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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:05 AM

Mwahahahaha FINALLY.

All my components have arrived HAHAHAHA.
I've been planning this since last year :D
This weekend should be an eventful 2 days indeed ψ(' ∇')ψ

CPU: Upgraded to Intel Core i7 3770K 3.5 GHz Socket 1155 Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4 GHz Socket 1155
GPU: Asus GeForce GTX760-DC2OC-2GD5 2GB x2
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro Red 2x8GB
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer HCG-850M 850W
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SSD: Samsung 840 Series 120GB
Chassis: Corsair Carbide 300R Windowed
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DSX
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CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H60 v2
Fan: Corsair Air Series AF140 Quiet 140mm x2
Lighting: Bitfenix Alchemy LED Red 60cm, 30cm
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Fig. 1 - Mmm Hardware

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Fig. 2 - Dem Cables

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Fig 3. *Rowr*

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Fig. 4 - Window

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Fig. 5 - Lights On, LEDs On, Lid Off

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Fig. 6 - Lights On, LEDs On, Lid On

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Fig. 7 - Lights Off, LEDs On, Lid Off

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Fig. 8 - Lights Off, LEDs On, Lid On

The photos don't do the LED lighting justice, it looks BEASTLY in real life, believe me :P

This was my first build from scratch. I just want to thank everyone who has given me advice and useful information along my journey to creating Heracles. I really really appreciate it and I am so proud to be part of the PriceSpy community. I hope the images show the amount accumulated opinion and research all of us have put into Heracles.
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:47 AM

Nice!
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 10:59 AM

Wow what a beast!

Will you be installing Windows 8? If you are then make sure you only have your SSD connected during installation or else it likes to chuck a system partition on your HDD > : (

I actually had heaps of problems getting it installed on my new 840 but I think if I had disconnected first it would have been much easier. Also, if you get "Disk read error" at boot up or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE blue screens then I can let you know the fix that worked for me. I thought it was hardware but turns out Win8 still has heaps of well documented issues! (That can be fixed by users mostly).

Disclaimer: I am enjoying Windows 8 and would not go back to 7 so definitely do use it if you have it.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:16 AM

Windows 8. I haven't thought about it. Just assumed I would install 7. Maybe if I can acquire a copy I'll definitely try it. I'll get my hardware sorted the first day though. So EXCITED.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:19 AM

Cool :D You have every reason to be excited. Looking forward to pictures.
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:20 AM

Will you be installing Windows 8? If you are then make sure you only have your SSD connected during installation or else it likes to chuck a system partition on your HDD > : (

I actually had heaps of problems getting it installed on my new 840 but I think if I had disconnected first it would have been much easier. Also, if you get "Disk read error" at boot up or INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE blue screens then I can let you know the fix that worked for me. I thought it was hardware but turns out Win8 still has heaps of well documented issues! (That can be fixed by users mostly).


Huh... This is good to know. Thanks for the heads up Tom!

Disclaimer: I am enjoying Windows 8 and would not go back to 7 so definitely do use it if you have it.


That's interesting. Have you installed a menu (Start8, etc) yet?

Windows 8. I haven't thought about it. Just assumed I would install 7. Maybe if I can acquire a copy I'll definitely try it. I'll get my hardware sorted the first day though. So EXCITED.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 11:29 AM

Will you be installing Windows 8? If you are then make sure you only have your SSD connected during installation or else it likes to chuck a system partition on your HDD > : (


Yes that is a bummer. I think it must be a UEFI bootloader partition. I had the same issue when I was toying with Linux systems, I installed GRUB2 (a Linux bootloader) alongside a system on my Intel 320, and it wrote over the Master Boot Record on my Plextor M3. All was fine and dandy until I uninstalled the Linux system; the bootloader didn't know where to find the GRUB configs and binaries and it wouldn't let me boot Windows :( I couldn't fix it either, even though I attempted the widely recognised fix multiple times. Please listen to Tom's post :D
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:07 PM

Huh... This is good to know. Thanks for the heads up Tom!

That's interesting. Have you installed a menu (Start8, etc) yet?

^This! Building computers is legit!


I was planning on installing a third party menu, but found a way to get things done to my liking without needing it. Basically:
- I uninstalled every Metro app straight away in one step through the command line (full screen apps on a PC wtf)
- I put a reboot and shutdown shortcut on the desktop taskbar along with my program icons
- I used task scheduler to open explorer on boot so it goes straight to desktop
- I added a shortcut to the taskbar that goes to the app search screen and used the Windows icon so it looks like a start button (You can just press the windows key to achieve the same though)

= A really good experience for me without needing to install other stuff.

I actually find the app search screen pretty convenient for accessing everything other than my programs on the taskbar. I click the 'start button' and start typing. Whether its control panel or whatever. Its quick. And you can also use Windows + X to access a 'power menu' with things like computer management, cmd prompt etc.

Yes that is a bummer. I think it must be a UEFI bootloader partition. I had the same issue when I was toying with Linux systems, I installed GRUB2 (a Linux bootloader) alongside a system on my Intel 320, and it wrote over the Master Boot Record on my Plextor M3. All was fine and dandy until I uninstalled the Linux system; the bootloader didn't know where to find the GRUB configs and binaries and it wouldn't let me boot Windows :( I couldn't fix it either, even though I attempted the widely recognised fix multiple times. Please listen to Tom's post :D


Yeah its a nightmare. Basically I installed win8, got in to diskmanagement and realised the issue. So I tried to reinstall using the win8 bootable usb I had which didnt work. So I used GParted to wipe the drives. Then the 840 wasnt registering in the install process, so i played round with different settings in Gparted. Then I managed to install it, and then it rebooted and started the process again so I had to disable usb boot in bios. So then it installs and I get in, plug my other drives in, all is fine.

Then a couple days ago, I leave my PC, come back and Firefox is using 500MB RAM, 100% of the disk is being utilised in task manager, and its pretty much frozen. I reboot and get disk read error, I reboot several more times. This is where I enter an Automatic repair' infinite loop where it fails to repair, gives me a 1 millisecond glimpse of a blue screen and reboots automatically, starting the process again. I use the CMD in the repair options to do a diagnostic on all my drives. They are all fine, no bad sectors, they all have drive letters assigned etc.

So then I use the cmd do a special boot and select disable automatic rebooting after error. I read the blue screen (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE) and then search solutions on a laptop. Try a few things, nothings working. I go and prepare a usb with win7 on it ready to blast win8 to the underworld. I put the win7 usb in, go to bios, select boot from usb, then all of a sudden Windows 8 pops up and is like "oh hai I'm back to normal now soz". So I read the event logs once Im back in:

The IO operation at logical block address xxxxxx for Disk 0 was retried

This was repeated quite a lot. I search for a solution and find that I might get a fix by entering this command:

bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes

So I enter it, reboot, everythings sweet and Ive been running smoothly for the last few days now.

So yeah. I also found out some things about myself during the ordeal. Like the fact that pretty much the only thing that makes me sad and feel down besides friend/family/girlfriend conflict is when my PC isn't working well. From that I concluded I have a pretty sweet life satisfaction :)

TLDR; disconnect other drives before installing Win8.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:42 PM

Ha at least you got it working. I ended up reinstalling Windows (3rd time in 2 weeks IIRC). Yeah PC's going wrong is wickedly stressful, it's so weird. I think it might be because it's commonly a problem with a seemingly out of reach solution; no matter what it is, the times where we feel the worst is when we feel helpless and unable to repair a situation.
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:48 PM

Ha at least you got it working. I ended up reinstalling Windows (3rd time in 2 weeks IIRC). Yeah PC's going wrong is wickedly stressful, it's so weird. I think it might be because it's commonly a problem with a seemingly out of reach solution; no matter what it is, the times where we feel the worst is when we feel helpless and unable to repair a situation.


Yeah exactly, it sucks. Plus the fact its like 2k worth of hardware that I cant use and it was stressing me out about doing my uni work :S

Was that Win8 you were reinstalling?

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:40 PM

Man that looks like an awesome rig! Love the two 760's! Not a bad price either. I'm guessing two 760's > one 780?
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 01:41 PM

Yeah uni work adds to the stress. I was having issues at a time when I was also very sick, and I had tests to revise for and assignments galore to hand in. The week before the mid-semester break really sucked. I made a stupid last minute alteration to my web development project that netted me a crap mark, it ended up killing a lot of my site's functionality. I changed the name of the folder the site was in from "Assignment1," to "assignment1" in order to adhere to the submission specification and it stopped multiple JavaScript files from working as they should have :(

Nah I haven't tried Windows 8 yet, it was Windows 7. I'm going to use Dreamspark to get Windows 8 next year when I do a proper build (this one is just to last me the year, then I'll sell it to fund my holiday).

Man that looks like an awesome rig! Love the two 760's! Not a bad price either. I'm guessing two 760's > one Titan?


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:16 PM

Don't get the quiet fans, get the performance fans and then undervolt if you need to

There is a twin pack available. They also don't cope well with obstructions
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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:36 PM

3570k instead of 4670k? :P
Where u purchased these parts?
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Posted 21 September 2013 - 06:14 PM

I like the cooler on those GTX 760s too! Bring on pictures already!
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Posted 21 September 2013 - 07:33 PM

Hey guys images are up! (finally)

This was my first build from scratch. I just want to thank everyone who has given me advice and useful information alongside my journey to creating Heracles. I really really appreciate it and I am so proud to be part of the PriceSpy community. I hope the images show the amount of accumulated opinion and research all of us have put into Heracles.

PS. I wasn't being a tease or anything, it took a while because one of my PCIe cards decided not to be recognized by the driver software... Windows knew it was there, but the driver didn't.... All working now :D

I'll post some benchmarks once I get all my software sorted. :rolleyes:
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Posted 21 September 2013 - 10:48 PM

That looks nice as! :D Nice work man.
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 12:00 AM

Will you be installing Windows 8? If you are then make sure you only have your SSD connected during installation or else it likes to chuck a system partition on your HDD > : (


I usually bypass that stupid system partition thing by partitioning the HDD/SDD beforehand like using diskpart in cmd (the easiest). Or if you're gonna secure erase the drive anyway (for used drive), then parted magic is good for that too.

Did you also do that Tom?

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 12:06 AM

- I used task scheduler to open explorer on boot so it goes straight to desktop


Lol, I did that too but it didn't quite work. So, did you just create "show desktop" and have Task Scheduler loads it every time Windows starts? I'll just wait for 8.1, not long now.

EDIT: Derp! Just looked at the guide you linked, I was basically using the .scf approach which worked with the Preview and not the Final. No wonder mine didn't work. lol

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:36 AM

I usually bypass that stupid system partition thing by partitioning the HDD/SDD beforehand like using diskpart in cmd (the easiest). Or if you're gonna secure erase the drive anyway (for used drive), then parted magic is good for that too.

Did you also do that Tom?


I was installing onto a new SSD and just chucked it in and went with it, installed successfully. Its only when I went to reinstall after seeing the system partition on a HDD that I had problems. I had to use GParted to wipe all my drives and start again basically.


Hey guys images are up! (finally)

This was my first build from scratch. I just want to thank everyone who has given me advice and useful information alongside my journey to creating Heracles. I really really appreciate it and I am so proud to be part of the PriceSpy community. I hope the images show the amount of accumulated opinion and research all of us have put into Heracles.

PS. I wasn't being a tease or anything, it took a while because one of my PCIe cards decided not to be recognized by the driver software... Windows knew it was there, but the driver didn't.... All working now :D

I'll post some benchmarks once I get all my software sorted. :rolleyes:


Looks awesome! Such a beast, you should be proud! Did you go with Win8 in the end?

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:47 AM

WOW, looks really nice, also I'm flattered that you chose the same mobo as me :P
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 06:36 PM

@Tom

Did that bypass start menu trick work for you? I tried it (following the guide) and it still doesn't work. Sorry for going OT, OP.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:21 PM

I can't believe that I haven't visited this thread until now. Nice build! I was actually looking at that case and now I wish I had gone for it :(, it seems all of Corsair's are top notch!
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:50 PM

Looks awesome! Such a beast, you should be proud! Did you go with Win8 in the end?


Quite proud :D
Went with Windows 7, I will probably migrate to 8 when 8.1 is out and I have tested it for myself lol

WOW, looks really nice, also I'm flattered that you chose the same mobo as me :P


It just means we're making superior decisions together!

I can't believe that I haven't visited this thread until now. Nice build! I was actually looking at that case and now I wish I had gone for it :(, it seems all of Corsair's are top notch!


I really like Corsair's cases easy to build in, material is good sturdy stuff and ofcourse aesthetically pleasing ;)
The 300R has heaps of cable management room at the back, top and front honey comb grills are good quality metal.
Dust filters front and bottom, brushed aluminium look, material that doesn't get ugly fingerprints.
Window perspex has nice tint and very good build quality. Pretty much everything inside is tool-less.
Harddrive bays, optical drive bays, the covers for the optical drive bays.

Bitfenix cases are nice to build in also, done a few builds in Merc Alphas.

I must have gone through at least 50 case reviews to find the perfect one for this build.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 09:19 PM

Silverstone has wicked build quality. Especially on the TJ07, I remember opening up the box for the first time and even though it was second hand, you could tell it was top-notch quality.

As to cable management and actually building in it, I can't comment on it because I don't think my case could be qualified as stock... I think they only thing that will be left as it came with the case will be... hmm... Maybe the front panel On button?
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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:21 PM

Silverstone has wicked build quality. Especially on the TJ07, I remember opening up the box for the first time and even though it was second hand, you could tell it was top-notch quality.


That's why they dare to charge you that much. :P

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:35 PM

That's why they dare to charge you that much. :P


Haha true that. Lucky I didn't pay anywhere near that price :)

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 07:13 AM

It just means we're making superior decisions together!


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Posted 23 September 2013 - 08:47 AM

@Tom
Did that bypass start menu trick work for you? I tried it (following the guide) and it still doesn't work. Sorry for going OT, OP.


I'll PM you with instructions.

Quite proud :D
Went with Windows 7, I will probably migrate to 8 when 8.1 is out and I have tested it for myself lol


Sweet as, just make sure you follow the advice posted above about disconnecting drives. And if you experience any freezes then you may need to apply the command line fix as above too.

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 04:09 PM

I didn't know where to put this... But I got a motherboard for my parents' computer and realized ASUS was a girl.

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Gurl you so FINE.
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