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[Build Log] ASUS Sabertooth Z97, Tt Commander MS-I snow edition

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Lately I started gaming again and therefor I decided that I need a gaming rig. tongue.gif

I started out with this piece of s***.


As you can see it's a mess.


And on top of that the heatsink was to small and therefor the chipset got too hot. So I made a ''custom'' heatsink and put an old Atari card cooler on top.


But as you might expect this system is way to weak for gaming.

To start of this build I bought a Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition to get the ugly pile of scrap metal out of the way.


Don't look at the messy cables, that will be taken care of when my new MB and PSU arrive.



These are the current specs;
Case- Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-H87M-HD3
CPU- Intel i5-4430
RAM- Corsair 16GB (2x 8GB) (Used to be Transcend 4GB)
GPU- ASUS GT610 (Added due to BSOD's)
PSU- Chinese garbage 500W
HDD- WD Green 4TB (2X 1TB & 1X 2TB)

The expected specs;
Case- Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition
Motherboard- ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 1
CPU- Intel i5-****K (5th gen) Not released yet
RAM- Corsair 16GB (2x 8GB) (+ some more?)
GPU- ASUS GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5 (maybe 2X?)
PSU- BeQuiet Straight Power E9 500W
HDD- WD Green 4TB (2X 1TB & 1X 2TB)

This build will be strong and last for many years to come!

Btw, the motherboard and PSU will arrive tomorrow.

Let me know what you think about it.
Ideas, suggestions and comments are always welcome.

EDIT;

Just to be sure I have a proper internet connection I'm going to pull a UTP cable from my room (a shed) to the router in the house.
So I will be using somewhere between 20 and 35 meters of cable.


Thank god there are click and go connectors.


Hopefully I'll be up and running again soon. Cause my wifi keeps failing and am now doing this from my iPhone 5S.
Edited by ron1389 - 5/21/14 at 9:34am
post #2 of 7
Drop the 770 and just spend the extra money on 780ti and change hdd to ssd smile.gif just my personal opinion though
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SEMPERMONSTER View Post

Drop the 770 and just spend the extra money on 780ti and change hdd to ssd smile.gif just my personal opinion though

The 780ti is more than twice as expensive but I'll think about it.
What are the benefits of an SSD?
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This morning my motherboard and PSU arrived! wheee.gif


I couldn't wait to start, so I disassembled the PC completely. With this as result;



Later I discovered that ALL the fans also needed to be taken out.
The Sabertooth is quiet a lot of work to get ready in comparison to normal MB's. But you wont hear me complain.
I was like a child on Christmas morning. santa.gif




I personally love how it looks. heart.gif



Just finished installing all the drivers and everything seems to be working fine.
I've also been playing around with the thermal radar already and really love it!

Now I just need to save up a little for the GPU and new CPU and maybe an SSD.
Unfortunately the 5th gen CPU will not be released till the end of this year (I've been told).

Where should I put the 3 additional thermal sensors??? eh-smiley.gif

Let me know what you think about it.
Ideas, suggestions and comments are always welcome.
post #5 of 7
Just buy an ssd for your boot drive, then store everything else on your regular hdd. Go read reviews on boot time comparisons wink.gif
post #6 of 7
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A quick little update.

Yesterday I grabbed the LED's from my old case and put them in the commander. It might not be the best looking but it's good enough for me.




Today I got rid of the worthless Wi-Fi and pulled a cable. I was thinking about mounting the router on top of my PC.


I do like the blue glow under the router (due to the LED's in my PC). Right now it's just loosely standing on top of the PC.

As always any ideas, suggestions and comments are always welcome!
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To make it look even better I'm going to sleeve the cables.
So I've been busy trying to figure out what color scheme I should go for.
Here are some examples I've come up with. Any ideas or suggestions?
The LED's I'll buy are of course going to match scheme, the ones if fitted now will be replaced anyway. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)




(Images come from www.choosemypc.net/sleeving, so I don't own any rights to it).

I know you guys will think it's useless to try, but I send Be Quiet an email anyway asking for approval to modify the cables without losing the warranty.
Cause it's stated that it's ok to do so if you have approval. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
4. Exclusion of the warranty

4.1 Warranty claims are excluded

◾If the device was damaged or destroyed through the effects of force majeure or environmental influences (humidity, heat, electric shock, excessive workloads, dust and the like)
◾If the device was stored or operated under conditions which do not adhere to the technical specifications described on the product schedule.
◾If the damage was caused through improper handling.
◾If the device was opened, repaired or modified without approval.
◾If the device has mechanical damage of any kind.
◾With regards to individual components which are subjected to usage-related or other natural wear-and-tear.
^^ Comes from www.bequiet.com/en ^^
And if they don't approve I'll just have to take the risk.

Pretty soon I should have an income again so hopefully there'll be some nice updates coming soon.

As always any ideas, suggestions and comments are always welcome!
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