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Here's the deal. I ended up with Syrillian's d-Tek FuZion for LGA 775 (thanks Smasher)...and that started a series of events leading up to the conglomeration you see above

I get attached to some bits of hardware...and the Asus Blitz Formula SE is one of those bits. Out of all the strictly awesome hardware I have owned the Blitz always made me happy. I love the BIOS, the LEDs, the cooling, the stability. It was the one board I decided not to sell during my total purge a while back. It's been about a year I've shared my son's PC to go online and post up pics and vids and I decided I needed my own work station for that...

With a large mod in progress tying up the shop I needed to make this rig happen over a weekend and without much fuss.

Over the past week or so I scoured the FS threads here and elsewhere and located some core components to flesh out Shop Dog and from my totes and totes of PC crap I found enough parts to put together a simple test table.

Not even a bench. This platform is nothing more than the mobo side of a CCC Raptor X case. When Syrillian and I made that special give-away case with my acrylic OCN flame on it and Syrillian's tasty paint work graphics I ordered a spare mobo side in case I screwed it up Well that piece has been sitting for years in my scrap pile. It was an easy win: just insert the brass stand offs into the pre-drilled and tapped holes and mount the Blitz.

Once the mainboard was in place it was clear the slab of plastic had plenty of space to surface mount all the required bits. That would be more handy than laying everything out on the bench...which is littered with Gemini Project parts and tools...at least I could move the gear around in one chunk.

I dug through the box Smasher sent me and found a set of case feet Syrillian probably had saved for some upcoming project and the CCC mobo panel already had holes at each corner...another easy win. Some machine screws and thumb nuts to secure the feet at each corner and the panel even started to look like something other than a piece of scrap

I had built a reservoir a month or so ago out of scrap just to do it and I have a 355 with XSPC top for testing my commissioned reservoirs. My friend utnorris sent me a neat little 140mm rad along with a huge load of industrial fans a couple of weeks back and CJ (Gemini) traded me his stock Corsair 140mm fans a while back for mod time on his project. That handled the core cooling components I had in mind.

Using scrap aluminum I created a mount for the radiator and then made that mount to a free standing res/pump assembly and then made that mount to the mobo panel. I drilled and tapped the mounts so each part can be serviced independently. I isolated the whole res/pump/fan/rad dingus from the mobo panel with silicon buffers. Nonetheless the 355 whine was annoying. So I took a scrap of aluminum angle and mounted a stout rheostat and a whimpy rheostat and a switch in it so I could slow down the pump at will.

The E8400 I scored here went under the FuZion and I had some Tygon and some Feser Acid Green tube in a tote...and after much scrounging found enough barb fittings to make it all work out.

Once I was sure I could actually set up under water I dug out a 7900GTX, a semi-functional DVD drive, a USB wireless dongle, an ancient 17" LCD monitor, and even older MS IR mouse, and my Deck Legend. I am not sure why I stopped using the Legend...something about it must have been irking me because it's a helluva an expensive keyboard to find at the bottom of a tote covered with heavy, sharp crap...but it still worked fine.

All that was left was to plug in some G Skill DDR2 RAM (scored here) a Silverstone Modular 750 PSU and a tasty 150GB Velociraptor (scored elsewhere).

This initial test table is very much built as a temporary set up...so all the peripheral parts are stuck down using foam tape. Works for me, I even left the protective film on the mobo panel...who knows...it might end up sliced and diced and used as part of a proper case one day

Anyhoo...it clocks up like a beast. The C0 revision E8400 turns over at 4050mhz stable enough to run Prime 95 and poop out 11second Super Pi 1M times. The "tiny" 140mm rad with just a single YL fan turning 1200RPM keeps everything plenty cool. Ambient here is something like 25C and the idle is 38C at 3ghz, load is about 10C higher. At 4050 itg was about 10C on top of that...plenty of head room. Once the bits get out in the shop where they belong the cooler weather is going to keep everything nice.

So far I've gotten 4.5ghz out this set up. It boots XP fast and here I am posting my usual walls of text with it. I'd say Shop Dog is doing the job.

Thanks again to Smasher...I'd have to say this rig probably would still be scattered across 3 forums and 4 times that many totes if he had not sent me an amazing box of goodies that used to be Syrillian's stash of bits and bobs.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
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E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
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post #2 of 12
Nice.
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Sweet build. The pink backpack really makes it though.
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Corsair H100 Arch x64 OCZ 650 Watt 
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Awesome.
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So I have some rotten luck. My ancient 17" monitor just took a crap. At first I thought it was the PC. So I swapped out the GFX card. Little bit of work to do that because the only spare I have is the HD3870X2 and the PSU has no 8 Pin PCIe. So I depinned a 6 pin PCIe and ran it thought the bandsaw to get the two pin housings I needed and plugged two ground leads into that and slipped that 2 pin in beside a 6 pin and bingo bango I had an 8 pin PCIe

But it was not the GFX card.

Then I thought it might be the mobo so I spent a while looking at mobos on NewEgg only to be disappointed at the absolute crap available for 775 now. Then I decided to test the monitor and sure enough it was just about dead. Flickering even with no input.

So now I am on the hunt for a cheap monitor.
Shop Dog
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
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My desk for now. Using a board and a piano stand

Shop Dog
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
Nope 
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Shop Dog
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
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Is the motherboard an ASUS Striker? It looks like one.
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Asus Blitz Formula SE P35 with Crosslink for 2x 16X PCIe
Shop Dog
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
Nope 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
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Shop Dog has found a case to live in. An OverClock Edition customized (duh) Lian Li V1100. With 4 bay waterfall.

Pics soon
Shop Dog
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
Nope 
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Shop Dog
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
Nope 
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Shop Dog
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
Nope 
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Shop Dog
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 Asus Blitz Formula SE HD3870X2 G Skill 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Velociraptor 150GB LG DVD Burner Vista Ultimate 64 AOC 21.5" LED 1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Deck Legend Silverstone 750 Modular OverClock Edition Lian Li V1100 Logitech Trackball 
Mouse Pad
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