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I hope you plan to use stock cooler with that ASRock board..the heat-sink-less analogue VRM needs airflow.

XFast Ram software might be quite useful for your intent on playing with VMs though.
Yes, going to use stock cooler. I may in the future if I want to have some fun hacking up the case. Making a side window, with a 120mm side hole for side intake.

Is the floppy drive cover removable?
Yes, and I was thinking about removing the whole grey part because you can, and then getting 3M Carbon Fiber Vinyl. :)




So I got one of the LEDs i got to go into the holder, the 5mm one. The 3mm is still to small to go into the other whole for the hard drive activity LED. I guess Dell might have used a 4mm LED for that, and I cannot find and LED that size for this.
 
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Somewhat large updating coming later today since the board is coming today. So Ill rebuild it. Still don't have the drives, missed the sale yesterday the 2TB reds were going for $99 on newegg but went out of stock in minutes.
 
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Update

System is built minus the drives. This case is interesting to try and get good cable management, had to do some creative things to get it to look how it does, which I think is probably the cleanest a dell will ever see.

CPU, Memory with new Motherboard.


Motherboard. H77 chipset to run Hardware RAID. The XFast Lan may come in handy for file transfers over network.


Showing off the cabling I did for the rear fan. Wrapped it around till it was the perfect length to connect to the motherboard.


Tight front panel cabling. With new power switch and blue power LED, and spray painted black plastic little holder.


Some power cabling. WIsh Asrock boards were matte black like Gigabytes higher end. Dont like the chocolate looking color when in light.






Cabling will probably get a lot more messy when I get the drives put in. Installing those will be interesting too because this case is only designed for for 1 drive, but I have some ideas.

Let me know what you guys think so far.

Also let me know what you guys think of the idea of putting 3M Carbon Fiber Vinyl over the front panel thats all light grey, and covering up the Dell emblem on the front.
 

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Just as a warning, if you put the screw for the second bracket in the bottom of the case you will have to put some case feet on the case. Otherwise the screw will stick out and tear up whatever you put the computer on.

But of course you can just use the screw to hold the cage in the back of the case and not put one in on the bottom.
 

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Just as a warning, if you put the screw for the second bracket in the bottom of the case you will have to put some case feet on the case. Otherwise the screw will stick out and tear up whatever you put the computer on.

But of course you can just use the screw to hold the cage in the back of the case and not put one in on the bottom.
which is what ill probably do, and not bother with the bottom screw. The case already has feet though too.
 

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Small update

The server is running! Minus the hard drives haha. Thought id boot it up and get the bios updated to run Windows 8.




Updating.........


Sweet blue LED. At first it wasn't turning on, had to switch the connection around.



Systems really quiet too, im surprised the little 92mm fan is as quiet is it is. I also set fan controlls for the CPU when it hits 50c itll go to Level 9 fan speed which is max. Im pretty sure thats what the automatic setting does haha.

Also I don't have the option in the bios to run at 1600mhz on the memory :( stuck at 1066mhz.

EDIT: Did some research on the board again on the site, and it says if you have an ivy bridge you can take memory to 1600 if you have a sandy bridge chip (Pentium G630) max is 1333. Might be the PNY memory being wierd, max option I have is 1066.
 
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The options for RAM speed are dependent on the CPU because the memory controller is on the CPU. Most Sandy chips support 1066/1333, but the G630 only supports 1066 which is why that is the only option you have.
 

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The options for RAM speed are dependent on the CPU because the memory controller is on the CPU. Most Sandy chips support 1066/1333, but the G630 only supports 1066 which is why that is the only option you have.
okay that makes sense then. Memory speed shouldn't have much of an effect on doing file transfers and stuff though so.
 
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Decided to reorientate and organize the area in my desk this thing is going to go in. The shelf used to be down in the middle, so I moved it up, organized my windows, and games and some other stuff. Cleaned up the lower part for the system. I also took the door off. Debating if I will put it back on once the system is done and running.

 
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Is that the headset you use? If so you should spend your money on some nice cans, instead:laugh: You spend too much time on the computer to use those Walkman style junkers.

I'd vote door back on if the temperatures stay decent.
 

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Is that the headset you use? If so you should spend your money on some nice cans, instead:laugh: You spend too much time on the computer to use those Walkman style junkers.

I'd vote door back on if the temperatures stay decent.
yeah they are, but the thing is about the cans, they would be sweet, but I want to be able to have game sounds come out of my speakers, then you guys coming out of the mic, if i get nice cans I cant do that because most are 3.5mm connections and cover both ears

Would be sweet to get some like Sennheiser PC360s or something haha, or not even that. Like Turtle Beach X12s.
 
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I cant do that because most are 3.5mm connections and cover both ears
..uh...what do you think I do every day...many onboard soundcards allow you to separate front panel from rear as devices, so you plug headphones in front panel, speakers in the rear plugs, and TS run on front panel plugs.

You just need to get open-ear cans, not sound isolating ones. Then when you want to play in quiet, push all sound through the cans.
 

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What About Discrete Sound Cards?
 

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What About Discrete Sound Cards?
Dependso n the card, but usually the same applies.


If not, then you can usually use digital out and analog together, as I do with my D2X. I use digital out to my amp, then analogue for cans.

lots of options there, just a matter of picking what works best with what ya got.
 

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Dependso n the card, but usually the same applies.


If not, then you can usually use digital out and analog together, as I do with my D2X. I use digital out to my amp, then analogue for cans.

lots of options there, just a matter of picking what works best with what ya got.
Yeah, I have an HT Omega Striker and I know you can't split front and rear with it. But i have been wanting to upgrade to a PCIe sound card.
 

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Then you can use onboard and the add-in. That's even easier. Just use onboard for TS.

;)

Like I said, many options.:p
 

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Then you can use onboard and the add-in. That's even easier. Just use onboard for TS.

;)

Like I said, many options.:p
oh, I didn't even think about that!
 
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Mine are split also.......you need a new desk too man. IMHO.
 

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Mine are split also.......you need a new desk too man. IMHO.
Oh yeah, ive needed one for a while. But won't be worth it since im moving out to WSU in the fall so.
 
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Memory G. Skill Trident X 16Gb (4x4GB) 2400mhz @ 1.65v
Video Card(s) MSi GTX1070 Gaming X 8GB @ 2GHz
Storage Samsung 830 128GB SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB, Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2x 1TB Partitions)
Display(s) Qnix QX2710 27" 2560 x 1440 PLS @ 100hz
Case Phantek Enthoo Evolv ATX TG
Audio Device(s) MSi Gaming AudioBoost ALC1150 w/ Sennheiser Game Ones
Power Supply Seasonic Flagship Prime Platinum 850
Mouse Steelseries Rival 310 w/ QCK Mass mat
Keyboard Corsair K70 w/ MX Browns and Red Backlit
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Benchmark Scores Firestrike: 15439
Go Cougars!

Huck the Fuskies!
Meh, both of them suck when it comes to football. Basically the Apple Cup is just a Game of Suck. "Who can Suck the Least"
 

MxPhenom 216

Corsair Fanboy
Joined
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Messages
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Location
Seattle, WA
System Name The Battlestation
Processor Intel Core i7 4770k @ 4.2GHZ 1.275v
Motherboard MSi Z97 Gaming 5
Cooling EK Supremacy w/ EK Coolstream PE360
Memory G. Skill Trident X 16Gb (4x4GB) 2400mhz @ 1.65v
Video Card(s) MSi GTX1070 Gaming X 8GB @ 2GHz
Storage Samsung 830 128GB SSD, Crucial MX200 500GB, Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2x 1TB Partitions)
Display(s) Qnix QX2710 27" 2560 x 1440 PLS @ 100hz
Case Phantek Enthoo Evolv ATX TG
Audio Device(s) MSi Gaming AudioBoost ALC1150 w/ Sennheiser Game Ones
Power Supply Seasonic Flagship Prime Platinum 850
Mouse Steelseries Rival 310 w/ QCK Mass mat
Keyboard Corsair K70 w/ MX Browns and Red Backlit
Software Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Benchmark Scores Firestrike: 15439
Ordered 2 2TB Western Digital Red drives this morning. Went on sale again, and jumped on it. Just need Windows 8 now.
 

newtekie1

Semi-Retired Folder
Joined
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Messages
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Location
Indiana, USA
Processor Intel Core i7 4790K@4.6GHz
Motherboard AsRock Z97 Extreme6
Cooling Corsair H100i
Memory 32GB Corsair DDR3-1866 9-10-9-27
Video Card(s) ASUS GTX960 STRIX @ 1500/1900
Storage 480GB Crucial MX200 + 2TB Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive with 128GB OCZ Synapse SSD Cache
Display(s) QNIX QX2710 1440p@120Hz
Case Corsair 650D Black
Audio Device(s) Onboard is good enough for me
Power Supply Corsair HX850
Software Windows 10 Pro x64
Ordered 2 2TB Western Digital Red drives this morning.
Glad you mentioned that, it made me check the 3TB drives and they were on sale too, so I bought 3!:toast: