I had no experience, nor a clue on how to build PC rigs before attempting to put this one together. Took a lot of research and YouTube videos for me to even get this one done. Big shout out to the team over at teksyndicate.com who inspired me to build my first rig.
As for the build itself, I jumped backwards and forwards deciding between AMD and Intel. AMD had the best price to performance but Intel had the reliability. In the end I decided to opt for an Intel cpu, however my original GPU choice was the EVGA GTX 680 but changed my mind to an Asus HD DCU2 7970 after researching on comparisons between the two.
My original choice for the case was the Corsair 600T White Graphite edition which I had instantly fell in love with, but I found that it was incompatible with some of my parts such as the CPU Cooler so I opted for something that will not only house all of my components, but give me room to make any modifications and additions in the future.
Some of the problems that I had are how to disassemble the case, the fan controller and wiring. Disassembling the case took me longer then usual as NZXT provided a guide that showed an image of the case at an angle and arrows of which direction I need to push. There was no specific indication on what to push or where to push from, so I had some trouble taking it apart, in the process, I did manage to break the plastic hook on the bottom dust filter, however, it still works, so I wasn't too bothered.
The fan controller was my biggest obstacle as I didn't have a clue on what to do as it seemed like a bunch of wires sticking out from the rear end of the case. I actually only connected one fan to test it out and then added the rest once I figured it out. I had connected the wrong power connectors, so the fan controller wasn't getting any power at first, so I though it was faulty, turns out, the power connector was hidden in the mist of all the wires. The two additional fans that I had bought came with their own controller in the form of a switch. So instead I removed that and just connected those fans to the controller built into the case.
Wiring everything was pretty easy until I ran out of spaces for certain inputs. I had to install 4 usb connections onto the motherboard, but only had space for 3, as the CPU cooler came with one too, so after some trial and error, I decided to disconnect the usb header for the sd card reader that came with the case as I felt it was something that I wouldn't use.
Although I did some cable management, it still wasn't enough to hold everything as tightly as I would have hoped, as I still had trouble placing the back cover on, however I managed to get it on, but it's pretty tight and the screws are keeping it there.
Getting the 7970 to work was my biggest issue. Due to a shipping delay, there was a delay of 2-3 weeks between building my PC and installing the 7970. Once installed into the PCI slot, no matter what I tried, I just couldn't get it to work. I had tried everything from tinkering with the bios settings to trying to install it in different slots. At one point I thought that I was given a faulty product and was just about to send it back until I remembered that this particular motherboard had a switch for multi bios. With no expectations, I gave it a shot and by magic, it finally worked. I still don't have a clue what initially happened but this feature in the motherboard saved me from losing my mind so I'm pretty happy with it.
Overall, I'm surprised I even got the rig to work! During the while process I was more worried about killing the boards with 'static shock' then anything else but now that I have done it, I'm pretty pleased with the finished product. It was a great experience, all I have to do is tinker with the software and make it better, faster, stronger.