I am back with another build
For those who know the Core 2 Extreme build which i did for only 40 bucks.
well the Gigybyte board which i replaced my MSI P31 with had a Q6600 installed ,but since i swapped it out with the QX6800, it didn't have a board to go with.
And then it dawn to me.
My ACRyan 3 mini is not playing some of the subbed animes because the subbers use a different subtitle format which is not accepted by the player, which mean i am watching anime minus the subs on my 46" TV not exactly nice :(
So this build is pretty much re-purpose the Q6600 to become the anime player machine.
Initially the build was suppose to be inside a Silverstone ML04 slim casing,but when i went to look for the casing at Sim Lim Square, there wasn't one to be found, either they are out of stock or not available anymore.
Instead I have to settle for the CoolerMaster Elite 344, the second bummer is the slim CoolerMaster Gemini II M4 cooler was not available as well and instead i have to get the Xigmatek Apache III
So this was the final build of the PC
The build was done pretty much in one night. Yesterday made the trip down and bought the parts and rush back for family dinner before coming back in the evening to start the build.
the prices shown is the USD price but the actual cost in SGD is 384 bucks
Initially the build was using a Xigmatek Apache 3 cooler
The derp moments begins with the cooler which i have never used before with the weird mounting which is a hybrid of the AMD and Intel LGA mountings
It was a pain to install because of the lack of instructions of how to even mount the brackets, the plastic pins and push pins have to be angled into the holes to get it working. Second was the locking hook for the cooler to the bracket was completely hard to go down which force
The first install failed the moment i mounted the cooler with the whole bracket popping out, it was the second time it worked with the help from my dad.
Installing the CPU and RAM to the board was simple, but the cooler was the pain in the butt to install overall.
but due to the poor airflow and the cooler poor cooling ability i was getting up to 85 degrees at load and excess of 70 degrees and idle.
I have rebuild this pc with some improvised method and a bit of Frankenstein the other PC's CPU cooler and case fan for this rig.
On the mobo box test, everything was running well and stable, but the interesting part which surprised me was the BIOS OCed my Q6600 to 3GHz without me touching the settings :o It's FSB was bumped from 266 to 333MHz :o I took a second look at the BIOS readings and yes I wasn't blind, it was indeed 3GHz and will down clock to 2GHz at idle ;) What i believed it was clocking to the same speeds as the DDR3 1333MHz RAM which i got from some old HP machines and yes they still work and i get 4GB
And so the installation begins, first went the mobo with of course the standoffs installed on the casing itself and the IO shield. Followed by the PSU which i got my dad to help again because it was hard to mount the PSU without someone to hold it in place while the mounting screws was installed and a top mounted PSU didn't make thing easier.
The CX430M was indeed a good choice i made as it semi modular and help reduce the cable clutter in the small casing. The Elite 344 didnt have room at the back of the mobo to route the cables and the front panel cables were all over the place which i have to tie them up with the cable ties. Installed the Kingston SSD and fired up the PC to install Windows 8.1 :D
Before anyone say, why Kingston SSD? Simple it was the cheapest SSD at Sim Lim and I not looking for long term storage just for quick booting of Win 8.1 so i picked that, also needed Win 8.1 to learn how it works before we need to replace Win 7.
Windows booted to the desktop and i started installing the mobo, LAN and audio drivers and finally the GPU drivers, and installed the usual CPU-Z ID and HWmonitor to verify all things working.
Cheers and thanks for reading again