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    Well, I was excited when I got my new motherboard and case. If you knew what I started with, you would understand.

    Intel D945GCCR motherboard
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140
    1gb Samsung DDR2-667 Ram
    320gb Western Digital HDD
    and a beat up Gateway GT-5464 Case.

    Eventually, I moved everything to an Emachines case. It wasn't much better, but it looked nicer. A couple of months later, I purchased another 320gb HDD, and 2gb's of PNY DDR2-667 ram, and threw those in as well. Then, for some strange reason, I ended up with a PNY 8500GT video card. After that, my power supply went out. I picked up a Dynex 400 watt PSU. But, I still wasn't happy.
    Then, one day, I stumbled across these forums. After a few posts, someone mentioned they had a mobo (MSI Neo2-FR) and case for sale. Nothing has been the same since. Thank you Daedalus :respect:. Now, I thought I would post some pics of everything, and hopefully start a log of my upgrades. If anyone see's anything I can improve upon, please feel free to let me know.



    This is what I started with...
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    Nice little rat's nest...
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    This is what I have now...
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    Side view...
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    Top view...
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    Cable management 1...
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    Cable management 2...
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    Cable management 3...
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    And a little something extra. I love my monitor...
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    I have a little more work to do on my cable management, but everything is nice so far. I should be getting an 8800gt in the near future, along with an Arctic Freezer Pro 7, witch should be here tomorrow.

    Enjoy.:D
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    Nice photos! I like how you did everything. Hopefully a new 8800gt will give you that performance your rig is lined up for. :)

    I like how you did the photos. You must have a better camera than me. :eek:
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    I couldn't tell you on the camera part. It is just a Kodak C330. Piece of junk.
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    You must be better at taking candid shots then me then. I have a 5 megapixel HP which should be considered a better camera. I also have a rebel XT I use at work on occasion.
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    This cam is only 4.1 MP. I didn't think I was that good at taking pictures :p. Good to know.
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    That looks like the MSI 8500gt right?
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    Something like that. It is a PNY, though. They do look similar.
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    I will it proper after a bit, but the Video Card is for sale. Just to let everyone know.
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    :) PNY's OC pretty good. I believe they use three phase power designs. :toast:
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    I am not sure about this card. I really haven't been able to find anything about this exact model. It is always the XFX, or the BFG.
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    LOL, I know your pain I use a Kodak 2MP model...

    Very nice work on the case and wiring.:toast:
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    Well, my new cooler seems to have been left behind in Lexington KY. I have been tracking it, and it arrived yesterday at 10:41pm. As of right now, it is still there. I should be getting it tomorrow, but I don't know now. When I get it, I will update my pics.

    I have to fight with it everytime I turn it on. The lens doesn't want to come out. You have to keep trying to zoom out with it, and eventually it will come out. But the zoom also barely works. It keeps going into digital zoom before it wants to zoom regularly. Oh, well. Can't win with everything. :banghead:
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    I use my cell phone cam, lol

    nice job on the pc!!
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    Well, I have old phones also. :D No cams there. Thank you guys for the good words. :D
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    Nice rig nova! I wonder what made you go with that motherboard and case? ;)

    Either way, nice cable management, also to add I have a 500W version of your psu and they actually work very VERY well and dont get warm at all.

    Throw us a few benches and happy to see you are liking it!
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    What kind of benches would you guys like to see. So far I only have 3dmark 06. I have low scores in it due to my gfx card.
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    This is still on stock cooling. And I am limited on my OC with my ram. It won't boot past 750mhz
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    Wait a sec, thats PC Wizard 08?! And you are running with an AC 7 Pro? Hmmmm ....

    Give us a SuperPI 1M run and an Aquamark 3 run.
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    No, I don't have the Freezer yet. That is on stock cooling. Core 2 Duo HSF. Getting the software, and doing the runs. Post them shortly.
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    I just saw something and it seems kind of weird. Anyone else notice the PSU volts on the rails? They look a little low.

    Throw us a pic of your volt monitoring in your bios while your at it.
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    SuperPi. Thought I would throw in a few extra for you.
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    On that 8500GT, see if you can pull your core clock down and up your shader more and see what you got from there.

    EDIT: Also thank you for the SuperPI and the volts. Looks good to me!
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    And my crappy 3dMark06 scores.
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