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[Build Log] My Somewhat Bad Little New Box

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Here's my current list of items.

Purchased

Fractal Design Node 804 Case
Intel I7 5820K (a steal at $300 from Microcenter in store)
EVGA X99 Micro 2 Motherboard
Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD32GX4M4A2666C16 32gb DDR 4 kit with 2 free light bar kits direct from Corsair
2 x Toshiba PH3300U-1I72 3TB Hard Drives (data drives, will be in RAID 1)

Planned

Samsung 950 Pro 512 GB M.2 SSD (this is one I'm patiently waiting on, and a definite.
EVGA
CPU Cooler, will be a 240mm rad AIO, probably Corsair as my H80 has been awesome for 4+ years now
New Keyboard/Mouse combo, Probably Logitech
New Monitor, thinking ultrawide in a 27 to 30" range because I do a lot of side by side stuff
New PSU, power rating TBD based on graphics card requirements, most likely EVGA or Seasonic
Custom PSU cable set, probably cablemods
LED Fans will be white LED's, thinking of giving the Thermaltake RIIng fans a shot
Optical drive will be a Blu Ray ROM (no need for a blu ray burner) and external USB 3.0 enclosure
*Graphics card........this is my conundrum.

*For the graphics card, this is my conundrum. I'm not a gamer, though a game or two has intrigued me at times (COD looks WAY better on a pc than a console, and I'm still waiting for a standalone Day-Z) so I don't need a top end card. BUT.........I want some coverage IF I get the bug. Here's where I could go two ways. My computer now, is an X58 setup with a XFX Double D 7970 in it (bitcoin mining for a while a few years ago). My HTPC is an AMD A85 setup with an A6 5400K and I currently have an older 5750 graphics card in it. I'm thinking I could go to integrated 7540 graphics on the HTPC (1080 content via XBMC, and netflix stream is all it really does), move the 5750 over to the X58 box being replaced (which will be used as a dedicated learning/home schooling computer for my kids), and move the 7970 over to the new X99 build. OR...........get a R9 290 or 970 range card. Could use some thoughts and advice here.

I plan to try to get a mid 4.x overclock on the processor and XMP the ram for a modest bump.

Nothing major, nothing hugely flashy, just speedy and solid, and a solid life expectancy (I hope to get 5+ years out of it before another major scratch build like I did with my last one).

Thoughts and critiques are always welcomed.
   
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(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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post #2 of 18
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That was quick. Ordered the Corsair Dominator Platinum memory direct from Corsair a few days ago. Got shipping notification the day before yesterday. Checked yesterday and saw it shipped from Taiwan, figured it would be a while before they got here. My wife signed for them while I was sleeping this morning. Surprising to say the least.
   
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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post #3 of 18
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Well, pretty much everything is in line and ordered. Amazon had the Samsung 950 Pro on pre-order and is saying release is Oct 29 and expect delivery on Nov 2.

Decided on the EVGA GTX 960 FTW 4GB version JUST IN CASE I decide to play a game or two.

Going to get it together and running as soon as it's all here. Still deciding whether or not to pay for custom cables or just make my own since I have everything I'd need except paracord or other sleeving.

Here's the list from PC Part Picker though: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/qpPJLk

Debating whether to go white, graphite/silver, or a combination on the cables. Not going to be many cables showing though. 24pin main, CPU, GPU, two SATA cables, and whatever needed to connect the H110i GTX.

More to come.
   
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(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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Well, not that anyone is watching, but I have everything in hand save for the Samsung 950 Pro which Amazon just pushed back release from the 29th to the 1st, so I won't have in hand until the 4th at the earliest now.

Only other things I don't have are things like fans, accent lighting (white on the internals of the case), and custom cables and this is all simply because I will be figuring those components out as I do the build.
   
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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post #5 of 18
Don't worry bro! I'm watching lol. Subbed and will follow. Get some pics up. OCN loves pictures.

As for your video card choices:

Used
R9 290(x) if found at a decent price.

New
R9 390(x)
GTX 980 or GTX 980ti if you want to be covered for a while.

The heck witht he GTX 970. Don't waste type buying that gimp when the R9 390 offers more performance at higher resolution for the same price.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Ryzen 1600X 6c/12t MSI B350 Tomahawk PNY GTX 980 Reference Gskill Ripjaws 2x8GB DDR4 2800mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 pro 128GB  Seagate 3TB HDD Custom Water Cooled Loop [Apogee XL, D5 Pump, E... Deepcool RF RGB 120MM Fans x6 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 27" Qnix QX2710 Evolution II 2560x1440 Corsair K70 MX Red SeaSonic X Series 760w 80plus Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Fractal Design Define S Corsair Glaive Corsair MM200 XL Plantronics RIG 500HD 7.1 SURROUND 
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AMD Ryzen 1600X 6c/12t MSI B350 Tomahawk PNY GTX 980 Reference Gskill Ripjaws 2x8GB DDR4 2800mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 840 pro 128GB  Seagate 3TB HDD Custom Water Cooled Loop [Apogee XL, D5 Pump, E... Deepcool RF RGB 120MM Fans x6 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro 27" Qnix QX2710 Evolution II 2560x1440 Corsair K70 MX Red SeaSonic X Series 760w 80plus Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
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post #6 of 18
How does the case look, is it a cube ?
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow since everything is in hand. Case is a dual chamber micro atx cube.

I went GTX 960 for the gpu, evga 4GB FTW. Right price vs performance for me.
   
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
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Ok ok, I know I've been slacking on the pics. Here we go, this is everything but the Sammy 950 Pro 512gb, and the custom cables and any extra fans or lighting I will use.

The big shot:


Hey, the light bars were free. Will use them with the white diffuser.


My favorite wireless mouse ever, and my 2nd Hex Core chip (first was an AMD 1090T back in 2010).


PSU, GPU, and external box for the Blu-Ray writer:


Blu Ray Writer:


H110i GTX, 2x Toshiba 3TB spinners, EVGA X99 Micro2 Motherboard:


Logitech K800 wireless Keyboard (LOVE this thing, already played with it) and Arctic Silver 5.


And yes, I'm a Cowboys fan and I collect Emmitt cards.
   
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
Fractal Design Node 304 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I7 950 Asus Rampage III Gene XFX Radeon 7970 Samsung Green DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft wireless OCZ ZX 850 NZXT H2 Classic Microsoft Blue Anywhere Laser wireless 
Other
Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
CaseMouseOther
Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
Hard DriveMonitorKeyboardPower
Toshiba PH3200U-1I72 2TB  50" Phillips Plasma Logitech DiNovo Edge PC Power and Cooling Silencer MKIII 400W 
Case
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Thread Starter 
So the kids (6 and 2) left with Grandma for a week today, so what better to do while watching my Cowboys cough up another one than start doing some assembling?

First and foremost, apparently, this build is kitty approved:
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In the top pic above, you can see the power supply chamber of the case. I point that out because this is going to come into play with airflow, and what I'm thinking.

Motherboard and hard drives. I noticed that the bottom of the motherboard chamber had mounts for hard drives but no fans. So I thought I'd mount the drives here instead of cramming them directly in front of the PSU in the other chamber, forcing very tight constraints on the PSU cabling.

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This pic is to reference what I'm talking about, see how the HDD cage is on the bottom and crammed between the fan and PSU? I wanted to avoid this. Credit to iomega311 from PCPartPicker for the shot:
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I just don't think the airflow capability is there with them shoved in that spot. Can't go on the roof because the H110i GTX is up there (I test fit in place, fits perfectly.

Test fitting the GTX 960 in with the I/O Cover Shield on the mobo. It fit. This card, for being a "budget/entry" card......is enormous.
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I definitely like the included backplate on the GPU. Cleans things up nicely.
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Didn't put the ram or anything in, waiting to do the final assembly.

So, airflow. Here's what I'm thinking. 4 x 120 front panel fans for intakes. Use the PSU chamber EXCLUSIVELY for intake (the H110i GTX with the two fans pulling in up top, and a single 120 intake above the PSU). The PSU is set to pull in from under the case and exhaust out the back. Essentially positive pressure on the GPU side of the case. Then, save for the two front panel fans on the motherboard chamber side, everything else exhausts out (1x rear fan, GPU, and 2x top fans).

I'm a noob to airflow design, positive pressure, etc. I figure there's definitely issue with the intended design, hence why I bring it up. Things like two fans pulling in from the top, and the two right next door expelling heated air at the same time.

I want to try to keep as much airflow moving through the motherboard side of the case as I can for a couple of reasons. The HDD"s mounted on the bottom of the case, and the 950 Pro that's going to be residing underneath the GPU, and preventing it from potentially overheating and throttling (though it's going to be a boot/program drive exclusively, so massive writes are probably goingn to be nil save for initial OS installation.

Thoughts? Recommendations? Throw it all in the trash and start over with Z170? lol
   
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Adata S599 SATA II SSD 64GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LG Super Multi Drive BD/HD-DVD ROM CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
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NZXT 120mm Intake fans x 2 NZXT 120MM Floor intake fan Windows 10 Pro ASUS VH242H 24" 
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Thermaltake Max-1562 5.25 bay six 2.5 drive bac... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9850 Black Edition Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H Sapphire Vapor-X Radeon 5750 OCZ Platinum DDR2 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Adata S599 SATA II SSD Ultra X-Wind 120mm CPU hsf Coolermaster 120mm Green LED exhaust Fan 2 x generic 80 mm intake fans 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft XP pro Asus VH242H 24" LCD Micro Inovations USB Diablotek 450 Watt 
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Ultta Microfly BX6 Logitech MX-8 3.5" multi card reader 
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AMD A6-5400K ASRock FM2A85X-ITX G.Skill Ares DDR3 1866 8 GB (2x4GB) Adata SX900 64GB SSD 
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She's looking awesome bro. I think you have the right idea for fan placement. PSU side fan placement is pretty good. Get a nzxt G10 and put your GPU under water as well.
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