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650D Sandy Bridge Build Log

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I've never done a build log before, but it appears I may be going a little while without a motherboard, so I have plenty of time and am in no rush to throw it all together. I just received this amazing Corsair 650D chassis last Friday and I've spent the last couple days making slight modifications to the case, installing the PSU, and running all my cables so that they are as clean as possible.

Components:
Corsair 650D
Corsair TX650W PSU
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe Mobo
Intel i7-2600k CPU
2x4GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3 2000 (9-10-9-27)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Mushkin Callisto 120GB SSD
MSI GTS 250
Modded Corsair H50

Table of Contents:
Minor Case Mods and PSU Installation
Hard Drive Installation
Edited by cmeeks - 5/23/11 at 9:12pm
    
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post #2 of 8
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Minor Case Mods

When I first got the case, I realized the interaction between the front intake fan and the mesh was causing some rather noisy buzzing. I know, Corsair and everybody else claims it's the fans or the fan controller. I assure you, it is the mesh. So yesterday I used a dremel, a grinder, and a curved file to remove the mesh. A little touch-up with a black sharpie to cover the exposed steel and you can hardly tell anything was done at all. I would have spray painted, but this area will be hidden by the front of the case anyhow, so I didn't see the point. The point is that now the buzzing is completely gone! It doesn't affect the top 200mm fan because then noise only seems to occur with the mesh on the intake side of the fan. The top 200mm fan will be exhausting.

CIMG3708.JPG

PSU Installation

I always thought a modular PSU was the only way to go for a clean looking system. Honestly, I think a non-modular PSU may actually look cleaner as you have a nice clean bundle of cables exiting the PSU which can then be sent straight out through the grommet in the motherboard tray.

CIMG3715.JPG

The Corsair TX650W is not a modular PSU, so unless you're willing to make some custom modifications, you're stuck with whatever connections it comes with - like 8 molex connectors... and a couple floppy drive connectors! Seriously, who needs 8 molex connectors?! A little bit of patience with a miniature screwdriver and some channel locks and I removed all but the first molex on each of two strings. This removed unnecessary clutter and made it much easier to bundle and hide any remaining unused power cables.

As you can see below, each string I snipped off consists of 3 molex connectors and a floppy connector. Good riddance!
CIMG3710.JPG

CIMG3713.JPG

CIMG3714.JPG
Edited by cmeeks - 5/24/11 at 4:52am
    
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I decided to install my hard drives in the 5.25" bays so that I can use some hard drive stabilizers. I hate hard drive noise! This also allows me to completely remove the 3.5" bays, thus reducing unnecessary clutter from the case and allowing better airflow from the front intake fan. For HDD stabilization, I ordered the Scythe stabilization kit. I was very excited to confirm that it snaps right into the tool-less 5.25" bays in the 650D.

Scythe Hard Disk Stabilizer II
CIMG3719.JPG

Installation of Scythe Hard Disk Stabilizer II on my Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
CIMG3721.JPG


With the hard drives installed, I made some modifications to the sata power supply cable for a cleaner look.

CIMG3717.JPG

I soldered the wires to the top sata power connector to keep them from pulling out
CIMG3723.JPG
Edited by cmeeks - 5/26/11 at 11:29am
    
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Look what showed up today!

CIMG3748.JPG
Edited by cmeeks - 6/3/11 at 10:14pm
    
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post #8 of 8
I wish I had the balls to snip off the SATA power connectors on my 550W PSU. takes up so much space and I only use three max.

Looking good so far! hoping for more pics!
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