My old AMD 8350 machine was grinding to a halt so decided to upgrade to the new Intel i7-6700 chipset and also take a plunge into the world of M.2 drives.
I have an existing MSI R9 390 8GB card which I will port over into the new machine, possibly for an upgrade next year or the year after.
This is my first solo build so will be looking for some guidance I'm sure.
About to start my build, so fingers crossed!
Installation of motherboard onto the case, and a very bendy I/0 shield. Brand new chip seated and RAM installed. Never seen a requirement to fill the memory slots 2 and 4 first, but this is only my 3rd ever motherboard so what do know.
M.2 Drive installed and power supply base in place. Now comes the exciting bit!
Cooler, radiator and graphics card installed. This gave me a bit of a headache with the radiator - in my head it was in the formation of radiator / fans / case - with the fans sucking air in and blowing over the radiator, but there was no way I could get this to work. So in the end I went fans / radiator / case with the fans in exhaust mode. Does anybody have any comments on this?
For some reason the cooler I have is not on the parts list on this site, so I have left it off.
The completed build - not 100% happy with the cabling but I like it. Mainly unhappy with the the big exhaust fan at the back (couldn't see any way to route that to the header in the middle of the board) and the CPU fan which hangs over the RAM slots before going out and around to plug in at the top of the case.
Not a great picture because of reflections but meant to show the final build - I added two extra 120mm fans at the bottom of the case to create a positive airflow. I also used white LED lights for a subtle glow which matches that of the MSI card. Can't wait to see this is the dark.
Fan set up is 4 fans (2 at the front, 2 at the bottom front sucking air in, and 3 fans expelling air, with the 2 x 120mm fan on the radiators and a larger, 140mm fan on the rear of the case.
So far these are all plugged into the motherboard, and running now on low load is practically silent.
Let's see how the testing goes!