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First off... I'm Matt. Geek and enthusiast like the rest of you. I've recently started this new build out of necessity though... as my old mobo bit the dust.
The "old" system was:
thermaltake armor case
430w cm purepower psu
evga 7800gt
p4 3.4 @ 3.87
3gb ddr2-4300
abit aa8xe fatal1ty motherboard
windows xp pro

so anyway... the motherboard goes out and it's time to upgrade.

After stalking this page, plenty of reviews online, and reviewing the bank account (as well as the crap I can get rid of for cash), I decided to go with an i7 build.

Having a Coolermaster 690 on hand, I decided to go with that case (and subsequently join that club on here). It's a bit smaller/lighter than the huge thermaltake armor case... pretty good airflow, tons of other enthusiasts that that can help out with tips/tricks on here.

After browsing anandtech/tomshardware/newegg reviews.. and having a good history with EVGA, I decided to jump on their x58 motherboard. Am I planning to go up to the classified? Not necessarily, no. After picking out the board, the processor was a given. I was going with the i7-920. Stepping up from the previous setup, I know it's going to be a noticeable change.

Digging around for good deals/good reviews, I matched up 6gb of OCZ xmp dd3-1600 with the components I had picked up previously.

After even more and more reviews, I couldn't settle on a cpu cooler. I looked at the true, xigmatek, the noctua, and others. I was hoping that xigmatek would release their thors hammer... but no dice. With the noctua, I just couldn't get into the color scheme. Yeah, I know... it's probably a great cooler, but aesthetics won out on this. I wound up with the coolermaster v8. Overall good reviews, 1366 ready out of the box, and it isn't a bad looking cooler. As I'm not planning to OC the system much, if at all, I figured that something better than the stock HSF would do.

I needed an engine to run it all too.. and wound up with a corsair tx-850. I was half set to pick up their 1000w version, but decided that I wasn't planning on running 3 gpus, etc... or anything that would require that much juice to run smoothly.

As much as I'd love to wait for a windows7 full release, I'm planning on setting up a dual boot vista ultimate 64 / ubuntu machine.

So I'm left with picking up a GPU. Again with the reviews. I've been an nVidia guy since I started building. I've had nothing but luck with nVidia chipsets... matched up with evga. Fanboy? Not hardly. I just use what I've had good luck with. Wanna run a DFI board, more power to you. XFX video card? Rock on.

I've looked at the 260/core 216, 280 and 285 chipsets... all are appealing, but I'm just weighing out how future-proof I want the rig to be.

As of right now, everything is waiting to be put into the case except for the GPU (which hasn't been ordered), the coolermaster v8 and then ram (which are on the UPS truck as I type this).

So. That being said, what have I done? I've pulled everything out of my case that isn't being painted... and removed some of the honeycomb-style plastic in the front/top of the case to increase a bit of airflow.

As far as looks, I'm going to go a flat black internally, a faux-carbon fiber look and matte black externally... with carbon fiber cable wrapping to match. I plan on stealthing my optical drive, and modding the fan controller as I have seen on the 690 club thread. Really nifty idea. Just the same, stay tuned.
 

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woot a fellow v8 user... I love mine
 

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ya I got a 295 man its way way overkill dude

a 280 will cut the cake easily
 

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I'll update with pics.

Almost forgot to add that:

1.I'm booting the OS from a 74GB Raptor.. and looking to toss 2 1TB WD black or green drives in.

2. Will more than likely add 4 (yate loon or scythe) fans in a push pull arrangement for the case itself.

3. am a freak for cable management and will take some time with that

4. am using noctua thermal compound.

My sandpaper should get here in the next day or so to start working down the case, and will be painting as soon as everything is finished. Like I said, I'll update with pics.
 

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Great selection of parts so far! After looking at GPU's on newegg today, I think the GTX280 would probably be the ticket as the price has gone down due to the new 285 & 295 coming out:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Mappin...82E16814130365

$324.99 with a $20 MIR!

Looking forward to the pics!!

 

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Okay, although I haven't ordered this yet....

I've been price comparing a lot of different gpus for this system, and while the 280 is a great deal, for 20 bucks more you can get a 285 with a copy of COD:WaW. Now, I could really deal without COD and their stupid "Hey dog, attack the human" perks... but it's a pretty decent deal if you know someone that wants to bum the game from you for a couple bucks.

I just happen to be in that situation, so I think I'll be adding the 285 into this build as soon as the bank account allows.
 

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alright, prepare for pics this afternoon. My sandpaper came in and the case painting will commence. I'll take plenty of pics for youse guys.

Also, the V8, ram, and a SATA dvdrw drive came in yesterday. Will hopefully have the video card by around this time next week.

Pics to follow...
 

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alright ladies, last update before I get to work and start snapping pics.

I just ordered a sunbeam rheobus fan controller that I plan to mod into the top of my case, 5 yate loons, and some wire sleeving from good ole jab-tech.

next up, pics!
 

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I was able, over the past few days, to get everything sanded and primed for now. There were plans to wet sand today, but the temperatures haven't exactly been conducive for that exactly.

..and as promised, a few pics.




 

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Looking forward to the final product. Just don't tell the Mrs. how much you really are spending...
No worries... separate bank accounts are great. Plus I'm getting rid of stuff that I don't need anymore to fund this.
 

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So I wetsanded and put on the final coat of primer for the exterior panels last night. There will be one more sanding, tacking/cleaning, then comes the first of many base coats. I'll be spraying the top/front of the case this afternoon as well.

My Sunbeam Rheobus controller, Yate Loons, and cable sheathing should be here today or tomorrow. I think I'm going to go with a gtx285 over the 280 due to different reviews of temperatures/oc'ing headroom/less fan noise...

that is... if my craigslist stuff sells by this weekend.
 

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hooray for progress!

sector7g sounds familiar but I can't put a finger on it???
 
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