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post #1 of 19
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So. A free day where the moon isn't detrimental. *insert thread title*

All set, all parts in their packaging, anti-static wrist strap ready, all 100% cotton clothing, hardwood floor cleared, about seven cardboard shipping boxes of varying size, and a maniacal grin are in possesion.
In no particular order, with the flame marks next to the ones you guys convinced me of in proxy, plain telling, or indirection:

Cooler Master Storm Sniper BE
Thermalright Silver Arrow
AMD Phenom II X3 740
ASRock 870 Extreme3
MSI N460GTX HAWK
Seasonic X650
HP ZR24W
G.Skill F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO
Windows 7 pro 64-bit
ASUS DRW-24B3LT
Samsung spinpoint f3 1gb
Crucial RealSSD C300 64gb
Logitech S-120
Tripp Lite TLP810NET
some general electric "power keyboard" until i can afford an {RK-9000 }
some old logitech 3 button optical i already had until i can do a r.a.t. 7

Going to go re-vacuum... again... in final preparation. Back in about ~30 min. That gives time for a very important question to be answered and tips/reminders given, even though months of exhaustive research went into preparation. Where do I start
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Preparation is complete. Now the build log is to begin. 35 views yet no replies in an hour's time, so here goes.







Step 001: Anti Static Wrist Strap. Attach to the free Rosewill FB-02 that came with the power supply.

Step 002: Removed everything from the mailing boxes in which they came that they were stored in while waiting for other parts. All laid out. 0_o crazy how little room it takes up.


Step 003: The case. I had previously taken it out to inspect it when it arrived... 2? 3? 4? months ago, back panel just a tad convex at the bottom middle towards the back and the thumbscrew holes on that same side aren't aligned very well, making it difficult to remove. Otherwise it's fine. Awesome. Taking it out now. Awesome. Taking both panels off. Laid them on upside down boxes to prevent scratching and the sniper on it's right/back side. Started to take off the feet for safety but decided to do that later. Installed motherboard standoffs.

Edited by FelixLegend - 11/22/10 at 11:25am
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post #3 of 19
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Preparation is complete. Now the build log is to begin. 35 views yet no replies in an hour's time, so here goes.

Step 001: Anti Static Wrist Strap. Attach to the free Rosewill FB-02 that came with the power supply.

Step 002: Removed everything from the mailing boxes in which they came that they were stored in while waiting for other parts. All laid out. 0_o crazy how little room it takes up.

Step 003: The case. I had previously taken it out to inspect it when it arrived... 2? 3? 4? months ago, back panel just a tad convex at the bottom middle towards the back and the thumbscrew holes on that same side aren't aligned very well, making it difficult to remove. Otherwise it's fine. Awesome. Taking it out now. Awesome. Taking both panels off. Laid them on upside down boxes to prevent scratching and the sniper on it's right/back side. Started to take off the feet for safety but decided to do that later. Installed motherboard standoffs.
if u have time take pics that would add more interest of others im still reading but just sayin bro keep it comin
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post #4 of 19
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if u have time take pics that would add more interest of others im still reading but just sayin bro keep it comin
The camera is acting wonky. Two pictures with flash or about ten without with fresh batteries and it reads the charge on them as nearly dead. Then it tells you to change batteries and keeps shutting itself off. I'll try to have 15-minute rechargeables ready to continuously interchange. Sure wish I could directly upload stuff to just the tread. Putting them into an album is a bit time consuming.

Step 004: Remove shirt. It's long sleeved and kind of loose. Father is a bear and mother definitely not, so only my limbs and upper chest are hirsute. Still, can't be good for the lowest possible charges. Also socks. You can see them on the floor at the side base of the sofa.

Step 005: The motherboard. Removed cables, i/o shield, and documentation. Detached rear case fan connector because it will get in the way. Took motherboard out of anti static bag after putting the i/o shield in place and immediately... uh oh. problem. What's with the i/o shield and those metal prongs? I can't get it to go oh ok I flattened them out a little more than a little, bordering on much. And snapped in the last corner totally. Fits like a charm now. As always didn't force anything. Screwing in. Huh. mobo has a screwhole for "G" yet it isn't supposed to be used? screws screwed until resistance is met and then three twitches further. They are tight on there, but lightly tight if that makes sense. The lower edge of tight.

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post #5 of 19
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Step 006: The CPU. Man, they don't call them microprocessors for nothing. No one mentioned how dense they were either. Heavy. Wow. A bit of trouble getting the angle right because it kept pivoting between the two points of contact I had with it. Zero insertion force. Heh. I was under the impression that a CPU was akin to a couple Pringles stacked together, so I thought it would have trouble falling into place. Zero delibrate insertion force. That second picture came out real nice. Hand must be getting steadier.



Step 007: The memory. These look SWEET and AWESOME. However, an aesthetic flaw is present. The pcb should have been black. Then it would have been RAD and the others all rolled into one.


I was about to open it with my wicked knife, when the engineering of the package was fully noted. Just popped right open. Way to go GSkill ^o^



Opened the four clips, held the dimms by the ends, and placed them into the respective slots. Now, the instructions said that when it was inserted all the way, the clips would snap back into place. This was not so. Only that soft crinkly crackly crushy sound greeted me. Kind of confusing since they are now sturdily installed, clipped right in their slots.
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post #6 of 19
Ive gotta say, that board has a great layout!!

I always have trouble finding boards that allow an "after SLI" accessable pci x1 and pci slot for network and sound
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post #7 of 19
Um you might have already realized this but you will probably have to install the cpu cooler before installing the motherboard in the case. It should screw in via a backplate.
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post #8 of 19
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Step 008: The CPU Cooler. Unboxed the Silver Arrow. Conversely, it was lighter than expected. When I took it out of it's packaging and hefted it, I thought for a moment that it was less heavy than the cpu itself. :/


one slight imperfection, a ding near the middle:


Unscrewed the backplate after setting the chassis upright and eating dinner >_> oh yeah skipped lunch, then assembled the cooler except the fan. The backplates had me concerned and questioning for a bit. Decided to use the one Thermalright included.



Well that took four or five hours of solid(really- no stopping) work, finally done. Some people other than myself would call it a nightmare. Didn't know I had to remove the standard bracket, that blue thing, in order to fit it.

Also, messed up and tightened one too much before the others because I didn't realize it had threaded, and bracket skewed and popped off as a result. Had to reapply paste, this time to the cooler instead of the cpu. Oh yeah forgot to mention in the first post that I was using MX-4.

cpu on first try:

yeah too much. here's to the cooler on the second:


and twenty till midnight from seven thirty, it's done. really hard time with attaching the fan power. and i couldn't install it out of the case because there is a mounting screw directly below one of it's towers on the top right. fan power is also below but i got it in.


must sleep. >_< this whole time until one or two hours before completion i was grounded to a separate case. the whole point is to ground yourself to the chassis you are working on. *facepalm*

the rest tommorow. hopefully. and the moon is bad. D:
ah well.
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post #9 of 19
looks good, I was just as nervous as you are when I did my first build, which was the most expensive thing I got my hands on that could break easily


Also, show your ocn spirit and get a bottle of mountaindew and finish that build!
post #10 of 19
Looking good there the ECO's are a great RAM choice, though eh I find that green vs. black PCB isn't a huge issue
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