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My First Build and Modding the case.

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So this is my first build on OCN and my first "real" gaming rig i have ever built. So i guess ill just go for it.

Components:
-ASUS M5A97 AM3+ Motherboard
-AMD Phenom x4 960 CPU
-Patriot Viper Xtreme Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 RAM
-XFX Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 Video Card
-ENERMAX NAXN Series 550watt Power Supply
-Raidmax Tornado Case (Modified)
-1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm Hard Drive
-H&L Storage SATA DVD Drive
-and a few 120mm fans along with a side 80mm fan.

Currently i have the Case, Fans, cheap PSU that came with case (i am buying a new one from Fry's Electronics as soon as i get the rest of the parts), Hard drive, DVD Drive. Currently i have just ordered the RAM, Motherboard and the Graphics card. Along with the PSU i am also going to be buying the Phenom 960 quad from Fry's. I should go there sometime next week after i get the rest of my cash and i get the other parts from UPS.

Some modifications i have made to the casing so far are: Cut out the 3.5in hard drive mounts for better airflow and because i don't want them, mounted the hard drive in a 5.25in bay, painted the entire casing black and mounted fans to the casing. I have also already installed the temporary PSU and done some cable management.

Pics of my progress so far......
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Gaming Rig
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2014 Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 B65  ASUS M5A97  HIS Radeon HD 6790 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Western Digital 2x80GB RAID 0 Cooler Master Hyper N520 
OSCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HEC Blitz 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i5 Intel HD 4000 4GB 1600Mhz 500GB Hitachi 
Optical DriveOS
Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.2 
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Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
2014 Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 B65  ASUS M5A97  HIS Radeon HD 6790 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Western Digital 2x80GB RAID 0 Cooler Master Hyper N520 
OSCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HEC Blitz 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i5 Intel HD 4000 4GB 1600Mhz 500GB Hitachi 
Optical DriveOS
Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.2 
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I used that same cpu cooler on my first build too!
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Originally Posted by nandyn View Post

I used that same cpu cooler on my first build too!

I hope it will do the job of cooling my Phenom quad 960... rolleyes.gif lol

Here are a few pics of my fan controller i started to build... i am going to radioshack today after school to buy the switches.
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Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
2014 Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 B65  ASUS M5A97  HIS Radeon HD 6790 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Western Digital 2x80GB RAID 0 Cooler Master Hyper N520 
OSCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HEC Blitz 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i5 Intel HD 4000 4GB 1600Mhz 500GB Hitachi 
Optical DriveOS
Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.2 
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Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
2014 Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 B65  ASUS M5A97  HIS Radeon HD 6790 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Western Digital 2x80GB RAID 0 Cooler Master Hyper N520 
OSCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HEC Blitz 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i5 Intel HD 4000 4GB 1600Mhz 500GB Hitachi 
Optical DriveOS
Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.2 
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UPDATE:
Motherboard, RAM, and Graphics card coming in from UPS on Monday (1/16/2012)
Made a custom fan controller and switch for my cold cathodes. Here are a few pics. biggrin.gif
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Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
2014 Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 B65  ASUS M5A97  HIS Radeon HD 6790 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Western Digital 2x80GB RAID 0 Cooler Master Hyper N520 
OSCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HEC Blitz 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i5 Intel HD 4000 4GB 1600Mhz 500GB Hitachi 
Optical DriveOS
Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.2 
  hide details  
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Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
2014 Gaming Rig
(10 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 B65  ASUS M5A97  HIS Radeon HD 6790 Patriot Viper Xtreme Series (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Seagate Barracuda 500GB Seagate Barracuda 1TB Western Digital 2x80GB RAID 0 Cooler Master Hyper N520 
OSCase
Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HEC Blitz 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Core i5 Intel HD 4000 4GB 1600Mhz 500GB Hitachi 
Optical DriveOS
Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.2 
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