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post #1 of 15
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Okay, I'm gonna start logging my new Conroe Build. I've got AU$2500 to spend, and over the next few months I'll be twisting plenty of wires and such. But overall that is equal to US$1,885.

Any ideas then i'm open to them, but my base processor will be the
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.40GHz - AU$494

As of when I'll start posting my progress, well I'll be studying compatibility over the next few days, so you'll see me over the next few days to weeks posting additions to my rig.

EDIT: Pics only if I manage to scab a digital camera off someone.
Personally I can't be bothered spending money on a dc that is only gonna be used once in a blue moon.
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
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WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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post #2 of 15
Good luck!
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post #3 of 15
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Over the last day or two I discovered that Intel C2Duo's don't like most old 775 Motherboards, which really sucks. Besides that, I've decided on the case and Burner I will be using.

Lite-On SHM-165H6S - $76

As for the case, it's gonna go through a bit of modding, so I can mount it in my wall. I'm going to move the basic power and restart buttons to the side so it's possible, and the faceplate is going to be on the side. Of course the front end is gonna have to lose it's snazziness. So it's a simple system case this time round. So I've chosen a case that isn't going to annoy my personal abilities as a workman.

Enlight Black ATX Tower

It also comes with a power supply, but I figured 300Watts wasn't gonna be sufficient. So there you go.

I'm gonna strip it down tonight and maybe head down to Home Hardware, Bunnings, or Mitre 10 tomorrow. Maybe even stratco. Get some sheetmetal etc etc.
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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post #4 of 15
i suggest another case, get antec or thermaltake.. have a look in the case threads
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post #5 of 15
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The Enlight is going perfectly fine at the moment.

It'll take a while, but I got the sheetmetal today, and I'll start working on it tonight when I get home. I've already stripped it and it actually looks vry easy to work with, as I intended.
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WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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post #6 of 15
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Okay, I got the front end of the case done. I stayed up until 3:30 this morning finishing it. It took a bit of working, but the Power and Reset buttons are exactly where I wanted them. I also started a vent around the edges of them, in a circular shape, each vent white round the edges.

As for the rear end of the case, I'm starting a dasboard today, I've gotta get all the components sorted so that I can plug the cables directly into the wall. So I'll be cutting through a bit of gyprock later today and wiring through to 37 centimetres left of the compy. The compy, to my surprise, was the perfect size, didn't need to shorten or lengthen anything, and it was generally easy to work with.

Wish me luck, I start my work in about 4 and a half hours.
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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post #7 of 15
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I've hit problems. The frame blocked my way through to where I had placed the dashboard. So instead I had to reposition it so the wiring could plug into the dashboard. Besides that, it's all working fine.

Now it's time to start painting. Later today I'll head up to a craft shop up at Tee Tree Plaza and buy some spraypaints there. Can't have some cheap spraypaint now can we? Besides that it's a glossy black, and I'm also picking up a pane of glass which I will start working with tomorrow so I can complete the faceplate. The buttons will have to be temporarily left out of it. Which means taking them out again, but hopefully I'll have the cutting and fitting done in less than three hours.

As of Tuesday, I go on holidays to Middleton, so after monday you won't see any updates till at least saturday.
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
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ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouse
ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
IMPORTANT: As of now, my budget has been updated as I convinced myself I wanted a beast that would kill the FX-60. so I've updated my budget to AU$7500. As a result my base processor is now:

Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme X6800 - AU$1320 delivered (managed to get a good deal )

Which leaves me with exactly $5992 to throw at it.
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouse
ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouse
ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
IMPORTANT: As of now, my budget has been updated as I convinced myself I wanted a beast that would kill the FX-60. so I've updated my budget to AU$7500. As a result my base processor is now:

Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme X6800 - AU$1320 delivered (managed to get a good deal )

Which leaves me with exactly $5832 to throw at it. (minus the case and processor, and anything else I have bought)
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouse
ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel C2D Extreme X6800 ASUS P5W DH DELUXE eVga 7900GTX 512mb (x2) CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (4x1GB) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD Caviar RE2 500GB (x2) Linux FC 5/Vista RC1 NEC LCD Black 46" 8ms Logitech G15 Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouse
ENERMAX EGA850EWL 850w Custom (Modded Enlight) Logitech G5 Laser (wired) 
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post #10 of 15
x6800 is waste of money

get the 6600 and spend rest on something else
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x250 seagate (16mb) Windows XP Pro x32 Sony 19" XBlack Microsoft Ergonomic 
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