Had to start in a new reply due to the 38 image (strange number) limit.
Saturday, July 14th. 11:30am
Sorry about the wait. lol. I decided to set my rig up yesterday before work. I had planned to do some overclocking and then leave Orthos running as I got there, but I ran into some problems installing an OS and stuff. Anyway, before I even started overclocking, I had to put it together. I got about half way through the building process before I started to forget taking photos. Forgive me. Anyway, firstly we have the eVGA 8800GTS 640mb:
Strangely enough, it came in a box. Interesting.
Pretty big. Nothing to let your kids play with. The risk of them getting hurt is too big.
The plastic is clear....ish.
Ew! I fingerprint! Who left that there?
Here's a literally side-by-side comparison with an ATi Radeon 9500. For that "wow it's huge" effect.
The 8800GTS eventually got boring to stare at not moving and all, so I busted out the mobo to begin the building process.
*** goes in these red and yellow things?
Sexy Northbridge heatsink. I wonder if the underside is so shiny. I dare not look.
Here's the underside of the E6420 that will be put through its pases.
The back plate for the monster that is the Tuniq Tower 120.
Sorry guys, I forgot to take photos inbetween installation. I was a tad nervous about getting the Arctic Silver application and seating of the Tower correct. I used the thread-thin line idea with Audi's Arctic Silver 5 Mod
. Unfortunately I had a little AS5 leak out the sides of the "modded" applicator. I don't mind. There's still plenty left to reseat a couple of times if I need to.
Yes, it's outside of the case. The case is actually still on its way, thanks to FedEx being stupid and taking their time on my 2nd day order.
GeiL makes pretty heatspreaders.
Mounting mechanism for the Tuniq Tower. One of the screws was a real challenge to screw in. My forearm actually cramped up in the process.
Just checking up on them... still pretty.
The 8800GTS... still boring, but that'll change soon.
Random image of my HDD. Western Digital Caviar 160gb SATA 3.0gb/s. Secks.
The GTS is so boring I wonder why I took so many photos.
The setup. You might wonder what that ugly blue case is doing there... Well I rummaged this one out of a corner in the kitchen (oddly right next to that table) to use its power button. I dare not put my parts in a case other than the one meant for them. Respect.
Not much clearance between the *boring* GTS and the Southbridge heatsink.
The setup again, much later in the day... the next day to be exact.
An elevation shot!
That's about it for now. At stock everything, temps were around 28 degrees C idle and no more than 38 degrees C under load. With that said, I've started the overclocking process. I had the E6420 running Orthos stable for 6+ hours at 3.504ghz with 1.475vcore and vdimm (i think) +.2v and +.1v FSB whatever. The core temps got up to right around 57 degrees C, and the overall temp over 60. I wasn't happy with that. So I decided I've just settle with a 3.2ghz clock at stock voltage. It's currently running in Orthos, and I might try to step it up a tad now that I've found the rig's "potential". I'll stay at stock voltage, though.
Maybe the Stack 830 will help cool it even more. We'll see when it arrives. I'll take more photos of the installation process at that time.
Thanks for watching, check back soon if you're interested in seeing my noobish adventure unfold! I'll just continue to edit this thread. Your input is greatly appreciated! Also, if you have any tips for the build, leave them here! I'm interested to hear them.