Ascension.

The moment that makes it all worthwhile!


The Pics:

First batch of parts arrive. So many boxes.
First batch of parts arrive. So many boxes.
I went a little overboard on accessories. But you never know when industrial strength velcro will come in handy (spoiler: it did).
I went a little overboard on accessories. But you never know when industrial strength velcro will come in handy (spoiler: it did).
Pretty nice motherboard for the price, but Gigabyte definitely skimped on accessories. Only two SATA cables?
Pretty nice motherboard for the price, but Gigabyte definitely skimped on accessories. Only two SATA cables?
Holy shit. This power supply feels so fancy. The cloth bag for the extra connectors, over a dozen included zipties and three included velcro straps make sure you're aware this a premium product. Incredibly happy with my purchase.
Holy shit. This power supply feels so fancy. The cloth bag for the extra connectors, over a dozen included zipties and three included velcro straps make sure you’re aware this a premium product. Incredibly happy with my purchase.
The big guns have finally shown up! This is when the hype gets too real.
The big guns have finally shown up! This is when the hype gets too real.
All the parts laid out. On a bright and early Monday morning, I prepare to accept GabeN even more than before.
All the parts laid out. On a bright and early Monday morning, I prepare to accept GabeN even more than before.
As is customary, here's a test boot. This had to have been my favourite part of the build, just because of the share excitement of shorting out those power pins for the first time.
As is customary, here’s a test boot. This had to have been my favourite part of the build, just because of the share excitement of shorting out those power pins for the first time.
Here's another angle of the faithful moment.
Here’s another angle of the faithful moment.
She's alive! One of the happiest moment's of my life.
She’s alive! One of the happiest moment’s of my life.
Everything's beginning to take shape. Still a lot to go, especially in cable management. PCIe power cables, my two drives and two extra fans are all till to be mounted.
Everything’s beginning to take shape. Still a lot to go, especially in cable management. PCIe power cables, my two drives and two extra fans are all till to be mounted.
Drives and fans mounted, all cables connected. At this point, only some final cable management is needed to complete the build. I'm not totally proud of how I managed the SATA power connectors, but I fit them the best that I could as a first time builder. The rest of my cable management is pretty solid, if I do say so myself. Yes, the SSD is mounted to the bottom of the drive bay section with velcro. Doing it Linus style!
Drives and fans mounted, all cables connected. At this point, only some final cable management is needed to complete the build. I’m not totally proud of how I managed the SATA power connectors, but I fit them the best that I could as a first time builder. The rest of my cable management is pretty solid, if I do say so myself.
Yes, the SSD is mounted to the bottom of the drive bay section with velcro. Doing it Linus style!
Here's a glamour shot of the Motherboard area. In the true spirit of the PCMR, you'll notice that my graphics card is longer than my motherboard. I'm especially proud of that.
Here’s a glamour shot of the Motherboard area. In the true spirit of the PCMR, you’ll notice that my graphics card is longer than my motherboard. I’m especially proud of that.
And here's a significantly less elegant shot of the drives. I only included this picture because I really love how sleek the PSU looks.
And here’s a significantly less elegant shot of the drives. I only included this picture because I really love how sleek the PSU looks.
Here's a potato quality picture of the LEDs in action. I intend to bling out the rest of the system with green LEDs as time passes.
Here’s a potato quality picture of the LEDs in action. I intend to bling out the rest of the system with green LEDs as time passes.
Compulsory picture of the rat's nest that went into building this. Surprisingly enough, the left side panel goes on fairly easily. Gotta hand it to NZXT: the Source 210 is really easy to build in.
Compulsory picture of the rat’s nest that went into building this. Surprisingly enough, the left side panel goes on fairly easily. Gotta hand it to NZXT: the Source 210 is really easy to build in.
I'll name her Ryuuko.
There she is in action. I’ll look into some more efficient settings in the future, but my number one priority right now is to get a line conditioner for it.
One last shot of the top mounted Cooler Master Sickelflow. I bought these on a whim when I was actually in the market for non-LED fans, but I like the aesthetic it offers to the build. Pleased with my decision.
One last shot of the top mounted Cooler Master Sickelflow. I bought these on a whim when I was actually in the market for non-LED fans, but I like the aesthetic it offers to the build. Pleased with my decision.

 

And to those of you who have made it this far, here are the specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
  • Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Superclocked ACX Video Card
  • Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

And finally, my thoughts:

Overall, I think today was a great experience. While it was tiring and downright frustrating at times, having put my heart into building it to the best that I could manage, I feel a new-found appreciation for it. It’s a nice feeling and I’m quite proud of my work – even though it isn’t the best. I’m also indebted to all the guys over on /r/buildapc for answering my silly questions as well as my friends, one in particular, who had to endure months of hearing about this build and put up with my pseudoperfectionism. But really, Linus and his team over at LMG really gave me the edge I needed to pull this off. Their videos are the best, and that’s why Linus is a priest of the word of GabeN.

It’s also worth noting that I finished this build just a few days before the rumored start date of the Steam Summer Sale 2014. My rig will bask in His glory!

PS:

I have nothing to do with my life now that exams are over. I’ll be back to posting here soon enough. Even though there’s no one who reads these.

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