Phase one: The Gathering of the Silicon Godz.
For any enthusiast one the more entertaining parts of building a PC is probably researching and finding and purchasing all the necessary gear. There are so many options...thinning it down to the actual purchases and final build is always a challenge.
This build is a little different. Almost all of the parts needed are on hand here at the shop.
Indignity is going for a Q6700 (purchased) Asus P5K Deluxe Wifi (here) eVGA 8800GT KO (here) platform. He already has the RAM and PSU he needs (in transit to me) and the LC parts and DVD burner I have in stock. He's on the prowl for some fast HDDs to RAID but that's no problem.
Of course the HW spec may change a bit...I leave that open to improvement...but I have taken into consideration that Indignity is looking for a stable easy to OC platform for a single card. I really can't think of a better $200 board than the Asus P5K deluxe...
That said I would not hold it against him if he up, down or side-graded to some other platform...to me it's all good. My focuse will be on the custom case, assembly of whatever parts we choose and the final tweaks and touches that will make his rig a real showpiece.
More to come!
There it is: Into the Abyss
At this stage the rig has been plumbed. No real cable management has yet taken place. The HDDs are yet to be installed.
Ready for HDDs.
A pair of Raptors and a pair of Samsung 750GB and 4 pairs of Scythe AV mounts.
The drives simply slide in.
And are secured by thumbscrews.
This improves case airflow over stock. Plus it dampens the Raptors for better performance.
I had to rework the fan mounts as the drives are slap up aginum. Self locking acorn nuts...
Still a ways to go.
I am liking the EK reservoir.
I doubt I will ever make another acrylic base just like that...
My first effort at window etching...not bad.
Though taller it looks balanced...it's a tad heavier now too.
The Matrix thinger came with scant printed instructions and I will look on the disc to see if there is anything to help me figure it out. but I think I should be able to change out the external usb cable with an internal cable...
I lost an 1/8" with the fancy side panel and I hope that is not a critcal 1/8". The FSP is not lacking in cables...it makes me want to take the snippers out...
I am waiting on some cables I special ordered...should be here soon.
Into the Abyss