Component Building Phase
I almost felt bad for the UPS guy today. I'm not sure if he was new, or hasn't delivered a lot of new builds to people, but the look on his face as he brought box after box to my front door from his truck was priceless. Unfortunately, not all my packages made it today and will have to be delivered tomorrow. When I told him that only about half had arrived, I think at first he thought I was kidding, because he kinda said goodbye and started to walk off, but we got everything situated and the rest will be here tomorrow.
Lucky for me, all my components came in today so I was able to start my build.
I'm assuming it was probably the way that I ordered everything.
I feel that you can have really nice components, but if you stick them in a crappy case, it makes your entire build look like crap. That being said I had to go with the brand new Corsair 900D. I wont post a million photos of it, as if you are looking for that, there are a ton on the web, but I will post these for those who might not have seen it yet to get a feeling for how big it is.
In a word: WOW. This is the biggest case that I have ever seen. The cable management on this looks amazing, and there is so much room inside it would be a shame to not try to fill it with as many things as you possibly can. Which is exactly what I plan on doing.
After playing around with some configurations for about an hour or so, I feel that I have come up with one that I really like. Of course this might change when I start my Liquid Cooling Phase, but for now this will work. I decided to use the hot swap able bay that comes included to mount my SDD/HDD as i don't plan on using the hot swap able feature, and they have a good cable management built in the back.
I will be going with a Black/Blue theme with White/silver accents. As of right now everything in the case is FUNCTION only and doesn't necessarily fit the theme as I still do not have all my components and am using old components. I intend to have everything that does not match my theme to either be swapped out/painted/sleeved to match. This includes the PSU cables / Motherboard / fans and anything else that comes along the way. Believe me I am a perfectionist and will make sure everything is 100% perfect before I am done. I have a few friends with some cool metal working/painting professional equipment, so I am hoping to have some pretty cool custom items going in this build.
LoL @ the stock cooler on the CPU
I saw a lot of people on other builds asking for cable management pictures so here is one also. I am no where near finished with it, but you can at least get a feel for how it works on this case.
One "change" persay that I have made, was the 5.25" bays. I absolutely love the look of the front of this case and didn't want to ruin it with devices, that for the most part, don't get used. So I decided to mount my optical drive and Fan controller backwards in the unit. Not only is it very rare that I use either of these, but in the off chance that I want to I still have the option. Plus with how I am placing it in accordance to my desk, I can see the fan controller better from here. With the quick release side panel its just as quick to access these if needed. I was going to get rid of the optical drive all together, but my girlfriend uses the computer about once a month to burn a CD, so for now it stays.
It's such a great feeling, when doing a new build, for everything to work the first time, on the first startup. I hope that stays a consistent theme throughout this build.
Installed Windows, Steam and a few other programs, and am going to let steam re-download all my games through the night.
With the rest of my fans here and the splitters for them, i threw them in really quick. Here's a few pictures of the semi final product: ( I plan on heat sleeving them together for a sleeker look, but want to wait until im sure on the positioning. )
Just wanted to throw a quick update here also as i went through and upgraded my power supply and then sleeved the cables individually:
Small update! My Ram finally made it in. So glad to get rid of the red. The jump from 1600 to 2133 was nice too!
Hello All, sorry for the delay its been a busy weekend so far. It's time for another update!
So on Friday I got my 2nd set of packages. Still a few missing fans from this one but being that this was pretty much better then any Christmas morning I've had, I really couldn't be too upset.
Look at all them toys!
I was tempted to do a boxing on each one of these items but my friend made a good point that there are a ton of those already on YouTube if that's what people are looking for. However, I have started a Pro's and Con's list that I will share with you all shortly. Basically a little review I've started that might help some of you on your decision when purchasing any of these products.
Getting everything setup and put where I want them took a little bit of time, but once I did I can't tell you how happy I am with everything. I've never had a decent setup when it comes to peripherals either so all of this has been awesome. Here's a few pics of my new setup:
Pictures really don't do the setup justice but they will have to do.
Not a huge update today, I'm hoping my next one will be all my liquid components for my first loop, as I am almost finished picking out and reviewing the ones that I want. Thanks for the Subs and will see you all soon!