Description

This is my first build, a couple of months back I bought a Dell XPS 8700. While I was doing research on what to buy it was repeatedly suggested to me that I should build my own. I kept thinking about it and even though I bought the Dell I figured I'd take a crack at doing it myself.

I bought the Pandora case thinking I'd switch the Dell into it just for laughs. I couldn't make it work. The dell has some odd connections for the front panel connectors and I couldn't find a diagram for it.

So I started buying parts for the Pandora and this is what I ended up with.

My biggest pitfalls were with the SSD's. I bought a Crucial 500 MSata SSd and the motherboard wouldn't acknowledge it's existence. I then ordered a OCZ 960GB SSD that failed immediately. These little misadventures cost me weeks of time. I finally ended up with the lesser capacity Intel SSD, my budget was tied up in the failed SSD's but it's enough for my needs and I'm happy with the results.

I had two more red fans in there but I had to have a fan controller in there because the motherboard has only two fan connectors and there were just too many wires so I yanked them out. I'm still not happy with my wire management. If I make more of these I want to experiment on cutting some wires down and sleeving. Being a newb buying the pre-sleeved PSU was probably a good Idea.

Sorry for the life story, I could probably go on and on with the build process, it was pretty fun.

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Really Awesome, Beautiful case doesn't look like tons of gaming is done on it because of the Mouse and keyboard are you using it for editing??

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'm not really using it for anything, I just built it to see what it;s like to build one. The only gaming I've ever did is on a console, it's a totally different experience with the PC and the ultra wide screen, things are much better nowadays.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks really nice and very clean. Nice job!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

looks great :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

correct me if I'm wrong isn't that monitor a lil bit overkill

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

on a second note the cable management looks really good

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

nice pc ! :D and pretty cool setup too!"+1 allday! ..mm and that combo you got' microsfot wireless sculpt keyboard..? would you recommend it? thanks..

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Hiya, I hate the keyboard, I've never really gotten used to the rolling hills and I guess it's been years now. I'm working on a new build and will probably reuse it though, hate spending money when I don't have to. Have a good one.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk are you using?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

that was an old kitchen table, regular desk was too small for that setup.

  • 51 months ago
  • -1 points

it hurts me to see that beautiful 980 ti paired with a cpu that cant be overclocked

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll pass on the bait, Thanks for the suggestion though.

  • 51 months ago
  • 0 points

Take a chill pill...

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I wasn't a 100% sure if a regular ATX PSU would work, I read somewhere The Fury is a PS version or something like that and a regular atx wouldn't fit right. The Fury was the only sure thing and I got it and the case for $173 at Tiger Direct.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The factory braided cables are what make it so enticing. I'll likely be putting the 750W version in my rig when I decide to discard my Corsair one.

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