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knud    129

If you have done some cable management, that case will look frickin cool! 8)

I like black, so a black aquagate is pretty damn cool!

Where is the pci thing for?

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Copied and edited for content from my blog at http://www.electronicpunk.com

It was going so well but then disaster struck. I think I gave my PC a bit of whiplash when trying to get the air out. I ordered a motherboard and CPU last week but didn't have a chance to get it all sorted. It had been so long since I saw Vista that I really have to make it a priority.

So I found a little time to do what I was dreading to do, take my old motherboard out and replace it with a new motherboard. I made this easy for myself by effectively making it an upgrade. 3400+ --> 3700+ stunning eh?

Obviously taking a motherboard out is not the most fun you can have on a Sunday evening, especially when the graphics card is attached to the nortbridge with a cooler, so I had to remove the cooler from the motherboard first while keeping the graphics card out while remember that both of those were attached to the hard drive and liquid cooling unit, respectively.

I managed to do it though with a little help. I then had to remount the Nortbridge cooler while the motherboard was still unattached while taking care of a loose 6800 Ultra that was left flapping around. All went well though and after carefully putting everything back into place... would it boot?

No. What did I expect? I bought the motherboard on eBay for £25 - it came in the wrong box and looked like the static package had been opened. But it had got further, it would actually power up! I removed the graphics card - twice and then eventually it posted - damage perhaps from the enormous cooler that it used to have (replaced now of course with the nice lightweight one) and it posted and booted into Windows Vista, awesome.

Work since the last shots obviously includes the new CPU and motherboard, I have also taken a little time to feed more wires around the back carefully and it is starting to look really nice indeed. I am still a little concerned that there is air inside the watercooling system, but I am not going to make the same mistake twice and shake it, I will just let it deal with the air itself and take a look at it now and then and properly fill the resovoir. The front of the LCU also managed to take a bit of damage but that can be easily sorted.

I also reconnected the CDROM and wired it into the motherboard with an additional IDE cable, but even then it still looks alot tidier than the most up to date screenshot on this site.

I will take a few more tonight, but I still have a bit of work to do, but from the open side it is starting to look fairly complete, the hardest part now is finding a way of connecting the power into the LCU itself to try and maintain the minimalist look I always strive for. I can either drill a hole in the backside and feed it throught there and make it completely invisible or find a way to feed it through the front, I think it is going to have to be the first option as it will make things alot tidier.

I will try and post some updated shots when I can and I just know you are looking forward to them! ;D

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Woo for bumping threads, but I finally managed to get some snaps done the other night while I was installing the last version of Vista so I could test something in Internet Explorer 7 iwthout having to install it on my main rig, anway...

I'd like to think that this:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/rigpimpag ... nside1.JPG

is slightly better than:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/rigpimpag ... l_View.jpg

Just noticed I need to throw in more of those tacky blue things, I took out the Audigy2 and smashed it. Was that wrong? Well it annoyed me, what can I say - would fail if my PC was ever and caused all kinds of problems.

Anyway, pretty please with how it all worked out even tho I was only supposed to have this as a test rig and not pimp it out at all, shame it has no sidewindow but I think how closely it fits together an the feign blue glow where the healtsync lets light escape works really well.

inside2.JPG

For more shots in funky slideshow format, check out:

http://www.electronicpunk.com

or http://www.electronicpunk.com/rigpimpage365/

Pics alone can be found at:

http://www.electronicpunk.com/rigpimpage365/images/

Once again thanks to Bryant and co. for bringing me the parts to CES, otherwise it would have just been another boring PC.

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knud    129

Looks amazing, original use of watercooling!

Question about the vga card, why does it have 2 power connectors?

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Not really pushing it as hard as the usual gaming machine as I am testing Vista on it, but the reservoir says its at 25-35, but I haven't really stress tested it as much I want to :)

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