First of all, thanx everyone for all the support, help, and comments. I realy apprieciate it.
Sorry for not posting yesterday, I just had WAY too much to do. Anyway, enough of that, lets get right to it again.
Tuesday afternoon there was a knock at my door. Standing there was this strange looking guy wearing an all brown uniform. He stck out his arms and passed to me a couple of packages. Then, with a smile and a knod of the head, the mystery man turned around and disappeared into the mist. Hmm, I wonder what these are?
Wow, look at what we have here! Thank you my silent mystery man in brown, for I shall never forget you.
Now that Christmas has come early, we can realy get the ball rolling on this thing! First, I align the motherboard to the mounts and attach it with a slight amound of tourque. The mounting holes lined up perfectly with the existing ones, which I was slightly worried about.
Now that the heart and soul are in place, I move on to inserting the CPU and heatsink. The freezer 7 pro I ordered, came with thermal compound already on it. That just wont do. I removed the paste and applied the Arctic Silver 5 that I ordered. Ahh, much better!
Then, I mounted the board into its new home.
Now that we have that accomplished, I moved on to inserting the RAM and Vid card. Yep, fits like a glove. I also decided to go ahead and insert the HDD. To make everything look just a bit more clean, I went to the automaotive section at my local store and picked up some wire casing. It does'nt look too bad and for $2.00 for 12 feet, I'm definately not going to complain.
Great, we're moving along quite nicely, dont you think? So what do we have left. You guessed it. We need to power this bad boy. So now, while working in the top section of the case, The power supply along with his neighbor the DVD RW went in. There, in no time, they'll be the best of friends.
Now, lets see how we're looking. Hmm, not too bad.
You're probably asking yourself, "whats a nice new case and hardware without a bunch of pretty lights?" Why thank you for the suggestion, I'll install those right now. After everything is hooked up and in its place, I once again look over the wiring to make sure everything is connected and overall in good order.
Looks like we need to tidy up the wires a bit.
Now we move on to assembling the case. The first piece to go on it the top. Why? Because both side panels attach to it. Ooo, nice and shiney.
Now that that's done, We'll go ahead and attach both side panels.
Great! Now lets power on and see how she works. No problems? Nowhere? Wow, that must be a first! Everything seems to be working great. Windows booted up just fine and all hardware has been identified. After updating the drivers, it runs like a dream. I reboot and go into BIOS setup. Once there, I look at the system monitor and see what temps, I'm running at. After leting her idle for 2 hours, the CPU temp hovers at a steady 28c and a case temp of 29c. Looks like applying the Arctic Silver 5 has paid off nicely. If you're wondering what the room temp is, I have my thermostat set at 70 degrees f.
Next on my list of things to do is to do a few benchmark tests to get a good base point. At this time if anyone knows of any good software to do this, I would be greatful. Also, I see that many of you use prime 95, is there any other programs to suggest? After that, I'll start my journey down overclock road and see where I'll be swept off to.
Ok Ok, I know you've all been very patiant and I thank you for that. I'm sure you're thinking, "just show me the pretty lights! That's why I'm here!" I can think of now better way of ending my first work log. I hope you guys enjoyed reading it (for those of you who read) and for those who just looked at the pictures, well, I hope you enjoyed those also. I might not of taught much of you anything but I feel confident that somewhere out there, some Newb is saying, "well, if he can do it so can I!" Afterall, Isnt that the whole reason why we're all here to begin with, to help the less experiance, and give them a gental nudge in the right direction. I like to think so.
So, to conclude this, I hearby show to you the one thing you've all been waiting for....Pretty Lights!