The time has come to finally unveil the first rig I have ever built by myself. After asking many questions and receiving many answers, which can be found by clicking on this link
, I have acheived something that I had never thought possible. A computer that in every shape and form, is a sight better than my wifes old piece of shit OEM Gateway. This success is attributed to the kind folks here at MPC who fielded many a n00bish question from me in these forums. But it is without a doubt that One4yu2c
who is ultimately responsible as he took the time to both return my many PM's and e-mails with various questions and advice on making this build a successful one.
So, to wrap this up, my deepest thanks to you all here at the MPC forums who have helped me out, and a special plug to One4yu2c
for being the one (lucky you!) who I repeatedly went to get advice from. Here are a few pics of the new rig. If you wish to see the entire album, please click on this link
Before the Spaghetti:
Everything is Sleeved...:
...Even the Northbridge...:
...And the Eudemon Power/Hard Drive LED's Wires:
Case Buildup In-Work:
Lessons learned during this build:
1) Organize, organize, organize!
2) Don't try to build it all in one sitting. Space it out over a few days or weeks.
3) Have fun while doing it! It won't seem like work then.
4) Modding is fun!
5) 100% swapping clear molexes for black ones is a pain in the ASS.
6) 100% sleeving all wires in a build is a pain in the ASS.
7) 100% wire management in a build is a pain in the ASS.
8 ) Did I mention that 5, 6 and 7 are a pain in the ASS?
Seriously, this was a fun, educational build. I made many mistakes, and did a lot
of stupid shit, (thankfully nothing was ruined, broken, or blew up in my face) but in the end I feel that because of these things I can now go on to build MY computer without any hangups since I have finished my wifes first.
Again, thanks to everyone who helped me out!
BTW, I invite anyone to spot a wire that was not sleeved save for the SATA cables and the IDE grounding cords/ribbon. When I say that this rig is 100% sleeved, I mean exactly that!
The goodies inside the build are:
Antec TruePower 550
AMD64 +3500 Winchester (90nm)
Silverstone SST-TJ03 case (x3 80mm x1 120mm)
x2 WD 74GB Raptors and one 120GB WD Caviar
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum mobo
OCZ EL Platinum Revision 2 DDR PC-3200
Stock heat sink and fan that came with the proc
Arctic Silver 5 thermal grease
BFG 6800 Ultra OC AGP
Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum
Lite-On 16x DVD-ROM
Plextor 52x/32x/52x CR-RW
Silverstone Eudemon Fan Controller
NEC floppy drive