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Comments, Questions, Hints and Tips Much Appreciated!

Coming up with a name was tough, but while looking for good names I glanced over at my D&D figurine of the Gargantuan Black Dragon and then remembered the movie "How to train your dragon". I liked the ring of the name nightfury since I was putting aggressive looking parts in and I play in low light and at night.

This is my first build and I want to make it a memorable one so i've selected 2 brands for all my major components and im going to try and fill up as much as I can with their products. Mainly, Asus and Corsair, although there will be quite a few NZXT parts included.

The basic look I want is to have parts that are very visually pleasing on the inside while keeping a black and blue lighting theme, maintaining functionality while not sacrificing performance.



Main Components:

CPU: Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition C3
Mobo: Asus Crosshair IV Extreme
RAM: 8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 CL8
GPU: Asus 6850 Directcu Crossfire
PSU: Corsair 750HX
Heatsink: Corsair Hydro Series H70 (Shipping on the 15th!)

Case Accessories:

Case: Black NZXT Phantom
Case Ventilation: 2 Noctua 120mm Fans Push/Pull for H70 (on Hyper 212+ ATM), 2 120 mm Enermax TB Appolish Blue, 1 NZXT 200mm Silent Fans, 1 120mm Blue fan, 1 140mm Blue fan.
Case Lighting: NZXT 2m LED Blue light strand
Cables: Black NZXT 24 pin connector extension, Black NZXT 8 pin mobo connector extension.

Periphrials:

Keyboard: Razer Lycosa Mirror Edition
Mouse: Razer Naga
Keypad: Belkin N52TE
Headset: Razer Carcharias
Mousepad: Goliathus Fragged Control
Monitor: Acer x223w
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Reasoning:

CPU:
I originally upgraded from a C2Q Q8200 to the 955 BE, had everything installed by a local shop and pretty much picked up the BE for a great price/performance ratio. (This was before Sandy Bridge was released)
I'm extremely pleased with the performance of the chip and i want to try my hand at OCing it so im re-using it for my first real build.

Motherboard:
The most bad-ass looking motherboard on AMD's side in my opinion is the CHIVE, i've loved the look since I first saw it and had to have it. I am quite aware my motherboard is black and red, but for the amount of features it brings to the table also for the idiot proof dual bios's and the in depth 'hold you by the hand' manual. I figured it would be an excellent board to start with not to mention a lot of people have it here so there is a plethora of knowledge on the board available here if I run into problems.

RAM:
Corsair Ram, always heard great things about their RAM and O-M-G look at those heatspreads! I find it goes well with the ROG design and being 1600MHz CL8 it should pack a punch and give me some headroom for OCing.

GPU:
I've always wanted a crossfire setup and I love the look on the 6850 Directcu when its installed. It has that 'race car' type look with the heat pipes and the Asus label on it. Not to mention, the 6850 xfire should be more than enough for most of the games I play.

PSU:
I went back and forth a few times questioning the PSU but finally settled on the 750HX because of the semi-modular design, reviews and NCIX had a sale when I was in the market.

Heatsink:
Im currently using a Hyper212+ but will be upgrading to a H70 soon. More overclock headroom by a more efficent and better cooler with a simple install looks like a nice plus to me. Besides, it allows a better view of the mobo and looks pretty BA.

Case:
A friend of mine has the white version of the Phantom and let me say. Once I saw it I knew I had to have one. SEXY case is sexy.

Ventalation:
Mainly silent fans with mid CFM and i'll probably be replacing the two 'no name' blue fans with aerocool blue sharks or more enermax tb appolish.

Lighting theme:
Since my Razer products all have blue black lighting I thought "hey lets carry over the theme to the case" pretty simple call

Keyboard:
The Lycosa, yes some have had problems with the lycosa but I havent, it looks great and it does its job extremely well. Major deciding factor was the laptop style keys.

Mouse:
I'm an MMO player, 17 buttons? Heck to the yes! 5600DPI when I want to play FPS games? Heck to the yes!

Keypad:
I'm pretty ADHD, I have to utilize both my hands when I game so what better way to get a game pad to share bindings that would be awkward on? Mainly having a paladin as my main there are TONS of different possibilities and bindings that I require to do my job at an exceptional level.

Headset:
Read a few reviews on it, all my other products were with Razer and Canada computers had a special on it so I jumped on it. Extremely comfortable, great sound and mic clarity. Feels flimsy but its actually VERY strong.

Mousepad:
Wasn't sure how i'd take a 5600 DPI mouse so I got a control pad to learn and hey, why not keep the razer trend? I was happy with all other products so drink more kool aid.

Monitor:
Had this for over a year, bought it knowing nothing but im quite please with how things have turned out. Pretty decent monitor.
Edited by Davitz - 5/9/11 at 6:39pm
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Computer Pr0nz:

































Don't mind the scratch, my cat can be really ill-tempered at times xD
Edited by Davitz - 4/14/11 at 6:57am
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nice
post #4 of 12
i gotta say it looks real good. Now how about some pics inside the case of all that hardware!
My System
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX 8350 Asus Crosshair V Formula EVGA GTX 770 SC ACX 8Gb Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Plextor M5S 128Gb(OS) Plextor M5S 256Gb(RAID0) Plextor M5S 256Gb(RAID0) Western Digital Cavair Green 2Tb 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS 24x DVD RW Corsair H80i Windows 7 64-bit LG 24MP56HQ-P IPS 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster B2230 Corsair K70 Corsair TX650 V2 Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper 
MouseAudio
Razer DeathAdder 3.5G Panasonic 500w stereo 
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My System
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX 8350 Asus Crosshair V Formula EVGA GTX 770 SC ACX 8Gb Corsair Vengeance Pro 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Plextor M5S 128Gb(OS) Plextor M5S 256Gb(RAID0) Plextor M5S 256Gb(RAID0) Western Digital Cavair Green 2Tb 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS 24x DVD RW Corsair H80i Windows 7 64-bit LG 24MP56HQ-P IPS 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster B2230 Corsair K70 Corsair TX650 V2 Cooler Master CM Storm Trooper 
MouseAudio
Razer DeathAdder 3.5G Panasonic 500w stereo 
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post #5 of 12
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Install will be next weekend, still waiting for the backordered gpu to arrive and hopefully the girlfriend will have shipped the H70 she got me today or tomorrow.

Don't worry, many pictures will be taken.
Edited by Davitz - 4/14/11 at 4:07pm
post #6 of 12
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Just picked up the Asus 6850 Directcu on my way to work and boy oh boy does it ever look beautiful! Pics to come when I get home, H70 should be here by the end of the week

Edit:// Pics are here!





Edited by Davitz - 4/20/11 at 2:59pm
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Alright folks, here's the current build as it stands, still to come is the second 6850 which should be here this week and the H70 which should be here by June, backorders suck.

Getting things ready:



In the case:



Close-ups:







All closed up:



More pics to come as the build progresses!
post #8 of 12
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Well, hit a snag in the road. Fresh install of Win7 Ultimate 64bit, all updates, fresh install of drivers etc the system black screens when gaming, sometimes downloading, sometimes idling. F-M-L

Checked my RAM one stick at a time, still black screened, but booted via MEM-OK perfectly fine. Swapped GPU to slot 3, still black screened. Well, she's not the board that's wrong. All signs atm pointing to the GPU, luckily the one for Crossfire just shipped and will be here tomorrow so i'll have an update then.

I've also read that some people have had trouble with the NIC driver being out dated and requiring a update to remedy blue screens. Also gonna make sure im running the latest BIOS. If it all works fine with the other GPU, its RMA time.

Anyone have any ideas of what could be the culprit?
Edited by Davitz - 5/3/11 at 6:22pm
post #9 of 12
Sorry to hear about the issues your having but everything looks clean and neat. Good job.
My Rig
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 950 Gigabyte X58-USB3 XFX 270x G. Skill DDR3 1600 3x2gb 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD Blue 320 RAID 0 Win 7 x64 Kingwin 850 NZXT Evo Beta Classic 
Mouse
Razer Deathadder 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I7 950 Gigabyte X58-USB3 XFX 270x G. Skill DDR3 1600 3x2gb 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
WD Blue 320 RAID 0 Win 7 x64 Kingwin 850 NZXT Evo Beta Classic 
Mouse
Razer Deathadder 
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post #10 of 12
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All problems fixed!!

Turns out the blackscreens were due to windows not installing my HD's drivers -_-;;

Blue screens were because of Intel Gigabit drivers so I got a USB wireless network adapter.

Oh and yeah, its sexy:




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