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post #31 of 86
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Time to get building.

Watched Newegg's new system build video series, highly recommended for noobs and vets. The one thing they did was desk post the mobo/ram/cpu/gpu/psu as any problems could be straightened out right there on the desk, no case issues and mounting/remounting of components. I liked that idea and decided to try it.

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post #32 of 86
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Ok. Major problem with this is getting POST on a monitor you just bought.

The menu/selection buttons have gotten their share of criticism, and yes, they are a PIA, hopefully I will not have to mess with them after final setup. ASUS was trying to do the right thing, I give them credit, just spotty execution.

So . . . I need to hook up the monitor to see the POST, but to where? I tried the video card first, but that was a fail, as I'm guessing it will not signal without drivers, OS, etc. So the GA mobo has all the video out ports available (love the UD3H !!!) I tested the monitor a few days earlier on the laptop with the VGA cable, looked great. But I connected a HDMI cable to get POST, and the monitor was looking for a VGA signal. So, I start to hunt around to change the signal to HDMI. and hunt. And hunt. RTFM. Ok, now I see it.

We have POST !!!!

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post #33 of 86
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Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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post #34 of 86
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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post #35 of 86
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Following the Newegg video, which I can't repeat enough was a huge guide here, I mounted the PSU next and took stock of Medusa's hair, . . . I mean the power out cabling !!

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Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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post #36 of 86
Looks very clean and organized! Enjoy
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post #37 of 86
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Next up was mounting the hard drive. Cooler Master is well known for giving you all of the hardware nescessary to get the job done, and they do. Mounting rails for drives, and they give you a bunch, were slick as snot.

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Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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post #38 of 86
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sccr64472, thanks for the kind words. More pics coming !!
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Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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post #39 of 86
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Optical drive. Nothing special other than wanted to get a Light Scribe drive to play with at some point. I mounted it one slot lower to avoid the header cabling of the case, it was a little tight and I decided to use the room I paid for

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Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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post #40 of 86
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Top down shot, getting ready for mobo install. I love the fit and finish of this case, and the painted interior gives it a pro feel. $80 well spent !!



Ok, a noob mistake to mention, I'm a little embarressed.

I combo'd the top case fan and didn't notice it was sized in between the two sizes that would actually fit the top of the case. no matter how I placed it, there were no mounting holes that fit it, 140mm. What the ???Ok, think stoopid . . . there are vent holes all over the top, wait, what about black zip ties to hold it in places ??? Yeah, done and DONE !!
Edited by MrExcite - 7/11/11 at 11:23am
Monolith
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I5 2500K GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 MSI|R6950 TWIN FROZR II 2G 4Gx2|GSKILL F3-10666 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB Samsung Light Scribe 22X Windows 7 Home 64bit ASUS|LED 27" 2MS VE278Q 
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