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Just a quick update of where I am at. I haven't messed with the PCIe SSD anymore, I'm going to email Gigabyte tomorrow see if they have any ideas (I was instructed to email them sometime early this week). I will also be dropping the last little bit of stuff off at the powder coaters tomorrow. I have decided to just go with a solid side panel since it is so easy to take off (just lift the latch at the back and the panel lifts off). I have two cases (so I have two side panels) and I will be making a windowed version, I just hate all of the filing and sanding lol. I will be purchasing my custom made extensions tomorrow as well. I was quoted a VERY far price for them. I know, I know, it's cheating to go with custom extensions but hey, I'm running out of time and I don't have the patience to master sleeving right now lol.

Hope you guys are still following along! Stuff is going to get really good here soon!

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I'm still here! Your build looks great so far.
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Wise move on the extensions... although doing something entirely yourself can be very rewarding (especially if you have bad OCD) - it's often not worth it in the long run.

I learned that lesson the hard way when I bought my house recently. It was a foreclosure (well, basically everything here was two years ago), in good shape, but horrible paint and the flooring and trim were worn and builder's grade to say the least. I decided I would do everything myself as a 'fun project' - bad idea. It wasn't that anything was particularly difficult... carpeting is easy to tear out, trim is easy to measure, paint, cut, and attach, hardwood flooring easy to lay down, painting... well, it's painting. rolleyes.gif Lighting, fixtures, etc. are usually painless and actually weren't bad this time either... just time consuming and back-straining.

Of course, I was still working 50-60 hour weeks - so a couple of hours at night or in the morning and a long weekend every 2-3 weeks was all I had to work on it. Let's just say that 3,000 ft² seems a lot more like 10,000 ft² when you're cutting baseboards or painting. I had initially figured it might take me 3 months, but I'd probably save $5K in labor over all... it took me 10 months, I didn't save anything because I had to pay expenses on 2 houses for the extra 7 months, I was so exhausted all the time I was no fun to be around at home or at work...

If I had just subbed out everything, I could have sat in a lawn chair in my living room and 'monitored' the progress with a cooler full of beer and played games on my laptop... and STILL SAVED MONEY! Not to mention been in my new house almost a year earlier. mad.gif

So yeah, it's great to learn new skills... great to enjoy a hobby - and potentially to turn one into a job/business... but there are times when just throwing money at something and making it someone else's problem can be pretty damn rewarding as well. devil-smiley-019.gif
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there are times when just throwing money at something and making it someone else's problem can be pretty damn rewarding as well. devil-smiley-019.gif

^This^

Sometimes paying someone with the right tools and time to do the works is better than tearing your hair out because you have no times or lack that one special thousand dollar tool. lol
   
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I really do hate stuff like this.
Threads like these are like Black Holes, You get sucked into them, reading and reading. Then you notice you have to go to school. But then you wanna keep reading.
And just like the black hole, it rips you apart. Searching CL for a G5 case and finding how to make a bit of last minute cash. Damn....... Not looking good.
Anyways, OP the Mod looks great and I hope in the future to use this as a Guide to my own.
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Jeff, have you tried disabling the onboard controllers that you're not using when installing windows to the SSD? I had a similar problem with adding a PCIE SSD to my AMD based Gigabyte system. I had to disable the onboard RAID (not sure if you have that on yours) for it to load the bios from the PCIE SSD. Something to do with the number of options roms. I disabled every controller on my board, booted with the SSD and Windows 7 on a flash drive and it installed fine. Then I slowly turned on other SATA ports until it wouldn't recognize the SSD and that's how I determined the onboard Gigabyte RAID was the culprit. Goodluck.
    
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I'm still here! Your build looks great so far.

Thanks man! thumb.gif
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Wise move on the extensions... although doing something entirely yourself can be very rewarding (especially if you have bad OCD) - it's often not worth it in the long run.

I learned that lesson the hard way when I bought my house recently. It was a foreclosure (well, basically everything here was two years ago), in good shape, but horrible paint and the flooring and trim were worn and builder's grade to say the least. I decided I would do everything myself as a 'fun project' - bad idea. It wasn't that anything was particularly difficult... carpeting is easy to tear out, trim is easy to measure, paint, cut, and attach, hardwood flooring easy to lay down, painting... well, it's painting. rolleyes.gif Lighting, fixtures, etc. are usually painless and actually weren't bad this time either... just time consuming and back-straining.

Of course, I was still working 50-60 hour weeks - so a couple of hours at night or in the morning and a long weekend every 2-3 weeks was all I had to work on it. Let's just say that 3,000 ft² seems a lot more like 10,000 ft² when you're cutting baseboards or painting. I had initially figured it might take me 3 months, but I'd probably save $5K in labor over all... it took me 10 months, I didn't save anything because I had to pay expenses on 2 houses for the extra 7 months, I was so exhausted all the time I was no fun to be around at home or at work...

If I had just subbed out everything, I could have sat in a lawn chair in my living room and 'monitored' the progress with a cooler full of beer and played games on my laptop... and STILL SAVED MONEY! Not to mention been in my new house almost a year earlier. mad.gif

So yeah, it's great to learn new skills... great to enjoy a hobby - and potentially to turn one into a job/business... but there are times when just throwing money at something and making it someone else's problem can be pretty damn rewarding as well. devil-smiley-019.gif

Haha I totally get what you're saying! That's my moms dream by the way, by foreclosures and renovate them and then sell them. Overall, I have learned so many things throughout this build. I've used tools in way I never dreamed I would use them! I learned a lot of new skills, and I WILL conquer sleeving because I want to do another mod before I go away to college biggrin.gif
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^This^

Sometimes paying someone with the right tools and time to do the works is better than tearing your hair out because you have no times or lack that one special thousand dollar tool. lol

Exactly! This was me with the Rivnut tool. I should have bought the $150 tool but I instead bought the $30 tool. The shaft broke off inside a rivet. I had only put in like 5 Rivnuts and it broke off. mad.gif I then proceeded to storm upstairs and beat the crap out of my pillow in anger.
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I really do hate stuff like this.
Threads like these are like Black Holes, You get sucked into them, reading and reading. Then you notice you have to go to school. But then you wanna keep reading.
And just like the black hole, it rips you apart. Searching CL for a G5 case and finding how to make a bit of last minute cash. Damn....... Not looking good.
Anyways, OP the Mod looks great and I hope in the future to use this as a Guide to my own.

Yay! I have turned another reader! biggrin.gif hehehe make a build log when you get your case!
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Jeff, have you tried disabling the onboard controllers that you're not using when installing windows to the SSD? I had a similar problem with adding a PCIE SSD to my AMD based Gigabyte system. I had to disable the onboard RAID (not sure if you have that on yours) for it to load the bios from the PCIE SSD. Something to do with the number of options roms. I disabled every controller on my board, booted with the SSD and Windows 7 on a flash drive and it installed fine. Then I slowly turned on other SATA ports until it wouldn't recognize the SSD and that's how I determined the onboard Gigabyte RAID was the culprit. Goodluck.

I think I might have done that... I know for sure I did disable RAID for the install because I was just using the SSD. I can go back through and look again to find the culprit. It is just time consuming and I haven't had much time lately.

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Also, did you try moving it around from PCI-express slot to slot? My Dell server at work would only recognize my Revodrive if it was in a certain pci express slot. Turns out a lot of other had the same problem and it was a quick fix. Try moving it around to a different slot and see if that doesn't fix it.
    
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Also, did you try moving it around from PCI-express slot to slot? My Dell server at work would only recognize my Revodrive if it was in a certain pci express slot. Turns out a lot of other had the same problem and it was a quick fix. Try moving it around to a different slot and see if that doesn't fix it.

I've tried every PCIe slot on the board, isn't recognized haha. That was the first thing I tried!

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Remember the black hole thing I was talking about?

Well.... Yup.
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