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First of all thanks to everyone who helped me on this thread:
Replacing my WWII rig! Need input with my new build.

Here's the final setup:
CPU:
Intel Core i7-860 2.80Ghz 8MB Cache LGA 1156

CPU Cooler:
Scythe Mugen-2 Rev.B SCMG-2100 Retail (LGA1156)

Motherboard:
Asus P7P55D-E Deluxe USB 3.0 , SATA 6.0Gb/s

Memory:
G.Skill ECO (2GBx2) 1600Mhz CL7-8-7 1.35 Volts (F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO)

Graphics Card:
Gigabyte GTX460 1GB GDDR5 GV-N460OC-1GI

Hard Drives:
WD WD1002FAEX 1000GB Caviar Black
WD WD5000AAKB 500GB IDE

DVD Drive:
ASUS DRW-24S1T

Power Supply:
Seasonic 620W S12II-620Bronze Retail (5 year warranty)

Case:
HEC Compucase 66RC

Misc:
x4 COMPUTER FAN FILTER - BLACK ANODIZED ALUMINUM - 120mm
x5 Logisys 120MM BLUE 4 LED PC CASE FAN

Display:
Samsung SyncMaster 710N 17" @ 1280x1024

-----------------------------Here come the pics ------------------------

This is the stuff. Plus you can see my old WWII era rig that I've been sitting with... I haven't bought a comp for the last 10 years.. would you believe?!? now when I sit with this new rig I can't believe how long and patient I was for this moment .... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh... haaaaaaaaaa...



Lets start with the case:



The case is cool. Only no eSata connector at the top + wires to the HD audio connector on the mobo were a bit short (Asus put this connector at the bottom left corner of the mobo.. you'll see later).

PSU:


Good psu. Just no cable management... I didn't want to pay extra $20 for this option.. anyway, who cares.. after I assemble it, it doesn't ask for food... plus I moved the HDD cage one slot up and put all the extra cable under it.. so it won't block the airflow..(shown in later pics)..

Filters:


I put one filter at the bottom of the case to catch all the crap before entering the PSU, so I keep it as clean as possible.. after all it's a 5 year warranty and you can't open it before that.


Next I assembled the fans on the side grill but noticed something very strange. While the fan was attached to the grill it became a lot more nosier.. than when I was holding it in the air.

The noise was because of the turbulence of the air coming throughout the grill on the panel.. the moment I moved the fan away it made much less noise and was pushing more air.. hmmm logically.. so I cut the grill off and TADAM.. no noise and much better air flow... good I bought those filter I thought...



Mobo:


The mobo is cool. Only something is making a light buzzing sound.. it can be heard when there is quiet in the room and when you turn your head in a certain position to the computer.. I suspect it's the voltage regulators but I'm not sure.. I need to do more investigating...


Now I think this remote control is really not necessary. After seeing in the asus manual that there is an options to activate the overclocking profiles by defining certain keyboard shortcuts.. I really could spare the $25 premium for this board and got myself the PRO version... It also does not load the profiles you set in your bios.. only loads the ones you set in windows... so long for a "
Hardware remote control" for my Linux OS.

More pics are coming stay tuuuned...
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post #2 of 9
nice rig !
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thanks man.. I'm going to post some more pics.. just have to eat..
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Very nice rig!!! Makes me jealous !
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Beautiful rig man, now time to overclock it (just kidding).
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Very nice rig!!! Makes me jealous !
thx..
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Beautiful rig man, now time to overclock it (just kidding).
thanks. I was trying to OC it but I can't seem to be able to get a stable overclock with this setup.. asus auto tuning gets to 3.6 ghz with 1.35v on IMC and 1.28v on Vcore.. something wrong with this auto crap.. cpu hits 80C+ on prime95 with all 8 threads..

I'll open up a thread for it later on when I finish with this one...I see you have the same CPU... maybe you can help me out with some bone over it...
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CPU:


Cooler:


Mugen is great. I got my friends setup with i5-750, asus P7P55D-E, with only 2 fans push/pull in the comp to 3.8 and 70C at full load with prime95.

Only problem with this cooler is that you need 5 hands to assemble it. 1 to hold mugen, 1 to screw the bolts, 1 to hold the mobo while you do that and 1 to hold the screws and 1 for other crap from not falling.

So I used some tricks as you see below..to "do the right thing, right, right the first time" this is the coolest thing I learned in quality engineering.


first of all I taped the screws just enough on the side to hold them and enough room to screw them with one hand and the tape not interfering.




Success from the first time. Not pretty but working.

next memory and other stuff... stay tuned..
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Memory:



This memory works under 1.35V which is very good for the cpu.. I mainly do light load stuff like internet, office, music... so it fits the purpose from the reliability and longevity point of view.

Only problem I found with it is that when I enable the XMP profile in bios and the memory goes to it's specified timings of 7-8-7-24 it fails the blend memory test in prime95 with 2-4 threads just making a bug in the first minute of running.. maybe I need to feed them more or something...

GPU:



This card is very quiet.. my other fans making much more noise.

Next the final pics of my masterpiece.
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NOW you get to see some striptease starting with my leg down here and... (just kidding!!!)








As you can see I had to take the top fan out of the case because the mugen was so tall I couldn't close the side panel when the fan was from inside... just pity otherwise it would be just perfect..

Plus all the assemble process didn't go without something frying.. i'll tell you the incident and then some story for you to laugh also...

First the incident. When I was checking the fans I connected them to my old comp running.. I took the power cable from the CDROM and connected the fans to it too see how they rotate and in which direction.. then did the grill cutting, then assembled the fans, then connected it again and what's weird is that when I take off the CDROM power the linux just stuck when I reconnect it back it continues to work.

So I thought to myself.. "it's not safe to connect 5 fans to 1 connector with this old psu...something can get fried... i'll shut down the comp then connect it to different connectors.." The moment I thought this and I connect the power plug to the CDROM and booooooommmmm, sparks in my face... the computer is down and there is a stinky smell... as that saying going.. what you think you attract.

Then I think... something got fried.. maybe the PSU... So I start the power button and it works, but... "no operating system detected"... holy ****.. in that moment my heart dropped to my heel. I thought my HD got his funeral with all my smut.... i have a backup, but not the bookmarks and mail.. so this **** is unpleasant... fortunately only the old CDROM got baked (it didn't worked anyway) after I set the jumpers on the IDE it all worked. What a feeling of oooooohhhhhhhoooooooooooooooooooooooo that was...


I know it's already becoming a novel but you have to hear this story it's really GOOD!! I'll keep it short..

Me and my brother.. two clowns decided one day to fix 16port network switch made by Level One that was overheating. My brother is a electronics practical engineer at Intel haifa center and works with motherboards and stuff all day long. Me a quality manager at electromechanical company. We both work on a daily basis with ESD, electronics and stuff... but at home.. this is good.

So I'm wearing a wool costume (what could be better ), sneakers and sitting on a chair. I got it taken apart and my brother is rambling about the ESD.. went and brought 1 pair of anti static gloves.. 1 glove for him and 1 for me.. hahahahaha... i said ***? haha you keep the gloves to yourself.. the power plug is out and the switch is on the bed (with synthetic sheet over it) what can already happen.

In short... we put some heat sink paste on the chips (they didn't put any on the factory.. would you imagine?!?) connected it while it's open to see it's working.. after seeing it works.. only left to close the case.. my brother sits on the bed.. wants to close the case... and I like... wait let me help you I know how to close the case I took it apart...

I take the case and with 2 hands holding it the moment i touch the body of the switch with the edge of the case it gooes BOOOOOM, Spark you can't imagine what powerful.. the glass fuse just blows up from the power supply and all the glasses shoot up in the room... Pity I thrown it away you should have seen the place on the metal plate where it touched... almost a hole in the IRON.

All this happened because we forgot to take off the power cable before closing the case and it was earthed and I'm not.

SOOO... all of you here should remember to be very careful with ESD,
1) make sure you earthed good before you start.
2) no wool or synthetic clothing.
3) make sure the power cable is not connected.
4) try not to touch on the surface of the chips themselves. you can do an unnoticed damage to them with ESD, shortening their lives very much. Plus it will inevitably hurt your overclocking ability of the chip, plus much higher the risk that it will be damaged even more.
5) try to stay positive and think only good stuff about your rig and don't get nervous in the process of assembly.. take a break if you struggling with something. Ask for help. You know... what you think you attract.

Sorry for the novel. but I think it was funny don't you?
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