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[Build Log] The building of: << Persistence >> (Black and Yellow) (i7 6700k/ASROCK OCF)

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This thread is where I keep a scientific record of the building of my new machine. My current rig is an i7 950/x58 extreme and the one before that was a Pentium 4 SL79K processor.

In accordance with my cadence which follows Moore's Law, my upgraded rig should contain a Skylake or Broadwell processor.

This rig will be used for audio production/scientific calculation/simulation/microsoft word

Although it was not my intention at the beginning to build a rig with a strict black and yellow theme, it has since grown on me, and I think it looks pretty sexy.

Because this is the first time I've ever really built a brand new rig, my aims are not to mod a case into oblivion but rather take on a subtle approach. I acknowledge that many other modders out there put alot of their time and effort into making the sickest mods, and I respect that as an art in itself.

I want to feel as though my rig is not a custom made, but more like a "special edition". In another words I'm also a stingy bastard.

Prior to the creation of this thread, I have refreshed my PSU, case and monitor at the beginning of this year. There's still a long way to go, and ETA for this rig is about a year's time but here's what I'm looking at right now:

- ~40'' 4k monitor
- dual GPU
- sell my AIO and make a full custom loop [omg jimmy]

I've modded bits of my case already, so initial pictures will be on that.

This is also a place where I can document everything that can/can't be modded and things to look out for in the future, whether you be planning to mod or just looking for a heads up.

As of yesterday, I decided to stop festering and start buying parts because ebay has a 15% off thing. The parts are in transit as I am writing this now:

i7 6700k: $467.50
Corsair DDR4 - 2400 32GB: $329.80
z170 OC FORMULA: $375.24

Prices include shipping and are in units of AUD

Status:
> I am still waiting on the samsung 950 PRO ssd to be released so I'm going to get that
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Current build (Black Magic II) :

CPU: i7 950 @ 22 x 182 MHz
- cooler: nzxt kraken x61
MOBO: Asrock x58 extreme
RAM: 2 x 4 GB kingston value ram
GPU: sapphire flex 6870
PSU: 1200W strider evolution Gold
Storage: 500GB and 3TB HDD
Case: Thermaltake v51
Monitor: Achieva shimian 1440p

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Modding the Achieva Shimian QH270 27'' 1440p monitor

So I got this monitor second hand for AUD185 from this shifty asian seller on ebay who met me in a carpark.

It originally came in a crappy tacky black and (almost) white colour, which I naturally thought would look good in yellow.

I don't have the pictures of the original monitor, but I do have some pictures of part of the process. This was my first time painting anything, so to beginners, this will be a very, very educational read. Don't do some of the things I did.

Alternatively, if you're a seasoned veteran modder, feel free to laugh at my expense.

* The bezel comes in two parts. To remove it, you first need to pull quite hard on the inner edge of the panel, then the black top bit of the bezel comes off with a few snaps which scare the living crap out of you. The black top bit of the bezel is held to the lower layer by double sided tape which will most likely be ripped to shreds in the process, so one should keep some tape handy if they wish to restore it. I did not do this, which was fine because the black layer is very sturdy regardless of whether tape is there or not.
The inner white layer of the bezel is then revealed, and this much more easily comes off by removing some screws.

The first step was to get rid of the tacky shimian logo on the front of the monitor. The bezel is made in such a way that it is soo easy to mod!! [Thank you korean makers]

I tried to do this at first by scraping it off with a chisel which made it look terrible. The white paint from the logo smudged and drew all over the rest of the black bezel.

To even out the rest of the bezel, I scraped down the rest of the entire bezel with sandpaper to restore the grainy texture that it had before.
It turned out to be pretty good in the end so it was quite a relief. I then proceeded to paint the top black bezel layer.

* I actually had to scrape the bezel twice overall because on the second time, I put on paint too quickly and without primer so the drying paint started to bubble.
NOTE: USE PRIMER. PLEASE.

The paint I used was Fiddly Bits (TM) high gloss enamel yellow and black varieties.

Here is a picture of the painted top layer left to dry after being released from its torture:


After learning from my mistakes in the top layer, I proceeded to very carefully do the middle layer and it turned out to be much better.

So I put everything back together after leaving it to dry for a day. Looks great.



Edited by rayclan - 9/30/15 at 3:06am
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Today, my i7 6700k arrived, courtesy of ebay seller "shallothead".

The box is actually so light without a stock heatsink!!



So the batch number is L523B321. Any ideas whether I received a golden chip? also no more "costa rica" :c
Edited by rayclan - 10/1/15 at 1:09am
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Any updates? this looks promising wheee.gif
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