Finally able to get my build log started. This isn't my first system, but this is the first system I've built for serious overclocking. I also just started experimenting with taking more professional pictures. They are by no means professional, but it did help get a good idea of what I need to do to make them better.
I'll start off with my case, the zalman z9.
I wanted something roomy, budget oriented, and I had specific ideas about the air flow on the side panel. You'll notice the sidways grill and what I like about that is I can put 2 120mm fans there. I have a similar set up currently and really love what the placement does for cooling. The bottom fan provides good air flow to my gpu fans, and the other puts nice airflow against my mobo heatspreaders and ram. I'll have an even balance of fans in, with fans out creating a crossdirectional airflow that starts in the bottom front corner and flows to the top back corner.
Here's the inside of the case. Power supply already mounted.
The bottom mount psu is new for me, but I like the idea of not having already warmed case air going through my psu. There is a slight risk of pulling in dust, but I won't be leaving this case on the floor so my dust shouldn't be too bad there. Sideways harddrive rack was a must. I'm sure you all know why. I really like the opening for mounting the back bracket for coolers, that I'm sure will come in handy plenty of times. Cable managment works out good behind the mounting plate and the full black interior just looks awesome.
Front panel and cd drive.
Asus dvd drive seemed to be one of the best performing and decently silent. Otherwise, just another dvd drive. If you know the z9 cases, you might be wondering about the front panel. First, I didn't like the fan controller. It lights up red and that would throw off my color scheme slightly. Second, I have no need of usb 3.0 for the time being because I have no usb 3.0 devices, but I really like the 4 ports and I wanted them on the front, not the top. My top ports got more in the way than i imagined. Oh, and no door, both previous doors broke off my old cases, no worries this time. That's the case, I'll keep up new posts for hardware and catch this log up.