect and not one sub or comment


http://www.overclock.net/t/1449770/bl-vl-the-voters-choice-build-gold-rush-2014-750d-780ti-sli-delidding-sleeving-watercooling-etc/0_30#post_21389840
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