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Nelsons 60 hour project.

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  1. mdnelson09

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    Last week i got an Alienware Aurora case from 2003 i think? Well anywho, i had roughly 60 hours and about 50 bucks to my name to work on the case and this is what i came up with.

    Changes: I first cut out the old hard drive bay. This was in the way for the liquid cooling loop. I decided to do a 2x 120mm radiator with 4 120mm fans (push|pull). To let that breath, i cut the front out. It may be hard to see in the photos. Then clearly i did a simple Purple / White paint job.

    Dont forget to check the spoilers for more photos :D

    Before

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    Process: Not many photos of the build mostly because I finished the most of the work at night.
    First coat of white primer on the exterior plastic
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    First coat of black primer on the case
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    Adding the parts.
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    More paint
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    After:
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    The interior
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    DatI/O ;)
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    That turned out real good. Nice job there.
     
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    Nice Job!!! :toast:

    How's the water cooling working in that case?
     
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    Thanks :D Its really hard to see, but the old case had a lot of scratches when i got it. So most of the time was spent sanding, priming , and repeating. All and all, im really proud of the turnout. Its just a tad loud still :( maybe ill look into better fans

    Edit: Norton: Surprisingly well. With the metal front removed, the fans draw air from the lower vents (purple) and where the floppy drive would be. hovers at 31*C @ 10% CPU OC. The cool part is, i can use the old floppy drive slot as a "duct" to push in cold air (if needed). Also, With the Push|Pull setup, the "pull" fans cool down the 2 video cards. Overall it works amazingly well compared to how it use to be.
     
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    looking pretty good.
     
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    Nicely done. As I said before in another one of your posts on this case. I always liked the look of that case. Very cool you kept it looking "stock" and stuffed it full of high end gear.
    Very nice "Sleeper" Case.
     
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    It turned out pretty good, love the color scheme.
     
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    That was the goal. The system is loaded with some pretty high performance parts within my budget. :p


    Thanks everyone :)
     
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    Did some minor OC'ing today. Prime95 for about 10 minutes for a snapshot of the temps.... For a i5 2300, I thought this was an alright oc / temp. I also have the OC built with speed stepping on. Last time i tried to oc this high, the cpu would stay at 3.1ghz. Now, the cpu can idle at 1.69ghz and peak at about 3.48ghz.

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    Nice oc and nice rig.
     
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    Great Job done with the case :)
     
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    Well i know its quite old of a thread, but others suggested i get a i5 2500k. So i did just that.

    I found 2500k on CL for $125, which IMO was a steal. I hit 4.5ghz stable on my first attempt with 100% stablity. Ill start pushing the OC more and more this week, but for now i thought i would post a little info on it.

    So far, i left most of the bios settings to auto, except the Vcore and speed stepping options. Currently on a 45 multiplyer with other little changes. Temps are around ~40*c still. (@1.20v)

    Ill edit proof in later today :D
     
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    if your stable at 4.5 with 1.2v that's a very good chip and I imagine 5ghz would be fairly easy to hit :toast:
     
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    After about an hour it was ~49*c.
     
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    Very nice. Let me know if you find another 2500k for $125.. ;)
     
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