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#26 2006-10-29 18:17:22

dtw
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Re: Assembling my own box

Sweet.  Thanks for that, guys smile

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#27 2006-10-30 18:23:26

El Bastardo
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Re: Assembling my own box

Maybe also something to think about is the case.
Not just because of the air flow, but also how easy it is to work inside the case.
I spent a lot of time on the case when I wanted to build a home server years ago. And I still sooo glad I got the case I did. It's the only constant in the system. It has a separate compartiment for the motherboard and the hdds
I really love this thing.

It's this one:

http://www.yeongyang.com/yy-0221.htm

It has been my best buy in PC's up to date.

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#28 2006-11-01 13:48:52

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Re: Assembling my own box

I thought I'd add my thoughts, some stuff I've picked up from computer building that I don't think have been mentioned so far (apologies if they have, I'm very tired and forgetful):

1.  Big fans are better than small fans.  They get the same air flow at lower volume.  Always a plus smile
2.  I know you said you're going to get the shop to do the basics, but I'm gonna mention this anyway.  Put the heatsink on the mobo before you mount it in the case.  It is sooo much easier on two accounts: you can see what you're mounting the heatsink to, and you have a nice big thing to hold when you mount the mobo (those screws can be fiddly).
3.  I find side fans are well worth a look in.  My old box only had fans on the front and back (two 80mm at the front, one 120mm at the back), and I couldn't get my graphics card to run at a nice temperature under stress.  My new box has a 140mm at the front, a 120mm at the back, and two 120mm on the size (one lined up with the processor and one lined up with the graphics card).  With all fans on the lowest speed (on my fan controller), the graphics card ran 10C cooler on idle, and 15C cooler under stress.  The processor temperature is also down a couple of degrees, but not significantly (the Zalman CPU cooler I have does a damn fine job).
4.  Zalman are amazing.
5.  Don't do what I did once and use a magnetic screwdriver.
6.  If you're gonna build a computer for the first time, ebay the cheapest parts you can possibly get to try (and destroy) before you get the good stuff wink


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#29 2006-11-01 14:35:30

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Re: Assembling my own box

like what case you got dude? sounds like iCute to me!


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#30 2006-11-01 18:37:58

chrismortimore
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Re: Assembling my own box

Mr Green wrote:

like what case you got dude? sounds like iCute to me!

Yup.


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#31 2006-11-01 18:49:04

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Sweeeet!  tongue


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#32 2006-11-26 16:09:53

dtw
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Re: Assembling my own box

Deposits have been paid and purchases made.  Am waiting for the Ninja and PSU to arrive from scan.co.uk (stock problems); bastards.

Hope to have all the parts to the guys in the shop next weekend...then the fun begins...

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