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On a whim a couple days ago I strolled into NCIX and Canada Computers with my girlfriend to get pieces for my first solo PC build. It was nerve wracking at first, but everything went without a hitch. Only thing I had to re-position was the second fan on the D15. With the second 140mm fan on the heatsink to the right, the frame of the fan would rest against the ram. So had to re-position that to the rear. Looking forward to building more in the future. For the part list, the GPU, mechanical hard drive, and three monitors were used in my "Hobo Build". With how nice and quiet this PC is now, it's so weird hearing the mechanical drive. May spring for a Crucial M500 1 TB dump down the line so I won't have to listen to the mechanical, :p.

I'll have to throw more pictures on here of the finished product from within the case. Comments always welcome.

Update: December 18th, 2014

Over the weekend I received a $200 gift card to NCIX. I purchased an ASUS Strix GTX 980. Pictures of install and cable management will be up shortly. Need to route a new 6 and 8 pin to clean up the bends near the card.

Update: January 2nd, 2015

Uninstalled the three front fans, and rear fan for three 140 mm Be Quiet! Silent Wings 2 fans. Installed two 140's in the front, and one in the rear. Case is deathly silent. The D15 fans spin at 650 rpm, the rest of the three case fans spin at about 450. 4790k is at 4.5 GHz @ 1.2v.

Update: July 15th, 2015

Received a pair of Sennheiser HD 650's, paired up with a Schiit Valhalla 2 headphone amplifier, and a Schiit Modi 2 Uber DAC. To round it off, I picked up a Modmic 4.0 muted uni-directional mic from NCIX to make this an overkill gaming headset to say the least. The HyperX Cloud was a really solid gaming headset, especially for its price point. However, listening to music is so much more enjoyable with these new cans. Makes listening to tracks I've listened to for ages like a new experience. The quality of the Modmic is also top notch.

Update: November 17th, 2015

Got my Christmas present roughly 4 weeks in advance. I am receiving a GTX 980 TI Strix OC within the end of the week. Last week I also picked up the cinema 4K LG 31MU97. Best Buy believe it or not had it on sale at $1,099 Canadian. The day I went in to pick it up, their network was dreadfully slow. So the salesman told me to come back tomorrow to finish the bill, and I'd get an additional $100 off the monitor. Yep, the monitor was sold for $999 Canadian. Opted in for a 4 year PSP just in case anything went wrong with it between now and almost the next half decade, :p. Truly a fantastic monitor. Updated photos of this build, and my girlfriends build coming in the near future.

Stay tuned!

Comments

  • 60 months ago
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Absolutely gorgeous case, one of my favorites.

You guys did an awesome job, congrats!!!

  • 60 months ago
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Thank you kindly! The girlfriend cable managed the system pretty well for her first time

  • 60 months ago
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Nice!!!!

Just ordered the same case myself. Where did you get the PSU sleeved cables from.

  • 60 months ago
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The PSU cables used were the ones supplied with the Corsair AX860 out of the box

  • 60 months ago
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Nice parts selection. Can wait to see the finished product. May I assume the beefy PSU is for adding another GPU in the future? How much was the GPU anyway?

  • 60 months ago
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Thank you. It's virtually done as is in the pictures, but I still yet to have taken decent pics inside the case. I picked up that GPU back in July for $599 I believe from Newegg. If I were to buy a new card, it'd either the Gigabyte or MSi 980. I originally was going to go for the Seasonic 660w platinum PSU. However, it wasn't in stock locally, so I was going to pick up an AX760 from NCIX. When I went to go pick up the AX760, I saw the AX860 for only $13 more. I grabbed that, signed up for the NCIX Advantage, it gave me back $13 on my next purchase. So, I essentially got the AX860 for price of 760. I'm hoping for SLI at some point with the setup I have. Whether it be two 970's, or two 980's

  • 60 months ago
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I really like the parts you chose for your first build. It must feel amazing building your first pc xD.

  • 60 months ago
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The sense of accomplishment going into something like this and having it work out so smooth was fantastic. Gotta admit, the scariest parts were installing the CPU and cooler

  • 60 months ago
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Well done guys :) enjoy it +1

  • 60 months ago
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Thank you kindly!

  • 60 months ago
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great build. my only comment is that for $100 you couldve gotten a great aio liquid cpu cooler. otherwise nice job

  • 60 months ago
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I have the Corsair H100 in my old PC. It was nice to have, but was quite noisy. Mind you, I didn't use any low voltage adapters or lowered the fan speed at all. All 9 fans in the case ran at full speed and the pump was set to high. Next time I do a build with water, it will be an open loop setup

  • 60 months ago
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yeah thats where you went awry lol. with noctua fans (not even necessary) you can easily run that silently

  • 60 months ago
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I imagine if everything was PWM controlled it'd be a lot more quiet on the old PC

  • 60 months ago
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Surprisingly enough it's not too loud even with the 4 case fans on blast. The h100i has its own controller on it so that's okay. And the h440 has some great sound deadening on it.

  • 60 months ago
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The sound deadening in the H440 is great, I do agree

  • 60 months ago
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Has gf. instant +1 xD

But in all seriousness, this is a stellar build with great quality parts.

How big did that D15 feel in your hands? It looks like just a massive block of aluminum. Temps seem pretty good for a heatsink, I just wonder if it was worth the price in terms of performance. Regardless, I still want to do a build with that heatsink!

  • 60 months ago
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The D15 is simply massive. I assisted in picking out parts for a family members build and NCIX built it. He has the D14 in a windowed R4. The thing takes up the vast majority of space inside. All you can see is heatsink! Haha. The D15 is even larger than the D14, and even in a larger H440 like mine, still takes up quite a bit of space. I'm 6'4, and I could barely palm the heatsink with one hand. The fins on the D15, like the 14, are sharp. There was some bloodshed installing the cooler, haha. Amazing how quiet it is compared to my H100.

Appreciate the kind words! Hopefully this build lasts me four years like my "Hobo Build"

  • 60 months ago
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Oh yes, it will last your 4 years. I gotta see a d15 in person. I've seen some people's builds that utilize a d14/d15 and you can not see the motherboard except for where the video card is xD. Definitely Guhlorious.

  • 60 months ago
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You really can't. Haha. It takes up a vast amount of space in which blocks view of my motherboard. Let alone the shroud on the H440 that blocks the view of my platinum PSU. Haha. Looks very clean though cable wise. Still been slacking getting a picture up with the panel off

  • 60 months ago
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Sexy gf and sexy case. Just sayin. +1 ma brotha.

  • 60 months ago
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Thank you sir, :p

  • 60 months ago
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Dood. Whoa. Great selection, planning on doing something simmilar myself now that I saw it all in a build. Only things I would change are the RAM, Cooler, and maybe the GPU to a 980. +1, F***ing Epic.

  • 60 months ago
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Thank you kindly. I ended up getting a 980 today, :)

  • 58 months ago
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How's the Noctua nh-d15? Do you regret getting it? And is it THAT ugly like everybody says?

  • 58 months ago
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The heatsink is unbelievably large. The stock fans are a bit of an eyesore. However, it's deathly silent and cools adequately for my needs. I'm overclocked to 4.5 GHZ @ 1.2v. Under Prime 95 it doesn't go above 70. The two front 140 mm fans, one rear 140 mm, and two CPU fans all run at under 700 rpm

  • 53 months ago
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Updated as of July 15th, 2015. Updated some new equipment that are utilized with my rig

  • 51 months ago
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Congrats on your first build! I am currently in the process of a build(picking out the parts) and I'm not quite sure how I am going to get it built, as I have never done it before. What tools did you use to help you along on your first build?

  • 50 months ago
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Honestly, the only thing tool wise you'd need is a multi bit screwdriver. I remember needing a pencil to release the clip to remove my old GTX 780 while installing my 980. Couldn't get my hand to fit under the Noctua NH-D15 and between the graphics card due to my hands being large. So the eraser end of the pencil did the trick. If you've built Lego, you can assemble a PC. I used to watch the build guides from the LinusTechTips channel on YouTube going into my first build. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask

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  • 60 months ago
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The cracked iPhone is my girlfriends, haha. I picked up a 6 Plus about three weeks ago. Haven't had an iPhone yet that had a screen crack from the 3G, 4, and 6 Plus. As for LEDs, I don't think I'll put LED strips in it. Think I'll just leave the stock LED's on for the NZXT logo and the rear I/O

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  • 60 months ago
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It's not too bad, as I rarely triple monitor game. But when I did, it ran FFXIV A Realm Reborn at 5760x1200 at around 35 FPS on max when in battle. Now I generally just use one monitor for gaming, one monitor with Firefox, other with Chrome

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