Originally Posted by Axxess+
It's not really important anyway, since air bubbles don't make that much of a difference. If you twisted it, don't worry, except if you have some more TIM, you could try again.
But for my 9700, I twisted my heatsink around, since I didn't really knew what side I was supposed to make it face to.
It didn't really change anything, and my MX-2 still does the job pretty well !
Thank you for your input! I have followed the directions you, strat79, and th1nker have told me regarding the thermal paste. I did do a little twisting with the heatsink, but I bought the big amount of arctic silver 5, so no worries!
I've just spent from 1 AM until 10AM today building my first computer from scratch (quintuple checking everything you do does that to you).
Some of the directions on the CM690 manual was not very clear (like which of the 2 pins are positive or negative...there's a freakin arrow and it doesn't tell you in the manual if the arrow represnts positive or negative, but I found a video of someone with the same chasis and similar Gigabyte board. I also spent waay too much time finding out the difference between a PWR FAN and a SYS FAN. I also forgot to place the I/O panel after I set everything up!
Some of the placements for the board are just plain weird and annoying. The 6-pin for the board and the HD audio had the wires almost blocking the heatsink fan. And that IDE placement irks me to no end. I'm exhausted, but I finally got it together!
Weighing in at nearly 20 lbs the CM690 is stocked with:
4 GB DDR3 Gskill 1333
Some Samsung DVD burner
Samsung F3 1TB
Stock heatsink (will change later when I get more monies)
Last but not least: 550BE
Some pics! Pic1 Pic2
(I wanted to take more but the camera started acting up *shrugs*)
You'll notice what's annoying me about the 6pin and the HDaudio. I also wish that IDE for my DVD burner was in a better spot on the board. I'm just glad it's all together honestly.
Now let's hope nothing was short circuited or ends up DOA when I power it up! :swearing:
Next up on the check list:
Edited by sandman64 - 12/5/09 at 10:32am
- Check to see if it turns on
- Heat/cool cycling for arctic cooling 5
- Running Prime95 on the 550BE as a dual core to check it's temps (and to see if the thermal paste was placed effectively)
- Unlocking the 550BE as a quadcore (crosses fingers)...and then overclocking it!