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jkkavan's Completed Build: Xmas build with son.

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

We built it yesterday at my house after Christmas and he took it home. It worked and we were happy. But no pictures. I'll tell him to send me some. Everything went together reasonably well. Cable management discipline broke down a little... The ASUS CPU Installation Tool instructions are less than clear, but use them to push the CPU into the Tool for click capture if you don't want to touch the contacts. The plastic tool stays in place after mounting and the shipping cap pops off. ( See YouTube) Nerve wracking stuff! We tested the Graphics card fan headers and they worked. Everything checked in. Did a BIOS Flash. (Major significant number change.) Happy camper now.

jkkavan's Completed Build: Sky Lake_Son Of Bunker

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Appreciate the notice/questions. Build done.
If I can pass on a lesson I always relearn is "Cable Management starts with The First Wire." (Mine sucks), but the Corsair modular wire system is so worth it. Just the ones you need. I confess. I simplify my "gotchas" by staying mainstream and corporate. Intel/ASUS/Corsair/etc. Boring but works well together. Even now, as a sixty five year old amateur having spent tens of thousands of $$ over the past 20 years, ( I'm a Sleep Doctor. I have discretionary income for several hobbies.) I have realized, like Moore's Law and other hoary chestnut's; you will spend $4-5K when all is said and done building a pretty kick *** system. The specs of the machine exceed the resolution of these aging eyeballs and the processing power of my addled nervous system. I can hardly see the pins on motherboards with my new tri-focals. My hand shakes and I fear error. (Bent a USB 3.0 header pin, but stopped in time and fixed. When I see a POST screen, I give myself a high five I didn't fry anything.) Note to Merkane: I have haven"t pulled the trigger on the monitor. Top of the short list so far. One thing I didn't 'get' was the relationship between Video RAM size and resolution. I bought the video cards sorta of as an impulse from a partner in my practice. He upgraded to 2 Titans, (DINK. Builds computers, buys Corvettes, and put together 3 Lego Death Stars.) I have no current role for this machine. Got sick of kid getting boxes for his wedding last month, so I slipped a few boxes of my own into the stream. Below wife's radar.)

stuzly's Completed Build: Skylake 6700k gaming build

jkkavan 3 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

".. a little out of hand." Really. First off. Nice build. Nice photos. Nice choices. Looking to upgrade.. Skylake tag led me here. I am also a big ASUS ROG/Corsair/ Intel has pretty much won. The mobo maybe a Sabretooth instead of your monster. Crazy cool computers people put together.

SpringRoll's Completed Build: The Great Auk!!! (using the Inwin H-Frame ATX Mid Tower)

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Where does your friend go to school?

Transformers University? Buying parts off CraigsList sounds a little sketchy. Do you pack one of those little electrical arcing defense thing like you hear in gun shows being tested?

"I'll fry this CPU if you try anything funny!"

Killer ( literally) Case. Stumbled onto this looking at builds with i4970K. Great Stuff.

Kmk17's Completed Build: Leviathan

jkkavan 3 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

I was searching for the ASUS ROG SWIFT builds, ...see The Spectre Project by Meithen.. I guess you like the monitor? Seriously nice build and and nice pictures, Nikonista myself. Thought the microphone one was really cool. Can spend a lotta little bits of coin on these puppies. Nice Build.

Meithen's Completed Build: The Spectre Project (First Build)

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I've been following the evolution of the ASUS ROG SWIFT for awhile. Found your build. ( as per previous comment my old dog ate my dentures that fell out of my mouth when I saw this. Triple Score: Nice Parts. Obsessively Nice Build (Kawasaki Green always in style). And really decent pictures of the whole thing. I guess the Navy teaches a few things about detail? ( Ex Air Force, son Army.) My buddy just got his 3D glasses and says its cool. Double the surge thingy... another friend's house got hit by lightning here in TX, fried a buncha stuff... don't know if you can protect a direct shot, but maybe.

sfisiinaua's Completed Build: AMDFX8350

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I have a AMD FX-8350 in my main box. Solid choices..PSU issue really depends if you slap on another vid card which is always fun to do and really helps games along. Amazing how the $$ NZ or otherwise kinda just creeps up when we do these things.

LeMonarque's Completed Build: 3rd Build: Project APEX - Intel 10-Core/20-Thread mATX Architecture Workstation for my Friend

jkkavan 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

I am commenting here because I want to show this to my buddy when he gets off work and comes over. I got here shopping for the Asus monitor. I started reading and I couldn't stop..jaw slowly lowering to my jockey shorts. I became incontinent and soiled myself.

Damn. To build something like this with someone else's money, yet budget aware, and, having built and/or fixed friends and family boxes, no pressure or anything ( your friend drops out and has to join The French Foreign and fight ISIS(L) because your box failed the night before The Largest Final Exam of All Time).

I re-furbed a box for my daughter to run ArcGIS. (Think Photoshop for Cartographers). Nothing like this, but with a clean Win 7/64 PRO install on a new SSD & 2 Radeon 7770's/AMD FX8350/16Gb RAM/WD 1Tb HDD, ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 it ran pretty well. Did you try at least on game? Good pictures as well.

jkkavan's Completed Build: BunkerBuild

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Final actual parts list.

The hard drive picture is a Flickr joke about having to drill into my crashed drive. Little torx screws fit a lot of folding knife brands. Arty CPU picture. Costa Rica? Who knew?

Damn..Spent some cheddar on this electron burner, but happy so far. Really want two or three (my fantasy) 27" 2560x1440 monitors, but market evolving daily re 4K and G sync and my wife has to cool off. Totally blown away by the builds people do.

The Forces of Darkness have no chance!

RyneSmith's Completed Build: My Eye Candy

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Hey! I really like the ribbed hoses. Nice idea and seems easy to do. Was it? Why is everyone doing white? Its really pretty and clean looking.

RyneSmith's Completed Build: Eye Candy: Part 2 - Corsair Air 540

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

What happened to the Dell monitor? Best Buy is having a sale $549 and I'm shopping. Did you like them?? Buy the way your build is amazing. I hooked up some non-Corsair fans to the top of my H100i so all 4 were intake from out to in the case, but the one back top non-Corsair fan would surge so I powered them off the mobo headers. No surge. Then I got some Corsair Red LED fans and re-did the cables and fan headers and ran all 4 Corsair radiator fans off the two pump headers and redid the Link software and it all seems to be working. Anyway, nice work.

TheShadbusher's Completed Build: Cortana

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

You do have the cool fans.

TheShadbusher's Completed Build: Cortana

jkkavan 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

No really...A SSD with OS & 1-2 main programs. Really pleasant to boot and seems faster than my mouse clicks. Even the hybrid drives if you only have a single slot.

If you upgrade, its always a choice between a clean OS install, better but a hassle, or transfer, still a hassle but maybe less if it works.Samsung/Western Digital have disk cloning programs, but Windows doesn't like too many hardware changes.

But very economical build with a a lot a horsepower under the hood. I've noticed that people on this site will flag you for 'kable klutter'. They do have a point and they shamed me into spending all Sat morning tearing my system apart to re do the wires. I need to anyway because my fan additions. With air cooling, the less things in the way of the air, the cooler they run, and the longer they last. I am completely sold on closed loop fluid cooling. Throw some lighted fans in there to dazzle the crowd.

JasonUK's Completed Build: Build #11: Watercooled, Black&White in the Parvum Systems S2.0

jkkavan 3 Builds 3 points 55 months ago

Amazing Build. Feeling cable envy with guys like you. Nice work.

BrutalJones's Completed Build: Aurelian: 1440p, 120hz Gaming PC

jkkavan 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Wow! Just spent the morning re-doing my cables...didn't obsess quite to your standards. When I look at builds like this, I feel like a slow 3rd grader at show & tell at The Mensa School. Really nice build. Really hits the aesthetic I think you wanted. (And is a serious kick a** machine.) I hide the black wires and throw lights around to confuse the rubes. Nice work.

jkkavan's Completed Build: BunkerBuild

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

Put it in last night. Tight! Sound card below minimal space. Had to run a little tape support strip from card 1 to 2... fan touching. Picture after cable clean up. Fantastic builds on this site. Amazing stuff.

joejoe69's Completed Build:

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

My buddy told me the Corsair speakers were highly rated. I just built a 'Bunker' Box for no. 1 son in the US Army using this site. So I look at the builds using it. And I find you. I know you are doing it "for the children". Kid using computer for educational purposes. (Truth is I had to re-do a box to run ArcGIS for my daughter.) Good Lord, Man! Freaking incredible. Work of Art. (How are the speakers? I guess by the monitor question, the Corsair's are better than the monitors?) Don't even look at my pictures. Work in Progress. SLI Card tomorrow UPS re do cables.

Blog Post "BitFenix Colossus Micro Build"

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

It's an Intel 520 Series 120 Gb SSD. I pulled it from a previous build and wanted to get working on this one. The Samsung hadn't arrived yet. I was impatient.

jkkavan's Completed Build: BunkerBuild

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 2 points 55 months ago

Mea Culpa Mea Culpa. I will... tomorrow....maybe. (Community shame to clean up the yard.) Need to do that as well.

jkkavan's Completed Build: BunkerBuild

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I looked at the 4770K vs 4790K and somewhere along the way, I picked the 4770K. My friend just built a rig with one. (GTX780Ti)Saber Z87 board. The PCPartPicker emailed a price alert from Amazon for $288. Click buy! Thanks for all the feedback from everyone.. A little painful, but OK.

jkkavan's Completed Build: BunkerBuild

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I like the Sabertooth TUF 5 yr warranty. Even though by then who can find the receipt? I always violate my own advice about buying the best single graphics card you can barely afford by immediately planning to buy the exact same card for SLI as soon as the price drops a little. I just love having two glowing cards. The case look empty. After a little bit, I am going to redo the cables. I get rushed and anxious when I do this stuff. I always screw something up and have to backtrack.

jkkavan's Completed Build: BunkerBuild

jkkavan submitter 3 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I agree...temp locations for temp probes.

Forum Topic "Advice/suggestions for first build"

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I just got a 4770K for $288 on Amazon thru this site. Think CPU closed loop water cooling. The reality of overclocking is that with air you have noise... with water you have cool..

Forum Topic "Final plan ... comments please before I take the leap and start building!"

jkkavan 3 Builds 2 points 56 months ago

Hi Jenny... I am an old white doctor guy who has been building boxes for many years. A year ago I went thru a $6-7K cycle of 7 builds. I just finished a list and pulled the trigger on a new Intel box for my Bday (9/11) another story.

The parts list is fine. Building...watch the videos...I rebuilt a box for my daughter last weekend for a mapping application (ArcGIS) got a BSOD putting the door on when it was running... bad. thought I fried it. Drives disappeared from the CMOS...bad...Came back to life...Good.

Suggestions.. Bigger monitor. Even two identical large monitors. Gotta get a SSD boot drive. OS/One Game/Program load...keep everything else off. Fast!! Consider closed loop water cooler ( Corsair, others. ) case compatibility (like Antec/ Corsair) quiet, efficient, way cool. Graphics card select so if necessary you can crossfire identical cards/(even near lot numbers) at a later date..But buy the fastest card you can barely afford. Good luck... Static electricity.. (You do know that you need a functioning computer with an internet connection to build a box. Drivers. Windows 8.* pretty good about basic drivers. (I always screw something up.. I get rushed & anxious.. visions of frying $2K of electronics..makes me nervous. I did have smoke come off a mobo one time. Fried) Take care

Forum Topic "$600 budget gaming build"

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I stumbled onto the forum and realized that 40 secs ago you submitted yourlist. I am guilty of mission creep & buy beyond my wife's tolerance. If I can be helpful I observe the following: Bigger monitor (its your window ) More memory ( if 64 bit OS ) Build a Ubuntu Box. Free OS. SSD for boot drive with WD HDD. Easily worth the money if only OS install & one or two games. Fast. Video card seems OK Nail a faster CPU.. look for deals. Good luck.

Blog Post "BitFenix Colossus Micro Build"

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

where would you put a hard drive? Or did I miss that?

Blog Post "More Than Building Computers"

jkkavan 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I got into sand filtration a couple of years ago... 5 gal buckets, pvc pipes, double stack. "Schmutzdeck" The biolayer that eats most of the bad guys. Charcoal for the metal stuff..Bleach what you drink.It's why they made beer, wine, & whiskey; no germs could live in it. No life without clean water.