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AM[D]ateur (56k warning)

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~~ AM[D]ateur ~~

Proudly presented by: Whyzguy

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Contents:

Final Pictures

Warning

Introduction & Purpose (Same post as above, scroll a little)

Components (Same post as above, scroll a little)

Components Part 1 of 2

Components Part 2 of 2

Building: Day 1 (Hardware)

Building: Day 2 (Cables)

Final Pictures(Large version)
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Final Pictures

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Edited by Whyzguy - 11/16/11 at 7:57pm
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~~ AM[D]ateur ~~
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Warning

I like words so this might get long. Also, I don't have a pro camera so some of the pictures may not be the best. Nevertheless I do know some techniques and you can bet I'll be using them to try to get good pictures.

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Introduction & Purpose:

Hello OCN. I have all my parts and it's time to put together a new build! This will be very exciting for me as it will be the first I've built for myself and also my first experience with AMD CPU's (hence the clever/lame name). Like other firsts, I want this to be special so I'll take the liberty of trying to make a fancy log with colours. Yes, "c-o-l-o-u-r-s" as in Canadian!

As for the purpose of the build, it's mainly for improved overall performance. These improvements include relatively basic things such as SATA3, USB3.0, SSD, etc. I do a bit of gaming but I don't play anything too intense. HoN, Eden Eternal (mmo) and SC2 are most played. Though the spirit of the build will remain for a while I will be switching out pieces on occasion.

I thought I'd put up my old rig down in this thread for refrence as well as out of respect because in the near future my sig rig will be replaced. This old rig has served me very well and doesn't actually need replacing. But for the sake of trying new things, the rig will need to find a new job... when I'm allowed to post on the marketplace.

Old Rig: Radioactive Blue

- Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Processor
- ASUS P5Q-Pro Motherboard
- EVGA GTX 460 SC 1gb EE Video Card
- G.Skill 4gb DDR2-1000 CL5 RAM
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500gb HDD
- OCZ GameXStream 700w PSU (Blue LED)
- Antec Nine Hundred Case
- Zalman CNPS7500-CU CPU Heatsink (Blue LED)
- Antec TriCool 120mm Fan (Blue LED)

Considering Radioactive Blue could easily handle the mentioned tasks, you can say that I'm putting together a new computer because I love putting together computers. I've put together computers for other people before but never for myself, at least not alone (Radioactive Blue was put together mostly by dad's friend). The whole process of doing research for parts, finding deals and even the anticipation of delivery times is something I enjoy.

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The Components:

I can tell that some of you are raging by now, wondering why there's so much text and no action. Allow me to regain your interest with a list of the components.

AM[D]ateur:

- AMD Phenom II X2 570 Processor
- Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Motherboard
- EVGA GTX 460 SC 1gb EE Video Card
- Auzentech Bravura 7.1 PCI-e Audio Card
- G.Skill Ripjaws X 8gb DDR3-1600 CL8 RAM
- OCZ Vertex 3 120gb SSD
- WD Caviar Black 750gb HDD
- Antec Truepower New 750w Modular Power Supply
- Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced Case
- Coolermaster CM 690 II Windowed Side Panel
- Corsair A70 CPU Heatsink
- AC Accelero XTREME Plus VGA Heatsink
- [3x] GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm Case Fans
- Scythe Kaze Master Ace Fan Controller

A brief explanation. Pretty much everything here is new. The only things not new are the Phenom II X2 570 and the video card. The processor is used and I bought it off a member of OCN. Shoutout to el gappo. As for the video card, it was salvaged from my to-be-old rig. I'll be using my laptop while this new rig gets done.

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Coming up next:

Who knows...

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Edited by Whyzguy - 10/19/11 at 9:16am
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reserved.
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~~ AM[D]ateur ~~
Proudly presented by: Whyzguy
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Components: Part 1 of 2

Hey everyone, I'm back and I finally have some pictures. I hope you find the pictures are satisfactory in quality because I’ve never had to photograph anything seriously. If you want the large versions you’ll have to manually take the URL and delete the "l" at the end of the link.

Example:

The first picture’s URL ends with Uj80el.jpg

So the large version would be Uj80e.jpg without the "l"

Anyways, here are some of the parts! I’ll be taking more pictures later on. Camera pros can probably produce something like this in the matter of minutes but camera noobs like me have to figure a lot of things out. I’ll try to get the rest of the parts photo’ed tomorrow. Less words. More pictures. NOW.



AMD Phenom II X2 570 Processor:




^Don't worry, it's on a black sponge


Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 Motherboard:










G.Skill Ripjaws X 8gb DDR3-1600 CL8 RAM:


^Is that the serial? I usually see it blurred so I thought it might be




Corsair A70 CPU Heatsink:










^Maximum Armour


AC Accelero XTREME Plus VGA Heatsink:






WD Caviar Black 750gb HDD:


^I don't think I need to unbox/bag this


[3x] GELID Wing 12 UV Blue 120mm Case Fans:




^I think I like this picture the most




Scythe Kaze Master Ace Fan Controller:





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Edited by Whyzguy - 10/7/11 at 8:38am
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~~ AM[D]ateur ~~
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Components: Part 2 of 2

Here are the rest of the components photo'ed! If you want the large versions you’ll have to manually take the URL and delete the "l" at the end of the link.

Example:

The first picture's URL ends with b5A15l.jpg (The EVGA Box)

So the large version would be b5A15.jpg without the "l"



EVGA GTX 460 SC 1gb EE Video Card:




^My trusty sidekick




Auzentech Bravura 7.1 PCI-e Audio Card:


^Got this pretty recently and it sounds great




OCZ Vertex 3 120gb SSD:






Antec Truepower New 750w Modular Power Supply:




^Octopus style


Coolermaster CM 690 II Advanced Case:







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~~ AM[D]ateur ~~
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Building: Day 1

I'm sure if I sat down to build it, I could've finished it in a day, but as it stands, it's Thanksgiving up here in Canada and there are a LOT of people to see and a lot of food to be had. That being said, I tried to squeeze whatever time I could into the build and I've come up with some of the pictures below! Also, you may have noticed that I left the bigger version of the pictures in this time. I figured they're more important that just shots of the components. In any case, here are the pictures. They all have their own little comments. Enjoy!


^Motherboard first. I REALLY liked how the blue on the RAM matched the blue on the board. It was totally unintentional but it worked out quite awesomely as you can see from the picture.


^This fan. The black one on the left comes with the case. The GELID on the right didn't. It was the first time I used those noise isolation fan mounts and at first I didn't know how hard I should pull to get them to fit, in fear of breaking something. Also, it took me a really long time to figure out how to get the top panel off.


^"What's this? Did he just install the motherboard without first putting on the I/O Back plate?" Yes. Yes I did. I'm a derp.


^After redoing that, I thought I'd take a picture with the PSU in


^GTX 460, under the hood. The accelero xtreme had a seperate VRAM heatshink and mounting plate kit... but there wasn't enough clearence between the heatsinks and the chip for the mounting plate. Instead, I had to turn the vertical ones north of the chip to a horizontal position. I didn't take a picture of that though.


^Holy crap the A70 CPU cooler was difficult to install. First, I wasn't too happy that it couldn't be mounted so that fans would blow from right to left and not down to up. Oh well. I know you can do a little mod with a xigmatek crossbow but I'll wait until I change processors. Other than that, the clip that holds heatsink in place blocked one of the fans from being installed so I had to take those red pliers and bend some stuff around.

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post #7 of 13
Those are some long front panel connectors.
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Originally Posted by Sterisk View Post
Those are some long front panel connectors.
lol yeah they really are. Had to get a little creative with the cable management. (incoming pictures!)
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Holy crap that CPU cooler is massive.
APU what?
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A8-3850 Llano(FM1) Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H 4x G.Skill 4Gb DDR3 3x WD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
LG DVD Seven64 LG 19"LCD / Panny 42"Plasma Logitech Cordless Elite 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec main, Rosewill aux Rosewill Logitech MX700 Couch cushion 
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APU what?
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A8-3850 Llano(FM1) Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H 4x G.Skill 4Gb DDR3 3x WD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
LG DVD Seven64 LG 19"LCD / Panny 42"Plasma Logitech Cordless Elite 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Antec main, Rosewill aux Rosewill Logitech MX700 Couch cushion 
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~~ AM[D]ateur ~~
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Building: Day 2

So I was pretty much finished with putting in the hardware on day 1. Now I needed to do the cables. I'll let the pictures do the talking starting with a couple of pictures of the hardware.


^Top half


^Bottom half


^Drive bay, fan controller and preemtive wire routing


^Those wires around the hard drive cage were the wires from the fan controller. Fit perfectly


^Man vs Mess


^Man: 1, Mess: 1. I think it's a tie


^Those super long front pannel connectors


^Had to put them here using a zip tie


^But will it close?


^*Click* Success!

The end is near! I'll take some final pictures and post them when I get home.

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