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[Build Log]: Gaming Rig [New Update! 5-24-13] [Very Cool] [1.7k Views]

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September 5, 2012 7:50:46 PM

Decided to make this Build Log Public, due to the fact that i want to share of my first gaming rig build with the community! This Thread will be updated often with pictures and more links and information about my build. Post your thoughts and pictures will be uploaded once i receive each part in the mail!

Updates:
- 9-5-12: Ordered the CPU Cooler, RAM, and Optical Drive. Being Shipped. ETA: Monday 9-10-12
- 9-6-12: The Optical Drive has Arrived, Pictures Soon!
- 9-8-12: Tracked The Shipping for the RAM and CPU Cooler. ETA: 9-12-12 to 9-13-12
- 9-11-12: CPU Cooler has Arrived! RAM should be coming in tomorrow.
- 9-17-12: RAM had some trouble in delivery but it is confirmed delivered and I'm picking it up tomorrow at the post office.
- 9-19-12: RAM has now arrived and in possession. Pictures soon for all products! ALSO! switched back to the XFX Radeon 7870.
- 2-20-13: Going to start posting to this again! Changed the whole build up, please refer to the new build below.
- 2-20-13: Previously Ordered the Storage, in possession. PICS SOON!
- 2-21-13: Added Pictures Section with pictures of the parts i have so far. At the bottom of the post.
- 2-22-13: Added "Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk" To Build as a dedicated boot SSD. Will be used for some games too.
- 2-24-13: Add the "ASUS Maximus V Gene LGA 1155 Intel Z77" Motherboard in replace of the "BIOSTAR TA990FXE AM3+ AMD 990FX". Also Added the "Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor" in replace of the "AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor". New total of $997.83
- 5-20-13: Finally got around to ordering the CM Storm Enforcer & The ASUS Maximus V Gene Mobo!
- 5-23-13: CM Storm Enforcer has arrived! Pics soon! Also, ordered the PSU!
- 5-24-13: ASUS Maximus V Gene Mobo has arrived! Pics soon!

Legend // Key:
- Red: Not Ordered
- Green: Being Shipped
- Blue: In Possession

Parts List:
- PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FNmz
- Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FNmz/by_merchant/
- Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FNmz/benchmarks/

- CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($23.99 @ Newegg) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Motherboard: Asus Maximus V Gene Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($199.98 @ SuperBiiz) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Storage (HDD): Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.92 @ Amazon) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Storage (SSD): Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Adorama) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($232.98 @ Newegg)[PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Case: Cooler Master Storm Enforcer ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg) [PCPartPicker] [Provider]
- Total: $1157.80

Pictures:
- CPU: (Not Available.)

- CPU Cooler: (In Possession.)

- Motherboard: (Not Available.)

- Memory: (In Possession.)

- Storage: (In Posession.)

- Video Card: (Not Available.)

- Case: (Not Available.)

- Power Supply: (Not Available.)

- Optical Drive: (In Possession.)
September 5, 2012 8:07:25 PM

New Updates will be posted tomorrow, or the days i actually order the parts
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September 5, 2012 8:31:05 PM

I recommend you grab this SSD...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case recommendations...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 400R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Eleven Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 5, 2012 8:53:03 PM

DeusAres said:
I recommend you grab this SSD...

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case recommendations...

COOLER MASTER HAF 912
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair Carbide Series 400R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Eleven Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


thanks but im pretty much set on all the parts,i don't want to change anything ATM, this build is pretty solid and i can't wait until i have all the parts!
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September 5, 2012 8:56:13 PM

Keep in mind their is a big difference between SSD's brands. They might (and should) be much faster than HDD's but dont go for the cheapest ones. I know for sure the Intel 520 series are one of the fastest, its warranty is longer than most at 5yr, but I dont know if this is a plus because i doubt you will care to send it in when SSD's get cheaper and faster. I stopped doing research on this when I dropped by SSD from my build, but you should research.
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September 5, 2012 8:58:35 PM

xtwiinky said:
Keep in mind their is a big difference between SSD's brands. They might (and should) be much faster than HDD's but dont go for the cheapest ones. I know for sure the Intel 520 series are one of the fastest, its warranty is longer than most at 5yr, but I dont know if this is a plus because i doubt you will care to send it in when SSD's get cheaper and faster. I stopped doing research on this when I dropped by SSD from my build, but you should research.


The SSD im going with has great reviews and lots of people recommend it for gaming builds as a OS Drive. Its also a very high quality SSD for what its worth. I didn't pick it because it was only 100 bucks. Its a very solid SSD that will get the job done at the end of the day.
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September 5, 2012 9:05:23 PM

Asus/Gigabyte would have been a better mobo choice, and you could have saved a small pile of cash with a 3470 + H77 board (which is what I did for my build). Everyone nearly always goes for the 3570K, but you don't need it. The cash saved could have been put toward a 7950. Just some suggestions, your build is solid, but could be better.

Personally, I have that case and I highly recommend it. Make sure you add at least one 120mm on top to boost airflow, I used an Antec Tricool 120mm @ medium.
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September 5, 2012 9:09:42 PM

Nice set up.
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September 5, 2012 9:09:53 PM

agility 3 120gb on Newegg is $60 today! (I have this one and it boots windows 8 in 1 second after the bios).
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September 5, 2012 9:31:31 PM

So guys should i get 2 "agility 3"s and RAID 0 them for $120 or stick with a Agility 4 for $100 and save up for another agility 4 and then raid 0?
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September 5, 2012 10:14:59 PM

You already have my recommendation.

The samsung drive is far more reliable and just as fast...if not faster. They also cost the same.
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September 5, 2012 10:58:45 PM

DeusAres said:
You already have my recommendation.

The samsung drive is far more reliable and just as fast...if not faster. They also cost the same.


I'll do a bit more research but thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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September 5, 2012 10:59:32 PM

Good luck!
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September 5, 2012 11:44:36 PM

get either a vertex 4 or a samsung 830. either ones are fast and good. agility 4 is not great. if you are to do raid 0 (which would be useless to you given it boots in around the same time as one drive alone. the performance is only noticeable during read or write activities), do it with a samsung 830.

raid 0 agility 3s is the most explosive thing you can get other than a diablotek power supply. agility 3s are known to fail
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September 6, 2012 12:02:01 AM

TheBigTroll said:
get either a vertex 4 or a samsung 830. either ones are fast and good. agility 4 is not great. if you are to do raid 0 (which would be useless to you given it boots in around the same time as one drive alone. the performance is only noticeable during read or write activities), do it with a samsung 830.

raid 0 agility 3s is the most explosive thing you can get other than a diablotek power supply. agility 3s are known to fail


True. My Agility 3 died after 48hrs.
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September 6, 2012 12:09:23 AM

lol. didnt know they could die that fast :D 
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September 6, 2012 12:25:35 AM

Smeg45 said:
Asus/Gigabyte would have been a better mobo choice, and you could have saved a small pile of cash with a 3470 + H77 board (which is what I did for my build). Everyone nearly always goes for the 3570K, but you don't need it. The cash saved could have been put toward a 7950. Just some suggestions, your build is solid, but could be better.

Personally, I have that case and I highly recommend it. Make sure you add at least one 120mm on top to boost airflow, I used an Antec Tricool 120mm @ medium.


Yeah, the Enforcer is a great all around Case. Stylish and Efficient. All the cases im getting suggested are so bland and dull. No class... :D 
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September 6, 2012 12:34:39 AM

all my cases need to look like black boxes. if you throw LEDs into my rig, they better be white
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September 6, 2012 12:59:21 AM

TheBigTroll said:
all my cases need to look like black boxes. if you throw LEDs into my rig, they better be white


All my cases need to look as if they were dropped into the Middle East, survived a few tours of duty and came back fully armored.
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September 6, 2012 1:07:44 AM

Smeg45 said:
All my cases need to look as if they were dropped into the Middle East, survived a few tours of duty and came back fully armored.


You Sir, Have Class.
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September 6, 2012 1:20:56 AM

it would weigh like 50-75 pounds empty if i threw some chobbam (or so its called) plate onto a case
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September 6, 2012 2:41:48 AM

Smeg45 said:
Asus/Gigabyte would have been a better mobo choice, and you could have saved a small pile of cash with a 3470 + H77 board (which is what I did for my build). Everyone nearly always goes for the 3570K, but you don't need it. The cash saved could have been put toward a 7950. Just some suggestions, your build is solid, but could be better.

Personally, I have that case and I highly recommend it. Make sure you add at least one 120mm on top to boost airflow, I used an Antec Tricool 120mm @ medium.


Im Actually going to get one 7870 For my build, then later on when i save enough money, i will buy another 7870 and Crossfire them. But a 7950 would be nice too, just a little out of my budget ATM
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September 6, 2012 3:02:08 AM

whosBlu said:
Im Actually going to get one 7870 For my build, then later on when i save enough money, i will buy another 7870 and Crossfire them. But a 7950 would be nice too, just a little out of my budget ATM


My 2c, don't. My PC is very similar to yours and went with the same logic - get one 7870 and when the prices dropped get another one. In hindsight though I wish I had've saved up/waited and got a GTX670, 680 or a 7970 instead. The added problems of heat, power and noise (especially when everything is overclocked fairly highly) don't justify Crossfire. That's my opinion anyway. I know in the future I will be getting the best single card (or near enough) instead of two cheaper ones in Crossfire/SLI.
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September 6, 2012 7:51:24 PM

Im Still thinking about a single card or SLI D:
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September 6, 2012 7:52:33 PM

TheBigTroll said:
it would weigh like 50-75 pounds empty if i threw some chobbam (or so its called) plate onto a case


My Rigs around 50kilos,
Needs more adding to it though so will be heavier still :p 
And +1 to the single powerful card over two lower crossfire/sli setup
Moto
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September 6, 2012 8:09:32 PM

50 kg what the **** do you have in there :lol: 
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September 6, 2012 9:13:55 PM

Awesome.
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September 6, 2012 9:29:21 PM

Thank you man, I'm throwing some shrouds on this weekend (in the radbox)
and I have a fire extinguisher reservoir mod to add in as well so watch the log for updates :) 
Moto
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September 6, 2012 10:53:15 PM

UPDATE!
- 9-6-12: The Optical Drive has Arrived, Pictures Soon!
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September 7, 2012 9:34:26 AM

Spray it black, stealth drives ftw :p 
Moto
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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2012 10:52:43 AM

test it first.
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September 7, 2012 3:06:07 PM

+1, very good point BT :) 
Moto
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September 7, 2012 10:54:11 PM

Guys i can't posted pictures ATM, my camera is being a bitch. But ill figure it out soon!
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September 8, 2012 6:43:05 PM

UPDATE!
- 9-8-12: Tracked The Shipping for the RAM and CPU Cooler and their ETA will be around 9-12-12 to 9-13-12
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September 12, 2012 12:16:52 AM

- 9-11-12: CPU Cooler has Arrived! RAM should be coming in tomorrow.
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September 12, 2012 1:22:38 AM

Groovy, always nice getting hardware through the post :-)
Its like christmas but you get the presents you wanted and no inlaws are there to annoy you :-p
Moto
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September 12, 2012 3:34:33 AM

Motopsychojdn said:
Groovy, always nice getting hardware through the post :-)
Its like christmas but you get the presents you wanted and no inlaws are there to annoy you :-p
Moto


Haha yep.
When I did my first build with a friend, I woke up at 4AM and stared at my parts boxes until he came at noon.
I still take a a few hours a month staring at the empty boxes. x))))
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September 18, 2012 1:16:32 AM

- 9-17-12: RAM had some trouble in delivery but it is confirmed delivered and I'm picking it up tomorrow at the post office.
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September 18, 2012 1:26:00 AM

- 9-17-12: Decided to rethink my choice of video card and changed it to the MSI GeForce 660 OC Edition, from the XFX Radeon 7870
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September 18, 2012 1:26:45 AM

the 7870 much better than the 660
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September 19, 2012 10:35:00 PM

- 9-19-12: RAM has now arrived and in possession. Pictures soon for all products! ALSO! switched back to the XFX Radeon 7870.
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September 19, 2012 10:40:13 PM

You'll love that case. It was a pleasure to build in for me - very flexible and versatile. I highly recommend adding an extra $10 120mm fan to the top as an exhaust - something like Antec's Tricool.
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September 29, 2012 1:10:54 AM

I see you got the RAM with heatspreaders. Are you using the PC now? Didn't the heatspreader "bother" the CPU Cooler?
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October 18, 2012 9:44:28 PM

bump.
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October 27, 2012 2:52:14 AM

Sorry for the in-activeness, really tight on money ATM, so im waiting off on ordering parts
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November 5, 2012 5:18:30 PM

Stop Bumping blu, moderators will get annoyed at you for it, just update as and when you can, bookmark the thread so you don't lose it :) 
Moto
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