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[Build Log] GrimBOX - Tt Core V21/Maximus VII Gene/Asus 970 Strix [On Hold]

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GrimBOX

Welcome to my first build log and thank you for taking the time to check it out!

The Case



The Method
Being my first build log it will be a little simpler in the way of components and more about the reasoning, goals and execution. When it comes to building a PC my number one principle is functionality and that would be my former design background and experience kicking in. Once I can satisfy those requirements I begin to work toward forming the idea into something that is aesthetically pleasing, keeping in mind that functionality is the key.

A motto of mine - why have all the power in the world if you can't use it? - to link it to a PC, you can the highest speed equipment but if you don't cool and manage it correctly you will not get the full benefit of it and there was probably a better option. Start with function, work that ideal enough and the form will come.

The Brief
Create a compact, powerful PC for gaming, high level image and video editing. Consider options to expand the system for multiple GPUs and storage needs. Cooling to be as silent as possible whilst not compromising efficiency. The parts chosen should be readily available to those that would like to replicate a similar build.

The Components
Case: TBA
CPU: i4770k **Acquired**
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VII Gene mATX **Acquired**
Memory: GSkill Trident X 2400MHz 32GB **Acquired**
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 120GB **Acquired**
HDD: TBA
GPU: Asus GTX 970 Strix **Acquired**
Power Supply: TBA

The Cooling
TBA

Misc
Custom Sleeved PSU Cables
LED Lighting (probably decided once the build is put together)

Edited by GrimDoctor - 1/11/15 at 6:36pm
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Reserved.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i4770k Asus Z97 Deluxe Asus GTX 980 Strix GSkill Trident X 2400 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
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Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i4770k Asus Z97 Deluxe Asus GTX 980 Strix GSkill Trident X 2400 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
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Reserved.
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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 
OSCaseOther
Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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Grim 540
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i4770k Asus Z97 Deluxe Asus GTX 980 Strix GSkill Trident X 2400 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
OSCaseOther
Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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Reserved.
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Grim 540
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i4770k Asus Z97 Deluxe Asus GTX 980 Strix GSkill Trident X 2400 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
OSCaseOther
Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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Grim 540
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i4770k Asus Z97 Deluxe Asus GTX 980 Strix GSkill Trident X 2400 32GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
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With Christmas basically a day away for me and Christmas Eve stuff on tomorrow I'll post what I can. I'll be using an Express Courier for all of the shipments to make sure we keep the content coming, though I'm expecting a little delay on the case since Christmas is so close. Sketches and photos to come in the mean time biggrin.gif
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Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
OSCaseOther
Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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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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In regards to the PSU I am a little torn at the moment. I would love an EVGA but they don't seem to make one short enough to fit this case - maximum length 160mm. I am now debating between:
  • Seasonic X-750 80Plus Gold 750W V3 @ $215
  • Thermaltake 750W Toughpower Gold @ $149
  • Corsair AX860 Platinum @ AU$289

They all have their own pro and cons.
All are modular though the Tt isn't completely modular.
The Tt is a good price and the Toughpower Gold's haven't let me down in the past and usually punch above their Gold stamp.
The Seasonic is a Seasonic and quite well priced.
The Corsair is a Platinum but it has a Platinum price tag to match.

Any thoughts or recommendations?
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
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After reading up some more on here thanks to @shilka I am leaning toward the Seasonic X-750 80Plus Gold 750W V3. For those interested, the one listed above didn't really have the best OEMs in comparison from what I've read. Though I have a Tt Toughpower in my personal rig, it's a CWT and the 750 is not. So it looks like we are going for the trusted Seasonic thumb.gif
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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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Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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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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post #8 of 25
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So just got an email in regards to the case...apparently it was the last one in stock, it was damaged and there's no ETA for more stock mad.gif
Back to the drawing board but not completely...
Hunting around for other options I've come across several and one in particular that has caught my eye.

Pros
  • Full aluminium case
  • Tinted glass top
  • ATX PSU option
  • Supports more fans with a better flow design



Lian Li V359!!!

What do we think?
Edited by GrimDoctor - 12/23/14 at 5:19am
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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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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 840 Pro Samsung 850 Pro Thermaltake Max 5 Duo Cryorig R1 Universal 
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The Lian Li V359 is looking like a winner. The styling will likely change - I think this is an extremely classy looking case and I want to reflect that so an style idea I had for my personal rig might be transferring over to this one smile.gif
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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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Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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Since the chance to revert the styling back to one of my original ideas is on the cards, this guy is also now on the table!



Just waiting for the Christmas break to be over so I can go inspect these bad boys in person.
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
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Windows 8.1 CaseLabs Mercury S8 Lamptron FC5V3 
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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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