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  1. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    Time to replace the god awful stock FX-6300 cooler with another AMD cooler :p so I finally have a chance to take some nice shots and show my "Ghetto Poser Workstation".
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    I salvaged the case from a scrap all-in-one which had an Intel D945GTP mobo and a P4 631 in it, gutted the hardware and replaced them with a G31 mobo, a Xeon E5450, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive, quite outdated but hey, it was only £70 and at least I got a decent quad core.

    Then my dad wanted my setup to refurbish the two Northwood-based towers in his office so it got a second upgrade (which becomes what the pictures show), here's the spec:

    Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M LX V2
    Processor: AMD FX-6300 @ 3.5GHz (Turbo Core disabled)
    RAM: 2 x 4GB Kingston DDR3 PC3-10600 (low profile, 8GB total)
    Graphics: Nvidia Quadro K620 2GB DDR3
    Storage: 500GB 3.5" Hitachi Deskstar SATA 1 7200RPM hard drive
    Power supply: 300W small form factor PSU
    Display: 2 x 17" 5:4 (1280 x 1024) LCD screens
    Cooling: Stock AMD cooler with copper heatpipes + 100mm case fan
    Miscellaneous:
    IDE DVD drive replaced with an SATA one
    Floppy drive removed
    No optical mouse, replaced by graphics tablet

    Spent about £220 on the upgrade, not particularly powerful but it was cheap enough and fitted my need so I won't complain.
     
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  2. JAY8387

    JAY8387 Notebook Consultant

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    This is still WIP but here is where I am with the rebuild of my partners PC
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    Front panel need to: replace LEDs/install screen/fit USB connectors
    make custom power cables
    sleeve all cables
    fan shrouds to cover up the mess I made with hot glue
    paint inside black (need to wait for better weather)
    do something about the SLI bridge
    need to lap CPU heat spreader & water block
    finish off overclocking it currently sat at 4.6ghz on CPU



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    as mentioned in my previous post this was getting too hot from running the two GPUs





    Removed casing & optical drive bays & cut holes for 200mm fans & 360 rad in roof & modified plastic to fit (i cant find a lot of the pics from around this time think they were on my phone that died will add them if i can)
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    Testing of LEDs for fans & front panel
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    went into work and de-lidded the CPU
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    finished the hard tubing
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  3. Support.2@XOTIC PC

    Support.2@XOTIC PC Company Representative

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    This thread is reminding me that I need to un-bland my rig. And maybe think about managing my cables.
     
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  4. DukeCLR

    DukeCLR Notebook Deity

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    I just built this one the other day. Today I added a couple of PWM fans and a LED strip.
     

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    Support.2@XOTIC PC Company Representative

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    Love the case.
     
  6. DukeCLR

    DukeCLR Notebook Deity

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    Thanks, like so many other pretty things, it's going to be high maintenance, I already see dust particles on it but I don't mind.
     
  7. Support.2@XOTIC PC

    Support.2@XOTIC PC Company Representative

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    Totally worth it.
     
  8. smoking2k

    smoking2k Notebook Consultant

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    Love zalman cooler. Reminds me of starwars pod races or something

     
  9. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    As an update as well as a joke, my Core 2 Quad rig is in need of repair (3 bad caps and need a better PSU) but it's Chinese New Year holiday now and shops are closed, so this is my current "desktop" for the time being:
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    Here's my HP t510 "fat" client: Dual core VIA Nano ULV, 4GB RAM, 250GB HDD, Broadcom WLAN/BT combo card, Windows 10 Home activated. Runs like a dog but good enough for a low-power second desktop (~25W on max load, I doubt there's a desktop here that uses less power than this), and more importantly it's almost silent, save for hardly audible hard drive noise.

    Now I'm thinking of adding some flashy disco LED lights in it, like what JAY-san was doing in his build :D
     
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  10. TomJGX

    TomJGX I HATE BGA!

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    Painful but hope you can get it fixed soon :)
     
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