To keep up the tradition I will show some photos from assembling my new computer.
First I'll start by removing the current components that I use to upgrade my girlfriend's computer.
While taking the computer apart I cleaned the case and removed dust. What's left is the DVD-R/W drive, the external eSATA HDD slot, the two 80mm case fans and my self-made frontpanel.
Next I swapped the SSD with the new one and kept the HDD.
The Seasonic G-550 PSU has a modular cable system which is very useful to reduce the amount of cables in the case by plugging in only the necessary ones.
The Asus ROG Maximus VII Hero looks great with its red highlights and matte black surface.
So tiny and so important – The CPU.
This is how the Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP DIMM Kit 16GB looks when it's plugged in. As you can see "VLP" stands for very low profile.
Mounting the EKL Alpenföhn Brocken 2 CPU cooler was a tough task and took at least an hour. Okay, mostly because I tend to work very slow, careful and thorough when I'm scared to destroy something. First you have to start with the backplate and four screws which have to be inserted and turned to a certain angle.
On the other side two metal brackets have to be fastened with nuts.
Yes, ~800g metal to cool down the CPU!
After putting the cooler on the CPU a crossbar will be screwed to the metal brackets. I like the construction with the springs below the screws because it ensures that the clamping pressure is not too high even with the screws fully tightened.
The asymmetric design allows the installation of high memory coolers.
PSU, mainboard, CPU, cooler and RAM installed!
Now it's time to take the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 780 Ti WindForce 3X out of its box.
This is the result after running cables and adding a lot of zip ties for an optimal airflow. The wrapped cable in the upper section is necessary because I needed one more SATA power plug.
The rear ports of the mainboard, GPU and sound card.
The LEDs on (and behind!) the mainboard are crazy. There is even an illuminated trace on the PCB.
I enjoyed putting all the pieces together and it's always great when everything is working in the end.