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still considering a name for it, either the tornado or the windtunnel... the air is set up to come in from the front and bottom and exit out the top and rear but with the 212+ having 2 120mm fans, it'll be interesting to see what the air does when getting thrown around inside that case

So, i dont have a huge budget or any crazy ideas like some of the other projects out there (hats off to your guys' creativity) but i DO have the need for a quick pc seeing as mine is 2 years old and is getting outdated so i cobbled together some parts to make a light overclocking rig to suit my daily needs


my first try (as some of you guys may have read) was an e5300 with an asus board but the board didnt want to cooperate, the cpu fan was stuck at 1 speed and wouldnt speed up when the pc was under stress so i returned that and ordered an i3 system.

here's my parts list(btw, i already have all of the stuff on this list ) :

-Intel Core i3 540 TRAY (no HSF) - 114.99


-Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Mid Tower 49.99


-NZXT sentry 2 5.25 inch fan controller - $25


-Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 119.99 COMBO


-OCZ SeathXStream 700w atx12v powersupply 74.99 COMBO -$30 (+ another 20 MIR)

-Cooler Master Hyper 212+ cpu cooler 29.99


-2x2packs (4 total) of cooler master 120mm blue LED fans (4 total) 2 x 9.99


-WD Caviar Black 1tb HD 64mb Cache, SATA3 99.99



-G.SKILL Ripjaws 8gb (2x4gb) ddr3 1333 195.99


-Antec Formula 5 Cooling Compound (i have the mx-3 compound on the way, being shipped but might keep Antec's Formula 5 if temps are good enough @ 4ghz)





and some parts i had laying around:
-1.5tb seagate barracudda 5900rpm for storage
-GEFORCE 9600 GSO (i dont do hardcore gaming, just multitask alot so i need 2 screens at least)


-ah yes, and windows 7 ultimate 64bit genuine of course i've got a copy laying around i was saving for this build


so far, i've had it OC'd to 4.0ghz and i'm pretty happy with the results.. My 212+ keeps it at a colder temp. than my vostro 400 is stock lol.. I plan on pushing the i3 to 4.5+ just to see how high it can get but i will most likely keep it at 4.0ghz for daily use..


My plans for the future of this build:
-once i have my fan controller, test out a PUSH PUSH and a PUSH PULL fan config on the 212+ to see what would work best for cooling the CPU.
-clean up the wiring (after ihave the fan controller)
-get another WD:BLACKCAVIAR once raid is supported for sata3 and set it up in a raid
-OC the memory for better timing/latency
-in about a year, upgrade to an i5 or i7 processor (i3 will keep me happy at least a year)



PICS of my setup (will update when more parts arrive)

My temporary Monitor:


My mess of wires (waiting on my fan controller to come monday:


the hyper212+ sits almost right next to my memory.. YES i know i have it set up in single channel for the picture, i changed it after the pic:



EDIT:
ah, almost forgot to share my OTHER project with you guys its not really PC based but i guess its kinda overclocking based xD

my corvette!!


its a 1979 and i decided to drop a 2001 ls1 into it (350hp engine compared to the older, 190hp engine) i'm almost done with my swap, all thats left is the electrical/plumbing to do and i will be riding that baby with the tops off


ANOTHER EDIT:

so i upgraded my rig w/ 2 20" ACER monitors, still had my old 19" dell laying around and turns out theyre the same size height wise LOL SO, i've got 3 monitors and a 4th for my home server:


i've got wall mounts coming for the 3 monitors (currently only 1 is on a mount) so that i can mount them up higher a bit...


i dont have any internals pics for now but i got the wiring cleaned up i'll try to find a pic later on and post it up
Edited by mrmarchuk - 10/6/10 at 12:51pm
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Which video card will you be using? Looks like a fun build, but you better have a use for 8 gb of memory
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Which video card will you be using? Looks like a fun build, but you better have a use for 8 gb of memory
i dont have use for 8gb of memory but SOMETIMES I do, when i have photoshop, dreamweaver, and a couple other programs open at the same time, the current pc takes a little while to switch between windows and it bugs me. Also, i mess with music/video editing and encoding and sometimes my 4gigs doesnt quite pull it so i figured 8gb it is i know 95% of the time iw ont be using it but when i DO need it, its better to have it


as for the video card, i will be using the ati that came in my vostro400 for the next couple days, then, when i'm ready to close the case up (after fan controller is in and wires cleaned up) then i will take the 9600GSO out of the vostro and drop it into the tornado, along with the wifi card i have laying around and sell the vostro i dont plan on doing any serious gaming and the 9600 gso gets me through quite a bit of what i do need. full graphics on bc2, mw2, battlefield2, no lag no problems. i figure if i need anyhting stronger later, i will buy it later. save some money this build came out to be a little more spendy than i thought it would be oh well. i like it.
Edited by mrmarchuk - 7/18/10 at 7:52am
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Tell me more about the Vette, me and my dad just sold his old 1978 Stingray that had a 350/ had the chrome bumper package and all the other fun jazz.
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my corvette!!


its a 1979 and i decided to drop a 2001 ls1 into it (350hp engine compared to the older, 190hp engine)
We have other hobbies as well! I have a K&N air intake, a Dinan hyperchip, front strut bar on my BMW M3
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Intel 2500k Asus P8P67 Galaxy GTX580 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 
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Intel 80 gb SSD, Raptor 150 Windows 7 Home Premium 24" Samsung LCD Saitek Eclipse 
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You think yours is outdated? im running a amd athlon xp 2500 right now!!
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You think yours is outdated? im running a amd athlon xp 2500 right now!!
Great chips, OC it to 2.4-2.5Ghz, chuck in a new HDD and you've got yourself a decent rig for quite a few uses.
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Samsung 840 250GB Western Digital Black 1TB WD1002FAEX Samsung Spinpoint EcoGreen 2TB Pioneer DVR-220LBKS 
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Noctua NH-D14 Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1850rpm Corsair AF140 Quiet Edition Arch Linux x86-64, amdgpu 
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Windows 10 Bloatfree Edition BenQ G2220HD BenQ G2020HD Ducky Shine III Year of the Snake, Cherry Blue 
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Nice Corvette, I plan to own a C2 or C3 someday.
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Tell me more about the Vette, me and my dad just sold his old 1978 Stingray that had a 350/ had the chrome bumper package and all the other fun jazz.
Nice. Well this is a base model 79 that I'm making into a 2001 c3 along with the engine, I'm putting in fbody accessories, steering column and gauges (speedometer/tach) along with some suspension and interior mods I've got a site that I post my progress on but I haven't updated it in a couple weeks, http://www.c3fever.com
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We have other hobbies as well! I have a K&N air intake, a Dinan hyperchip, front strut bar on my BMW M3
Nice, yeah it seems like most computer people do SOMETHING with cars, I've got a buddy that's building up a crazy engine for his 08 civic si lol, he does his own tuning.
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Nice Corvette, I plan to own a C2 or C3 someday.
If you can afford it, get a chrome bumper c3 (1968-1972) convertable, there's nothing like the curves on a convertable c3 and the chrome bumpers just give it the extra sexiness it needs to top it off
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Nice build, and great lookin' vet LS1 Engines are beasts.
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