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Mussels 6 core PC build (56k warning)

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by Mussels, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    I took pics while i was making the system, once it was tested and assembled, and then while i was cleaning up the massive cable mess i left behind.

    The following pics will be in chronological order :)

    Boxes!

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    excitement!
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    A friend wanted the window but didnt get it with his, so i got the window version and we swapped panels.
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    Top ports and X-dock
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    Front view (theres a lot of these :p)
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    Widdle baybee mobo!
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    Angled shot
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    The original fan setup - the top fan actually hits the TRUE 120, so i moved it down the bottom, and removed the black fan.
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    Curse you ram slots, for being so close to the TRUE120!
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    Due to poor layout, i'm stuck with 2 SATA ports only (why dont they face the OTHER way, so the 90 degree cables go OUT, and not over the other ports? retards!)
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    Look at me, i'm a soundcard and 5870 and together WE ARE FREAKING HUGE
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    Top view - you can see my PCI-E 1x E-SATA card in the top slot here
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    At some point i dissasembled the case to mess with the top fans and put another one here, these are those pics.

    You can see how the second top fan will nicely cool the ram :)
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    Front with panel removed
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    Front with panel on
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    I ended up with two white bladed nexus fans for the top exhausts... they look nice :)
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    The mess. it should be noted the fan on the CPU is sucking air, so that it blows into the top exhausts.

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    Badger badger badger SNAAAAAAKE CABLE SNAAAAKES (oh and some assorted debris, i broke a plastic thingy and it went all over the carpet)
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    Zip ties make big messes small messes!
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    My IDE cable-Fu
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    The reduced cable mess
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    Side view without panel
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    Side view WITH panel... looks a lot better IMO.
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    Final cleaned up shot - i could waste more time on this, but i ran out of zip ties.
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  2. brandonwh64

    brandonwh64 Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!

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    Nice build!! looks good! dont worry about Cable management. mine sucks as well LOL!
     
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  3. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    everything that gets warm has active cooling (ram has 120mm, NB gets most of the 140mm side panel fan)... and its almost silent. the corsair PSU is the loudest thing in there, and most people consider those inaudible at idle.
     
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    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    very slick build Mussels, just a pity that PSU isn't modular (from an aesthetic point of view)

    also I wonder why you went a 5870 and not a 5850?
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    I'm kinda curious why you didn't stuff the cable through the mobo tray hole...alas with the door on, noone really sees inside, but I'm picky that way.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    They all are... this PSU has a metric shit ton of cables and since they dont fit behind the side panel, i looped them back around.


    See this picture for how much i had to deal with from the PSU alone

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    If i am me, reading this in the future... buy a modular PSU next time.
     
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    The only thing better than zip-ties is ducttape, and even then it depends on the job to be done. :)
     
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    Nice, reminds me a lot of my own rig. You can tell me when it's time to upgrade again. ;)
     
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    wolf Performance Enthusiast

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    Order of the cosmos;

    1. Zipties
    2. Duct tape
    3. everything else
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    OMG Mussels, that PSU has a TONNE of cables...I literally spit coffee all over my monitors when I saw that pic. Looks like about 12 feet of extra wires...:laugh:
     
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    I need to take more pictures of mine
     
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    I hate the stuff, it's certainly tidier, probably the tidiest, but when you have to cut it to take components out it's a royal pain in the ass: playing Operation with a scalpel only the buzz is now your squeal as your hand slips and you cut into something expensive.

    I found rolls of velcro strip that can be cut to the required length along with cable ties to be the best compromise.
     
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    Would not be better the CPU cooler fan to be on the other side of the cooler ? That way would blow air toward the fins and than air would quickly exit the case. Instead of ending up on the VGA`s back PCB.
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    Fan sucks air THROUGH the heatsink, then out top, methinks.
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    i specifically stated that the air is sucked up, and blown out the top. the reason for this is that i have lost my fan clips, and thus, it likes to fall off (and zip ties are a BITCH in such a confined space)
     
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    Nice stuff man!

    P.S: love the system name "Real men use real cores" :D
     
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    In true Aussie fashion the PSU is flipped upside down.


    Nice touch with the dust filter, they are a pain to clean out.

    Does your board have an Esata on the IO? Think thats the best place for your massive storage.
     
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    route the 8pin under your 5870, just for looks :D

    nice build btw, wish i could get a x6 myself:D
     
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    Why the itsy bitsy teeny weeny mobo?
     
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    Read his system specs<< :)
     
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    it has one esata port on the rear IO, and i need two - hence the PCI-E card in the topmost slot.

    cant, routed the front audio through there, so the space is taken up already.
     
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    I should cut out holes for more air flow on the top in my CM690 (old one).

    Too bad im lazy and dont have anywhere to house my pc meanwhile.
     
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    Pappuuuuu Build mussel...:toast:
     

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