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Hi, my name is travis and i am new around here. i'm from dallas, texas, and i love computers, i love building

them, and i also have recently got into modding them :)

 

hope to be able to contribute to the forum any way i can! :D

 

here is a list of what i am running and how it got to where it is!

 

 

and thanks for looking! :D

 

 

Case:

Zalman GS1000

Motherboard:

MSI 790GX-G65

CPU Cooling:

Corsair H50

GPU Cooling:

AIR, Accelero Twin Turbo Pro HSF

RAM:

Patriot Gamer Series, (x4) 2GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600Mhz

Video:

(x2) Radeon HD 5770 in CrossfireX

CD-ROM:

Liteon Sata 24x

HDD:

(x1) 1TB WD Caviar Green (OS, programs), (x1) 1TB WD Caviar Black (storage of pics, movies, music, etc...)

PSU:

Thermaltake 650W TR2 RX

 

Color Scheme: mostly black and white, some blue

 

 

ok onto the build :)

 

 

 

i got all the guts and they started off inside of an Antec 900 case. I only had that case for maybe a week and did not like it

because it felt too small. so i went out and baught the zalman gs1000 case, and was very very impressed at the amount of space

and also how much more solid it felt.

 

http://img85.imageshack.us/img85/1817/cimg1771.jpg

 

http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/1322/cimg1774.jpg

 

http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/8742/cimg1776s.jpg

 

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/4725/cimg1777a.jpg

 

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/3493/cimg1783.jpg

 

 

i immediately stripped the case down for painting

 

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/8079/cimg1788.jpg

 

http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/9751/cimg1823.jpg

 

http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/4551/cimg1824g.jpg

 

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/4308/cimg1825c.jpg

 

 

i also painted some of the pieces black

 

http://img67.imageshack.us/img67/1118/cimg1821.jpg

 

 

paint eventually dries and started re-assembling some of it

 

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/5382/cimg1837r.jpg

 

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/8712/cimg1846.jpg

 

http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/8968/cimg1847.jpg

 

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/8618/cimg1843h.jpg

 

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http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/7710/cimg1850.jpg

 

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/2415/cimg1851f.jpg

 

 

 

ordered a few different items for some accent (sleeving, and heatshrink were not pictured)

 

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/1484/cimg1876.jpg

 

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7688/cimg1877k.jpg

 

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/7313/cimg1878y.jpg

 

 

some progress (sleeved power cable to rom drive, ordered black sata cables)

 

http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/1166/cimg1916.jpg

 

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7313/cimg1915.jpg

 

http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/5679/cimg1913d.jpg

 

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/5614/cimg1911f.jpg

 

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/158/cimg1895.jpg

 

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/1834/cimg1893w.jpg

 

 

 

ordered new fans to match the color scheme:

 

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/3429/cimg1928m.jpg

 

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9924/cimg1930.jpg

 

http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/7959/cimg1931.jpg

 

http://img709.imageshack.us/img709/8264/cimg1932h.jpg

 

http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/4393/cimg1936.jpg

 

 

decided i would get my 5770 a friend to play with :D

 

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/1985/cimg1941p.jpg

 

 

got extensions for my PSU cables so that i wouldnt have to sleeve the entire PSU, this way all i had to sleeve

were the extension cables, also changed the connector to a blue connector

 

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/769/cimg1966.jpg

 

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/8760/cimg1947l.jpg

 

http://img694.imageshack.us/img694/9700/cimg1956k.jpg

 

 

also painted the covers on the video cards

 

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2025/cimg1968nb.jpg

 

 

she sat like this for a little while (forgot to mention that i installed a window in the side panel)

 

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/1416/cimg1993.jpg

 

 

i was going to install 2 fans in the panel window..

 

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/8977/cimg2051.jpg

 

 

i decided i did not like this, also decided i did not even like

how crappy of a job i did on the window itself .. i contacted zalman in hopes i could purchase another side panel

directly from them.. talked with a zalman rep. and he said he would see what he could do that they did not usually

keep them in stock since they do not sell alot of them, didnt hear from him for about a week and was starting to

get a little upset, i come home on about day 9 of not hearing from him and there is a big box at my doorstep....

i open the box and it is a new side panel directly from zalman...for free...didnt even have to pay shipping.. so i

give a HUGE thanks to zalman for that :)

 

 

so i got started on the new side panel

 

http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/213/cimg2050v.jpg

 

http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/5834/cimg2053m.jpg

 

http://img405.imageshack.us/img405/6546/cimg2078.jpg

 

http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/2305/cimg2096y.jpg

 

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/8476/cimg2098q.jpg

 

 

 

decided i wanted some better cooling on the GPUs so i ordered these

 

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/09-11-16/63b.jpg

 

http://img522.imageshack.us/img522/4365/cimg2119.jpg

 

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2833/cimg2120j.jpg

 

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/9362/cimg2125.jpg

 

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/7716/cimg2127c.jpg

 

 

 

this person thinks i love my computer more than her (random pic sorry :P)

 

http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/9540/cimg2133h.jpg

 

 

got tired of the way i had the side panel (again lol), missed having a window, so i started for a new window,

except this time i took my time for better results :)

 

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/6460/cimg2176.jpg

 

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/5521/cimg2179b.jpg

 

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/2079/cimg2178.jpg

 

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/3611/cimg2177x.jpg

 

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http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/8423/cimg2182c.jpg

 

http://img257.imageshack.us/img257/2804/cimg2183.jpg

 

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/1917/cimg2188v.jpg

 

http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/5452/cimg2189q.jpg

 

 

yay, much happier with how this window turned out :D

 

http://img22.imageshack.us/img22/2024/cimg2215tn.jpg

 

http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/9643/cimg2205b.jpg

 

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/8548/cimg2207o.jpg

 

http://img46.imageshack.us/img46/7852/cimg2214.jpg

 

 

i then decided to make a panel to cover the side of the PSU area out of some left over acrylic.

 

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/9769/cimg2217w.jpg

 

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/176/cimg2218o.jpg

 

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/8338/cimg2227x.jpg

 

 

decided i wanted my CPU watercooled but didnt want a custom setup right now, so i went out and got the

corsair H50, i like it so far, i painted the hold-down ring white for some accent

 

http://gadgethobby.com/wp-content/plugins/blog/images/corsair-h50.jpg

 

http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/8498/cimg2241z.jpg

 

http://img340.imageshack.us/img340/986/cimg2243u.jpg

 

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/3851/cimg2252.jpg

 

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/4218/cimg2255z.jpg

 

http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/8286/cimg2256.jpg

 

http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/9794/cimg2257o.jpg

 

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/5636/cimg2259.jpg

 

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/2575/cimg2263.jpg

 

 

 

 

and this is how my rig is currently sitting.

 

 

thank you for looking!!

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thanks :D ...

 

yes i was also looking into the 800D the day i got this case ... but i think the 800D was a bit more costly than this one which is why i did not get it ..

 

anyways,

 

wooo yaaaa!

 

made up the cover for the top of the PSU area and a cover for the drive bay area

 

http://img43.imageshack.us/img43/8963/cimg2303nw.jpg

 

http://img697.imageshack.us/img697/59/cimg2305i.jpg

 

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/2469/cimg2307x.jpg

 

http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1236/cimg2308l.jpg

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