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My First System build

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by rjc-photography, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. rjc-photography

    rjc-photography Active Member

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    CPU:
    Intel Core i7 4790k
    Motherboard:
    EVGA Z87 classified
    Memory (RAM):
    8GB corsair vengeance pro 2133mhz
    Storage:
    378gb of ssd (128gb is two 64s in raid) 1620GB+ of HDD space
    Graphics Card(s):
    Gigabyte Windforce oc gtx 770 4gb
    Power Supply (PSU):
    Corsair RM1000
    Case:
    Corsair Obsidian 900D
    Monitor(s):
    Dell Ultrasharp U2515H 25" 2560x1440
    Operating System(s):
    Windows 7 ultimate
    So yeah, where do I begin...


    I've wanted to build my own PC for quite some time now and I only recently got the chance to actually do it at the start of this year, so I went all out. (or as far out as my budget could stretch)

    bought different parts at different times in stages as I wasn't completely sure what i wanted to get and i must admit a few of them were late night, alcohol influenced purchases :D




    most of the pictures I've taken of my build, i took when it was finished as i got too carried away with building it to take photos (oops…) :oops:




    The first few parts I bought were the Akasa fan speed controller and Corsairs RM1000 fully modular power supply. System noise isn't really that much of a concern for me, but I wanted the fan speed controller because it gives you three different temperature sensors it can display. The corsair RM1000 power supply is probably overkill for my system, but it's fully modular which is what I was looking for, and I bought it on black Friday so it even saved me a few coin in the long run.


    Next thing I bought, was the case.

    I'm not gonna lie, but alcohol had a massive part to play in buying this beast. But that’s not saying I regret buying it. Because I don’t. ;)

    The Corsair Obsidian 900D. I underestimated how big this case was. I was lost for words when I first got this case out of its box.

    On the PC side of things, it's a fantastic case. Lots of room for HDDs/SSDs, Massive radiator clearance and different mounting points for radiators, and a nice big window on the side to see your PCs guts!


    Then came the motherboard. I’d already decided on what processor I was going to get. An Intel core i7 4790k, socket 1150. Had a good look around but every time I kept going back to look at the EVGA Z87 classified. This MoBo had good options for overclocking, lots of USB ports, Support for 4 way SLI (not that I’d ever get to use it) 8 SATA III connectors, good onboard audio card… and lots of other things I was looking for.

    (And, for an added bonus, it was in a red and black colour scheme!)



    Two weeks later I bought everything else for my computer except for cooling stuff as still hadn't decided on what I wanted to cool it with, either air or water.


    2x sandisk 64gb SSD

    Thermaltake eSports Knucker keyboard

    Gigabyte Force M9 wireless optical mouse

    HP USB3 external blu ray drive

    2x4GB DDR3 Corsair vengeance Pro 2133MHz RAM

    pre mentioned Intel core i7 4790k socket 1150 processor

    and finally…

    Dell Ultra-sharp U2515H 25 inch 2560x1440 monitor


    Running the two 64gb SSDs in a striped RAID set up, with my favourite steam games running from this ‘drive.’ Tested first with an older computer to see if this was faster than my samsung 250GB SSD, but it was surprisingly marginally slower, so I decided to just run Windows from the samsung SSD as its just personal preference and less messing around with RAID settings.



    The HP external Blu ray drive was an accidental purchase but worked out better in the long run. Having a macbook for uni that doesn't have a disk drive, this bump in the road worked out perfectly for me. :cool:


    Decided on the 2 x 4GB 2133MHz kit as its enough RAM for me at the moment and I've still got two slots to add more if I want to, and at £70 it's not a bad price either. Black and red colour scheme to match everything else too.


    A few days after all that came I bought the watercooling kit.

    Alphacool 480 mm radiator with 4x 120 mm fans, 2 meters of clear flexible hose, 1L pastel red coolant, spare 1L of clear coolant that came with the kit, alphacool 1 bay reservoir with pump, and alphacool CPU block.




    not too long ago, like a week or two ago, bought a second hand Gigabyte Windforce GTX 770 4gb so thats the main graphocs workhorse in my PC until further notice :p



    NOW. FOR THE PICTURES.! :):)


    Sadly I don't have any pictures from when I was putting it all together as I mentioned before, I was too excited and caught up in the fact that it’s the first time I’ve ever built a computer completely from scratch. i felt like a kid at christmas! :D:p
    P.S. sorry for the messy room, ive only got so much room to work with :')

    Pictures of the outside

    front view
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    side view
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    now for the inside!

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    behind the scenes

    really bad cable management, but no one sees it so... :oops:
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    more bad cable management, but more visible
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    even more bad visible cable management
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    SSDs
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    HDDs
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    Thats it as far as I can think, don't think I've missed anything out...

    just as one last thing, ive overclocked my i7 from 4.oGHz to 4.9GHz @1.375v and it runs stable, but thats as far as im gonna push it, really happy with it


    cheers for looking *thumbs up*
     
  2. BakerMan1971

    BakerMan1971 Well-Known Member

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    CPU:
    i7 5820k @ 4.3GHz 1.255vcore cooled by a Custom EK/XSPC ION loop
    Motherboard:
    MSI X99S SLI Plus
    Memory (RAM):
    16gb DDR 4 2400MHz Ripjaws + 16gb Avexir Raiden ROG
    Storage:
    750GB EVO, 240GB Chronos + 2x1TB Seagate HDD's
    Graphics Card(s):
    Gigabyte GTX1060 Mini OC 6GB
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    750W Seasonic Snow Silent
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    Cooltek (Jonsbo) W2
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    AOC 28" 4k
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    nice build and a very good OC
     
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  3. Atomfix

    Atomfix Well-Known Member

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    CPU:
    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T @ 3.5GHz
    Motherboard:
    ASUS Crosshair V
    Memory (RAM):
    G.Skill Trident X 1600MHz 7-7-8-18-20
    Storage:
    OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB
    Graphics Card(s):
    XFX Radeon 7950 DD
    Power Supply (PSU):
    Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W
    Case:
    Coolermaster Storm Scout
    Monitor(s):
    Acer V233H
    Operating System(s):
    Windows 8.1
    Internet Connection:
    EE Fibre 40MB
    Tidy setup. Like the work you did on the cable management.
     
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  4. shiftnplay

    shiftnplay Member

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    CPU:
    5820k
    Motherboard:
    MSI X99S SLi Plus
    Memory (RAM):
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 2400 DDR4
    Storage:
    256 GB Plextor M6e (mr Boot) 750GB Samsung Evo (my steam/Origin) 1tb WD Black (the other stuff)
    Graphics Card(s):
    Msi 970 Gaming 4G
    Power Supply (PSU):
    EVGA supernova 750G2
    Case:
    Lian Li PC7 HWX in Black
    Monitor(s):
    Benq XL2410T
    Operating System(s):
    Windows 7 Pro/ Windows 10 evaluation (Dual Boot) (10 usually wins the Duel)
    Internet Connection:
    Its a wire and the internets talk to it.
    Great build
     
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  5. RockCrawler

    RockCrawler New Member

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    Motherboard:
    MSI Gaming 970
    Memory (RAM):
    G Skill Ripjaw 1886 MHz
    Storage:
    Samsung Evo Pro 840 256GB, WD Black 2TB
    Graphics Card(s):
    Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1
    Power Supply (PSU):
    BeQuiet Dark Power Pro 10 750 Watt
    Case:
    Aerocool XPredator X1 Devil Red
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    Dell Ultrasharp (2x)
    Operating System(s):
    Win 8.1 Pro
    Nice Cabel management and clean build
     

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