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i7 930 @ 4Ghz
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Scythe Yasya


The above bundle was very generously gifted to me by mjkmike. Without it, I'd never started this build.

Purchased locally:
Zotac 670 4GB
240GB Sandisk SSD
Sony BWU-500S-WW Blu ray writer
NZXT Switch 810 White
NZXT HALE90 850W PSU White
Windows 7 Home Premium x64




The tiger decal will go on the solid side of the case.

CPU


Motherboard


RAM


CPU Cooler



Building.........










I still have to install the CPU cooler, optical drive and SSD. And hopefully my local seller keeps his promise and delivers the Zotac 670 4GB next week.

16th July Update

Put the Optical Drive in place:
I like the way the drives are secured by clips, with 2 pins which neatly fit in the holes instead of using screws. In the below photo you can see how it looks before I locked the clip in place.


The front:


After I re-inserted the bezel:


Connected sata cable.. I'll connect the power cable after I install the SSD so as to plan out the wire management:


Finally...
I assembled the CPU cooler i.e. put the fan in place, and the push-pins as well.


The next photos would be of the installed SSD and CPU cooler. Hopefully. Unless I entertain y'all with a picture of the cooler slammed and stuck into the wall..... :laugh: I can feel it those push-pins are going to be giving me a hard time. Just look at the way they are smirking in glee, all loose and unruly at me!

The back of the motherboard (inside the case) clearly showing the 4 holes where the push-pins should come through:


20th July update:

I received the graphics card :rockout:









Apologies for the quality of the pictures. I'd be at home during midday work break, take the pics, put them on pendrive and crop and upload them in the evening when I'd be in another place.

23rd July update:

It's ALIVE!!! :rockout:
:rockout:

To hell with getting help to install the cpu cooler :laugh:
As soon as I was at home I couldn't bear to wait any longer. So I found two pieces of furniture the same height, laid down the tower like this:


That way I could check the push-pins were properly aligned by looking beneath (like having a car on a jack). And gravity helped a lot! :)

Powered up, and no problems so far! I was thinking I'd get a bad seal between the cpu but the bios temps seem ok. Or that I'd mess up the tiny power/hdd led/reset switches... but those were ok as well.

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All that remains now is to install Win 7.









24th July update

Everything is ready, Windows 7 installed, motherboard drivers installed, graphics drivers installed. All that remains is connecting to the net now...

Decal on side of case:



My 27" Dell 2560x1440 is being rma'd....
So now I've got to make do with a huge tower, a graphics card with 4GB Vram.... and a puny little 1680x1050 monitor! :eek: :roll:



_____________________________

30th July update:
I'm playing Skyrim, adding more and more texture mods than I ever thought existed, yet on the 1680x1050 monitor the fps won't go lower than the 60 fps cap, at ultra settings.
I hope I get the 2560 monitor I rma's on the 20th July soon because this card is overkill right now on a puny 1680x1050 :ohwell:

Photo of powered up pc without flash:


And with flash:


I love the motherboard's inbuilt lights.

10th August Update: With my Dell U2711 back in place :)









I'll be updating this when I get the NZXT hue next, but the motherboard's lights are already nice enough in the dark. The louvres on the top of the case, when open, show up great on the ceiling. :)

18/2/2017 Edit:

Well I never got the NZXT hue, but what follows is probably the last and final upgrade for this pc before I get a new build.

I was still running with only 3 x 2GB Mushkins, and feeling surprised I was running Skyrim and Fallout 4 quite fine considering the minimum RAM requirement is 8GB.
However, more RAM never hurt anybody :) and it's time to double that RAM!

So instead of the 3 x 2GB Mushkins now there's 3 x 4GB Geil Dragon RAM:









 
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Hows that motherboard panther? I am getting one next week to replace some AMD machines.
 
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Nice work BP! Looks clean clean clean! Decal should look sweet! :pimp:

Everyone be warry, BP gonna go on a SkyRim rampage with her new box! Arrows to the knee for all! :laugh:

Mad props to mjkmike for being a standup guy :toast:
 
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Nice...though curious why you chose X58 at this point in time? Good prices?
 
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Someone gifted the mobo, cpu etc. So it was an obvious yeah.
 
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Looks great so far!!! :toast:

But that case is screaming for water cooling... at least an H100 :D
 
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looking good.:)

Hope the Zotac 670 4GB gets there soon.
 
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You got given that case !?

I'm jealous, looks great to work in :D fans everywhere as well!
 

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No the case wasn't a gift (read the OP ;) )
But yes it's great to work in! There's no need to physically warp unremovable drive cages now to get a large graphics card to fit! :laugh:
*facepalm* Reading fail :laugh: Still that's pretty crazy, TPU is one amazing community.

We all know that secretly you liked having to cut up your case BP!

It made the card feel that much more powerful :laugh:
 

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OP updated with more developments.

I'm unsure whether to try my luck with the push-pins of the cpu cooler, or whether to get another cooler altogether...

I should have the graphics card this Wednesday or Thursday, seller confirmed he got the notice of arrival :).

_________________________

Do you think I should install the SSD the closest possible to the Optical Drive for best wire management?
The SSD shouldn't be needing a fan, they don't get that hot.
 
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OP updated with more developments.


_________________________

Do you think I should install the SSD the closest possible to the Optical Drive for best wire management?
The SSD shouldn't be needing a fan, they don't get that hot.
I stick SSDs behind the motherboard tray or just stick them on the bottom of the case.
 

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I stick SSDs behind the motherboard tray or just stick them on the bottom of the case.
I'll be getting an adaptor and fitting it in one of the bays ;)

_________________________________


I want to add some LEDs to the interior. Never done LED strips before...
Which colors would you suggest? (White)?

I've never bought LED strips before. What type of connection do they have?
 

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Is that a Sandisk Ultra or Extreme? Also for lighting get the NZXT Hue. It uses double sided 3m adhesive so you dont have to mess with clips.

 
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To be honest I didn't know there were 2 versions :eek:. Mine's the extreme.

Thanks for the LED comparisons there in the white case. I really think I'd go for white leds :)
 
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Great looking rig Bp. :toast: I also love the decal ideal. I did the same with my wife's rig. I detailed it in green (case and all) with a dolphin vinyl decal on the case window. :toast:
 

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The case looks just as majestic and awesomeworthy as a real white bengal tiger!

 

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To be honest I didn't know there were 2 versions :eek:. Mine's the extreme.

Thanks for the LED comparisons there in the white case. I really think I'd go for white leds :)
thats not a comparison! the NZXT hue can reproduce any color you want!
its got red green and blue leds with the ability to control each of their brightness, so you can use RGB codes to get any color you want :D
 

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thats not a comparison! the NZXT hue can reproduce any color you want!
its got red green and blue leds with the ability to control each of their brightness, so you can use RGB codes to get any color you want :D


Thanks! I didn't know about that! :toast:
 

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yes there are three dials!
 

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Memory Crucial Ballistix DDR4 2400 MHz | Pereema 3x2GB DDR3
Video Card(s) Gigabyte Gaming G1 GTX 1070 | Gigabyte 7970 3GB
Storage 2x Samsung Pro 256GB M.2 SSD's in Raid 0 | 4TB Western Digital SATA drive
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Case NZXT Tempest 410 Elite | NZXT Source 210
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Mouse MX518 | MX502
Keyboard TESORO Mechanical | ANZO Mechanical
Software Windows 10 Pro on both
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System Name Great White Bengal
Processor i7 930 @ 4Ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Cooling Scythe Yasya
Memory 12GB (3 x 4GB DDR3 Geil Black Dragon)
Video Card(s) Zotac 670 4GB
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#25
Hows that motherboard panther? I am getting one next week to replace some AMD machines.
BP you never answered my question :(
Sorry Brandon but it's because I haven't tried to power it up yet :) Heck I don't know if it even works or not, perhaps I shorted something out or ruined it with static :twitch: but that's highly unlikely because I'm very careful and nothing like that ever happened to me.. I forgot my Arctic Silver 5 at the other place, and am not in the mood to buy another tube knowing that the one I have there is nearly new so I can't attach the cpu cooler for now.

For me, well it looks like a great motherboard because although it's socket 1366 it's still a big upgrade from my old Asus P5B.

Here's some screenshots mkjmike had sent me - note it's with the CPU at 100% usage while crunching. I'm sure he won't mind me sharing them:

mjkmike said:
Yes I overclocked. Some pic's as it crunches.
will run fine at 4.2 on air also at the same volts but I got a few errors in work units so I dropped it down.

running 3x2 GB mushkin black line memory chips. I left them at 1600 with stock timing






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