Computer Build

After moving my girlfriend to ISU, getting my Network + and Hyper-V certification, staring a podcast, which is hopefully out later this month/year, I have a few minutes of down time to post about my new computer.  What is great about this build is that my friend [twitter] wanted to build a new computer and I wanted to upgrade to a Core i7 but in a Mini-ITX computer (challenging – I know). As you can see from the posts below i was able to find mid to high-end parts and wait log enough to get a few deals as long with finding a Antec Mini P182 case. The P180 case is one of the best computer cases out there. It sells for around $120 but if you are lucky enough you can find it for $80 with free shipping. I have three of them and only gave up the one because I wanted to see if I could build a smaller computer.

Chicago Computer Parts

When UPS dropped off the parts in I wanted to wait for my friend to get his so we can build our computers in tandem, he hasn’t built a computer before, but having all the parts sitting in my living room waiting to be used is against my nature.  I was only able to fight the urge till the weekend. That Saturday morning I got my work table out and started to unbox all of my parts. Once everything was unboxed I was doubting that it was all going to fit in my case. A few hours later and with help from Google I had my computer built.

One of the important findings of this build is that the thermal paste goes in between the two indents on the processor in a straight line. Another important tip is that it is a good idea to put the hard drives and CD drives in a case to visualize where they are going to go. With such a confined space and massive graphic card I had to take out the second hard drive tray along with the rails that holds the tray in so there would be adequate air flow and so I can fit a fan. I also had my friend bring his HD 5870 over to see if it would fit in my case. Thankfully it does :).

 Graphic Card Area 

Thermal Paste

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I tried to use a Linksys wireless adaptor but for some reason it doesn’t want to work with Windows x64. I ended up installing Windows 7 x86 and using prime 95 to test the stability of the computer.  After six or so hours I figured that everything is working ok and brought everything back to my desk and reinstalled Windows 7 x64 and migrated everything over from my old desktop.  You can also see more of my photos on Filckr.

Linksys Wireless Card

 

Update

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Surprisingly that was over eight months ago and my computer is running fine. I have it overclocked to 3Ghz, from 2.5, and the ram up to 1600Mhz. I plan on getting up to 3.5hz and 1800Mhz in the winter.

CoreTemp 100