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Hey everyone. This is my second custom build, but first build log. This new rig is almost identical to my sig rig, but 2 is better than 1.

Onto the parts:

EVGA X58 SLI LE Motherboard
Intel i7 920 CPU
OCZ Gold 6GB DDR-3 1600Mhz Memory
Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD
XFX 5770 GPU
Antec TruePower New TP-750
Thermalright Venomous-X Heatsink
(2) GentleTyphoon AP-14 [For Ven-x]
(3) Noiseblocker MF12-S2 [Case Fans]
OCZ Freeze
Antec 300 Case
ASUS VW266H 25.5" Monitor


PLEASE excuse the horrible picture quality. I lost the charger to my Nikon D40x and was stuck with some 5 year old digi cam that I broke half way though the pictures, and eventually switched to using my BlackBerry's camera. Again, really sorry for the bad pictures, but I guess some pics are better than none at all.

All the parts laid out except for the SSD which arrives Monday, and case not pictured:


Getting to work, time to prep the motherboard:


Unboxing the X58 board:




Comes with a few SATA cables, USB and SATA port expansion "card", power adapter for SATA, and the mobo backplate.


Once that's all out of the way, we get below to the motherboard inside an ESD bag.


Unwrapped:





The first order of business is replacing the TIM on the Northbridge and Southbridge. This board has a warm Northbridge. If changing out the TIM will help a few degrees, I'm all up for it, especially now...before parts get installed. I'm using 90% isopropyl alcohol to clean, and replacing the TIM with OCZ Freeze.

First step is to unscrew the screws holding the heatsinks onto their respective chips. To those doing this, it will be self evident on which screws to undo, but they are circled in red in my picture.



Start unscrewing:


4 screws later and you should have these off the board


Now we see what we get....here is the Northbridge. They were pretty liberal with the TIM from factory, and ALMOST got TIM between the pins for some components around the NB chip. I spent some time cleaning this up 3x over making sure no pins had TIM on them.


Southbridge time:


All cleaned up! Mirror finish on the Northbridge:


Heatsinks cleaned up:


With everything cleaned up 3 or 4 times over, it was time to apply OCZ Freeze and put things back together. Southbridge first! I didn't know how much TIM to put on, so I decided rather than do it once and guess if it was enough or not...I would just apply over and over until I had a good idea of how much TIM to put on. This was about the 4th try on the Southbridge:



This was the spread I got:


I cleaned it up, and this time I put a little more compared to the time pictured above. That should get me good coverage across the chip.

Same deal with the Northbridge. Took me quite a few times to get the amount down.


I didn't take a picture of the spread on the NB simply because I forgot, but from this, I had a good spread.

Putting the heatsinks back on can be a little tricky. The Southbridge is easy because the heatsink is light and will stick nicely to the board as you turn it over to screw the heatsink in, but the Northbridge is a different story. Took me a few tries to get it right because you have to hold the heatsink to the assembly with your left hand, and use your right hand to put the board on its edge, line up the holes, start the screws, and tighten them down. The spring loaded screws make it hard to over tighten. You go hand tight, and that's it!
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Next up, I drop in the i7 920 into the motherboard.

Unboxing the Intel i7 920 which can be had for dirt cheap now.






On the motherboard, open up the latching system, remove the protective cover, drop the processor in, and latch 'er up!













Moving on, time to get the heatsink set up. Unboxing the nice and big Thermalright Venomous-X heatsink:


Opening up the box, you'll first see the accessory box. Under that, a parts list and instructions. Get those things out of the way, and we see the heatsink it self. This thing is muchhh better than my Xiggy Dark Knight.







Going back to the Accessory box, there are a bunch of parts. Mounting kit, fan clips, silicon anti rattle strips, wrench, thumbscrews.





The bolt through bracket works with 776, 1156 and 1366 depending on where you adjust the position on the screw studs. All the way OUT for 1366:


That goes on the back of the motherboard. Orientation doesn't matter.


Once that is through, you use the thumbscrews with studs to fasten the bracket down, and give place for the 2nd part of the mount to attach to.


The heatsink anchor bracket goes ontop of that, and gets held down with the thumbscrew caps.


All that is left is to apply TIM, set the heatsink ontop, secure it down, and use the wrench to place additional pressure on the center of the assembly if you want. As with applying TIM on the Northbridge and Southbridge, I took multiple tries to see how to get good coverage.

First try:


Spread:


I ended up with this:



Once that was done, I went to tighten the heatsink to the bracket. I got the outer 2 screws finger tight, and then took the wrench to the center bolt. This is adjustable to 70 ft/lb. I don't think i went to 70ft/lbs, but I got some good tension on that screw. I didn't want to crush or break anything so I didn't go further. It's making good contact though.

I know there are some people who have an issue with the heatsink not being firmly mounted and nickname it Wobble-X or something like that. I can say with relief that I don't have this issue and that the entire assembly is SOLID.
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Next up, mounting the fans and memory!

The GentleTyphoon AP-14's. Man, these things have a large hub... I also made a fan shroud out of a crappy fan I had laying around the house. I plan to use this with the intake fan.


I attached the fan clips thinking the would get used, but they don't work with the GentleTyphoons. That's ok, I have some small zip ties! I'm attaching the exhaust fan first.




Thread the zip ties through the screw holes and out the other side. After that, navigate the shroud on the other side of then Ven-X followed by the other GentleTyphoon. To fasten everything, I take another zip tie and place it on the one I threaded through, using it as a "lock". Once everything is tight and the fans are properly placed against the Ven-X, pushed up against the silicon anti rattle strips, there is no plastic to metal contact that could cause noise, and nothing moves around. Success!













I tested out the GentleTyphoons with a 12v adapter that I made which I'll take a picture of on Monday, but man...these things are quiet. And the Noiseblockers are even better! I'm in love.. These are so much better compared to the cooling in my sig rig. I have the stock Antec fans in there, the stock Xiggy fan that comes on the Dark Knight, and 2 Xiggy Extreme Silence fans which are not silent. Together, it sounds like a have an engine for a little puddle jumper propeller plane. With this new setup, I'm replacing all 120mm fans with something quite, but I still have that stock 140mm Antec fan on the Antec 300 case. I KNOW that will be the loudest fan in the setup even on a low setting, so I'm going to buy a new fan for that. I'd like to get another Noiseblocker so I have 1 brand for case fans (silly, I know), but I may order from Koolertek again, which would force me to get a Yate Loon. We'll see what happens with that.

As for this build thread, this is all I have for now. I'll make more progress on Monday. I have all my parts shipped to my office so they aren't sitting outside at home, and I'm building the system at my office during my breaks to just get away from work for a few minutes. The Intel X25-M will also arrive on Monday from TigerDirect.

Does anyone know of a good hard drive cloning tool that I could use to clone an existing drive with OS to the new SSD, and then plug the SSD in and have it boot up the system without problems? I have a bunch of programs installed on the HD in my sig rig, and I want to see how much the SSD can really do. I mainly have Microsoft Flight Simulator X installed on there with about 5 different 3rd party add-ons for realistic simulator which are both large in size and take a lot of time to install fresh. I just want to clone drives, try it out, and then wipe the drive and use it for the new build.

Anyway,

Thanks for reading (if anyone does). Stay tuned for updates!

-Andy
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post #4 of 36
Holy crap this build is looking mighty find as of now, can't wait to see the rest.

+Rep for the photos and such.
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post #5 of 36
subscribed, looking good so far Andy, keep up the great work
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post #6 of 36
Nice build so far, so your venX doesnt wobble at all?
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Nope, I can rock the entire motherboard with it.
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post #8 of 36
Awesome stuff, it's looking good. Definitely keep the pictures coming.
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post #9 of 36
Oh wow.. great log man. The pics are great. I love step by step logs like this..
Keep up the great work! I can't wait to see that SSD.
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Love the pics. Keep em coming!
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