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Kaged AMD Build - Mod - Repeat

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This is actually one of my first builds that started in December '07, out of winter boredom and the need for a new machine. I got the case from a friend I was working with at the time, for free. I believe it is an Apevia, but couldn't tell you the model.

Original Specs -
AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ 3.1Ghz - stock cooler
JetWay HA07 AM2+/AM2 790GX ATX Motherboard
8GB OCZ Fatal1ty Edition DDR2 800
1TB Western Digital Caviar Green(Don't remember why I chose this for my OS drive)
BFG Tech 800w PSU(was planning for future xfire, and a little breathing room, but ran out of money at the time)
23" Acer LCD

Here's a few pictures, just after finishing the build.






Fast Forward to August 2010.
My fiancee was in need of a computer, and figured this would be a good time to upgrade mine as well. Needless to say she got most of my used parts for machine, which was perfect for what she needed it for.

Specs at this point -
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
Phenom II x4 955 3.2Ghz - Thermaltake V1 cooler
16GB G.Skill DDR3 1333
EVGA GTS-250 GPU
Scythe 6 channel fan controller
2 - Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB in Raid 0
PSU- Same
23" Acer LCD + 24" Samsung LED LCD






February '11
I had just bought my NZXT Phantom and migrated all of my parts into it, along with quite a few more upgrades over the next few months. I was just going to sell everything off, but decided to re-vamp this case, and build myself a spare machine. I was never really a fan of the color changing LED on the front panel, and it needed a little bit better air flow from the front. I was also not a fan of the light grey color of the interior of case. So I took care of those problems.



Parts cleared out besides my HDD's


All Panels removed




Rivets removed, Sand Blasted ready for painting


Front Panel in its original state


Made a filler for the front panel with my vinyl cutter



Filler installed


Template for mesh(old, cheap, laptop holder)


Mesh, and old LED light box cut


Front Panel reassembled




Case Painted and reassembled









Everything re-installed and running
New Specs
Asus M4A785-M Micro ATX
AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+ 3.1Ghz - Thermaltake V1(not pictured yet)
OCZ Fatal1ty Edition DDR 800
EVGA GTS-250(Not pictured yet)
BFG Tech 800w PSU
Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
Scyth 6 channel fan controller







Thanks for checking out my build, let me know what you think. I'll eventually get my Phantom build posted as well, but need to get some more pics taken of it before I do.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus Crosshair V Formula 2- XFX 6970 Crossfire 16GB G.skill Ripjaw 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
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Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
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Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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post #2 of 8
Looks really clean. The mods definitely improved the aesthetic. The cable management also looks pretty good considering how small that case is. Don't all those tiny fans get loud though? Either way, great work!
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Thank you, yes those fans do get on the annoying side when they are cranked all the way up. I lived with it for a few years without a fan controller also. 3000rpm fans, but I usually leave them set at or just below 1500rpm, then the only fan I can really here is the GTS-250's fan, its 100% all the time, no way to limit it in the software. I've been too lazy to make an adapter to connect it to the fan controller. Cable management was a sore spot with this case for a long time. But finally "perfected" it as much as I could, after many years of swapping hardware in and out of it.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus Crosshair V Formula 2- XFX 6970 Crossfire 16GB G.skill Ripjaw 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus Crosshair V Formula 2- XFX 6970 Crossfire 16GB G.skill Ripjaw 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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What's that wallpaper on the left monitor? I want.
post #5 of 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sterisk View Post
What's that wallpaper on the left monitor? I want.
Not sure what to call it, but it can be found here
http://www.freecodesource.com/pictur...unny_14967.jpg
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus Crosshair V Formula 2- XFX 6970 Crossfire 16GB G.skill Ripjaw 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus Crosshair V Formula 2- XFX 6970 Crossfire 16GB G.skill Ripjaw 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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Originally Posted by Kaged View Post
Not sure what to call it, but it can be found here
http://www.freecodesource.com/pictur...unny_14967.jpg
It's super small
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Dang, I linked the wrong one, brb with the right link.

Edit:
http://www.freewallpapersbox.com/wal...making-rainbow
Edited by Kaged - 9/20/11 at 8:22pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus Crosshair V Formula 2- XFX 6970 Crossfire 16GB G.skill Ripjaw 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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My System
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8120 Asus Crosshair V Formula 2- XFX 6970 Crossfire 16GB G.skill Ripjaw 1866 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force Series 3 60GB SSD x2 Raid 0 XSPC RS360 - Alphacool XT45 240 - Primochill CT... Windows 7 64bit 3 - 24" Asus VS248H 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Kingwin Lazer 1000w NZXT Phantom Razor Deathadder Xtrac Ripper XXL 
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post #8 of 8
This wallpaper is sweet.
+rep
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