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Hi Guys!

I'm quite new here, checking the great stuff you do only for a few months, but I kinda get addicted.
I just wanted a rig that I can use to play some new titles. I have never done a full build by myself, never overclocked or anything similar. Haven't got the skills, money, friends, etc. for this kind of hobby. Finally around 3 or 4 months ago I had the spare money to buy my stuff (do not expect some high end gear, it is a budget build, but I will try to get the best I can out of it).

As I said I haven't planned any modding and such, but then I started to look around for better cable management and I found a lot of very very cool stuff, so I became more and more excited. And as you see, finally I decided to start this worklog.

So the gear. For now I'm going with air, I think there is not enough space for water in the Scout unless I tear the case apart, which I don't want. You can find the parts below in the rig section. Still I need some items to buy, and so far not much is done, I'm gathering some ideas, looking for the ideal HWs to buy. So lets see what I have come up with until now.

Yes, I need a decent CPU cooler. I was thinking about the Thermaltake Silver Arrow, but now that I have RipJaws memory, I'm not sure if it can fit in. My other candidate is the Macho, which is smaller, and cheaper. The price currently very dominant, because of the current financial stuffs in my country. Everything is way too expensive due too the high currency conversion rates... frown.gif

The cable management part also needs to be improved, I want to sleeve the cables. I already had an attempt on this, but I should improve a lot. (Since then I found Lutro0's walkthrough, so I'm expecting better results on the second run smile.gif )
And I want to sleeve the cables from the front panel as well.

As I don't want to void the warranty on my PSU, I'm planning a few custom extension cables (for 8pin CPU, 24pin, and the 6+2pin PCI-E). I have already ordered the Crimping tool from MDPC-X. And I'm about to order the connectors needed.

I also want to replace the stock fans with red led ones. Until now I bought an Aerocool Shark Devil Red edition 120mm. But I'm thinking about some Enermax fans instead. They seem brighter (more leds) and more silent. I also want to separate the power source for the LEDs and the fan, so I can utilize the LED switch on my case. A friend will help get this done once I got the fans. Of course, all cables sleeved.

And the last idea I got currently in my mind is a LED strip between the M/B and the M/B tray. I saw this cool stuff made by Screamer on his build 'Lilianna'. That looked awesome. I found led strips in shops, but they were way too expensive. So I thought maybe I can make something similar, but I will need help that is for sure. Hope you guys can help me here later on. smile.gif

And of course, once it is done, I would do my very first overclocking as well!

So lets see some pictures!

First the initial build where I just checked that every part is working: (Oh yeah, I know, I need to improve my photo shooting skills, and get a tripod. Sorry guys, I'll do my best.)

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And here is the first attempt to the cable management:
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As you might see on the pictures I started with a smaller card, a PNY 9600GT, but the one I got was faulty, and the shop was unable to replace it, so I got my money back. In the next month I was searching my new card. This model had vanished from shops, so I had to find something else. After a month of searching finally decided to buy the used GTS 250:

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I'm using it for 3 months and absolutely satisfied with it.

Then came my first try on sleeving. I would rather not show pictures on this, maybe later the second try smile.gif

Later I replace the rear exhaust fan with the Areocool Shark fan. Unfortunately I have only blurry pics about it, so I will shoot some better ones next time I open my case.

1 or 2 weeks ago I got my latest part: (I have usable picture on this smile.gif )

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So this is the current state. After I got everything for the extension cables I will finally be able to get rid of those cluttered cables. Maybe before that it would be cool to have that LED strip under the M/B. Any ideas on that? (If you haven't seen Screamer's project yet, check it out! It is totally worth it. Let me know if you need a link.)

And guys, please be gentle, it is the first attempt from my side. smile.gif Thanks!
StormRider
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 955BE Gigabyte 990fxa-UD5 Gainward GTS 250 G.Skill RipJaws 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung HD503HI Western Digital WD10EARX Hitachi Xigmatek Dark Night - Night Hawk Edition 
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Samsung P2270HD Enermax Infinity 650W CM Storm Scout 
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So, I'm back with a little update with some pictures.

I got my hands on an Enermax TB Apollish 120mm red led fan, so I did a quick non-scientific comparison with my Aerocool Shark fan. Let's see some pictures:
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And here is the picture about my Aerocool which I promised in the opening post:
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And the fans next to each other (sorry for the blurry pic):
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So now I should decide which fan to use then I buy 2 of the 140mm version to replace all stock fans.

Here are the specifications for both fans if you are interested:
Aerocool Shark
Enermax TB Apollish

Visually the Enermax fan is more appealing, that's for sure. There are more and brighter LEDs. The performance is bit trickier though. Currently I use the Shark fan in silence mode with the voltage reduction cable because without it it was a bit noisy. This way there is not much difference in airflow, both are silent, and have the same estimated life span. Furthermore I like the Shark's black sleeved cables and the anti-vibration screws which are not included with the Apollish.

It's a tough decision. What are you guys think about it?
Edited by The.Crusher - 1/14/12 at 2:48am
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Nice Scout build. I do have a suggestion though with your cable management. With regards to ATX Power connector of the right upper side & 12 volts power connector at the top left of the motherboard, you should run it at the back to hide those wires.
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Originally Posted by Cheaptrick View Post

Nice Scout build. I do have a suggestion though with your cable management. With regards to ATX Power connector of the right upper side & 12 volts power connector at the top left of the motherboard, you should run it at the back to hide those wires.

Thanks.

Yes the cable management is not finished yet. I want to make some extension cables first, do the fan mods and get some LEDs under the M/B. If I got these stuff ready I want to take the whole machine and the case apart and basically rebuild it from scratch. RIght now I'm in the phase of ordering the parts which are needed.

But thanks for the advice, in the end I will definitely do like that.
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