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Basic i5/i7 Based System Building Guide

Discussion in 'Hardware, Software & Troubleshooting' started by Skakruk, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Skakruk

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  2. Zarniwoop

    Zarniwoop is cool

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    This is awesome; thanks man :tup:
     
  3. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    Great guide! Definitely have to be careful of those CPU pins. I bent some AMD ones about 5-6 years ago and it took a while to make sure they were bent back correctly and the CPU did work, but it was not fun. I use AS5 also, but I apply a little more and use the edge of a credit card to spread it very thin; this works very well and you can also easily get rid of some access stuff. Besides not using a stock heatsink, I usually run everything outside the case first and even install the OS and drivers before moving parts into the case. I still can't believe 10 months have already gone by since I started my last build.
     
  4. dragonfliet

    dragonfliet I write stuffs

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    Wow. This is obscenely over-detailed. Which is to say, it is perfect for the fearful first-time builder. If you did a step-by step cable management tut you would be beloved by many.

    ~Jason
     
  5. SkaarjMaster

    SkaarjMaster enemy of time

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    A few other things:
    1) I always thought it was odd that the stock HS had a round copper base and the CPU top was square. This is one other reason why I never use the stock HS unless I'm building for someone else that just wants to use it.

    2) I bet the genius at Gigabyte did that because of some of the problems with large non-stock heatsinks blocking that first RAM slot on some motherboards.:)

    3) "Don't overtighten screws" - I need to keep telling myself this constantly during installation of just about anything.

    4) I never heard of this Q-connector idea, but it rocks! Maybe other MB manufacturers will adopt this for my next build. I still have yet to mess with my latest build to fix the HD light that never comes on.

    5) This may be a little "old school", but I usually try and connect most case fans directly to PSU molex plugs instead of the MB so it doesn't steal CPU cycles; maybe this really doesn't matter these days, but it's just a habit I got into since I started building.

    Great guide!!!
     
  6. MeStinkBAD

    MeStinkBAD Lurking where you least suspect...

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    I like this guide a lot better. <grin>.
     
  7. dragonfliet

    dragonfliet I write stuffs

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    Eh, the heat comes from the more middle of the cpu anyways, even with a quad core, so if a smidge of the edges is uncovered it's really not a big deal at all. It may effect temps by about 1°C, but even that I doubt.

    As for casefans, I'm a huge proponent of fan controllers, so I always have my case fans plugged into that.

    ~Jason
     

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