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So i finally have a decent PC and hopefully i'll be able to build it over the next few days. I thought i'd put together some photos as i go. Hopefully everything goes well and you'll all be able to hear me!



THe HAF X is a mammoth case its about as heavy and my entire old case with all the parts in it.

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A box full of goodies

From left bottom row - AX-750 PSU, i5 2500k, blueray burner, OCZ vertex 3 SSD, Windows 7, Corsair dominator memory, Evga GTX 570, Asus P8Z68 V-PRO.

Top row - Corsair h80, HAF X, and an unopened box of goodies that i have no idea what they are but im thinking their parts to the OEM Drive.

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*sigh* I wish I was building a new machine.

Hope everything works, although I still think you should put it in the storage cube case. :)

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Looks pretty sweet man! You got the same mobo/processor combo that i have haha. We should definitely overclock together sometime :P
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Unboxing the Haf X, i was really surprised at the size, its a mammoth case.



It really takes up the whole box


A back view of the case


The front


With the panel on


With the panel off


Positives +

+ In general I was really happy with the build quality, the plastic and metal pieces are almost indistinguishable from each other.

+ Solid, and come's with wheels just in case

+ Lots of extra parts, they've really thought of everything including a power cable extender

+ Like the front panel layout, good spacing between ports(slightly more than normal)

+ Lots of space and a cut out for the CPU to fit a cooler easier.



- The Front bay clips don't have the strongest grip and several had come out during shipping. I still can't complain, it travelled all the way to Australia.

- The power cover is a little irritating and for me useless

- The power button feels cheap, seems like they should have invested in at least a more shinier button.

- Thumb screws are used to connect the side panel, i believe an auto latching mechanism would have been a better choice, but again i can't complain, the thumb screws are large enough for the biggest fingers and their equipped to take both Phillip's and Flat head screw drivers.

- The Thumb screws were also rather difficult to put back in, they aren't very self aligning friendly and i often found unless i got around the back and lined it up perfectly the threads would just slip.


Overall i think its an amazing case and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a case.

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The HAF X really is a massive case, you should get some good temperatures with it too.


EDIT - I like how they made the little slot to slide unused cables into the back of the case so unnoticeable.

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Yeah the slot is really awesome and there's plenty of space behind to route cable's, they also provided cable ties which i thought was brilliant.


Unboxing the graphics card


They included a DVI to VGA adapter which i thought was great.


Inside the power supply i found cable ties which i was very happy to find, and inclusion of black packing material really finished the look and all black cables within the bag and even a sack for the power supply itself, i was impressed.


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Yeah their very similar. HAF X has native front panel USB ports, a duct for cooling graphics cards and a little cooling support and XL-ATX compatibility with 9 PCI slots. The difference is marginal and i honestly think both are quality cases.


Unboxing the H80, i was happy to see that they included 2 fans, unlike previous editions that supported 2 but only came with 1.



Vertex 3 SSD


I5 2500k processor with Intel's stock heat sink


Dominator Ram

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Yeah its pretty big. Well i built the computer and things didn't go so well. when i started up the pc everything went fine except i had the ram in the wrong slots so i changed the slots and turned the pc back on. POOF a small cloud of smoke and i knew that couldn't mean anything good. Further investigation showed that one of the ram slots wasn't sitting in all the way and shorted(damn 1 sided ram clips). The ram itself is not damaged as far as i can tell however the motherboard was. One of the ferrite choke's on the board named 1R2 which acts as a current regulator for the power phases burnt. Im not 100% certain the choke itself is damaged, however at the bottom of the board one of the copper strips connecting the choke is burnt and separated. The copper section itself is only separated about a millimetre and im sure i could fix it with a soldering iron and a copper strip, however if its possible i'd rather RMA the board and get a brand new one because im not 100% sure thats the only problem.


I caught the issue pretty fast so no major damage was done except for 1 shorted copper wire. Everything else is in operational order as far as i can tell, no leaking capacitors, no other burns on the board, PSU is working fine and powers up all the other components and my H80 is also fine. Thats as far as i can isolate the problem because i don't have any other compatible motherboards to test with.


So i'm going to have to RMA this board all the way back to the US because i doubt ASUS will fix it here without warranty. Any idea's what i should expect?, how long does it take for an item to be replaced after returning it, about a week?, that means i'll probably be out for about 3 weeks(1 week to the US, 1 week in US, 1 week back here).

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I hate to say it, but I've seen RMA's go both ways :(


Sometimes it takes them longer than a week to process and assess/approve the request for warranty replacement. I've also seen it take less than 48 hours for them to ship out a replacement after receiving the old. I would say the best move would be to keep calling to follow up after a reasonable amount of time for it to arrive at their office.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I have the haf X too, fully stocked with all fans u can get for it with red led's ;p. It's truly a beast as u discribe. The haf X is the upgrade from the 932 advanced so It's kind of a facelift as they do with cars :p.


Your setup is very good, but I don't get the dominator ram, this ram is like 3x more expensive as vengeance series memory but it OC's a bit better. In my opinion it isn't worth the amount you pay extra for it unless u are a die hard overclocker ;)

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Ok so my new motherboard arrived and everything went fine this time, must have been a faulty board.


So now i'm having problems getting my gtx 570 to detect as a 570. I'm using a P8Z68 V-Pro and the sandy bridge integrated GPU is working fine however whenever i try to update or install drivers for the gtx 570 it installs fine then when i reboot windows locks up after the starting windows screen. I've tried windows drivers, the latest nvidia drivers, the drivers that came on the disk. And it's still not working and i have no idea why.


The 570 is being detected as a standard vga graphics adapter.


EDIT: its fixed, i just had to reinstall the drivers about 18 times, and then it randomly worked...... weirdest thing ever.

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Here's the ending to my story.


After getting in game and bf3 for a, while the card would not show any display after crashing while watching a video. I would get past POST and then the starting windows screen would show and then nothing. I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers fully and using different versions and nothing seemed to fix the problem, the card worked fine in safemode but would not work with the drivers. As a last ditch effort i took my card out and placed in back in again and like magic it started working, it was really odd.


So here the last few pictures of my build.



The motherboard was definitely as beastly as expected


Messy Build area = Good build





In the PC world size matters, here is a comparison of the old and the new.


All in all it was a great experience, and i definitely learnt a lot. Would i build again?, even though i had a lot of trouble and my motherboard travelled over 40000 km's it was a lot of fun and i got exactly what i wanted for a great price.


Also here is a list of all the parts i used



Item name: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

Price: $169.99


Item name: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1502FAEX 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136793

Price: $94.99


Item name: EVGA 012-P3-1571-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130621

Price: $319.99


Item name: CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139016

Price: $169.99


Item name: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP4GX3M2C1600C7

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145290

Price: $69.99


Item name: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131730

Price: $194.99


Item name: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Price: $219.99


Item name: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116717

Price: $264.99


Item name: SONY Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 8X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BD-5300S-0B - OEM

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118050

Price: $99.99


Item name: CORSAIR H80 (CWCH80) High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181016

Price: $91.99


Item name: OCZ Vertex 3 Series – MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227714

Price: $239.99

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