|(Laying It All Out, Photo By Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(The Mounted Phenom II X6, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(All Lined Up, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(Motherboard Secure On Tray, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(Mounted Video Card, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(The PSU, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(All Mounted, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(The Mounted Optical Drive, Photo by of Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(1TB WD Caviar Black on AirMount, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
This was the easy part. Now for the more challenging aspect of this build. Cable Management.
|(Successful Cable Management! Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
After connecting the PCI-e Power cords to the video card and the 24-pin ATC connector as well as the 8-pin CPU power connector and the 4-pin Molex plugs for the case fans and the front panel connectors to the PSU and motherboard respectively, we are left with a multitude of wiring (despite the PSU being a modular one) to hide behind the motherboard panel which will be shielded by a mesh exterior case. It was quite a challenge trying to get it as clean as possible, hiding cables and wires in the nooks and crannies of the case without causing any interference or blockage to any of the moving parts in the system (the fans!). This took about thirty minutes and an extra set of hands to get the panel in place while making sure no wiring was protruding or casing the panel to bulge extensively. The last step to the assembly process was to connect the 4-pin Molex plugs for the rear fan and the 2 side panel fans to the PSU, hiding the wiring accordingly before fitting the side panel back and screwing it in place. And that's it, the assembly is done!
Now the moment of truth, fire up the machine! Random moment, during my first attempt at firing up the machine, it actually didn't power on. And I was like "Oh shit!" then it hit me, the PSU power switch wasn't flipped on yet. Too much excitement caused the memory lapse. But then once the PSU switch was flipped, the rig fired up with no issues. Like a plane taking off. The Wraith (Yes, I named my PC) was alive.
Here are some photos of The Wraith. :]
|(The Wraith (rear), Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(The Wraith (front), Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(The Wraith In The Dark, Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
|(The Wraith (side), Photo by Thomas Joseph C. Huang)|
After the PC started up, the Operating System was installed and the hard drive was partitioned accordingly.
My current specs are:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition, currently running stock at 3.3GHz. I have yet to overclock it. >:]
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme3
GPU: Sapphire HD 6870, currently running stock at 900MHz. I have yet to overclock it as well. >:]
RAM: G. Skill Sniper 1600MHz DDR3 CL9, 1.25v, 4GB x 4 = 16GB, I have yet to overclock this too. >:]
Storage: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit
Chassis: Antect LanBoy Air
-Logitech K260 wireless keyboard and mouse (temporary)
-Viewsonic 24" VX2439WM 1920x1080 Full HD Monitor
-Creative Inspire 5.1 A500 SBS Surround Sound System
Stay tuned for my next post to see how the system performs when using games as benchmarks as well as some regular benchmarking tools!
Also stay tuned for when I put the Antec claim of positive airflow to the test by adding 10 more fans to the current setup!
To see the steps I took to put this machine together, check the following links in sequential order.
For Part 1, check it here: http://tomhuang03.blogspot.com/2012/06/getting-my-nerd-on-part-1.html
For Part 2, check it here: http://tomhuang03.blogspot.com/2012/06/getting-my-nerd-on-part-2.html
For Part 2.1, check it here: http://tomhuang03.blogspot.com/2012/07/getting-my-nerd-on-part-21.html
For Part 2.2, check it here: http://tomhuang03.blogspot.com/2012/07/getting-my-nerd-on-part-22.html
For Part 2.3, check it here: http://tomhuang03.blogspot.com/2012/07/getting-my-nerd-on-part-23.html
For Part 2.4, check it here: http://tomhuang03.blogspot.com/2012/08/getting-my-nerd-on-part-24.html
For Part 2.5, check it here: http://tomhuang03.blogspot.com/2012/08/getting-my-nerd-on-part-25.html