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post #1 of 21
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So I've built this computer originally as my senior project for high school, but things have changed and I changed my project, but I had already built the computer. So for kicks and giggles I've decided to post my pictures and stuff on her wink.gif

keep in mind this was originally my senior project so pretty much all the pictures are me assembling it. After Christmas I plan to upgrade the CPU, Motherboard, GPU, and Powersupply so It will pretty much be a new computer, but for now here it is thumb.gif

Specs:

AMD Phenom II X4 840
MSI 870-G45
Galaxy GeForce GT430
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 2x2 DDR3 1600 Mhz
Hitachi Deskstar 1 Tb 7200RPM
ASUS DRW-2014L1
Cheap 450 Watt Dynex Power supply
Apevia X-Plorer Case
CoolMaster Hyper N 520
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Future upgrades:

XFX Double D HD-679X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6790
ASUS M5A97
OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS
AMD Phenom II X4 960T

I will update the thread when the new parts get here thumbsupsmiley.png

EDIT: the ASUS M5A97 and the OCZ psu are in, pictures are at the end of this post

EDIT 2: im now at the overclocking stage, currently I'm at 3.7 ghz I'm gonna shoot for 4 ghz biggrin.gif
new pictures at the bottom of this post

EDIT 3: I offically hit 4 Ghz biggrin.gif:D:D still need to do a little tweaking but here it is thumb.gif
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2170785

EDIT 4: so after overclocking I wasn't very satisfied with my temps being at 60C so I was looking at my case and decided that the grills in the case for the fans were super super restrictive. So I did what any sane person would do and cut them out. thumb.gif Case temps dropped drastically and cpu temp dropped to 55C. my mother board temps also dropped from 33C to 27C. I am super happy with my results, I thought i should share them. biggrin.gif

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Edited by Halostryker - 1/3/12 at 9:52pm
 
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post #2 of 21
Love the black paint, good job!
    
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post #3 of 21
Nice man, looks great thumb.gif try to hide some of those cables better and it will be perfect
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post #4 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by daydream99 View Post

Love the black paint, good job!

Thanks man I was sick of the metal finish inside so one day I just gave it hell and that's what I came up with.
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Originally Posted by SoliDD View Post

Nice man, looks great thumb.gif try to hide some of those cables better and it will be perfect

Ha this case sucks for that reason, no where to hide cables. Although when my modular power supply gets here it should look a lot cleaner. thumb.gif
 
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post #5 of 21
Looks good. thumb.gif

I went with "gun metal grey" on the inside of mine though. Why no paint on the PSU?
post #6 of 21
Stay away from Dynex PSUs... i had that 450w and it couldnt even power 150w... mobo,cpu, onboard video/sound, and 1 gb ram... the psu kept shutting down when windows loaded... popped a 250w in and it ran fine.

Other than the PSU great building. love the paint
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post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by mathelm View Post

Looks good. thumb.gif
I went with "gun metal grey" on the inside of mine though. Why no paint on the PSU?

I was going to paint it but didnt want to have to cut wires to get the guts out of it, plus I figured I was gonna upgrade soon to a quality PSU thumb.gif
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Stay away from Dynex PSUs... i had that 450w and it couldnt even power 150w... mobo,cpu, onboard video/sound, and 1 gb ram... the psu kept shutting down when windows loaded... popped a 250w in and it ran fine.
Other than the PSU great building. love the paint

The PSU was actually given to me, and has actually lasted me well over a year in this and other builds, but I'm replacing it with an OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS after christmas.
Edited by Halostryker - 12/19/11 at 6:31pm
 
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post #8 of 21
At first I saw the nasty gray inside the case and then I saw the painted pictures and Holy s*#T that looks good!!! Looks like a great build in the process!

And definitely be careful of that psu frown.gif
 
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At first I saw the nasty gray inside the case and then I saw the painted pictures and Holy s*#T that looks good!!! Looks like a great build in the process!
And definitely be careful of that psu frown.gif

Thanks man, I really liked the way it turned out. My new powersupply is really gonna be nice touch when I put it in, I will update the post asap thumb.gif
 
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How much did that cost with spray santa.gif
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