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Old March 5, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Since you are handy, you can enlarge the hole to take a 120mm fan.
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Old March 5, 2012, 05:50 PM
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Since today is Monday, so I had bit of a brain fart - I was in error when I said about the fans being 60 mm. I took measures and it turns out the old fans are all 80 mm. I stand corrected - excuse me

Anyway, it looks like that will have to be 80 mm size for the front and rear if I want to have 2 fans each in there. It is the same with my other case. I'll see about adding either side or top hole for a larger fan ... but got to be careful about the balance of airflow in there.

The case is now 90% cleaned out of the old parts. On Wednesday - will drill out the rivets to get the pieces off. I expect to have the pieces etch-primer and then final primer coat by the weekend.
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The case's now all disassembled into pieces - all done. All sanded done, now going to buy etch-primer from a store.
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Old March 7, 2012, 06:02 AM
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Post pictures on each step?
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You could start a work log for you project here: Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery - Hardware Canucks
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Old March 7, 2012, 05:53 PM
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You could start a work log for you project here: Case Mods, Worklog & Gallery - Hardware Canucks
Now why didn't I think of that? Thanks, I'll post my work log in there with photos. OK, done uploaded some photos. It's under the title "The Next Lain-Li PC build project"

From now on, this thread here will be focused on what new computer parts to choose to buy, and finding out which is good in match to my needs by feedback. Thanks!

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Old March 10, 2012, 12:10 PM
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Need some discuss about buying a new video card. Today - I went to Memory Express to ask a clerk about the price on the new 7970 card (for fun). He showed me the price on screen - $599.99 !

Not only that ... and the guy said one product - XFX Radeon HD 7970 are all out stock now. Wait... ALL out of stock? Seems all the ME stores are out of stock already. In my mind, I was like wondering - where do all these people come up with all the dough to wipe out the entire stock of that new 7950 cards?

Now I got to think - should I wait until I get my tax money to order one then, or am I better off going with "last year's" model to save my money?
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Old March 10, 2012, 02:22 PM
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Depending if you need the performance. HD 7970 is a beast. Once you overclock it shows it true colors. As a stock card its good but not amazing for the price.
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Depending if you need the performance. HD 7970 is a beast. Once you overclock it shows it true colors. As a stock card its good but not amazing for the price.
Yeah, I can see it being quite a beast for preformance. Upgrading from my poor but still alive running x800 card to this level is a huge jump ... I'd be one happy camper! Just one thing... that price wouldn't work with my budget range. I was willing to spend for a new video card up to $350 so I'll wait until something real good deal show up.
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Old March 17, 2012, 04:43 PM
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Updating today on what I've been doing on my new build.

I had written a "wanted new parts" list on my older post before:

- an i5 2500K CPU
- a Z68 motherboard (Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 or other board)
- 500w-750w power supply ... do I keep same one or a new one?
- at least 8 GB memory ram sticks


This is what I had brought to date:

-Ripjaws X Series PC3-12800 (1600MHz) - 2 x 4GB sticks (will plan to buy 2 more sticks later)
-One 120mm fan in red led
-Antec True Power New 650W PSU
(with 2 years warranty)

With my budget up to $1000 max, so far I'm out at $165 spent. Plus that I had brought a used computer case at $30 and spent about $50 on paint materials. That put me up to almost $245 total now. I still have little over $750 left to use in my budget.

My next step to buy either a new motherboard or video card. Now I get to think on what hard drive unit to buy? Presently I have 320GB in my current rig ... would it be good if I go up to 500GB since I will be downloading some videos? My HDD units are Western Digital when they were new, are that brand still good now?

Had written a new list after had done some thoughts:

Motherboard:


1) Gigabtye GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

2) ASUS P8Z68-V or -V PRO

3) ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 w/ Radeon HD 4290

CPU:


1) Intel Core i5-2500k Quad core unlocked

2) AMD 3800 series (still deciding which one)

Video/graphic card:

1) Gigabyte Radeon HD 6870 Windforce 915MHz 1 GB 4.2 GHz

2) maybe upgrade to Radeon 7850 or 7870 model if money left to afford this

More parts to buy in near future:

- 24" LCD monitor
- new keyboard


That's about all I think will need to complete my project. Other than to buy a CPU cooler and few fans then that will be good enough for me. If you see anything you think I could do better or what other part is better - let's heard your thoughts. Thanks.
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