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This is my first full build, and now it's sponsored!. It is constantly evolving. I just started modding, and I have a custom paint job for my side panel on the way!
If you would like to skype me about the build, add me, phillyd, say you are from OCN, and I'll show you the stuff in action, discuss my methods, talk about modding or hear you out on any ideas.
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this will soon be fixed
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and the silver brackets will be blue
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Parts
CPU: AMD FX 8120 @4.7GHz (5GHz on suicide run)
Cooling:
-XSPC Raystorm AMD waterblock
+2 blue LED lights
-MPC355 pump
-Alphacool Repack single 5.25" bay res
-Hardware Labs Black Ice GTS 240 rad
+2 Cougar Vortex PWM 120mm fans, pull/top exhaust
-Hardware Labs Black Ice GTX 120 rad
+NZXT FZ 140mm blue LED fan, pull in shroud, NZXT FZ 120mm blue LED fan in push
-Danger Den clear 3/8" ID 5/8" OD tubing
-Danger Den 7970 full coverage block
-Monsoon Compressions: white/blue
-Mayhems Pastel Ice White concentrate and Deep Blue dye
Ram: 2x2GB + 2x4GB Kingston HyperX Blu DDR3 1600 MHz ram @1866 MHz, 9, 9, 8, 24 Timings
Motherboard: Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3
GPU: AMD Radeon HD Diamond 7970 3GB
Case: White NZXT Phantom 410, painted
-Case Fans/lighting:
+NZXT FZ 120mm Blue LED fans, front intake
+NZXT FS 120mm White fan, rear exhaust
+2x8" White cold cathodes
+NZXT blue sleeved LED strip, under PSU cover
Power Supply: Coolmax 750B 750W Semi-modular w/140mm fan
-White, blue and grey sleeved extensions
Disks:
-Western Digital 7200 rpm 320GB HDD (B: Data)
-OCZ Agility 3 60GB Sata III SSD (C: OS)
-OCZ Agility 3 120GB Sata III SSD (Z: Games)
Audio:
-Xonar DG
-Klipsch Promedia 2.1
-Klipsch Image One
-Klipsch Promedia IEM
Peripherals:
-Razer Black Widow Ultimate Mechanical Keyboard
-NZXT Avatar S White mouse
-HP 2311x 23" 1080p monitor
-Dell 4:3 LCD for guages
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Looks interesting.. Subscribing for this one.

Please tell me that there is something under that motherboard and that GPU
 
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Looks interesting.. Subscribing for this one.

Please tell me that there is something under that motherboard and that GPU
im handy with a camera
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theres a cardboard peice under the mobo
and as for the gpu, its balanced on the output plate and the overhanging heat sink.
 

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im handy with a camera
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theres a cardboard peice under the mobo
and as for the gpu, its balanced on the output plate and the overhanging heat sink.
Oh, great
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About your "problem"..

There aren't any standoffs in the wrong place are there? I had that same problem and I found a screw trapped between a few sodders under the board
 

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im handy with a camera
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theres a cardboard peice under the mobo
and as for the gpu, its balanced on the output plate and the overhanging heat sink.
Oh, great
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About your "problem"..

There aren't any standoffs in the wrong place are there? I had that same problem and I found a screw trapped between a few sodders under the board
ive done that before, and no
i fixed it lol
replaced the thermal paste
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ive done that before, and no
i fixed it lol
replaced the thermal paste
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Lol, the problem was the TIM?
 

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ive done that before, and no
i fixed it lol
replaced the thermal paste
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Lol, the problem was the TIM?
i dont really know, but in the manual, it said you may want to pull out the CPU and add TIM
i guess it was pulling the cpu out lol
but now it boots every time

TIME TO OVERCLOCK!

as it will be gone friday (sold on ebay for $85+shipping
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), my 925 will be overclocked hard (just gotta be super careful about temps and voltages)
maybe 4.4?

EDIT: do you think a 5 GHz OC for an 8120 is realistic 24/7?
taking suggestions on mods, that dnt involve spraypaint (winter is cold, and spraypaint dislikes cold
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i dont really know, but in the manual, it said you may want to pull out the CPU and add TIM
i guess it was pulling the cpu out lol
but now it boots every time
TIME TO OVERCLOCK!
as it will be gone friday (sold on ebay for $85+shipping
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), my 925 will be overclocked hard (just gotta be super careful about temps and voltages)
maaybe 4.4?
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Weird.
 

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i dont really know, but in the manual, it said you may want to pull out the CPU and add TIM
i guess it was pulling the cpu out lol
but now it boots every time
TIME TO OVERCLOCK!
as it will be gone friday (sold on ebay for $85+shipping
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), my 925 will be overclocked hard (just gotta be super careful about temps and voltages)
maaybe 4.4?
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Weird.
ikr?
it was a cpu issue, because the cpu light was on
but idk
weird is right
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yeah spraypaint would be ok but Indiana is freaking cold during the winter. I know that because I used to live in Ohio and I also have family in Indy.
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Looks like a great start to the build and I love the sabertooth board!! I would say that if the FX chip hits 5.0 and runs stable then run it to its death! lol you will probably want to upgrade to the newer generation when it comes out and it probably won't hurt it to run it at 5.0Ghz as long as the voltage is ok.
 

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I couldn't paint anything up here in Michigan right now.. Nothing sticks.. I mean tape doesn't stick, paint doesn't stick, pretty much anything that is supposed to stick does not..
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yeah spraypaint would be ok but Indiana is freaking cold during the winter. I know that because I used to live in Ohio and I also have family in Indy.
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Looks like a great start to the build and I love the sabertooth board!! I would say that if the FX chip hits 5.0 and runs stable then run it to its death! lol you will probably want to upgrade to the newer generation when it comes out and it probably won't hurt it to run it at 5.0Ghz as long as the voltage is ok.
i definitely wont overvolt, and i only paid $125 for the chip so yay
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but i will buy PD as soon as the benches come in with windows 8
 

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running my last OC run on my 925, (sold for 85+shipping on ebay
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, shipping tomorrow)
results coming soon.
 

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results: 4.1 GHz
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