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System 2 Name: {¨¨°º©o.,,.o©º°¨¨" Celestial-X "¨¨°º©o.,,.o©º°¨¨}
CPU:AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz
CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
MOBO: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX
RAM: Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600
Video Card:ASUS ENGTX570/2DI/1280MD5
POWER:NZXT Performance Power PP800 800W
DVD-Drive: DVD-RW with Lightscribe
CASE: Antec Nine Hundred
MONITORS:
(1): 23" Acer H233H LCD
(2): 24" SOYO TOPAZ S LCD
Total Cost: $258.97 Reflect only the parts below.
(Cost of new parts, Mobo, CPU, CPU Cooler, Ram)
*AMD Phenom II X4 960T
*ASUS Sabertooh 990FX
*Cooler Master 212 Hyper Plus CPU Cooler
*Team Xtreem Dark Series 8GB

Please note that upgrades has happen over this original build so the price will not reflect the new updates. Instead I will list what got replaced originally below.
Parts Replaced by Second Upgrade.
CPU:Phenom II X4 960T got replaced by an AMD FX-8150
PSU: Antec 500watt Got Replaced by an NZXT Performance Power PP800 800W
VIDEO Card: BFG GeForce GTX 260 got replaced by an ASUS GeForce GTX 570
*The Build
-Pictures-

So here it is the amazing Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard that was recommended to me by a good friend of mine from OC. One thing since I got this Refurbished motherboard it came with no shield plate which was suppose to come with it. I guess I will call the company on Monday and request for them to seng it to me. Plus all accessories were not included which were suppose to be. I can't complain I got such a great deal for this motherboard that without the accessories and shield plate it will not kill me from using it.

So, excited I got it out and started investigating the motherboard amazing features. It looks very tough compare to other mobo I have own and is a great looking one for that matter.

As I clean my case and get it prep for the new motherboard I realized I wish I had a Power Supply that I can remove cables that were not in used. This looks messy but is ok I will deal with it for now.

Here you can see the nice Hyper 212 Plus by Cooler Master recommended by a few people from OC. The nice AMD PH II X4 955 it was cheap to get it was worth it over the FX 4100 chipset. Next Is the Nice ram that I got before for my APU system by Team Group the Xtreem DDR3 1600 8GB kit. CL 9-9-9-24 @ 1.5v.

Here is a shot from the Hyper 212 open looks like an amazing cooler. Came with all accessories to make it work with many mobo and cpu types. One advice I have to give to anyone getting this cooler is to study the instruction carefully. It took me a little bit to figure out how to put this thing together with my mobo.

Here I removed the original back plate from the mobo and started installing the one from the Hyper 212 Plus.

Here is the top side of the motherboard without the back plate.

Here is already installed and ready for the CPU which I place and then use Artic Silver 5 compound. I spread the Artic Silver 5 comound using a plastic bag on my figure to get an even spread across the CPU. This will avoid having any air pocket if it happen providing the CPU with better cooling. At least to me it insure that is spread across.

Here is a shot with it inside of my Antec PC case ready to start putting wires and getting things organized for the test.

In this picture I made sure that the wires was a bit out of the way to work inside. Due to the fact this case is not a full size case I have little room to work with.

Here you will see the Hyper 212 installed which took a bit of time because I was just nervous I would put to much pressure on the CPU and crack it trying to install the cooler. However I did find out one of the pin on the CPU cooler support was set wrong, so I was force to remove it and place all pin to the center. I wish I took a screen shot of that in order to show you what i mean. Now the Cooler fit nicely and was able to tight it down with no worries.

Now one problem I came across and notice was that my case 120mm fan on the side needed to be removed because it hits the top of the CPU cooler. Making it hard to close the side case and it just happen this fan was not in used because it started to make noise. So, was nice to remove it anyways.

Here is another shot with cables plugged in for the motherboard and pc now just need to finished up getting the rest plugged and installed. NOTE I will like to point out that the type of ram I have selected made it though to install on the first memory bank. When I tried to install the cooler or even after the cooler was installed. I can't install the memory because it was to tall for it and would hit the CPU Fan. Now I can slide the CPU fan a bit higher and will work just fine. Just wanted to point that out just in case you decide to purchase memory with tall heatsinks on them.

Here is a shot with the 120mm Antec fan that I had on the side removed.

Still getting stuff put to together inside this case. Coming along pretty well.

Another shot of the case with my messy wires, XD I need a better PSU for this case or a better Case were I can hide the wires away.

Now I installed the GeForce GTX 260 to the case such a big card huh? Good things the power plugs are on top and not on the back of the GPU board.

Here is a shot of it up and running from the front. Note I no longer use that floppy drive 3.5. I actually have a card reader for there but decided to maybe get a USB 3.0 one to replace it instead.

A shot of the system running inside, as you can see I don't have the second fan installed on the cooler yet. And the back fan is blowing air out instead of in. That got fixed in one of the pictures below thanks to my buddy in OC recommending me to force more cooler air into the case for Extreme OC.

Here is another shot of my wonderful case that is now heavy as hell. XD Got to love it though.

Finally I installed the secondary fan for the CPU as you can see it looks pretty cool.

Another shot of that secondary fan installed

Different angle shot to show that secondary fan installed.

Final inside pick of the system.

Here is a little Pain Shop design I made to show how the air is being circulated in my PC case.
**The Test

Here I have running the Thermal Radar and Sensor Recorder. The next step is to run an stability test to make sure the system is stable and will not crash when entering into the OC configuration later on.

This is during the Burn In Test so far.

Temp during test.

Well that is a good thing that it passed that means I can start moving toward OC Configuration but I might want to try to do another Burn In test with a different software.

Benchmark test non-OC.

My CPU-Z

New:
AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz replacing the Phenom II X4 955

***The Configuration (OC)
Successful unlock of the 2 hidden cores making it from a 4 core to a 6 core cpu.

Validation
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2461254


Overclocking mac 6 core cpu 4314.8Mhz
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2461388

24/7 - 6 core config Max temp 49c on 8k 9x passes in Prime95 25+mins test.
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2463639

****The Test 2
X4 960T 4x core test Max OC
Max OC 4 core 4415.19Mhz
http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2462665

NEW UPDATE:
CPU: FX-8150 Coming soon!

***** Future Purchases Parts
Aerocool Touch 2000 LCD Display
or
Biostar CABLEUSB3.0 USB 3.0 Cable Bracket
and
Plextor M3 Pro Series PX-128M3P 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC 7mm Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Edited by ITAngel - 8/28/12 at 9:47am
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Ive subed look forward to seeing the out come
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Question to all in here maybe can guide me on the right direction.

Which test software are best to use for this PC setup? If you know can you please list them. Thanks!
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Hi, i have a small simple mod that may benefit the look of the front of the case and basically it is just taking the "Antec" at the front and painting it white i did it a while ago and really like it.


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Wow that looks pretty sweet!, I might need to do that for sure. One question though, do you know if is possible to remove the top USB of this case and replace them with 3.0 version?
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There are no drop in solutions that i know of and it would be hard as the front panel stuff is all one integrated circuit board they are not sat individually. However if you really want USB3 then you could just get a 5.25 bay USB3 device. Other than that i don't know. Sorry.
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There are no drop in solutions that i know of and it would be hard as the front panel stuff is all one integrated circuit board they are not sat individually. However if you really want USB3 then you could just get a 5.25 bay USB3 device. Other than that i don't know. Sorry.

No problem I understand, I might need to mod this case in a way to make that happen by maybe cutting that part out. who knows we will see. I have to sit down and draw it on paper my ideas and see how I can apply it. =)
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Cool. Now your talking about chopping the case around perhaps you can gather some inspiration from my Case I built the thing back in 2010 and recently upgraded it to my sig specs. Sadly i don't have any more recent pictures as my camera decided to crap out on me.

Here is the small list of mods i did (not too many but still)

- Resprayed the interior satin black
- Cut cable management holes
- Reversed the hard drives and ran the cables out the side of the HDD caddy.
- Cut off all the fan molex connectors, rewired them with longer cable then ran them to behind the motherboard tray connecting them all into one connector block to save space and to only use one molex connector.
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OMG! +1 for you my friend, That is pretty darn cool. I am so going to do that now haha. Yes it is very inspiring to me to work on this case with your ideas and what I have in mind would be interesting to see how it all turn out later on. wink.gif

What kind of pain you use to paint your case inside?
Edited by ITAngel - 7/31/12 at 12:26pm
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Thanks man.

Well first i gave the surface a good roughing up with those plastic dish-washing scrubbers (don't use metal ones they are too abrasive) then i went over that with a etch primer then red automotive primer (I would recommend grey but i just had lots of red laying around) then i went over the top of that with 3 coats of Satin black Spray paint. I have no idea what brands to recommend to you as i'm based in the UK i would just ask the shop your getting it from what they recommend as the best quality.

The actual paint i used was called "Simoniz Satin black (Aerosol) spray paint"

As you can see in on my case their is a little red in the HDD cage(not too bothered because you can't see it behind the side panel and you can only see it when you look up from the bottom ish with a bright light. That's because i was rushing a bit so take your time also one other thing to note the paint on the HDD cages scratched off slightly because of a tight fit so you may want to try a few more coats on the HDD cages and wait a full 24 hours till its cured. i just rushed in and threw it back together 2 hours later.

One thing to note: be very careful taking that top panel off it has six clips and two screws and the clips are very fragile.

Good luck and i look forward to seeing the results !
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