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Finally got my gaming rig built and in perfect working order. Took me a while figure out how to put my two HDD into raid 0. One of the tech support guys at EVGA helped me out and said that HDDs have a hard time going into raid array if they have never been used, which was the case. I just installed some stuff on my two HDDs and reformatted the partition and BOOM it stopped giving me errors, LOL. Anywho here is the finished build:


Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Silent Gaming Tower
EVGA 750i FTW Motherboard
Intel E8400 Wolfdale Processor
Xigmatek HDT-D1284 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
MX-2 Thermal Compound
2x2GB OCZ DDR2 1066 5-5-5 18
2xEVGA 8800GTS in SLI
3xSeagate 7200.11 (2 in Raid 0, 1 backup)
Corsair 750TX Power Supply
Samsung DVD-RW w/ Lightscribe SATA
Liteon DVD-RW IDE
4 Scythe KAZE 120mm case fans (1 intake, 3 exhaust)
1 Stock Exaust Fan on HDDs


When I looked at the Case for the first time I couldn't believe how big it was, plenty of room to work in. The Scythe fans sound like a tornado when I first turn on the computer but it gets quite once the bios and PSU start regulating them and you can't notice it when playing games or listening to music. I bought a generic filter for the intake fan and realized that it wasn't needed because the case already comes with filters that you just slide off and wash.

This was my first build ever and I must say I'm quite pleased with the results. The bios defaulted the memory at 800mhz 1.9v so I bumped it up to 1066mhz 5-5-5 18 at 2.1v, which is stock speed...I will tinker with overclock speeds in the near future, but for now I am just going to enjoy this awesome new gaming rig that replaced my 8 year old Dell 8200 w/ 400mhz FSB LOL.

My 64-bit version of Vista should be here by the end of the week, then I can install it on my raid array and keep Vista 32-bit on my backup, which is what I'm using now.

Thanks to those of you on the forums that helped me decide what parts to use and gave me technical insight and knowledge, I really appreciate it. Looking forward to more advice in the near future as I prepare to Overclock this baby!
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Congratz on your first build, you should load all that info into your sig rig section and show that baby off. It's under the quick links tab at the top of this page.
     
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yep!
     
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Here are some pics:

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Sweet. Cable managment is a pita though (not being sarcastic). I had mine all planned out and still couldn't get it the way I really wanted.
    
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Congratulations,


Enjoy it.
    
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I know the cable management could've been better, but there is so much space to work with it really didn't have to be. I know the fan wires that swoop down around the cpu cooler and up to the main cable ties looks messy but I couldn't figure out any other way to route them without getting them in the way of the top exhaust fans. The way I have them suspended in the case makes it to where they don't touch or get in the way of anything. The IDE cable is so thick and short there is really nothing you can do with it and most of the extra cables are routed to the back with the sata cables that connect to the HDD's. The 8-pin power connector for the processor I was thinking about routing around the board but then again you run into the issue of the top exhaust fans, plus it's a little short.

But I agree it could be neater, I just need to figure out a way to do it and then find motivation to actually follow through LOL.
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I know the cable management could've been better, but there is so much space to work with it really didn't have to be. I know the fan wires that swoop down around the cpu cooler and up to the main cable ties looks messy but I couldn't figure out any other way to route them without getting them in the way of the top exhaust fans. The way I have them suspended in the case makes it to where they don't touch or get in the way of anything. The IDE cable is so thick and short there is really nothing you can do with it and most of the extra cables are routed to the back with the sata cables that connect to the HDD's. The 8-pin power connector for the processor I was thinking about routing around the board but then again you run into the issue of the top exhaust fans, plus it's a little short.

But I agree it could be neater, I just need to figure out a way to do it and then find motivation to actually follow through LOL.
I had the same issues, I will try and post some pics when I can maybe it can give you some ideas. It is often the case that our wire management depends on the board design, case and thickness of the PSU cables. My PSU is modular but I think I would have had an easier time hiding wires with one that wasn't
    
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