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Old April 29, 2011, 11:12 PM
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lol true. this is actually the 2nd pc in 7 years from there. my only complaint with the new parts is the metallic smell in the air... I am told it will go away in a few days but it is quite annoying.
It's the smell of a new PC equivalent to the new car smell.

You can remove most of the cable clutter by routing it at the back. I do that on most of my builds and I would usually cram as much cable that I can hide behind the motherboard tray or drive bays. Zip/cable ties are better than twist ties and they are pretty cheap. Overall nice build I'd say.
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Old April 30, 2011, 05:30 AM
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It's the smell of a new PC equivalent to the new car smell.

You can remove most of the cable clutter by routing it at the back. I do that on most of my builds and I would usually cram as much cable that I can hide behind the motherboard tray or drive bays. Zip/cable ties are better than twist ties and they are pretty cheap. Overall nice build I'd say.
So far I am pleased with it. first boot of the day and no issues to report.
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CUSTOM TOWER 2K11:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2Ghz
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (4x 2GB) Kingston Value Ram KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
GRAPHICS: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 500GB (Model ST3500413AS)
DVDRW Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/RSBS DVDRW 22X SATA Lightscribe Retail
CASE: Cooler Master RC-P100 (USP 100) Black/Red
POWER SUPPLY: Antec Truepower New 650 - TP-650
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Old May 2, 2011, 08:24 PM
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lol

spoke too soon it seems...

the source of the smell as it tuns out was the power supply, and i noticed that the fan never spun up... looking for an RMA... I can no longer afford to replace parts... why does this crap have to cost so much?
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CUSTOM TOWER 2K11:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2Ghz
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (4x 2GB) Kingston Value Ram KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
GRAPHICS: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 500GB (Model ST3500413AS)
DVDRW Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/RSBS DVDRW 22X SATA Lightscribe Retail
CASE: Cooler Master RC-P100 (USP 100) Black/Red
POWER SUPPLY: Antec Truepower New 650 - TP-650
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old May 4, 2011, 07:58 AM
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well without a power supply, this gives me an opportunity to try and do some cable management (not that there's much in there to move), also I am wondering if it's worth the risk of using a refurbished power supply as what I would end up with if i RMA'd the enermax or just go out and get another new psu...

the smell still lingers but it is faint, I just hope there is no damage to the other parts of my computer... anything I should look for when I crack the case open?

Edit: everything seems fine atm


Edit 2: checked a few places downtown (initially looking for Corsair units) and ended up picking up (from Node 1 Computers) a Antec Truepower New 650W and so far the only cables I needed are hard wired in the psu, and the fan is spinning lol my only marginal concern is that I used the same Sata power cable for the dvd writer and the hard drive (it was JUST long enough), so I didn't need to crack open the clear bag containing the modular cables... this power supply cost me $159 after taxes, so all in all I have spent $1229 on this computer thus far...

Edit 3 (05-08-2011):
4 days now, the antec psu is working good, though the computer is making a sort of high pitched whine, not too loud (the puppy stares at the computer from time to time though), though i cannot as yet trace it to any component, at least it doesn't persist when the computer is off like some cases of "coil whine" I have been reading about...

the important thing is the computer is working...

I will post again if I have anymore problems.
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CUSTOM TOWER 2K11:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2Ghz
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (4x 2GB) Kingston Value Ram KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
GRAPHICS: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 500GB (Model ST3500413AS)
DVDRW Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/RSBS DVDRW 22X SATA Lightscribe Retail
CASE: Cooler Master RC-P100 (USP 100) Black/Red
POWER SUPPLY: Antec Truepower New 650 - TP-650
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old May 8, 2011, 08:13 PM
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Holy Crap. Boy did they crap all over you. What part of the world did you Purchase that rig. Crap, you could have built an i7 for that $1200.00. Next time don't buy a Pre-Build, especially from that part of the World, if it's where I think it is.
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Old May 9, 2011, 05:41 AM
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Holy Crap. Boy did they crap all over you. What part of the world did you Purchase that rig. Crap, you could have built an i7 for that $1200.00. Next time don't buy a Pre-Build, especially from that part of the World, if it's where I think it is.
the money spent was all after taxes were added, and included a $60 assembly fee. Also, this was all a pile of parts, not a pre-build. Had the Enermax Naxn 750 PSU worked properly I wouldn't have had to spend $140 CAD plus tax on the Antec PSU (for a 650w its a little bit overpriced)... Also had I shopped for everything online instead locally I probably would have saved some money...
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CUSTOM TOWER 2K11:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2Ghz
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (4x 2GB) Kingston Value Ram KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
GRAPHICS: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 500GB (Model ST3500413AS)
DVDRW Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/RSBS DVDRW 22X SATA Lightscribe Retail
CASE: Cooler Master RC-P100 (USP 100) Black/Red
POWER SUPPLY: Antec Truepower New 650 - TP-650
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Old May 21, 2011, 02:38 PM
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hey all, figured i would continue my existing thread...

I am looking to replace my d-link DWA-556 pci-e wireless N card with something that is more reliable...

I have been getting random disconnections and slow speeds (sometimes dial-up is faster!), I am using the d-link 1.40 drivers since they are for windows 7 64 bit...

my old toshiba laptop was wireless N and had few if no issues (resetting the router (D-link DIR-615 3.11 NA firmware) every so often fixed the problems... and still does, except when the DWA-556 cannot find the network (doesn't happen often)...

I cannot use the only available pci slot on my motherboard as i would completely block my graphics cards' fan....

I am also looking at adding another fan or 2, on the case wall and on the bottom in front of the PSU (provided I can keep the psu wires from getting in the fan...)...

another issue with both fan mounts is that the HD6850 is frigging huge, pretty much blocks airflow from the bottom of the case getting to the top of the case...



any suggestions?
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CUSTOM TOWER 2K11:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2Ghz
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (4x 2GB) Kingston Value Ram KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
GRAPHICS: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 500GB (Model ST3500413AS)
DVDRW Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/RSBS DVDRW 22X SATA Lightscribe Retail
CASE: Cooler Master RC-P100 (USP 100) Black/Red
POWER SUPPLY: Antec Truepower New 650 - TP-650
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

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Old May 21, 2011, 02:55 PM
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Install another fan on the bottom of the case 2 draw air in, thus giving it +ive air flow. Don't use 2 big a fan or it defeats the purpose of the others.

A friend of mine took some nylons, not for wearing on his head or legs of course, at least not that I know of, hehe, and wrapped his fan inside of it 2 act as a filter and it works great. He has 2 cats and a dog, so there's always hair 2 b vacuumed.

I've started doing the same on mine and it has helped keep the inside cleaner than without.
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Old May 21, 2011, 03:45 PM
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Install another fan on the bottom of the case 2 draw air in, thus giving it +ive air flow. Don't use 2 big a fan or it defeats the purpose of the others.

A friend of mine took some nylons, not for wearing on his head or legs of course, at least not that I know of, hehe, and wrapped his fan inside of it 2 act as a filter and it works great. He has 2 cats and a dog, so there's always hair 2 b vacuumed.

I've started doing the same on mine and it has helped keep the inside cleaner than without.
I normally use 120mm, 80mm are loud. Good idea for the filter btw, will have to remember that
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CUSTOM TOWER 2K11:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2Ghz
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (4x 2GB) Kingston Value Ram KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
GRAPHICS: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 500GB (Model ST3500413AS)
DVDRW Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/RSBS DVDRW 22X SATA Lightscribe Retail
CASE: Cooler Master RC-P100 (USP 100) Black/Red
POWER SUPPLY: Antec Truepower New 650 - TP-650
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
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Old July 16, 2011, 07:24 PM
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Install another fan on the bottom of the case 2 draw air in, thus giving it +ive air flow. Don't use 2 big a fan or it defeats the purpose of the others.

A friend of mine took some nylons, not for wearing on his head or legs of course, at least not that I know of, hehe, and wrapped his fan inside of it 2 act as a filter and it works great. He has 2 cats and a dog, so there's always hair 2 b vacuumed.

I've started doing the same on mine and it has helped keep the inside cleaner than without.

sofar no issues, added an aditional 4Gb of kingston ram and replaced the front intake fan that came with my case with a 2000 rpm (didn't know this when i bought it) 120mm Cooler Master Sickleflow 120 Red LED fan...

only problem is that my computer now competes with my original premium 20GB xbox 360 to see which is the loudest lol. I may switch it around withthe one in the back that is plugged into my motherboard... further away, might not be as loud...

btw where can i get PSU connector covers for my unused power connectors?

also, if anyone is interested in finding their temperatures, ifyou don't do already...

Core Temp:
Core Temp

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the addon gadget for the sidebar:
Core Temp - Add Ons

GPU gadget (ATI/AMD):
http://blog.orbmu2k.de/sidebar-gadge...sidebar-gadget

Core Temp mis-identifies my CPU as a Phenom II 640, but it works. I had to find something else since the newest version of CPUID's HWmonitor causes the system tray application to nolonger work and error out (and I don't think it will be updated) thus rendering the sidebar gadget shown in this thread now useless...
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CUSTOM TOWER 2K11:
Motherboard: Asus M4A78LT-M
Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2Ghz
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (4x 2GB) Kingston Value Ram KVR1333D3N9K2/4G
GRAPHICS: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB PCI-E
HARD DRIVE: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 SATA 6Gb/s 500GB (Model ST3500413AS)
DVDRW Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/RSBS DVDRW 22X SATA Lightscribe Retail
CASE: Cooler Master RC-P100 (USP 100) Black/Red
POWER SUPPLY: Antec Truepower New 650 - TP-650
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Last edited by batkinson001; July 16, 2011 at 07:47 PM.
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