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BALISTX October 5, 2007 11:43 AM

Project Darkside
Well today is a great day, my parts arrived from NCIX :clap:

I have decided to turn to the darkside :ph34r: and switch from AMD to Intel
Here is what the system will consist of.

CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 Conroe (Q714A837)
HSF: Scythe Ninja Plus Rev. B
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
Memory: Mushkin HP2-6400 DDR2-800 4-4-4-12
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon X1600 XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI-E
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracudea 250GB 7200 rpm SATAII
Optical Drive: LG 16X DVD-ROM (for now)
Power Supply: Corsair VX550 550 Watt
Case: RaidMax Xforce Mid Tower


I can't wait to get started on this and overclock that little Intel. My first goal is to get it to 3.0GHz.

For now it's off to store to pick up some supplies and get this build under way. I will posting my progress along the way.

3.0charlie October 5, 2007 12:13 PM

My E2140 did 3.0 under an AF7Pro without any problems. Your E2180 should reach 3.2-3.3 under that Scythe HSF and that Mushkin mem.

Have fun and enjoy your build!


Cptn Vortex October 5, 2007 03:16 PM

Looks like you're going to have some fun! I just got my Swiftech full system kit, I'm going to have some fun tonight too! BTW, great Gigabyte board, but you may need to install the CPU cooler after you mount the board, cause it kinda blocks one of the top left corner mobo mounting screws. I had to remove the rear case fan when installing this board yesterday, that is with a Tuniq rather, but the Ninja is just as big.

BALISTX October 5, 2007 10:49 PM

Well I did a dry test run with the parts and I've already run into a snag. I can't find a decent spot to mount the fan for the Scythe Ninja. If I mount it side closes to the ram slots it covers slots 1 and 2. I can't mount on the topside as that would blow hot air down on to the video card. I can't mount it on the backside of the Scythe as it is too close to my 120mm exhaust fan. The only solution I can see is mounting on the bottom side. It would sit mm above the northbridge. But this brings up a few of question.

1. I figure if the northbridge gets toasty during overclock will the Scythe fan just suck the warm air and across the CPU causing more heat?
2. I figure if my 120mm exhaust fan is close to the Scythe will this help pull the air away?

Has anyone mounted the Scythe onto a GA-P35-D3SL or similar board?

3.0charlie October 6, 2007 05:41 AM

Can you take a pic of your assembly?

3.0charlie October 6, 2007 10:09 AM

FYI, since we have the same Ram... did a quick run last night; ran Memtest all night long at 1052Mhz, 5-5-5-20-40, 2.3V - no errors. Looking good to raise the CPU speed past 3.6 under the IFX-14...


BALISTX October 6, 2007 10:55 AM

Awesome John.

Here are some shots of the setup. This is a test fit setup outside the case. I used corkboard to set the motherboard on. I placed the 775 heatsink brack into the losely into the holes.

I have figured out the clearance issue. It will just fit.

I raised the fan to the highest point.

Here is an overall shot.

Here is a shot showing the fan at the highest height it just clears the memory.

The heatpipes just clear the northbridge by mere milimeters even though in this photo it looks like is touching.

Here is a shot showing a rought idea of where the scythe will sit in the case. I will need to remove the 80mm side fan from the case side panel. The only problem with this is the case fan holds the mesh screen in place. I will need to either silicon or tape down the screen. The top of the scythe fan will just miss the window by milimeters.

3.0charlie October 6, 2007 03:58 PM

Good to see that you have your clearance issue resolved. Now, I can't wait to receive that IFX-14 HSF. It "looks" bigger that your Scythe, and we have the same board.

I hope it clears the NB cooler...

BALISTX October 6, 2007 06:09 PM

Me too. Here is an interesting question. If the Scythe's heatpipes were to touch the northbridge heatsink would that not just help to pull the heat from the northbridge?

3.0charlie October 6, 2007 06:50 PM

Nope. The inner part of the heatpipe transfers the heat, not the pipe itself.

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