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Welcome to the horizon!

Hooray for finally getting my first public OCN build log started. Here's to seeing it finished!

Components
Quick and dirty - PCPartPicker component list
  • Cooler Master HAF XB EVO (ATX)
  • ASUS Maximus VII Hero (LGA1150)
  • EVGA SuperNova 750 G2 (750W)
  • Intel Core i7-4790K
  • CryoRig R1 Universal (CPU Cooler)
  • G.Skill Trident X 16GB DDR3-2400 (2x8GB)
  • MSI GeForce GTX 980 4G (GPU)
  • Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (SSD)
  • Seagate Constellation ES.3 2TB 7200RPM (HDD)
  • Asus DRW-24B1ST (DVD/RW)

Total Cost: less than $2100 so far including some of the testing stuff such as a dual air thermometer and coffee filters among other things.

What Is It??!?!?!!11?1!?
This particular case features a horizontal motherboard tray (hence the name) and splits the case into two sections with the motherboard and any directly attached components on top and the drives and power supply in the lower section. This presents an interesting opportunity to learn more about air cooling as you'll see later on. I'll be going for a stable overclock but I'd like to see how high I can reasonably get first to find out how good a chip I pulled. I currently plan to leave memory and graphics card at their own factory defaults but I may play around with the GPU a little since I haven't had the chance to do that in any of my previous builds. As for aesthetics, this will be primarily a black build with red highlights but I'm going to try to keep the whole thing fairly subdued. Noise is also something I'm going to try to minimize this time although I'm not going to flip out over a decibel or two.

Conclusion
This section will be filled in once the build is complete and running stable. I've read enough build logs to know that I always want a short and simple first post followed shortly thereafter by all the photos in one nice easy to read second post so that's what I'll be doing. I'll add details of the build, problems I encounter and the solutions I reach for them, and a whole bunch of testing data as I take the time to not just build a computer but try a few alternatives to see if I can improve on my skills.

Credits
I'd like to thank my sister for much of the good photography. Anything that looks bad was probably taken by me on my phone.
I'd also like to thank the people of OCN that helped put this build together by providing advice and information out the wazoo.

New build questions
started on 11/28/14 last post 12/12/14 at 4:54pm 25 replies 680 views
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC G Skill F3-12800CL9-4GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Kingston SH100S3120G Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 ASUS DRW-24B1ST 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Hanns G HZ281 Acer H243H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder x4 PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Logitech G9x 
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SteelSeries 63003SS QCK+ Onkyo HT-R590 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC G Skill F3-12800CL9-4GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Kingston SH100S3120G Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 ASUS DRW-24B1ST 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Hanns G HZ281 Acer H243H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder x4 PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Logitech G9x 
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SteelSeries 63003SS QCK+ Onkyo HT-R590 
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[RESERVED FOR BUILD PHOTOS]

Please note that more photos will be added as I get them cropped/resized. I don't plan to do any touch-up other
than that but I haven't had a chance to go through them all yet to make sure I'm not posting anything I don't want online.



Photos taken while building (Click to show)


...more to come

Edited by Fiernaq - 1/5/15 at 8:33pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC G Skill F3-12800CL9-4GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Kingston SH100S3120G Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 ASUS DRW-24B1ST 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Hanns G HZ281 Acer H243H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder x4 PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
SteelSeries 63003SS QCK+ Onkyo HT-R590 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Kingston SH100S3120G Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 ASUS DRW-24B1ST 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Hanns G HZ281 Acer H243H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder x4 PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Logitech G9x 
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SteelSeries 63003SS QCK+ Onkyo HT-R590 
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[RESERVED FOR BUILD DETAILS]

Currently testing different methods of TIM application. Still in BIOS only which limits this to idle temps but I'm giving each run about 30 minutes to warm up and mostly just looking for outliers. So far I've tried tiny dot, cooked rice, and the X. In the past I've used both the tiny dot and the spread method but I've never done the more scientific testing where I try my best to only change one thing at a time. Anywho, I'll get some testing photos up later on and provide more detail as well but it's late and I have work in the morning.

*UPDATE 13Jan2015*
I've done a whole bunch of OC number crunching and stress testing aiming for stable (most of the details for this are posted over in The Intel Devil's Canyon Owners Club). The TL;DR version is that I'm almost stable at 4.6GHz with 1.250V Vcore. Once I'm done with stress testing I should have more time to post photos and finish typing up the build log.

*UPDATE 15Jan2015*
Gaming stable. Have run Tomb Raider, Batman: Arkham Origins, and Cinebench benchmarks and played a few hours of Borderlands 2 with no problems. I've got Crysis and Just Cause 2 installing now to run their benchmarks and I need to look up the rest of my games to see if any others have benchmarks as well. I'll try to test Elite: Dangerous tomorrow on highest settings if I can get my HOTAS transferred over to this box and working.
Edited by Fiernaq - 1/15/15 at 8:29pm
Ancient Scout
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC G Skill F3-12800CL9-4GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Kingston SH100S3120G Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 ASUS DRW-24B1ST 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Hanns G HZ281 Acer H243H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder x4 PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
SteelSeries 63003SS QCK+ Onkyo HT-R590 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-2500K ASRock Z68 Pro3 Gen3 ASUS ENGTX560 DCII OC G Skill F3-12800CL9-4GBRL 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Patriot Torqx 2 32GB SSD Kingston SH100S3120G Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 ASUS DRW-24B1ST 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Hanns G HZ281 Acer H243H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Sidewinder x4 PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 750W COOLER MASTER Storm Scout Logitech G9x 
Mouse PadAudio
SteelSeries 63003SS QCK+ Onkyo HT-R590 
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