This was my first computer build. I didn't like the clutter or the non-painted interior of the case. It didn't matter, because it is a HAF 912 and there's no plexi in those, but it still bothered me nonetheless.
I decided to do something about the interior. I didn't like the wires being different colors and I wanted the case to be more asthetically pleasing, so I decided to research some modding techniques. I ended up deciding to cut a massive hole in it and throw in some plexi, and do a lot better cable management, including sleeving everything that I could. And of course, paint.
Here's what happened.
(You can see a bit of glue on the top right of the plexi. Don't worry, it dries clear)
Initial testing at my parents house.
My brother in law was selling his GTX570, which was a massive upgrade for me. I went ahead and picked that up and installed. Tried to overclock. You'll see how that went shortly.
Despite my absolute best efforts researching, this is ultimately what will happen if you don't know what you're doing when trying to overclock. Let this be a lesson to all of you that are on the fence about it. Hint, it's not worth the 3 fps. It took a week to get the smell out of my apartment.
Which leads me back to my original and current setup.
i5 2500k @4.5ghz
Corsair 8GB 1600
WD Caviar Black 1tb
Corsair 120gb Force 3 SSD
CM Hyper 212 evo
Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition
ASUS 27" led backlit 1920x1080
Ripper XXL pad
Modded CM HAF 912
Looks nice Dim but do you find the green LED distracting being right next to your monitor?
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Firedexx, thank you. I do not find the lights distracting at all. From where I'm sitting, and the way I have the led's angled I hardly notice them. And since I'm focused on my monitor I don't really see the green wall behind me =P
EllishaPally, I tried increasing the voltage .01 if I remember correctly. The entire OCing process was a complete disaster. Whenever I would touch anything in msi afterburner I would black screen and crash. After a few tries with that my computer wouldn't boot. Took out the 570, uninstalled drivers and afterburner to start from scratch. Put the GPU back in, turned the power on and all I saw was sparks and flames as it caught on fire. Luckily nothing else was damaged in the process.
How old was the 570 when you got it, and had your brother in law been messing with clock speeds while he owned it?
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Probably a year or so. He doesn't mess with any overclocking. Only sold it because he bought a 670.
ha, right thats me not overclocking my gpu.
Sad to hear about the 570, that would have been a beastly upgrade for sure. I do notice you've overclocked your CPU, if you'd like, you should join the CPU OC thread linked in my signature!
Case: NZXT GAMMA ClASSIC
CPU: intel i5 2500k 4.2
GPU: Sapphire Radeon hd 7850 OC version 2gb
Mobo: Asrock Z77 Pro 4
RAM: Kingston Hyperx BLu 8gb
HDD: Western digital caviar black 1tb
SSD 1: Samsung 840 series 240gb for OS
SSD 2: OCZ agility 60GB
PSU: Coolermaster Extreme 500w
CPU cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
Monitor: Asus 1080p 21.5 inch
Mouse 1: Logitech G500
Mouse 2 : Steelseries CATA mouse
Last edited by noteworthynerd; 2013-01-26 at 10:24 PM.
I ran my 580 at the highest-possible 1.175v for the longest time, many people are still doing it with no issues because it's 100% safe.
FYI with the whole "3 fps" thing, I went from 88.5 fps to 101 fps in Heaven by overclocking a 660 Ti - that's right, a card which won't even let you adjust the voltage, only mess with the boost clocks (and mine isn't exactly a golden chip). That is a ~14% increase, a big deal for me since I'm running a 120hz monitor.
Maybe one day I'll try to venture into OCing another Nvidia GPU if I can get my hands on one. It's good to hear I'm not a complete idiot and that there was a problem with them. That gives me a little bit of confidence. And nice, I wish I had a 120hz monitor!