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Hello everyone,

I just finished my first build ever, and everything is working. I am posting this pictures to thank you all, here at tom's Hardware for the great help, from choosing my components to closing my case. You are all amazing.

Here we go



My case, thermaltake armor+ 6000 with nothing but the PSU, ANTEC quattro 850, mounted in it. At this point, I jumped started the PSU to test my pump, a Koolance RP-1000BK. I did it when the reservoir was empty (oops!!). Luckily, I didn't burn the pump.
As you can see, my desk was really messy at this point, I didn't know where to start and man was I anxious about screwing up lol



Some of my tools and the CPU cooling block, a Koolance CPU-350AC. I didn't really know which bracket to use, the block came with a manual in Chinese :ouch: But well, I live in China so I should have expected it. Anyway, I figured it out.




Here are my two Sapphire HD5850 mounted in their cooling blocks, 2 VID-AR587 from Koolance. I got worried while installing those blocks. After screwing the card onto them, I realized that one of the card got bent a little because I had forgotten a stop-screw (don't know how to call it in English, sorry). But no harm done. I didn't use those crappy plastic things to fix the PCI cards from Thermaltake. I used screws instead.

I really like the removable MB panel from the case, it makes it really easy for n00bs like me to install all the cards and the motherboards onto it and gives plenty of space to install the liquid cooling system without having to worry about spilling cooling liquid onto your components ...




A really good look on my motherboard which really kicks ass. It is the 790FXTA UD5 from GIGABYTE and is by far my favorite component. It seems very solid, the BIOS is very well done, easy to overclock (even for n00bs). As you can see, at this point my CPU, an AMD PII X4 965BE 125W, and my memory sticks, 4 X 2GB DDR3 1600 RIPJAW from G-SKILL are already installed. Didn't have any problems.
This motherboard really looks great ... (but i am biased :sol: )

The HDD is installed in the bracket too, a WD RE3 1TB 7200RPM. I didn't make a picture of it. I am planning on upgrading with 3 more of those for a RAID10 or 0+1 array very soon. Maybe even going to add to those 3, 2 SSD INTEL X-25M 160GB in a RAID0 .... we'll see. The SSD are still really expensive....




The messiest desk ever :o



Back to the case without the motherboard tray. Just cables, and cables and cables :cry: :pt1cable: At this stage, i am preparing myself for the installation of the liquid cooling ...




And so it starts :) You can see the back of my koolance RP-1000 and the first one fan radiator. I have mounted a 120mm fan with a blue LED on it. I didn't fix anything to the case, it is just lying there on top of the HDD rack. It doesn't move though, the tubes hold it in place. No vibrations or such. The CPU cooling block is in the loop.



Another picture where you can see where I put the radiator a little better. Nothing fancy.




The liquid cooling system is installed. I have the first radiator (1 fan) that gets the water first then goes to the CPU, then goes into the 2 fans radiator with powerful fans cooling it and to finish the loop, goes to the two video cards. It is starting to take shape. And I am getting quite handy with my screw driver lol (first time that I hold one of these)




Time to jump-start my pump with the cooling liquid (feser one green .... obviously lol). Works like a charm. I let it pump for 10 minutes to remove the bubbles. I am starting to be really proud of myself :sol:
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  1. Continued




    Time to connect the MB and the other components to the PSU. Cable management really ain't my forte, and I didn't want to screw too much around with the liquid cooling running .... So I left it like you can see on this picture.



    This is the computer, up and running while installing windows 7 64bit. And I am really happy with it. I am playing Mass effect 2, dirt2 at max setting without a glitch.
    Idle CPU 21, LOAD 41 max (@ at 3.9Ghz). The temperature of the GPU never exceeds 45C, even under heavy load (crysis) with the fans at 4 out of 9 on the koolance settings. They are barely audible.

    SO, that's it. I wanted to thank all of you but more specifically the users who have answered all of my (stupid) questions. I cannot sadly cite you by name as I don't remember them (sorry about that), but you will recognize yourselves).

    I really wanted to post this because of all the n00bs out there like me, hesitating to build their first computer because of their lack of knowledge. Go for it boys (and girls), the users of tom's hardware will guide you all the way (except for the CPU ... it is better to make up your own mind as any question about AMD and INTEL always ends in a brawl between fan boys :non: ). I had never held a screwdriver in my life, even less opened the side panel of a computer, but I made it. It is quite an adventure, it took me two days to finish the build but man was it fun and enjoyable.


    Thanks you guys (and girls) :hello: wish I could buy a beer to yall lol

    Nick

    PS: I know that this is not the place to ask, but my front panel LED are not working (no lights), none of them (power, HDD activity ...) Is there any way to open that part of the case to check out what's wrong? I thought that maybe I forgot to connect something, which is still possible, but I just couldn't find anything ... If only i could open the damn thing lol
  2. wow that's a great first time build. jeesh my first build was an AMD K6-2, that was a while ago. i built it with paper route money lol.

    umm for your LEDs, those should plug from the case to your motherboard, check the mobo manual for where to put them exactly. They are labelled.
  3. Nice looking build!
  4. stephen0983 said:
    wow that's a great first time build. jeesh my first build was an AMD K6-2, that was a while ago. i built it with paper route money lol.

    umm for your LEDs, those should plug from the case to your motherboard, check the mobo manual for where to put them exactly. They are labelled.



    Yes, I did that. But is there a 4, 3 or 2 pin connector for power?? Couldn't find any. Thanks for the 'great build' BTW.


    Quote:
    Nice looking build!


    Thanks

    BTW, any advice on this would really be appreciated. What should I do?

    Quote:
    The HDD is installed in the bracket too, a WD RE3 1TB 7200RPM. I didn't make a picture of it. I am planning on upgrading with 3 more of those for a RAID10 or 0+1 array very soon. Maybe even 2 SSD INTEL X-25M 160GB in a RAID0 more .... we'll see. The SSD are still really expensive....
  5. great build ++
  6. According to the case manual on page 11 it shows the 4 connectors for the front panel, with these there is a negative and a positive, if you have these plugged in already try reversing them on the pins as from what I can see in the manual they did not put the + or - on the plugs.
    The motherboard manual can be downloaded in multiple languages.
    This is a clip from page 27 showing the connections and the polarity (+ / -)

    Good luck!
  7. rivalbro said:
    great build ++



    Thanks

    Quote:
    According to the case manual on page 11 it shows the 4 connectors for the front panel, with these there is a negative and a positive, if you have these plugged in already try reversing them on the pins as from what I can see in the manual they did not put the + or - on the plugs.
    The motherboard manual can be downloaded in multiple languages.
    This is a clip from page 27 showing the connections and the polarity (+ / -)
    http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot [...] 0673_n.jpg
    Good luck!


    Ok, I will try that later today. I will let you know how it works out.

    Any advice regarding the HDD upgrades?
  8. Tremec said:
    According to the case manual on page 11 it shows the 4 connectors for the front panel, with these there is a negative and a positive, if you have these plugged in already try reversing them on the pins as from what I can see in the manual they did not put the + or - on the plugs.
    The motherboard manual can be downloaded in multiple languages.
    This is a clip from page 27 showing the connections and the polarity (+ / -)
    http://photos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs153.snc3/18037_295631849456_667309456_3380040_5440673_n.jpg
    Good luck!


    Thank you very. It turned out that I had installed all connectors upside down .... Everything is working great now.

    I am adding two pictures. One of the computer and one of the 24' monitor




  9. nice build i miss my desktop :( so much stuff you can do with a desktop too bad i went to a notebook bc of college either way it was fun making a notebook like i did with the desktop.
  10. Espada said:
    nice build i miss my desktop :( so much stuff you can do with a desktop too bad i went to a notebook bc of college either way it was fun making a notebook like i did with the desktop.


    You made your notebook yourself??? Wow, I didn't even know that it was possible. Gotta try that too. But later, I have spent way too mush money into this desktop lol

    Besides, I'd like to upgrade my HDD first.
  11. yup i can tell you later ill take pictures of it and put it up!

    edit: its on my sig and finally made it suprislying it only cost me $800 he he
  12. Espada said:
    yup i can tell you later ill take pictures of it and put it up!

    edit: its on my sig and finally made it suprislying it only cost me $800 he he


    Nice. Is it more complicated than to build a desktop??

    Just out of curiosity, do you think that it would be possible to build a MacBook pro?
  13. nope you cant build anything related to macs! just because you would have to find every thing compatible with the mac os. and its kinda different from a desktop but not much.
  14. Espada said:
    nope you cant build anything related to macs! just because you would have to find every thing compatible with the mac os. and its kinda different from a desktop but not much.


    Darn, and here I was hoping to build my own macbook at 600 bucks lol. Those laptops are really very nice but way overpriced....

    About my eventual HDD upgrade, do you have any advice? Would 3 more WD RE3 in a RAID 10 or 0+1 be enough, or should I go for 2 SSD intelX25-m 160GB in RAID0 as well? I really hesitate regarding the SSD. It's very expensive and I am not certain that the tech is ready yet. But maybe you can shed some light on this.
  15. Best answer
    for now i say keep your hard drives in raid 0. yes ssd is very fast and good but too me they are just way too overpriced. about 400+ for each intel $800 for 2 on raid 0 will be awesomely fast but for gaming it only boots it faster and you will not see a fps change at all! i say save ur money and ithink people were telling me raptors are the best for desktops.
  16. Espada said:
    for now i say keep your hard drives in raid 0. yes ssd is very fast and good but too me they are just way too overpriced. about 400+ for each intel $800 for 2 on raid 0 will be awesomely fast but for gaming it only boots it faster and you will not see a fps change at all! i say save ur money and ithink people were telling me raptors are the best for desktops.


    Yeah, the SSD are really expensive. I am going buy 3 more WD RE3 for a RAID 10 array. Those are not the velociraptors though. The drive that I have is the western digital RE3 7200 1TB, you can find it here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136313&cm_re=western_digital_re3-_-22-136-313-_-Product .

    I wanted to buy the new Samsung spinpoint F3 drive but couldn't find it in Hong Kong or China for that matter.
  17. Best answer selected by yannickhk.
  18. Nice build, I'm building my own desktop soon same mobo as yours but I'll be using the Phenom II x4 925 processor don't know what RAM yet.
  19. xxgtasaxx said:
    Nice build, I'm building my own desktop soon same mobo as yours but I'll be using the Phenom II x4 925 processor don't know what RAM yet.



    This mobo is perfect in my opinion. I really didn't find any cons ...
  20. Thanks for all the pictures yannickhk. I wish more people included photos of their builds in progress. Well done.
  21. You're welcome. I saw a topic once with pictures only. If i can find it again, i will post the link here.
  22. atomicdumpling said:
    Thanks for all the pictures yannickhk. I wish more people included photos of their builds in progress. Well done.



    I found the topic with a lot of pictures.

    http://forums.koolance.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=49&sid=e7aec060d03af61371e8a45637e9fc41

    Some amazing builds ...
    Enjoy
  23. You are saying that you are running (4 X 2GB DDR3 1600 RIPJAW ) on the Gigabyte 790FXTA UD5. I think thats wonderful. I just called gigabyte tech and they told me that I could only run ( ddr3 1600 ) & Up in 3 & 4 only. Did they lie to me and will the ( DDR3 1600 RIPJAW ) work in all for banks. I'm just trying to get everything ordered for my first build. What I have so far is listed below. Thanks so much for any help.


    HAF 932 AMD Edition
    Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5
    AMD x4 965 Black Edition
    Cooler Master RS850 PSU
    WD 1 TB SATA 3 6GB Hard Drive
  24. looks like hard build.
    Love the case
  25. mrcountry said:
    You are saying that you are running (4 X 2GB DDR3 1600 RIPJAW ) on the Gigabyte 790FXTA UD5. I think thats wonderful. I just called gigabyte tech and they told me that I could only run ( ddr3 1600 ) & Up in 3 & 4 only. Did they lie to me and will the ( DDR3 1600 RIPJAW ) work in all for banks. I'm just trying to get everything ordered for my first build. What I have so far is listed below. Thanks so much for any help.


    HAF 932 AMD Edition
    Gigabyte GA-790FXTA-UD5
    AMD x4 965 Black Edition
    Cooler Master RS850 PSU
    WD 1 TB SATA 3 6GB Hard Drive


    Really?? Wow, I don't know what to tell you about Gigabyte's tech but it sure is working. You can see the four sticks installed on my board (see below) and they are all working at 1600. Check my CPU-Z validator.



    Just remember that you need a 64bits OS when you have more than 4GB of memory (I guess you knew that) ....

    By the way, great choices for your hardware!!! I hesitated between the armor+ and the HAF932. The latter is really nice. I chose the armor+ only because it has a removable MOBO tray which really made it easier to install the water cooling ....
    Quote:
    looks like hard build.
    Love the case


    Thanks. I am really happy with it. The users at tom's hardware were really helpful, I couldn't have done it without their help.
  26. I have Vista Ultimate 64 & possibly going to go with Win 7 Ultimate after I get this build under control. I understand about the removable MOBO tray, that does make it a lot easier for your build. What Part Model Ripjaw, what ( Latency Timings ) is that, if you don't mind me asking. I looket at the Ripjaws and I found at least 4 different timings. I want something that will overclock well. 'm trying to get all ordered so I can have some fun next week. Thanks so much and hope to hear back from you.
  27. mrcountry said:
    I have Vista Ultimate 64 & possibly going to go with Win 7 Ultimate after I get this build under control. I understand about the removable MOBO tray, that does make it a lot easier for your build. What Part Model Ripjaw is that, if you don't mind me asking. I'm trying to get all ordered so I can have some fun next week. Thanks so much and hope to hear back from you.



    It's this model

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231325

    I really didn't have any problems installing them. Plugged them in and fired the PC up. The BIOS recognized them at the right frequency. No fuss there.

    You can also check the list of compatible memories here:

    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Products_Overview.aspx?ProductID=3258
  28. I really appreciate the help. I'm new to this and just want to get it ordered.
  29. mrcountry said:
    I really appreciate the help. I'm new to this and just want to get it ordered.



    I know the feeling lol Don't worry, you'll do just fine.
  30. That's a sweet system that you have and I really appreciate all the help. Once again, thanks.
  31. mrcountry said:
    That's a sweet system that you have and I really appreciate all the help. Once again, thanks.


    You're welcome. That's what we're here for :)
  32. By the way have you used the ( SATA 3 6GB & USB 3.0 ) I ordered a SATA 3 Hard Drive and I was just wondering if I could expect good things
  33. No, my HDD is SATA II. I don't think that you'll see any improvements at all. A standard HDD will never reach the maximum bandwidth of 3Gbs. Well except with a huge RAID 0 array ...
  34. I hear ya but for the price of $99 I had to give it a shot. I really appreciate all the help. I know have to decide on Video Card, CPU Cooler, LCD and some kind of gadgets that loog good.
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