Alright, sorry for such a long wait, but it has been one delay after another. Still, the build goes on.
Here is a shot of the cooler attached to the mobo and CPU. (Old parts, crap mobo)
And here it is all assembled, before I realized the motherboard sucked. The H100 is entirely cooled by the top 200mm fan, no push pull.
And then... DISASTER!
Here is me installing all the old components into an un-modded 900.
And here is where it all went wrong.
Although, there is a bit of good news here. My secondary storage hard drive was spared annihilation. All my music and videos are still intact, and the drive was recognized right away in the new build.
Here is a shot in the heat of battle. The only computer that works is that one the Antec case is sitting on. It's a Chaintech VNF4 Ultra board and an Athlon X2. Hooray for the golden oldies.
While waiting for all my new stuff to arrive from the egg, I decided I'd do as much as I could without the new parts. The OCZ SSD drive bay adapter had to be drilled to 1/8" for the screws to fit.
And here is a bit of the wire routing, just to give a bit more space to the actual interior. Duct tape rules.
More wire routing. Despite the conventional wisdom that this case is terrible for wire routing, you really can make it look pretty slick, it just takes a hell of a lot longer, probably more time than it should. I decided to move the upper HDD cage assembly up one expansion slot, meaning there's an open space between the two HDD cage assemblies. This did a number of things for me. It allowed me to separate all the power connectors into groups; all the four pin molex on the bottom, and all the sata connectors on top, shown here.
It gives the case better airflow overall. This also moves the top 120mm fan closer to the H100 RAD, increasing cooling performance. And finally, it creates a nice void to stuff wires into. That 5 LED light I took and stuck onto the side of the radiator, pointing down into the case. It really is pretty nice looking because the light get's caught between the blue ram and the blue MOSFETS.
Here's all the new parts I ordered, as well as some old ones. The Kingwin is really a 1000W, I just grabbed the wrong box. I also went out to my local Micro Center (they should be everywhere!) and grabbed a Phenom II 965 because, why not!? For $115, you can't beat it. Gotta love the Sidewinder too.
Here's another shot of the installed H100 with the new parts.
And a shot of everything up and together.
And then trouble strikes again.
My relationship with MSI boards is really a love hate one. They take some work to get off the ground, but when they do, they soar. Several things went awry during the set up. The dreaded FF code plagued me for a while until I seated the RAM in dimms 3 and 4. Then I discovered that the board was reading all 8 gigs but said that only 4 were useable. Then I discovered that the 8 pin power extension cable was a PCI-E cable and not a 12V+ cable. Bad, bad, bad. So, I reseated both dimms, the CPU and removed the 8 pin extension cable and just plugged the PSU directly into the mobo. There is now a wire running clear up the middle of the case. A 12V+ cable will be bought eventually.
But, everything is up and running flawlessly. Just did a slow burn and left my PC on for 24 hours, no probs. Ran memtest, no errors. Ran Prime for 2 hours, no errors. The H100 is a dream. I'll never go back to an air cooler again. Average idle temp hovers around 30 c, while full load gets up to about 57-58 c. Right now, with a few windows open and programs installing, it's at 41 c. Can't wait to see if I can get this 965 up to 4 ghz.
Final shots will be posted in a day or two. Thanks again for looking.Parts List
MSI 890FX GD70 Mainboard
AMD Phenom II 965 Black @ 3.4
Gskill Ripjaws X Series 1600 DDR3 Ram 8 gigs
2X XFX HD 6950 in CFX
OCZ Vertex III 120gb SSD
Western Digital 500 gb HD
Kingwin Mach 1 1000W PSU
LiteOn DVD multi drive
(The western digital terabyte drive I ordered arrived DOA, which I find really odd. Along with all the 1066 Gskill RAM, this is yet another item I have to RMA to the egg. Sucks.)