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[Build Log] The Green Monster

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Hey guys,

Long time reader, just recent contributor.

About Me

Im 24 and I have been working with computers from the age of 8. I started off by learning how to overclock on an old 478 Pentium 4 and Geforce 5600 that my parents had and I was trying to get my games to run on the budget family computer. I managed a small business network later on in high school where I was training and learned about networking, storage solutions and working with mac hardware/ software. From there in University I lived with a large group of games (10 of us) and I slowly started converting everyone to PCs from console after I used part of my student loan for a media editing/ gaming computer. I also started playing with basic servers and networking so non of us would lag while gaming or streaming. Now I work as an assistant at a medical clinic but also handle the IT work. On the side I do computer repairs/ upgrades/ home networks/ NAS solutions/ htpcs and custom gaming rigs. After having a spike in making HTPC set ups for a few family's with NAS I have started sharing my experiences in the HTPC and Server forums on OC. I'm currently building this computer for a friend and I will be also upgrading my media file server and firewall/VPN that I will do a separate thread for. I have my last two exams this Tuesday and will be tied up with studying till then but parts have been ordered so im waiting for everything to come in.

This Build - The Green Monster

Ive done about 15 rigs so far but never Logged them. Ill be getting around to finding photos of them down the road. This build inspired me to make a log for a few reasons: its the first build that ive done that the budget allowed for non stock cables, i've never done a build that was green themed and I kind of wanted to get my obsession with wire management out onto the forums. I wont be custom painting or modding the case, just a nice clean basic build. This is for one of my friends from university who is an avid gamer and gave me a budget of $2000.00 CAD to play with.

Hardware

We went through a couple of variations but concluded he wanted the following:
- ability to OC the cpu and gpu
- keeping the system quiet
- gaming @ 1080p

So this is what was selected and has been ordered as of today.

CPU: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($241.98 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H90 94.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($91.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.83 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.95 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($114.98 @ DirectCanada)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card ($398.95 @ Vuugo)
Case: NZXT H440 (Green/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($109.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($79.99 @ Memory Express)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($20.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($20.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($20.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($20.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 57.2 CFM 120mm Fan ($20.98 @ Newegg Canada)

Wires
Bitfenix Alchemy Multisleeved Cables

Updates and photos to come.
Edited by thepolak - 12/17/14 at 8:13am
post #2 of 7
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PARTS HAVE ARRIVED!!



Only things missing are the case and cpu which im going to pick up this week. Cables should be arriving tomorrow or the day after.
Ill post more pictures later as im at work right now.
post #3 of 7
Looks like a good plan for simple but elegant build. Hopefully the motherboard has the latest BIOS or else your going to have to buy a cheap Pentium chip to be able to use and flash the BIOS to the latest version that supports the 4690K.
post #4 of 7
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Was thinking about that earlier lol. Worst case is I pop the cpu out of my main rig and put it in temporarily, I could use a thermal compound change anyways.

Yaaaa..... just checked and its from 2013 pre update, thats if i read the serial number correctly. looks like ill have to mess around with it once i get to it.

Just realized im changing out my server thats also 1150 so ill pop that cpu in when im moving everything to do the update. too lazy to take apart the main tower.
Edited by thepolak - 12/17/14 at 4:06pm
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More arrivals today. Now have the cables, case and would have had the cpu but was late to pick it up ill be grabbing that money now. For the time being im going to get a little started though causeee... ya, i dont want to wait.

Here are some photos of the parts. Sorry if the images arent great but I was taking photos with my phone and my room has terrible lighting. Ill be updating with better photos tomorrow, its hard to see the true green on the colored parts but they look good together.

Case




Mobo, Ram and Storage


Ram


Graphics Card


PSU and Cooling


Cooling


Cables




Ill be updating the forum as I go along tonight and later on tomorrow.
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[Update]

After a long night of working with the cables Im pretty happy with what I ended up with. I ran out of black zip ties for the time being so I still have to go back and tighten down the cables behind the mobo.

Strip down


Fans put in



Cable hell


Finished for the time being behind the mobo


Finished inside for the time being


I cant get it to boot for more then a few seconds because of the lacking CPU but the green LEDs look awesome inside of this thing. Ill be back later today or tomorrow with the finishing touches on the back panel and Monday Ill be putting in the CPU and cooler.yessir.gif

[Update 2]
Fixed up cables behind panel and tied them down.

Edited by thepolak - 12/20/14 at 9:16pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
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