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Old February 7, 2009, 03:29 PM
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LMAO S_G.. Touch Love :P
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Old February 7, 2009, 07:20 PM
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nice looking chips. Did the hosting company block the written information out?
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I took it out. I always block out serial # information, in this case I took out a little more, as they're engineering samples of CPUs that never hit the market. There is no retail E5330. All I left was the batch and sSpec.


Sorry for the lack of updates, been a little under the weather lately. For your patience, I offer you... MORE BOXES!



That Skulltrail sure is a pretty board, but, it looks like I may be switching it. I will be getting rid of my Skulltrail board for a Supermicro X7DWA-N. "That's crazy talk," you say, but we'll see how it goes this weekend. It has more DIMM slots than Skulltrail (see where I'm going with this? ), but no BIOS OCing or SLI support.

Yup, things are finally coming along. The case has already arrived, but I'm not feeling well enough to open it up and peek inside. Maybe this weekend.



More stuff arrived.






Also felt it was prudent to start testing stuff out:


This is just a quick test using my old MCR220 and PCP&C 750 with the FuZions on my E5330s in Skulltrail with 8GB RAM, all in my old case, as you can see. Seems to be fine so far.

Like I said before, I'm still sick, so I'll get you more detailed shots of the case this weekend. That reminds me, I need some masking tape...
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Sorry to hear that you are a little under the weather.
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Yeah, that's unfortunate that you're sick. I think a bug is going around, it seems like a lot of people are under the weather these days. You're thinking of replacing the skull trail so you can have more memory?
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Old February 14, 2009, 08:09 PM
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Still sick as hell, coughing up a lung as I write this. But, I keep on truckin' for you fellas.


Here's that new mobo, replacing my wonderful little Skulltrail:


Going to miss ST. I just hope BSEL modding to 1.465V will work for 400 FSB (3.2GHz), because Supermicro boards have no built-in overclocking support other than BSEL mods and using the PLL through SetFSB or similar apps. I don't even know if the new board will be stable at that kind of frequency.


Anyhow, sorry for the long wait, but here it finally is. The case itself...

Okay, immediately after pulling it out, I noticed something that really drove me nuts:


It's a damn MESH! It's not a window. They advertised it as having a window, and every picture they had was with a window, NOT with a mesh. I could return it, but they have absolutely none left in stock, and will likely not ever be getting any. I could probably have them special order one for me, but it'd take at least a month, if not longer, to get here. I will just have to see about removing the mesh myself and replacing it with an acrylic panel, otherwise that waterfall idea is out the door.







Okay, enough skin. Let's open her up.


This case is a freaking work of art.



And now I rip it apart.








And a quick preview of the goodness that will hold 24 (or 32) gigabytes of RAMming.

Thinking about taking those heatsinks off of the board and having them powder coated as well. Would be pretty slick, but I'm worried about heat conductivity issues that may arise.



Now, I had not anticipated something. The exterior and interior are attached by a crapload of rivets. They didn't use a single screw for attaching anything except for the PSU|HDD divider and the front panel LEDs. So, the next step is to drill out ALL of those rivets. I didn't count, but there has to be at least 40, if not more. Going to be a LONG drilling process. :help:

I'm thinking about replacing the rivets with screws instead. Would be much more useful in the long run, although not as sturdy or pretty.
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Removing rivets is quick - use a drill bit slightly bigger than the inner rivet stem (the center of the rivet's head), and drill a tad deeper than the thickness of the rivet head. Using a second identical drill bit, insert the rounded side of the bit in the hole, and pry the head off at 45*. Takes about 30 seconds per rivet.

As for replacing the rivets by screw, you'll need damn small screws and nuts to match the rivet holes...
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I just use a bit bigger than the stem and drill till the head spins, then pull the back off with needle nose pliers, did my antec 900 a week ago no prob...
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Why don't I just drop it off at your place and have you do it, John?

Alrighty, drill the head, and it'll pretty much pop out that easily? Didn't think it'd be that simple. Thanks guys.
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It's fairly easy, but if you need some help I sure can give a hand. Let me know.
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