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(This is just a discussion from another thread being continued here, as it was getting off-topic in the original thread.  Everyone else feel free to ignore it..)


Edited by chicolom - 1/15/14 at 12:23pm
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InB4 the rest of you lot.

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InB4 the rest of you lot.

 

For you...  :normal_smile :

 


Edited by chicolom - 1/15/14 at 1:18pm
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You have a 1x slot on top of the video card right? Use that one. Its gonna be empty anyway isn't it?
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I checked the manual for the Z87-A and PCIEX16_1 only goes into 8x mode if another card is in PCIEX16_2.  His SBZ is in slot PCIEX16_3 so his video card slot stays in 16x mode.
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Ya I checked the specs afterwards and the 3rd slot is actually only wired for 2x so its probably run off the pch like the other 1x slots. Lol too quick on the gun there.

 

 

Hmm.

 

I can do either route (the SB Z in the 1st PCI-E 1x OR the 3rd lane PCI-E 16x).   You guys are saying that putting in the 3rd lane PCI-E 16x won't hurt anything though, so maybe I should still go that route?

 

 

Here is the SB Z in the top PCI-E 1x slot for comparison: (Click to show)

 

 

 

 




 

Also, another question about routing power to the optical drive:

 


 

The ONLY way I can reach it with what I've got is by using the my PSU to 4x SATA power plug.

 

 

 

 

So option 1 is to unravel that ^ cable and extend the top-most SATA power plug so I can reach the optical drive.  I will just have 2 extra/empty SATA plugs dangling behind in the middle of the case I'll need to tie up. 

 

I can then use another included PSU to 2x SATA power cable to connect the two drives at the bottom.

 

 

 

 

Option 2 would be to use the PSU to 4x SATA power cable and use the 1st and 2nd SATA plugs for the two drives at the bottom and the 3rd SATA plug for the NZXT Hue (it comes with a lengthy SATA power extension cable).  That would leave 4th SATA power plug open (ready for that optical drive up top), and I'd need to come up with some kind of extension to run up to the drive. 

 

So it would look kind of like this, but would need an extension in that 4th SATA port to reach the ODD.

 

 


Edited by chicolom - 1/15/14 at 2:32pm
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Its OK to have empty sata power connectors. Just do whatever is cheapest and easiest for you. No need to buy extra extensions or anything. You should be fine.
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Looks promising...  :popcorn:

 

 

POST (Click to show)

 

 

 

 


Edited by chicolom - 1/15/14 at 9:40pm
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Ohhhh sooo close...

What games you planning on christening this beauty with?

P.s. nice thread name.
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Ohhhh sooo close...

What games you planning on christening this beauty with?

P.s. nice thread name.


Photoshop!

 

No, I'm not sure.  I have a huge backlog of games I need to play though, and I bought a bunch during the Steam winter sale.

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You and me both.

Give us some benchmark #s or game fps results. I'm curious how that's gonna run.

Considering the 770 is a renamed 680, you should be very happy as I am wink.gif

You ended up getting the 4770k right?
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You ended up getting the 4770k right?

 

Yeah.

 

Here's the final part list:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Chicolom/saved/3hwE

 

I still need to do some more cable management, install the LED strips, and pick up another SATA data cable for the optical drive (hopefully the computer store in town has some).

 

Once it's finished and all buttoned-up I'll post some pics of it though.


Edited by chicolom - 1/16/14 at 2:09am
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Excellent choice of parts there. How is it acoustically with the PNY? The 3 Fans on that GFX card will definitely help to keep the noise down over the generic one fan.

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Excellent choice of parts there. How is it acoustically with the PNY? The 3 Fans on that GFX card will definitely help to keep the noise down over the generic one fan.

 

Thanks.

 

The PNY seems perfectly fine.  Mine is actually the overclocked dual fan version.  I definitely didn't want a "blower" reference card, as I've heard they can sound like vacuum cleaners  :).

 

Actually the whole system is much quieter than I was expecting, even with all the dust panels and side/top covers still removed and the chassis completely open.  I was expecting the system to be a lot louder than this, so I'm pleasantly surprised and pleased with the amount of noise coming from it.


Edited by chicolom - 1/16/14 at 2:52am
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Just remember to go positive pressure for the least amount of dust. Trust me you'll thank god you did when all you have to do is blow the dust from the filters and the inside is clean.
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Just remember to go positive pressure for the least amount of dust. Trust me you'll thank god you did when all you have to do is blow the dust from the filters and the inside is clean.

 

Thanks for the heads up.

 

The Midi R2 came with three 140mm fans, but I think the way it's setup by default might be "negative pressure".  Should I flip the top 140mm Exhaust fan to be an intake, or move it around to be either a front or bottom intake fan instead?  Do I need to add 1-2 more fans or are the 3 it came with enough?

 

 

Here's the stock setup (red = exhaust, blue = intake, green circles = some fan position options):

 

 

 

 

    


Edited by chicolom - 1/16/14 at 11:38am
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No need to go spending more money on fans. I would either take the top fan and flip it bringing air in or put it in the front with the other intaking.

In fact I would put it in the front before the top since you have the cpu fan pushing air out then the exhaust fan pulling out. If the fan on top starts pulling in too you may wind up with a weird vortex like pocket of air that goes around but doesn't escape. Lol may increase temps around the MOSFETs or vrms, may not. Just my personal opinion. But being a fluid mechanics nerd(one of my many courses), lol my ocd acts up haha.

Once the pressure goes positive, you should have the CPU fan oullj g directly from the top and outside. Air will want to escape out the back grills and pcie brackets. Adding more intake fans will make this even note prominent.
Edited by DJINFERNO806 - 1/16/14 at 11:48am
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