So I thought I'd share my first own built rig with you guys. So after months of planning and getting components, yesterday was The day. I knew I was going to do this last summer when I read that Rome II was announced. It is THE game for me and it has to run perfectly!
The trickiest part for me was the CPU aftermarket cooler and the cable management. Also I was dead nervous to do something wrong with the CPU installation, as I've only installed AMD chips before on motherboards.
Obviously I did some documentation for the build haha, so here are some pictures.
: NZXT Phantom Black/Orange (I love Orange and it just looks awesome with Black).
: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
: G.Skill Ares 16GB 1600MHz (Yes, they're Orange and they're awesome. Went with 2x 8GB kits, so that is 4 sticks. Works fine)
: Intel i7 3770K
: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
: EVGA Geforce GTX 670 FTW Edition
: Corsair GS800 (went with 800W as I will do SLI and get another 670 by the time Rome II arrives)
: Intel 330 Series 180GB
: Western Digital Black Caviar 1TB
2x 200mm Orange LED fans on the top. One exhaust(rear) and the other one intake.
1x 120mm in the rear, exhaust.
1x 140mm front Orange LED, intake.
2x 120mm intake fans on the side of the case.
As I said, getting on the cooler is always the trickier part. I figured it out, wasnt that much of a problem, but really was the phase where I was afraid to do something wrong (which I did hehe, but fortunately the Motherboard was all fine).
Had a good free area to work around.
So I tried to do the cable management as well as I could, but unfortunately I couldnt get the CPU 8 pin connectore all the way through on the backside. You can see that little hole in the top left at the motherboard tray, I didnt want to push the connector through as it could damage the cables there or the motherboard if I had put in more force. So decided to do it this way
An overview of the rig. The PSU is actually lighting up with white LEDs, looks blue on the pic but its white. You can switch the LED color for it, it has Red, Blue and White. You can also turn it off if you want to.
I've got a 140mm orange LED fan on the front aswell. So I got the nice "fire inside the case" look that I had planned.
I wish I had a pic of the back of the case with the cable management, but didnt get one as I was all about gettin it to work out well. And im too lazy to take one no haha. Not as if I posted too few pics anyway :P
It was great fun to plan out components, collect them and assemble them. Looking at it now, it was well worth it.
I can't wait to try out Rome II with this hehe, and I just installed Shogun 2.
Tell me what you guys think or if you got any questions.
With this particular motherboard, you apparantly can't boot without a keyboard plugged in. Luckily it has a nice debugging system so I figured it out pretty fast.