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post #21 of 50
Yes, but your on OCN brah.
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post #22 of 50
At least the floppy drive gives you downgrading options to Windows 3.11 and 95

Top stuff though, the building of PCs is a great feeling and you get a greater appreciation of your PC
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post #23 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyGalaga View Post
But really, what's the big deal with cable management? Is it just for looks? The computer is still going to work no matter what, isn't it?
Helps with airflow.
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post #24 of 50
And makes it perty.

Mine:
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post #25 of 50
Love the floppy. I keep one around myself, just in case. I have a few of them actually. Grats on the first build.

Like the others get some cable management going on. It really helps with air flow and keeping temps low trust me on that one. I did the same when I built my first one and when I wanted to get better temps I started to look at airflow. Cleaning up the cables and getting them either attached to the case or behind the mb tray helped more than anything else. Any cables up in the airflow area slows it down reducing flow. I spent days just routing and rerouting wires till I was satisfied. Yours should be much easier as it is a much nicer case to work in than the one I first built.

Also, make sure you have positive pressure in your case. This helps. Basically keep more air coming in than going out. Try to keep it close to equilibrium but just not negative.

As far as the ties and such home depot or Lowes should carry what you need.

Grats on the build. Welcome to OCN!
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post #26 of 50
Nice to meet you Johnny Galaga, my name is Johnny Guitar



woo FTW!!
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post #27 of 50
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Draggin View Post
Yes, but your on OCN brah.
Ahhh, so that's a high standard, isn't it? And I'm not exactly conforming to that standard, am I? LOL. Well, the parts I got came with lots of wire ties, so I guess I just needa open er up 'n' getter done.

And not only is there a floppy drive, but I've got serial ports and a parallel port with a fax modem. I kinda wanted it to be backwards and forwards compatible. And besides, the mothaboard has a floppy header.

So I guess it's okay to leave your extra power supply leads bare without any plastic covers over 'em? I just tucked away the extra power cords into the empty 3.5" drive bays, but I'm wondering if they could ever short out some day.
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post #28 of 50
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyGalaga View Post
Do I hear I need to work on cable management? LOL.

I'm wondering where I can get some plastics caps that go over the extra power supply plugs. The power supply didn't come with 'em.
Go dig the junkyard.

There will be old power supplies that come from Dell computers, they'll have rubber caps on the Molex, or just about whatever plugs that are not in use.
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post #29 of 50
im glad to see another has made the jump. Did you get tired of HPs, Compaqs, and Dells freezing stuttering and then finally crashing and burning since you could never actually get any information on the hardware in order to fix it yourself?!?! You have made the best decision ever to build for yourself! Nice first system too. Congrats
post #30 of 50
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Thanks! You know what I got tired of? Computers not having exactly what I want! Everytime you think you've found just what you want, there's one little detail that makes you not want to buy it so you keep having to start over. Like maybe you found a good machine but it lacks one feature that you really want. So what do you do now? Keep shopping around, right? But no matter what, you can't quite find that one machine that's just right!!!

The other problem is that they don't give you enough technical information. Like how many watts is the power supply and what brand is it? What's the timing on the memory? What headers does the motherboard have. They don't even tell you. So I got fed up and said that's it. I mean, I have little technical computer knowledge, so it's not like I'm some expert. But I wanna know what I'm gettin'! And I seem to notice that you almost always get a bottom-tier power supply with these pre-made boxes. Why is that? Can they not spare you an extra lousy 100 watts??

My last machine was an Acer which I still have. It was an okay computer, but it didn't have HDMI so I couldn't hook it up to a TV. So I looked at getting a graphics card and then read that graphics cards have power requirements. So I open up the case and guess what?? Frackin' 250 watts!! That's when I had an oh sh** moment and realized it might take a power supply upgrade to do what I was trying to do. THAT'S when I realized it was time to start saving my pennies and build my own.

No more pre-made boxes from now on. Never. (I know this sounds like just another overzealous newbie! LOL. )
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