As I begin my new build from the case onward I will list parts being purchased, as well as parts I am considering, as well as parts I plan to reuse.
This will be a drawn out build so don't expect instant results. Also, please feel free to express your expertise.
I am a functional type of guy, and usually ignore the aesthetics to some degree, however, I do appreciate tidiness when it comes to cable management, and placement of most things. This new case should afford me plenty of area behind the motherboard tray area to put all of the ugliness out of sight, and what I can't hide I can always sleeve.
Unfortunately, I'm not concerned about color coordination either.
Enough dialog. Here we go.Parts Ordered:Case (as ordered): CaselabsMerlin SM8 Case
Case Color: Black Matte
MB Door Style: Ventilated
Cable Side Door: Ventilated
Top Cover: Ventilated
Top Chassis Mount: Drop-in Style with 120.4 mount
Bottom Chassis Mount: 120.4 Radiator Mount
I/O Panel: USB 3.0/HD Audio
Flex-Bay Covers: Ventilated
PCI Backplate: Hex MeshGPU Waterblock: EKEK-FC570 GTX SE (rev. 1.1) - EN (Nickel)
As soon as the case arrives I will begin to decide how I want it set up and the order options like flex bay radiator mounts, casters, accessory mounts, etc..Parts Considering:Fans: BlackNoiseNB-eLoop Series 120mm B12-P 2000rpm 4 Pin (PWM)Fan Connector: Swiftech8 Way PWM SplitterPump: SwiftechMCP35X Series DDC Pump Pump Sink: SwiftechMCP35X Series Heat SinkPump Mount: Alphacool13155 Universal Pump Mount for 120/140Pump Top: BitspowerBP-DDCTP-BK DDC TOP (POM Version)ReservoirReservoir: BitspowerBP-WTZM803AGP-BK Water Tank Z-Multi 80-3 Dual G1-4 Model (POM Version)Reservoir Cap: BitspowerBP-WTZPC2-BK Z-CAP II W/ G1/4" x3 (POM Version)Radiators: AlphacoolAlphacool NexXxoS Monsta 480Alphacool NexXxoS Monsta 240Fittings: MonsoonFree Center Compression Fittings / LightPort Rotary AnglesTubing: TygonSilver Antimicrobial Tubing 1/2"ID-3/4"OD
For the time being I will be reusing most of my components from my preview build:Parts to Reuse:CPU:AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOXCPU Waterblock:Enzotech Sapphire Series SCW-REV.A CPU WaterblockGPU:EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video CardGPU Waterblock:EK-FC570 GTX SE (rev. 1.1) - EN (Nickel)Motherboard:ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard with 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support and UEFI BIOSRAM:Mushkin Enhanced Redline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model 996997SSD (Primary):Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MKNSSDCR120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)HD (Secondary):x2 Western Digital Raptor WD740GD 74GB 10000 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive (RAID-0 array) Monitor(s):x2 ASUS VS248H-P Black 24" 2ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1DVD:Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEMOS:Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
(LOST MY FUGGIN DISK & PACKAGE)PSU:OCZ Z Series 850W Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply
I think this is it for now, at least all that I can think of. My intention is to scope out Steamroller when it arrives and if promising, to upgrade to it or Hasselwell. At any rate I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Thanks & enjoy,