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Ok, I know nothing at all, but I want to start, point me in the right direction :)

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Ok, so I need something to hold me over until IB gets here, so I thought, what better time to start learning how to solder? So, if someone could tell me a few things regarding getting started, I'd be infinitely grateful, thanks!

1. Anything I should know
2. name a card or two that are very cheap that can be first projects (cheap ones guys, likely as not, I'll end up killing them)
3. Recommend an Iron
4. Anything else I should get?
5. ???
6 Boints!
post #2 of 8
Start off by practicing on burned gpu's and wire. Buy a hobby soldering kit with multiple tips. Something with a precision set of tips.

1: Always heat the part needed to be soldered, not the solder.

2: Clean areas with alcohol

3: If you have it, flux will help with solder adhesion.

4: Have some spare copper strips, or wire. This is what you can use to remove solder from mistakes.

5: a 9600gt or 9800gt is a good starting point, and there is a lot of material out there on how to's
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Pizza and i both have guides in the vmod section that cover a lot of these things.. I think the vmod essentials thread is a good place to start as well 

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Thanks for the help guys, I picked up an iron and some solder at radioshack today, and will be getting these two 8800gt's
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nice.. mods for those alpha dogs are pretty simple.. and posted in the vmod section already as well smile.gif

post #7 of 8
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I'm actually pretty excited to start working on them smile.gif Depending on how big my fine is this afternoon in court, I'll probably also be getting an i7-930 ($130) and a classy 4 way ($190) cool.gif

I didn't know you had an X58-OC, how do like it?
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i like it alot.. if triple channel mem kits [good ones] werent soo expensive, I would probably still be looking for 1366 cpu's to freeze on it. For now, I have settled on using it as families daily rig.

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