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I recently purchase new ram, psu, and two fans for my storm scout.

When I first put together my computer, I was jobless and was using my tax return to build it. So I was aiming for price and value. My budget was $400. Prior to my current sig rig, I was using a Athlon Xp desktop and a netbook. I got tired of all the short coming from an atom processor and a single processor.

I bought everything from micro center because I have no patience for shipping. Based my build on some what htpc because I had a LCD tv in my room which was going to be used as the monitor.

After becoming a member of OCN and seeing where I failed in some of my parts selection, I decided to replace parts that were OCN disapproval.

What I purchased:

G.Skill Rip Jaws series CL7 2x2 gigs
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231303

With the customer appreciation coupon, it was 84.99 but with 2nd day shipping it was $95.00

Seasonic x-750 PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817151087

It was on sale for $129.99 shipped. Finally a PSU that is reliable unlike the current one I have, and it's fully modular which will help me cable manage my scout.

Of course, I found all these deals thanks to OCN and all of it's great members.

Now for some pictures! Unfortunately, these were taken on an iphone 3gs. So please excuse the quality, I tried my best by trying to get the best amount sun light in each picture.


After a disappointing night with no good deals from newegg, I woke up this morning to the sound of a delivery truck. At first I was no way, this early in the morning? Thank you UPS


I got the ram yesterday and by the time I got back home, there wasn't enough lighting to take a decent picture.



Slickflow for my scout. My motherboard has a blue scheme and with my new ripjaws also being blue, I thought blue would match perfectly.




All of this is going inside of this baby. After work today, I plan on stopping by mc or frys to grab another cathode lighting and some compressed air. I've been lazy and not been blowing away dust that has been gathering on and inside of it of my computer.


This is my six year old desk from ikea. Had it since I was in middle school. That's my tv on a stand I made based on an article from lifehacker. On the left is my 5770 awaiting to be returned and then I'm going to grab a 6870. I was waiting for the psu come first before sending it back for RMA because I knew newegg would ship the psu in a big box. Someone threw away my box that came with the gpu.
Nothing really to say about my desk. I have a logitech revolution which my brother gave to me. He had problems with it but with new drivers and playing around with the software, works perfectly. It ain't no G500 or razer mamba but it does the job quite well. I'm using a wired keyboard that has a wave? for ergonomics. I choose wired because I have bad experience with wireless keyboards. I know, mechanical keyboard is the way, but for the time being, I'll stick to this. And I have son goku to watch over my desktop from Frieza and his crew. (Enjoying Dragon Ball Kai. Brings back memories.)

http://lifehacker.com/5678735/howd-y...-work-remotely
I saw this article on lifehacker. Made me want to call in today and ask to work remotely.. T.T


Oh yes!


The modular cables and the psu in a nice velvet bag.







My future upgrades.

Bulldozer and maybe a new motherboard. I would like to get a motherboard with a 890 chipset so I can overclock even more.

Another 1tb F3 in raid 0 or maybe raid 1. Running out of space..

Another OCZ Vertex 2 60 gig for raid 0. Hmm, makes me wonder. Can I have two raid 0 running at the same time or only one running from my motherboard.

Blu ray driver that reads and write so I can start ripping my blu ray to mkv or iso.

Hmm I guess thats it. I named my sig rig never ending story because it's going to be constantly replaced with new parts and it is one of my favorite song. I'm going to stick with this thread for all my upgrade for me to look back to all the upgrades I've done.

I know this isn't an high end upgrade, but to me it is because its my money

Thanks for looking.

Also open to any suggestions.
    
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you can have as mant raids you want. SSD with raid point less. only #s game, had 3 vertex in raid -0 was 666 reads and 550 write. 220 reads and 150 writes single .
bf2 load times
raptor 45 sec
raptor raid -0 30 sec.
apex raid 25 sec
vertex 7 sec
vertex raided 15 sec.
i had everthing right on raid . just ssds suck in raid, the proformace drops fast. the 3 vertex was slow as 1 in 4 months, now on c300 faster yes , much nope, mite of droped .5 sec loading in bc2. other games mite be just a hair faster. But from platter to ssd no turning back.
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I would've gotten the G.Skill ECO's over Ripjaws, but overall not a bad build! I'm liking the Seasonic X750 choice
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i would have gotten...
Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104142

<20$ more and solid as stone, imo will OC to better timings.

edit:
though they are probably much faster stock, even with rated timings.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
I would've gotten the G.Skill ECO's over Ripjaws, but overall not a bad build! I'm liking the Seasonic X750 choice
Thanks for the suggestion. I looked into the ECOs but they didn't have them on sale that day on newegg.

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i would have gotten...
Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104142

<20$ more and solid as stone, imo will OC to better timings.

edit:
though they are probably much faster stock, even with rated timings.
Sigh those look sexy. I looked into kingston because of the blue and I remember seeing a ram cooler that had blue led.

Thanks.



After work last night, I stopped by microcenter and got some black zip ties and compressed air. I think I worked on the computer for three hours and I'm proud to say I'm happy with the cable management. It ain't the best but its alot better than before. The modular psu really helped with the cable management. I'll post some pictures once I get home. Tonight I'm going to take out the 5770 and send it back to newegg. Until I get a new card, I guess I'll work on my player on NBA NK11
    
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Here are some pictures I took last night but posted them today because I got home too late last night.


Red and blue.




Underneath my HDDs is where you can see some of the cables that I've hidden. Before, I did the exact same thing but I placed it right behind the fan preventing air coming into the case.


I want to buy a dremel and cut the hole on top alitttle bigger, so I could fit in the 24-pin cable. I want to do something the sata cables also. Its ok, but I want them more invisible. Any suggestion? I love the heatspread on the G.Skill ram, it fits so well with my motherboard. The R-4 fan brings in alot of cold air and its slient! Sitting next to my computer, with out the side panel, I can feel the cold air exhausting out towards me. I really like the airflow I have going on. I want to add another R-4 to the side panel for even better exhaust.




You can see how I routed my 24-pin cable. I bought a sleeved NZT cable from frys awhile back and seasonic's 24-pin cable is long. So I had to run it as long as I could without it being exposed.


Honey comb


I wish I could hid the H50's fan cable more but don't know how to route it without it being exposed. You can see the HD audio being routed behind the video card.


Close up of the CPU cooler. I thought I pushed the cable from the scythe fan away for little exposure, but it keep creeping back out.

I slept to late last night and was alittle late for work this morning. I didn't get enough time to take out the 5770 and pack it back out for shipment. I guess I'll ship it out tomorrow on saturday. For the moment, I just love leaving my computer panel less. Before I used to feel disgusted with my cable management, but now with the seasonic I no longer have to turn away!

I'm looking into a 5.25" fan controller but want something that displays more than fan temps and rpm. Maybe something that displays time, or maybe song title and artist when I'm listening to music. Anyone have any suggestions?

Unfortunately, I could not take out the fan in the front. That mfer is screwed onto the front bezel real hard. Red and blue looks alright but I still prefer all blue.

Sigh looking at these picture made me realize I need to hurry and get a camera. My younger sister lost my Sony T70 awhile back so I've been relying on my iphone ever since. I've been eyeing the E-PL1 or Nex-5. I want a dslr but more compact and also atleast 720p video recording. Anyone have opinions of either camera?

Well thanks for looking and always open for any suggestions.
    
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I totally forgot about this thread I made. I've been busy with work and with thanksgiving. I had a friend from Beantown, who came down to visit me during the holiday. Since my last post, I gotten a few new things. So here it is!

New gpu! Asus 6870. I picked the Asus because of the minimalistic look. Not a big fan of graphic design other manufacturers offer. However, I really wish it didn't come with the red strip on the side. Doesn't really match my fans, mother board, and ram color scheme.



My brother decided to build a new computer so I gave him my 5770.

With a new gpu, I decided to get a new game... Starcraft II!

I only played Broodwar with friends during lan party, and never took it too serious. When Broodwar was out, I was all over D2. Of course needed a new gaming mouse also!



I had a friend from a different state visiting me during thanksgiving and I told myself I wouldn't get anything during black friday. But I saw the ad for a 932 from Frys for under $100 with MIR. I really wanted a full size case, so I decided to go down to Frys and get one. While at frys, I noticed the Creative Fata1ty(?) headphones with mic were also on sale with MIRs.




I really love my CM Scout. I love the cable management and the black interior. But due to the size of the case, I had to go with the 932 and my brother was building a new computer. So I gave him my scout and justified myself a new 932. I would be a happy camper if the 932 had a back interior like the scout, but whatever. I can just paint it!

I've gotten a few cans of rust-o-leum but haven't painted it yet. I'm planning on painting the case next month after New Years, when I get a week off from work. I also decided to pop out all of the rivets and paint it the right way. So I have to pick a rivet gun soon and a drill bit to punch out the rivets



With this new case, I was thinking about other mods I would want to do to my sig rig. And the first thing that came into my mind was SLEEVING!

This was my first attempt at sleeving after seeing a few videos on how to sleeve. You can see how the heat shrink isn't very well measure and consistent.



And here is the dual 6-pin cord for the gpu.



After that I went onto my fans. I've gotten a few R4s to mount on top of the 932 for exhaust. I was going to put three on top and one on the bottom of the case as an intake.








While sleeving the fan, I decided to sleeve it all the way. But now I realize with the cord sleeved all the way, I can't place it on the bottom of my case as an intake fan.

Whatever.

Here are some tools I used.


The sleeving is from Frys. Clean cut. Even though it has a clean cut, I still used a lighter and run my fingers over it to make sure its doesn't fray(?) apart.



The heatshrink I used was also from Frys. This is a box set of different sizes of heatshrink.



Here is the heatgun, which I also bought from Frys.



Yes the 6-pin is finished and looks so good! My sig rig is out of the case and sitting on top of my motherboard box ATM. Getting ready to paint the case.




After finishing the 6-pin cord, I moved onto the 24-pin cord. But during it, I ripped one of the cords. I made a post about it here

http://www.overclock.net/other-hardw...-cord-psu.html

When I ripped the cable, I freaked out. I tried to crimp a new connector onto it but couldn't find the correct size crimper. So I emailed Seasonic and they said they'll mail me a new 24-pin modular cable via 3-day UPS for free! They didn't even ask why I was asking for one nor did they ask for any verification if I even had a x-750 psu. Interesting. So due to the unfortunate mis-happen, I've stopped all sleeving until it comes. When the new 24-pin modular cable come, I'm going to swap the wire that got ripped and move onto the 4-pin.





On a side note.
The holes for the psu on the 932 case does not match up to my psu. Any suggestions?




One day after running a few errands for my boss, I decided to stop by Microcenter and take a look around. I was looking around and saw their older 64 gig SSD (not the sand force) drive open boxed for $55.


Oh ya my SSD is faster than your HDD! Love my OCZ Vertex 2 SSD!

I decided to grab two, one for my brother and the other would go to my netbook.

But before giving it to my brother I tried raiding 0 with no success. I followed the motherboard manual but couldn't get it to raid 0.













Oh well, whatever I was just curious. I had other things that was taking up my time anyways.





Especially for this coming year~! I know this isn't much with new CPU's on the horizon, but to me its something big!












Thanks for reading! I know, with all the money I spend on computer parts, why not get a dedicated camera instead of using your 3gs! I hate my phone to death! If it wasn't for death tunes, I wouldn't even have this phone. With 100gigs of music, its hard to switch to a different platform. I guess this is my last post also for this thread. I'm trying to get someone buy my sig rig, if not then I'll use it as my computer at work or give it to my younger sister.

Plans for '11!
-Finish sleeving my cables
-Spray paint 932 matte black
-Water cool my rig
-Another 6870
-Bigger SSD
-Blu ray disc
-Fan controller




Oh, if that bar code wasn't enough..



Man I'm sort of feeling sad as I'm writing this. This build was my first custom built computer. I felt so happy from the accomplishment of building something with my own two hands and no longer having to use my netbook as my main computer. Even though its been less than a year, I've learned so much from this build. I still consider myself a noob with building computers and picking the best parts for the most out of my money, but I really do enjoy building computers!

Love you AMD <3, you'll never be forgotten. Especially with bull dozer.


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More upgrades!
Scratch the 950, went with Sandy Bridge


Also picked up a zotac gtx580 for $330 with MIR



And other goodies!
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Good system so far , keep up the good work.
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