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Old October 6, 2013, 11:14 PM
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Default There is a Sniper in the building

There is a sniper in the building. To be more clear, its a Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5. In the past few weeks I have been getting ready to purchase the mother board, cpu and ram. Since all of these parts affect each other, I took a long time deciding if I was going Intel or AMD, which in turn set the stage at which combination of parts where going into this build. There are a few big reasons I picked Intel and most of those revolve around the G1 Sniper M5. The mATX board is loaded with features for enthusiasts. The colour scheme of the G1 Sniper M5 closly matches Umbra Aqua also. The last reason I picked this board is because of the great audio capabilities over other boards in the same price range. Umbra Aqua is very tight on space and I needed hardware that not only would work great but also do many different things without sacrificing space.



On the other hand once I decided I was going with Intel chipset its was very clear early on in this build I would need a quad core CPU or more. Intel realeased there Z87 platform four months ago and with that came one very special CPU. The i7 4770K not only is it the king of the hill on the Z87 chipset but comes with a range of new technology. First of all its built on a 22nm fabrication, shrinking the die even more then 3770k. The Haswell line-up also comes with a wide array of RAID support and supports up to 6, SATA 3 (6Gbps) drives. What makes the 4770k so special to me is that it still supports Hyper Threading, thus with four cores outs puts eight threads. Todays games might not all take advantage of eight threads but some games currently do and future titles seem to be leaning towards more and more cores. That said choosing the 4770K was a no brainier.

Choosing RAM for this build was much harder. When I started this build many moons ago, RAM prices where at an all time low. Now a days the price for 8GB of performance grade ram is easily over $120. So picking RAM was hard, but in the end one company really stood out. Kingston has been pumping out great hardware for years, and last year they introduced there new Hyper X Beast. With an aggrisive heat spreader and 8 layer PCB, there Hyper X Beast kits where made for pure overclockers in mind. Not only does Kingston have great products but an amazing warranty also.

Intel i7 4770K Unboxing and Overview *Video*

Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5 socket 1150 Unboxing and Overview *Video*




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Old October 6, 2013, 11:27 PM
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Default Full throttle modding

It is time to get back to some good old fashion modding. So now that I have a motherboard and the custom motherboard tray, I lined up where the I/O shield and back-plate where going to go. I also started bending acrylic for a shroud to cover up the rad on top part of the case. This shroud I had to be very careful, with because I was dealing with two bends plus lining up all the mounting and air flow cut outs. It was not easy, buts its done now. I still have to sand down the edges and cut end caps. The end caps will then be fused to the bent piece. At this current time I am on the fence about painting the shroud to match the case or leaving bare acrylic. I have designed the shroud to hold anther set of fans so the top rad will be able to do a push pull configuration. Enough with the explanations check out the pictures.

There is still a little more to be cut from the back of the case. The project is really coming together now thank god. I am not sure how much more of this my fiancee can take.







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Old October 7, 2013, 07:11 AM
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Forgot to post these last night. I was falling asleep while trying to update last night. Enjoy.





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Nice work so far but I can't help feel that a fully modular PSU will be very good for this build!
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Old October 8, 2013, 09:28 PM
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Nice work so far but I can't help feel that a fully modular PSU will be very good for this build!
Yeah I totally agree. I bought the HX 1050 for a great priced used only for 6 months. May be I might get sponsored one, who knows.
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Yeah I totally agree. I bought the HX 1050 for a great priced used only for 6 months. May be I might get sponsored one, who knows.
wouldn't that be nice?
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great project! Keep up the good work!
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awesome

nice job on bending that acrylic
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Old October 15, 2013, 08:37 AM
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great project! Keep up the good work!
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nice job on bending that acrylic
No matter how many times I do it. I still get scared when I start doing it again.
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Old October 31, 2013, 02:47 PM
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