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post #1 of 12
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Hello!

Welcome to my little build log, this is a work in progress!

The ultimate aim of this build is to do a budget gaming PC with a bit of style, and a little off the usual path.

I'll be looking to try and get a decent blend of style, performance and noise as this will be replacing my current desk top so it has to be something I can live with and enjoy.

If any one wants more pictures or details along the way please just ask and I will do my best to help.
Edited by Mebby - 6/12/15 at 12:53pm
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post #2 of 12
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Well the first thing to start with is probably the case.

Its a Aerocool GT-A white, its not a overly common case but the price was right and its one of the better looking budget black and white cases.



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Time for a closer look;

Seems the vents on the side are just for decoration as they go to a dead end!



Rainbow cables!


I was wondering if there was space for a rad in the top of the case but its a no go, without some modding.



Dust filter is a nice touch.


Not a lot of space to hide cables behind there but lots of access.
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First step! Out with the front fan.


I had some old AeroCool fans that were good, but this one has blue LED's which I don't want and also seems to have a bit of a wobble so its puts off some noise. frown.gif


The replacements!


Blue? I don't think so.


Looking much better with the white.


Finally installed.


The cables are a lot shorted than I expected they would be, but its not an issue as they will be connected to the fan controller.
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Build is still in progress, my phone has broken so pictures have been delayed.

Currently a bit stuck as my cooler doesn't fit the case!

From the case spec;
Height limit for CPU coolers 159.5mm

Cooler is 157mm (checked with tape measure) but it will not fit. Seems the case spec is wrong.
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I built the pc after my last post and have been using it for a few months, but it was time for an upgrade so I finished some bits that had been bothering me at the same time!

The upgrade!
480Gb of storage, so I can put larger games on this instead of my 1TB HDD.


Installed!
I did move it to the top slot after as it was easier to add the cables.


Took the GPU out for a dusting and some work.


Cooler is a nice tight fit, looking for some faster low profile memory that comes in black and white but seems quite hard to get hold of!




Obligatory be quiet money shot! Seems an odd place to put the logo!
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The GPU is a PowerColor 280X I picked up used for £90 bargain!
Though its pretty clear its been used were the sea air blows freely as its lost is shine on the copper pipes. Just adds a little charm in my opinion.




Dusted out and the plate stripped off.


Time to hide the PCB colour! If any one has any suggestions on how to get in the gaps were the pcb breaks let me know! Going to keep an eye out for a pen with a smaller tip for now.



Stickers stand out too much.


Opps! Voided the warranty ninja.gif


Much cleaner!
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post #8 of 12
Nice budget case with lots of features thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by Mebby View Post

Not a lot of space to hide cables behind there but lots of access.

With that lots of access you can just hide the cable using a ziptie behind the plate in between the cable access.

Looking forward to your build progress!
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post #9 of 12
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Nice budget case with lots of features thumb.gif
With that lots of access you can just hide the cable using a ziptie behind the plate in between the cable access.

Looking forward to your build progress!
Behold!



I did tie them together but had some issues getting the side panel back on because the connectors were not lay flat so had to untie them again. Round 2 will follow I am sure!
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post #10 of 12
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Plasti Dip back plate came out ok though! Its not an exact match but look 100x better than silver.




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