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Here is my current project. To be honest, at the time of posting this and creating this log, the tower is built and complete however the project is not. There are more upgrades that I want to do and I will try to log them here as I order and receive the parts. I just got home from being overseas for a few months and my house is currently getting a huge technological upgrade all at once. I'm building my new gaming rig, going to be building the wife a computer for work (graphic design stuff), and we are getting a new and faster internet service (because you can't have a legit gaming rig without good internet). To go with the internet I've got new networking devices (new router and modem being shipped as we speak) to get with the current tech. There is also talk of getting a new TV for the living room and new computer monitors for our new computers, so as you can see I've been spending a lot of money and having one great time building this stuff. Without anymore BS from me, here's my computer project (sorry, I don't have a fancy name for this project).

*The Rig*
Processor - AMD FX-8350
CPU Cooler - H100i
Motherboard - ASUS ROG Formula-Z
Graphics Card - Gigabyte GTX-970 G1 Gaming
RAM - 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) G.Skill Sniper Series
PSU - Corsair RM 750
SSD - (128 GB) Samsung 840 Evo
Storage - 1 TB Western Digital Black
Case - Phanteks Enthoo Pro
DVD Drive - ASUS something-or-other (cheap, under $20 CD/DVD writer)

So the first pieces that arrived in the mail were the SSD, RAM and PSU. Had the wife send me pictures with they got to the house (no pic of the PSU)

Next piece that came was the case, and this is one hell of a case.



Slight damage to the front vent of the case in two small spots, but nothing I will complain about to Phanteks because I plan on painting the front vent anyways.

After that I went to Best Buy which had the cheapest price around for the H100i

Then I had to sit on my hands a few days and wait for the most important parts - Motherboard, CPU and Graphics Card...



And with these, that completes the parts list and I was ready to build (and the wife lost the kitchen table until I was complete).

The completed images.



Cable management on this tower is awesome.

Future Plans:
Currently I have the tower sitting in my living room hooked up to my old 60" re-projection TV. Once I get my new internet here in the next few days I will be able to hook up my rig and download all the updates and everything I need, and start installing games (I did not buy a wireless card, and the only hard-wire connections are upstairs, but I don't have any monitors upstairs currently).

On my to-do list:
Custom wiring - I want to do custom wires for everything, sticking with the black and red ASUS ROG color scheme, maybe even a few wires in gray/silver

Painting - As of right now, the only painting I plan on doing is the front vent (going to put the ROG logo on the front grill), the back PCI case covers (some sort of black/red paint job, havn't decided how yet), and the fans (if i keep the stock fan 200mm intake and the 140mm exhaust, i will repaint the blades red, otherwise I will just buy new red and black fans and make all fans 120mm for better airflow).

Windforce LED - I saw last night that there is a way to replace the blue Windforce LED with other colors, but that requires a soldering iron which I do not have and I have never done. I will eventually look into it because that blue LED stands out like a sore thumb.

Hardware upgrades - As far as hardware, the only real upgrade I am consider is more RAM (another 2 x 4GB set), and then there's always more HDD space. Besides those and new fans, there's really nothing I have a desire to upgrade as of yet. I absolutely love the components I have bought and they seem to be working great together.

Overclocking - As I am making this post I am running a GPU burn-in test (Fur to be exact) and it's running like a champ. Everything is currently running at stock speeds, but I plan on overclocking later on. Nothing extreme, but I have seen a lot of people get their FX-8350s up to 4.7 or 4.8 Ghz with ease, so I'll be shooting for 4.5 Ghz or higher. Not sure about graphics card overclock. I'm not sure if I will even really need it, but I need to do more research on what others are able to get.

Hope you guys enjoyed the read. I had a blast building this tower, and I'm looking forward to the pain of making custom wires hopefully in the near future. As I do more to the case I will upload more stuff. Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions. This is really the first custom tower I have built. I think even without doing much, the tower keeps everything clean and looks pretty nice. I did consider doing a 180 with the radiator so the water cables are towards the front instead of the rear, as it kinda blocks the view of the H100i LED logo.

-Skeletor
 

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Nice log man. I'm curious if you're buying new, why go AMD when Intel is not much more expensive and is way faster?
 

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No time wasted on the AMD second-guessing.
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Nice build, OP. Get to OCing!
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I am not a fan boy of AMD or Intel, I really don't care either way. Ultimately it came down to price per performance. Intel is the best on the market when it comes to current tech (situation dependent, but generally true. From what I've figured out Intel is better for single threaded operations while AMD is better at multi-thread, but a lot of that is open to interpretation). AMD seems to shine in the performance-per-dollar department. I have seen a lot of benchmarks that show certain Intel chips are better, and other posts show AMD chips are better. Most of these sites show the results of who they support or which company sponsors them. At the end of the day it really doesn't matter...the end-user (myself) won't notice any major difference. Once I over clock the FX-8350 it really won't matter anyways
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I'm happy with what I bought and no benchmarks someone shows will change that.

(Plus, this being my computer and all...me being happy is the only thing that matters anyways haha)

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I'm happy with what I bought and no benchmarks someone shows will change that.

(Plus, this being my computer and all...me being happy is the only thing that matters anyways haha)

-Skeletor
Right on man, that's all that really matters at the end of the day!!!
Nice build by the way, though I am surprised that you didn't go with a 290/x.

Gotta say that the primo is one of the best cases I ever got for the money, it is both attractive and very functional.
 

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Phanteks is a really new case manufacturer, however I really love their cases and I will buy another one in a heartbeat. The only downside is the packing they ship the cases in is kinda weak, so just hope your delivery guy doesn't drop it.

As far as the 290/x, that was mainly just a bias on my part. The GTX-970 runs quieter and cooler than what I have seen 290(x)s do, and it runs everything I need it to and more. I am surprised though that I went with gigabyte, but I do not regret it one bit. I ran Fur for a burn-in test and then their preset benchmark and it never rose over 50 C during a 30 minute burn at max load. I was quite impressed.

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was a good choice on the gpu. only components I'd say have clearly preffered alternatives would be the psu and cooler. even those will do the job just fine though.
 
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