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[Build Log] Gryphon #FFFF00. Proof the budget corsair cases ain't too shabby.

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Hello there. Below I am going to show the progress of a build I have been working on and adding to from payday to payday biggrin.gif

The main purpose of this build is to create an gaming/editing/coding rig that I will take to university with me to study Computer Science. I decided to use a Corsair 230T case and simply modify it to suit my needs as opposed to dropping £100+ on a case. It was also motivated by the fact my girlfriend wanted a new PC so I gave her my old parts.

I have based it on a yellow theme as its my favorite color and because if I see one more black and red tower I might just cry (but hey if you like the color who cares!)

This is my first real build that isn't on a 300-400 pound budget.

Parts List
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Processor

Intel Core i7 4790K

I recieved this as a gift for my 18th birthday and honestly it is probably overkill. A more appropriate processor may have been the 4690K or even the 4670K. I am currently running this processor at stock under the intel stock cooler however will upgrade to the H80i or H100i in the future.

Motherboard

MSI Z97 MPower (not max)

I got this motherboard as a perfect companion to my 4790K. Although branded as an overclocking board it has pretty nice features such as the audio boost and on board power buttons along side a rocking yellow theme that is pretty unique and suited my build theme color. Also if i do plan to overclock my 4790K in the future this motherboard will not be the limiting factor (something to bare in mind if you are building a computer to last more than 3 years as an overclock can increase the feasibility of a processors use further down the line.

Memory (RAM)

Crucial Ballistix 8GB Ram (2x4Gb) 1600Mhz

I could have gone for 16Gb here and been future proofed however I do plan to buy another 8Gb down the line and so far I haven't exceeded 6Gb usage so i should be okay for a while. Why ballistix RAM, well... its Yellow! (ish)

Graphics Card

MSI R9 290 Gaming - OC Edition

This card is a beast and I love it. It runs everything that I play at or near constant 60fps and is quiet and cool (relatively) in the process. I got the card quite cheap sweetening the deal even more. I would recommend this over a r9 290x as a simple overclock can bring this card up to the r9 290x's level of performance anyway

Power Supply

Corsair TX750M

This power supply was bought purely because it only cost 54.99(£) on scan.co.uk and thus was, in my eyes, quite the bargain.

Case

Corsair Graphite 230T gray

This case supported all the components in my system alongside being cheap and having potential for modding.

Storage Drives

Samsung EVO 256GB and a random crappy 1tb hard drive

SSD does the job. HDD stores all my footage and media

Fans

Akasa Viper 120mm Fans x5

These fans offer a large amount of air movement at surprisingly low RPM along with being quiet. I mainly purchased them due to their PWM features, yellow colour, and positive reviews from many people.

Sleeved Cables

24 Pin ATX and 2x8 Pin PCIE

I purchased these of ebay for a cheap price - purely aesthetic in purpose.

Rubber Grommets

Rubber Sheet (2mm from ebay)

This was used to create the 'grommets' - See the grommet section of this post.

HDD Bay Cover

Old INWIN GRIFFIN SIDE PANEL

I butchered up my old INWIN Griffin case and removed from it the side panel.

Awesome Velcro Stuff

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3M-DUAL-LOCK-HEAVY-DUTY-VELCRO-STICKY-PADS-BLACK-8-PACK-/250708302341?pt=UK_DIY_Material_Nails_Fixing_MJ&hash=item3a5f611a05

These things are super strong but not so much that they warp the case when pulled on.

The Corsair Graphite 230T Grommet 'Mod'
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The case arrived at the same time as the rubber sheet so i got to work cutting some rubber rectangles to create grommets.

Here is the rectanglular shape I cut from the rubber sheet. Its pretty self explanatory as to what I did next



This is what the Grommet looked like before it was cut.



And here is the case with all Grommets added and cut. (the bottom one looks crap however due to the large amount of cables going through it in the future I figured that it didnt really matter.

Full Acrylic Window
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Living in a rough area means windows and anything damageable will get damaged. This means a lot of glass is smashed so in the end I gave up and just bought some clear acrylic to replace the windows in my shed. I had some left over and thus decided to make a full acrylic side window for the case.

I spent a lot of time trying to decide how best to cut the acrylic and decided to use a hacksaw then sand down to a straight edge (shown below)



The next struggle was how to get the panel to adhere to the case. I decided to use a rather awesome version of 'Velcro' which can be found in the parts list (a link is provided). I lined the acrylic window with black tape to hide some scratches that were present already due to having stored the acrylic



I wasn't quite happy with the black tape but decided to leave it how it was until I had the focus to do it properly. You can probably see the issue I had with the black tape in the photo.

Perhaps when I get better with tools I can invest in some decent fresh acrylic sheet to cut and then I won't have to black tape around the edges. Any tips? smile.gif

Cable Sleeving Guide
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Here's my lazy guide for cable sleeving.

1) Go on ebay
2) Search shakmods \+ color of cable \+name of cable type
3) Spend the money and save your time.
4) Recieve these badboys in the post




(by all means sleeve cables yourself!, I wish i had the skill to do it myself but I don't. It is definitely something I can see giving great satisfaction.

Although no organisation/ missing most components I think the sleeved cables really make a difference.

Before



After


The Build So Far
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At this point I was pretty much finished and was ready to call it a day although not being fully satisfied due to the ugliness of those ****ty plastic drive cages. They had to go.

Out of nowhere came an Inwin Griffin. HDD Bay Cover
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I decided that the old dust trap could serve a better purpose so I borrowed its side panel and got to work.



I cut up to the line just before the mesh starts with a hacksaw and then bent the metal over to create a nice straight edge.

The cover I created is shown below. It contains a awesome (in my opinion) looking gryphon which really added to the theme of the build and gave it its name.

IMAGE COMING TOMMOROW



post #2 of 3
Nice color scheme. Do you think you're going to get a cooler to go on that CPU?
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-5930K Asus Sabertooth X99 ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX  Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3000 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Samsung SH-224BB CM Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 x64 Pro Asus PB278Q (1440p) Gigabyte Aivia Osmium (Cherry Red) Corsair AX850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master HAF X Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Razer Goliathus Extended Speed Edition Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel + Logitech z906 + Sam... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-4790K EVGA Z97 Classified EVGA GTX 780Ti EVGA GTX 780Ti 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Dominator Platinum Spinpoint F3 Spinpoint F3 510 Series 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
510 Series 320 Series XSPC AX120 XSPC AX360 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC AX240 EK Supremacy EK FC780 GTX Ti WIndows 8.1 
OSMonitorPowerCase
OS X 10.9.3 Yamaski Catleap 120Hz HCP-1200 Air 540 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Deathadder Table Avid Fast Track Duo HiFIMan HE-400 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 @4.5GHz GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 G.SKILL Sniper 1600MHz 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial 64GB m4 1TB WD Black Samsung SH-224BB CM Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 x64 Pro Asus PB278Q (1440p) Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Corsair AX850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM 690II Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Razer Goliathus Extended Speed Edition Realtek ALC889 + Logitech z906 + Samson SR850 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-5930K Asus Sabertooth X99 ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 8GB ROG STRIX  Corsair Vengeance 32GB (4x8GB) DDR4 3000 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 1TB Samsung SH-224BB CM Hyper 212 EVO 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 x64 Pro Asus PB278Q (1440p) Gigabyte Aivia Osmium (Cherry Red) Corsair AX850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Cooler Master HAF X Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Razer Goliathus Extended Speed Edition Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel + Logitech z906 + Sam... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7-4790K EVGA Z97 Classified EVGA GTX 780Ti EVGA GTX 780Ti 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Dominator Platinum Spinpoint F3 Spinpoint F3 510 Series 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
510 Series 320 Series XSPC AX120 XSPC AX360 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
XSPC AX240 EK Supremacy EK FC780 GTX Ti WIndows 8.1 
OSMonitorPowerCase
OS X 10.9.3 Yamaski Catleap 120Hz HCP-1200 Air 540 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Deathadder Table Avid Fast Track Duo HiFIMan HE-400 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 @4.5GHz GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD7 GIGABYTE Radeon RX 460 G.SKILL Sniper 1600MHz 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial 64GB m4 1TB WD Black Samsung SH-224BB CM Hyper 212+ 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 x64 Pro Asus PB278Q (1440p) Gigabyte Aivia Osmium Corsair AX850 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CM 690II Gigabyte Aivia Krypton Razer Goliathus Extended Speed Edition Realtek ALC889 + Logitech z906 + Samson SR850 
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Dude of course. Getting a h100i hopefully
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