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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.

Comments

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

The only things I would change are a better SSD, the ASRock Extreme 4 Mobo (usually under $130 on newegg or Microcenter), and a better priced 7970. Also, you won't really notice much of a difference between the 2400 RAM and the 1600 RAM, which probably could have saved you 120 dollars if you got 8GB.

But with that being said it's still a really nice build and looks pretty sweet in that case.

  • 79 months ago
  • 6 points

I agree with the ssd, adata is not a great brand and a samsung 840 is nearly the same price. I Don't however agree on suggesting a budget cheaply built extreme 4 board.. it may have lots of features but at the cost of quality. Boards of similar price such as the z77 ud3h is by far a higher quality built board. I also agree on the memory, with the way intel chips contoll memory there is no noticeable difference in performance for the most part from 1600mhz compared to anything higher.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I wonder if perhaps the dropping quality of the extreme4 has anything to do with ASUS selling their shares in Pegatron?

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not trying to indicate theres a drop in quality , on the contrary Asrock has improved. But when physically compared there is a noticeable difference with Z77 boards.

  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

The GD65 is a much better board than the Extereme 4. Its VRM is much higher quality, but I would have recommended the UD3H or something even higher end than that.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advice I was actually going to go for a gigabyte motherboard but it was priced around £300 and way above my budget, however, I may do another build for hackintosh and will be using the gigabyte motherboard for that

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment. I see a lot of people hating on adata but I chose it based on recommendation from friends and atthe time, had one of the best read/write speeds around. The motherboard that I wanted was a gigabyte ud5h I think, I'm not sure, but it was priced at £300 and was way out of my budget. I chose the the gd65 based on its solid build, features and user reviews and it seemed pretty good for the money. The 7970 I got at a discount and although there were cheaper alternatives using the 7970 board, I felt that this one had the best cooling and performance. I chose to get memory clocked at 2400mhz as I felt it would be stable as opposed to memory overclocked to 2400mhz that may be unstable.

But yeah, thanks, I'm loving this case, especially the gun metal colour, only issue I have is that I scratched it while working on the build, so just wanted to ask if anyone knows how I could repair this

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I had the same problem with the case, although not my fault. My dog decided it was a good idea to see if we could dig a hole in the side of the case where the window is, so now I got some nice scratches going on.

  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

Which vid inspired you to do it?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Head over to teksyndicate.com Logan (dude with epic beard) has a list of build videos, this build follows his specs on his $1850 build video

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

To solve the problem with the USB 2.0 Connections, try the NZXT IU01 internal USB-Hub for 20 bucks. It's working great for me ;)

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I've not really got any use for the sd card reader but thanks for the advice

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah buddy! Rep that triple slot DCII 7970! One of the few 7970 Matrix owners right here! ;D

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man I did want to get a 7970 matrix but at the time, no one had it in stock so I went for the next best thing

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, even when I got mine back in January no one had it in stock, in America, I bought mine as open box on eBay, I have seen a few more open box ones floating around there.... It was and extremely limited edition card.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I plan on getting that CPU cooler, was the installation very difficult? I plan on using it with a NZXT Phantom 410, will that work too?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure but you'll have to check the manual for the phantom 410 to find out if it will hold a cpu cooler with a diameter of 280mm Installation was easy but the instructions were just images so it was pretty difficult to work out, but in the end I got it done in under 30 minutes. The other issue I had was that I screwed the fans in the wrong direction, so I had to unscrew and put it correctly when I was working on air flow.

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

This is a beast. What is this for?

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Using it for some gaming, editing and work

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

first: just my opinion but you could have gotten 2 x 8 sticks of ram an had room in the future for adding even more ram in the future ( not that you need it cuz 8 gigs is just enough)

second: not a big problem but you could route the cables of the bottom of the mobo through the grommet closest to it

but overall great build im looking to make a build like this myself!

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I was planning on getting 2 sticks of ram initially but I got a discount and the difference between 4 sticks and 2 sticks was £40 and 16gb was quite a lot already in my opinion

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  • 79 months ago
  • 4 points

yes. Totally agreed on that. Aren't we all here to give eachother constructional critisizm and have a good time looking at eachothers beautiful builds?! There shouldn't be ANY hate what so ever. We are the computer republic of the internet! :D

Aren't we all here to give eachother

constructional critisizm

read what you just said, now read this

graphics card is overpriced, could have gotten a HIS iceq-x for $380 or even a FREAKING 7970ghz edition 6gb for Sapphire! WTF

You should follow your own ideals.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

For the second time today, I just died. Great find my friend :)

  • 79 months ago
  • 0 points

RIP Enlyten

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  • 79 months ago
  • 2 points

He has a point. (ahem)

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest, I got the graphics card at a discount of around £320 and I chose this model after comparing the various versions available

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man I'm pretty happy with the result

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  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks came standard with the asus direct cu2 hd 7970