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post #1 of 11
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I have been wanting to shrink my sig rig down to mATX for a while now, because it will make it easier to transport back and for to school. I started to pick up some parts for the build and thought I should start a build log. I still have some stuff to buy and its unlikely that the build will be completed until some time after Christmas, maybe not even for a few months. Some time this summer I plan to replace the motherboard, ram, and cpu. My current choice is an AM3 build with a Phenom II X6, but something new may come out by then.

New Parts:

SilverStone SG03 -Bought it used on the forum after looking for a couple of months. I was going to buy a NZXT Vulcan, but decided that it was a bit bigger than what I was looking for, and I didn't want to have to remove the hard drive bays so that I could fit my Corsair H50. I thought about the SG04 as well, but it was more expensive than the SG03 and it doesn't allow for a 120mm fan to be added to the top.

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Corsair H50 -Bought it used on the forum as well. The plan is to get it hooked up with some Gentle Typhoons when I get the money. Probably either ap-14's or ap-13's to keep the noise down.

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SilverStone Short Cable Set

SilverStone 120mm Fan Grill

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ASUS P5QL-VM
GIGABYTE GA-G41M
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Parts to Buy:

Fan controller - I haven't chosen one yet, but it has to be 3.5" and not touch screen, something simple.

Rear Exhausting 5770 - I have been looking to pick one up used, but I really need to sell my GTX 275 for get some money first.

Parts Already Owned:

Intel Core 2 Quad q9550
2X2GB DDR3 Patriot ram
500GB Western Digital Hard drives
SilverStone Strider 750W PSU
DVD Writer Drive


Questions:

Which Gentle Typhoon, AP-14 or AP-13, should I buy for a reasonably quiet build?

What 3.5" Fan Controller should I buy?

What 120mm Fan Grill should I get to fit the stock look of the case?

What is the best LGA775 mATX motherboard on the market?
Edited by Bandrew - 5/21/11 at 3:51pm
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post #2 of 11
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Got most of my parts in so I added the fan to the top of the case, I was going to install the rest of the components but I forgot all of the screws in need to attach the motherboard at school... I won't be doing any more work for a month until I get back from Belize.

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The grill is very glossy plastic, hopefully I will be able to buy something nicer to replace it in the future...
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And I picked up a side project last night off of craigslist.

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Its missing the screen inverter cable, battery, power adapter, hard drive, dvd drive, and ram. I plan to replace the screen surround with a white one so that it is black on the outside, and white on the inside. It won't be as classy as the black one, but it will be unique. I'm going to use it for recording/midi input using garage band.
Edited by Bandrew - 12/31/10 at 1:58pm
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post #3 of 11
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This was a test fit to see how my GTX 275 would fit, there was only about an 1/8 of and inch of clearance.
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My temporary set up while I installed windows 7.
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sugos rock!
    
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Quote:
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sugos rock!
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If I may, the grill might look a bit better if you place it between the fan and case. you'll just have to ensure your hole is very clean.
    
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post #7 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice;12261690 
If I may, the grill might look a bit better if you place it between the fan and case. you'll just have to ensure your hole is very clean.

It might look better, not worth the effort to switch it though. Eventually I hope to get an aluminum grill that will look a lot better.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by RonindeBeatrice;12261690 
you'll just have to ensure your hole is very clean.

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Sorry, I HAD to, LOL.

But, nice build, it's sleek.
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post #9 of 11
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I finally got some Gentle Typhoons for my build. I got ap-15 because they were in stock, and I plan to get a fan controller and turn them down anyways.

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I also did some upgrading to my sisters computer than I built for her about year and a half ago. I picked up a Lian Li v352 used, and also bought and new heat sink and power supply. Her old case was very noise, the power supply sucked and it overall just didn't look that great. So I decided to get her computer ready for when she leaves for college this fall.

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The case looks amazing and the quality is very very good.

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The new power supply that I picked up is an OCZ ModXStream Pro 400W.

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The build was incredibly annoying. I had read in the reviews that this was an annoying case to build in, but I had no idea how terrible it really is. There is no clearance at all, and it is difficult to reach almost every part of the case. This was 10 times more difficult to build than my SG03 build even though the v352 is quite a bit larger than the SG03. Despite the difficulty of the build, I think that it turned out quite well, and it is very quiet the loudest part of the whole build is by far the hard drive.

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And then I took some pictures to compare the size to my SG03.

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