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Took a while to get to this, but I figure it's good for me and my *cough* exceptional *cough* memory to have a place where I can document what I've done to and with the machine. This is my first experience working on my own PC, and the first I've owned in years. Most everything done is what I've learned since mid-June on Overclock.net, jonnyGuru, frostytech, and a couple other sites.



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To-Do List:
  • Upgrade PSU
  • Upgrade GPU
  • Get and install more/quieter fans
  • Open up corners on Gentle Typhoons
  • Install 5.25 drive intake
  • Get and nstall better CPU cooler
  • Mount support bracket for GPU
  • Cut hole in top/center of case for 140mm intake (to feed CPU cooler)
  • Cut hole in bottom/center of case for 120mm or 140mm intake (to feed GPU cooler)
  • Block top/rear 140mm exhaust, test with/without top exhaust covered
  • Open up rear exhaust and remove PCI slot covers
  • Cut out HDD bay for better air flow
  • Make HDD mount for bottom of case
  • Upgrade RAM


At the beginning of this month I became a PC owner again after having shoehorned my Dell Inspiron 6000 into that duty for more than 6 years. Being on something of a budget and knowing little about the state of modern computers, I got this guy. Good starting point for $500.


First upgrade. Being an overanalyzer, I payed attention to the warnings about iBuyPower PSUs and nipped that issue in the bud with a Seasonic S12 after reading about it on jonnyGURU. Add $65. Turned the computer on once to verify it worked, then turned it off and swapped the PSU.




Next up, a new GPU. Nvidia guys told me the 520 wasn't a gaming card, so I grabbed a GTX 460 from MSI (Hawk Talon Attack) while it was on sale for $170. The rebate will eventually knock another $40 off.



Oh, and I learned about cable management.



Next update: what happens when BBEG gets his grubby paws on a NoiseBlocker PL-1, Noctua NH-U12P SE2, 2 GT AP-14s, foam, rubber, a bobby pin, watermelon, zipties, state criminal justice sourcebook, and a weekend off?



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Update, 31 July 2011


We'll call this update "Most Of The Stuff". You'll see why shortly. Game plan was to get the intake fan put in, GPU support put in, swap out case fan(s), and install cooler.




As you can see, I've got stuff to cram into the case. Part of cramming things in involves taking things out. Below are my two OEM case fans; I have no idea how fast they turn, how much air they push, or if they're worth keeping. One's LED, one's not, both have the same markings. Either way, they're loud and need to go.






Onward.



In mocking up where the cooler would be, I found out there would be a few centimeters between the new cooler's pull fan and the case's exhaust fan. Not worth having two fans so close, so I'm nixing the exhaust fan altogether. Whether I cut out the grill or not is still in the air, although when it comes time to chop up the case I might.


Speaking of chopping:



Not bad for a first time and 20 min with a Dremel and 5 min with a file, if I do say so myself. Next time I'll be more patient, but it'll work just fine for mounting to my U12P.


Let's build an intake.



For this I used the foam that came with my computer. It's dense, I have lots of it, and it cost nothin'. Xacto knives work nicely here, but my new workhorse excelled. For anyone considering the Mini Tuff Lite, it's an awesome little knife and way sharper than it has any right to be.

Anyway, original plan was something more elegant than the previous 5.25 drive intakes I've seen.



Make a block cut to size, cut out where the fan sits, layer two of them together and voila. End result?



The traditional method.

(You can also see where one of my nf-p12s went, since it was quieter than the stock case fan and moved more air.)


Alrighty, now for the not-so-awesome parts.



The circled regions are the important ones: the processor backplate is oriented the wrong way for my cooler. Mounting the U12P as-is would align it horizontally (air blowing up/down) rather than vertically (air blowing front/back). Now I sit tight and wait for Noctua to send me to the adapter so I can align my cooler correctly.


Regarding my big ol' graphic's card. I've been assured elsewhere that my GPU's existing mounting system was fine, but this part still bothers me:




I'll be rectifying that with an angle bracket beside the motherboard or those two-bend brackets like these from the 3.5" bay, using a silicon cushion for the corner of my card's cooler to sit on.




Oh, and Cowboys and Aliens was actually pretty cool.



Next Update: Installing the U12P, function checking, temp checking with different fans, and if spare time permits, start case modding.
Edited by BBEG - 8/10/11 at 6:45pm
    
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Ah, 460's were 99.99 the other day..
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nice improvement so far. Needs more fans and a aftermarket cooler, but I see you have those coming You also might wanna consider better sticks of ram.
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Yeah, I heard Draggin. Unfortunately the timing was off, I was antsy, and really the MSI card is a very good one for me since my overclocking will be pretty limited. I'm not sure I could do too much better for the price. The damn thing runs cool as hell, and sitting on the integrated graphics/audio card it actually cools it really well too.

I'll post some of the before, and then after numbers re: heat when I get the machine back together. I expect it to be a lot quieter and a lot cooler.

Thanks Trifecta. Ram might have to wait a little as I start paying off school loans, but I also need to see how much clearance I have between the bottom of the CPU cooler's intake fan (which one is push and one one's pull?).
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Ah, 460's were 99.99 the other day..
That's the thing with computer parts and technology in general. Better things come out so quickly that the market cant keep up with them. Prices fluctuate so rapidly that it's pretty ridiculous.

I have buyers remorse for my 560 Ti, because if I waited til now... for the same price, I could've gotten a 560 Ti from MSI with the TwinFrozr design instead of the one from EVGA, which gets really hot.
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Updated with this weekend's adventure.

Tl;dr - installed 5.25 bay intake, swapped OEM intake for nf p-12, have to wait for Noctua to send mounting hardware, someone ate the watermelon, and I saw a movie.
    
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I love the drastic difference from the before & after cable management. Cracked me up! Hopefully your build continues to go smoothly without too many more annoyances.. I hate little hitches like mounting hardware.

Good luck!
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Yeah; I'd never heard of cable management or air flow in computers before registering here. OCN's taught me a few things.

I added a few things to my To-Do list. Bottom intake, for starters; my GPU vents air out of the side between the Twin Frozr and the card itself, so a side intake wouldn't work well. This will introduce more fresh air to the case and help redirect air from the front/bottom intake fan. Opening up the PCI covers and rear exhaust makes sense given the air flow created by my intakes. Covering the top/rear exhaust is easy and cheap, and something I can easily remove if no improvement in temps is seen. I'm going to try to document the living crap out of this stuff as I go using FurMark and Prime95 (for 30 minutes, I guess).
    
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Quasi-update! (Will update main post later)


Guess what showed up today?




Giggity.


A little alcohol later, and presto!




So what becomes of my first attempt at replacing a CPU cooler?




Not only does it turn on...




It stays on! Whoot!

Yes, yes, I know. "But the case sides are off, and it's not in it's final working location, Q.Q" Doesn't matter. Relevant temps will come later, I just wanted to be sure I wasn't going to be one of the guys who see 90° C after installing their bigger, badder brand new OMG***WHYISNTITCOOLING heatsink. I'll call this a success.


However, now I have a new and interesting problem. I need to get all of this:




Into this.




I'm somewhat stumped.

Some of the cables can be easily managed. The thickest that powers the motherboard will lay flat and zip tie easily to stay out of the way. A couple, like the one in the picture above, tuck nicely into that groove. The others, especially what my intake fans are plugged into, baffle me. The combination plugs are just too much. I need a very simple method of plugging those intake fans into my PSU, as the existing method doesn't cut it.

Suggestions?


(I also need to address the wires plugging my GTs into the motherboard. Less a concern right now.)
    
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