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Before I begin, I'd like to thank the OCN community for giving me the sound advice on this build! Everyone's help and feedback is greatly appreciated!
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ZERO POINT

This is my first FULL PC build. It's a Sandy Bridge on the P67 chipset. This rig will be used for gaming and multimedia. I originally just wanted to play simple games like WoW, but after seeing the potential of this thing, I think I'll step it up a few notches!

THE BUILD
Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard: ASUS P8P67 PRO
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600mhz
Graphics Card: ASUS ENGTX 460 768MB
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
Optical Drive: Lite-On CD/DVD Burner SATA
Fans: 2-200mm Cooler master fans, Push/Pull on the Hyper 212+, Rear 120mm Exhaust
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
CPU Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Monitor: SAMSUNG XL2370HD 23" LED 1080p
PSU: Corsair 750 TX
TIM:Arctic Silver 5

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THE BUILD

The i5 seated in the socket.

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Hyper 212+

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Took the stock intake fan out and added it to the Hyper 212+

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Front where the intake fan was.

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...and now with the GIANT 200mm!

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Empty shell ready for hardware!

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PSU seated

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Mobo, HDD, and Optical Drive inserted. I like the Rosewell PWM Splitter's function, however it make's way too much of a mess when you see how it get's installed. Makes this giant tangle at the top. I see a fan controller in my future!

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POSTed on the first try. So far so good!

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Badges

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Corsair and ASUS badges

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The CM 200mm LEDs light up pretty bright even in the daylight!

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So, my last rig was a Dell from 2005... LGA 755, slow as heck compared to this thing. I can't wait to get some benchmarks and overclock!
So remember when I said I'd be using this thing for WoW... well I loaded WoW on to this thing, and maxed out the settings and...

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182 FPS on MAX settings?! The monitor only refreshes @ 60 but... DANG...rendering 182 on max settings... I knew the GTX 460 would be great, but this is stellar. I need to step my games up a bit i think.

Here's a picture of the inside with some of the cables routed behind the motherboard. I'm going to reroute the cables to make it cleaner once I get a fan controller. See the thin cables at the top? The PWM splitter does it's job good, but it makes way too many cables... and they're difficult to conceal. The fan controller will make for better cable management.
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SCHEDULED FUTURE UPGRADES

Scheduled for May 2011

HDD: Second 500GB for RAID 0
SSD: Corsair P3 80GB
Video Card: Second GTX 460 768MB for SLI
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry (open for suggestions too) COMPLETE (Scythe Kaze Master instead)
Scheduled for August 2011

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCI E (Don't need extreme sound card)
Fans: 4-120mm w/ Blue LED's to match my others COMPLETE!
Optical: Blu-ray drive (Any suggestions?)
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO GAVE THEIR FEEDBACK PRIOR TO THIS BUILD!

UPDATE! April 29, 2011

Added 2 Blue LED Cooler Master 120mm fans to the CPU Cooler, A "KAZE MASTER" 5.25" Bay Fan Controller, NZXT Premium sleeved ATX power cable, and fine tuned the cable management!
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Look at the back, boy that's a lot of cables! At first I wished I had got the Modular PSU, but as long as the side door gets on, we're good!
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Here's a look at the KAZE MASTER 5.25" Bay Fan Controller (much brighter in the dark, but my camera wouldn't get a sharp image...)
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UPDATE! July 3rd, 2011
Razer Lycosa Keyboard, Razer Naga MMOG Mouse, Razer Kabuto Mouse Pad, and a Z-Line Galaxy Glass Office Desk!
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UPDATE! July 19th, 2011
Goodbye GTX460's, Hello GTX 570!!
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Please let me know your thoughts and feedback. Any suggestions for improvements are welcome and appreciated! If you have any suggestions for my scheduled future upgrades, let me know!
 

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Looks good man
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was this your first build?
Thank you, Yumyums!
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Yes. First full build. Installed HD's and CPU's and such here and there.

I can't believe the raw power. My last computer was a Pentium D 820... :/
 

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Great build. I would suggest a kaze master pro fan controller. http://www.directron.com/km03.html?gsear=1
would match your black and blue color scheme.
Thanks for the recommendation, Adhesive! Yes that looks really nice and I've heard good things about Scythe. It appears that a lot of NZXT fan controllers burn out within the first few days of use. If it's a choice between looks and usability, I'll take the usability. And this one looks a lot better than most fan controllers!

I'm hitting 4.4ghz with less than 60ºC CPU temps. Sandy Bridge is awesome!
 

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Thank you, Gawdz. I put a new picture at the end of the original post. The cable management isn't complete because of the lack of a fan controller, but it looks better than before!

Thanks for the positive feedback!
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I'm always the voice of reason on people's PC builds and upgrades so I feel obligated to say: DO NOT RAID0 your system drive before you have a separate data (backup) drive. RAID0 effectively doubles your performance, but it also doubles your likelihood of a drive failing, halving your reliability.

Do yourself a favor and do it right. Either go straight to the SSD and use your 500GB drive as a data drive, or buy 2 more HDDs and make one Data and RAID0 the other two.

Build does look good for a first time though. Very good choice of hardware as well. You definitely did your research. The only thing I would've changed is use a modular power supply in the future as it makes things look much cleaner inside.
 

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I'm always the voice of reason on people's PC builds and upgrades so I feel obligated to say: DO NOT RAID0 your system drive before you have a separate data (backup) drive. RAID0 effectively doubles your performance, but it also doubles your likelihood of a drive failing, halving your reliability.

Do yourself a favor and do it right. Either go straight to the SSD and use your 500GB drive as a data drive, or buy 2 more HDDs and make one Data and RAID0 the other two.

Build does look good for a first time though. Very good choice of hardware as well. You definitely did your research. The only thing I would've changed is use a modular power supply in the future as it makes things look much cleaner inside.
Thanks for the comments, Josh!

From what I understand, RAID0 increases performance per drive you add (with dimishing returns). I will definitely get the SSD before adding the second HDD.

Once I get my fan controller, I'm going to disassemble the case and reroute the cables. I put this build together rather quickly, so taking the time to route cables behind the motherboard tray will go a long way as far as cable management is concerned. I also like the looks of NZXT's individually sleeved cables. I think I'll purchase at least the 24-pin ATX power cable to give the inside a better look. I do agree that modular would look better, but when you're on a budget, you get more (cables) for your money! (yay me~ lol)

Thank you for taking the time to look at my build!
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Lookin good. Would love to see when you finish up the cable management.
I'll be workin' on it soon! Much thanks for looking at my rig
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OP Edited! Check out the changes I made. Added some LED fans to the CPU cooler, NZXT Sleeved ATX Power cable, Fan controller, and cleaned up the cables!! Thanks!
 

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Nice job on the build, a little recommendation, what camera do you use?

Try something out for me...

set the camera to P (program)
turn the flash off, set it on something if you dont have a tripod and set the auto timer to take a picture.

Make sure the computer has a good amount of light on it, it doesnt matter if it doest because the camera will adjust the exposure to what ever it needs.. give that a shot for a couple of pictures and see if the pictures look cooler?

if it does... you just learned the basics of taking computer pictures. The one main thing you want to get rid of is the flash. your composure is decent already.

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just a little tip to make a nice build look better
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Thanks, fshizl! I tried your suggestions, and took a few pics. Here's one I just uploaded a few minutes ago.

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Also note, I took out the smaller 2.5" drive bay, and the extra USB 3.0 ports provided by the onboard header. I already have 4 of them that I don't use, why add another visible cable for 6? And when I add a SSD I'll place it in the 2.5 to 3.5 drive rail adapter.

Thanks for the photo tips man. Not a lot of potential with my Canon Point and Shoot, but at least it looks good!

Keep the feedback comin'! Second graphics card coming soon!
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Phase 3 of my build is about to begin! I'm adding a second 500GB HDD for RAID0 and a second NVIDIA GTX 460! Can't wait for them to arrive, coming via 2-day air!
 

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Doing a lot of reading to learn in an attempt to build a system for the first time and a lot of what I'm planning is very similar to what you've already done.

Hoping my system turns out to be even half as nicely done as yours - looks amazing!

I'm planning on doing the same set up with my system fans that you did.
Would you be able to provide some detail as to how you first connected the fan wiring before you added the fan controller?

Thanks in advance.

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I'm doing almost the same too, I bet we're some of many new Sandy Bridge newcomers! This log will no doubt help me out heaps when all my new gear starts arriving at the door. I'm very grateful!
 

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Hey guys sorry I didn't see your posts as I have started a new job and have been working long and late hours as of late. I'll give you some detail of the fan controller tomorrow afternoon, Static99. Thanks L Lawliet (lol death note) for the compliment!

Check out the Original Post, there is an updated picture of some peripherals (Razer Keyboard, Mouse, Mouse Pad, and a new Desk to go along with the rest of the PC).

Thank you for everyone's support! This Project is still on schedule as there is no schedule! This project will never end for me!
 
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