Putting together my first build tomorrow. Any last minute advice?

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  1. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Centurion 532 Case
    PC Power and Cooling 600 Watt Silencer PSU
    Asus P5B-E Mobo
    E6600 Conroe
    MSI GeForce 6200TC (Holding me over till I can get a eVGA 7950gt)
    WINTEC 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) - (Holding me over till 2gb of Corsair XMS)
    74gb Raptor
    300gb Seagate w/ Movies already on
    NEC DVD Burner and NEC Floopy Drive
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Grease
    Windows XP Pro CD


    Any advice? Especially installing the Heatsink on the CPU. Anything I should I know about getting through BIOS?
     
  2. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Looks like a solid plan to me. [​IMG]
     
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    The best way to assemble a system is to strip down and cover yourself head to toe in Crisco. Cuts down on static. That's what all the pros do.

    Also be sure to use the thermal compound sparingly. Seat the heatsink evenly and try to get it mounted early on while you still have room to work in the case.

    Also be careful with screws. You don't want a loose one laying on the MB when you power it on for the first time. One at a time and keep track of them.
     
  4. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Crisco, I knew I forgot something. Thanks
     
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    Probably obvious but put the psu in before you mount the motherboard. Not sure on that case but some cases leave very liitle (or no) cleareance once the mobo is in.
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Did he mention the vodoo ritual yet?

    Let me know if you need a walkthrough for that.
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Seriously though, I would install the heatsink with the motherboard outside of the case on a piece of cardboard in good lighting.
     
  8. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    thanks
     
  9. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I mention it that way because it's the one point where you can slip with a screw driver and scratch the motherboard.

    It's best to situate yourself so that you are in as stable of a position as possible.
     
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    Sexual Vanilla New Member

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    Sheesh...I've never built a machine, and from reading this, I don't know if I would want to. :hs:
     
  11. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Dont worry its really easy. The crisco isnt as bad as I thought, washes right off.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    And it leaves your skin nice and shiny too. :naughty:
     
  13. Beason

    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    :naughty: I know
     
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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Any suggestions on aftermarket Heatsinks? I applied the paste as thin as possible and with the stock cooler at idle im getting 57C and the fan is running at 2300rpm.
     
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    57C does sound a bit on the high side.

    Several suggestions.
    1. What are you measuring your temps with/ Get intels thermal
    analysis tool unless that's waht you are already using.

    2. Are you fairly confidnet you didn't apply too much or too little paste? If you used what came with the chip you probably need to get some AS5. Go by the recommended C2D application.

    3. I'm not that familar with that case but how is the airflow? One 120mm fan in front for intake and another 120mm in rear for exhaust?

    I had a zalman 9500 on my last build that mad e an incredible decrease over the stock hs/f. Currently running a tuniq tower on my build and it gets great reviews, etc. I need to pull mine out again and clean it off and remount. My temps are in the upper 30's to low 40's idle. Should not be that high according to alot of others.
     
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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Im using the ASUS onboard PC Probe, both fans are set to intake, should I change the rear one to exhaust? Temps have dropped some, 53-54 at 2000rpm at idle.
     
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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Switched the rear intake fan to exhuast and now I run at 55degrees at 900rpms and 63 at 1900rpms while encoding a DVD, playings a movie and have music running from itunes.
     
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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    Snapped a few pics. I love it so far, cant wait till I get new heatsink, 2gigs of Ram and a 7950gt video card.

    Cheap video card and single stick of 512 for $80 so I can have an extra 600 dollars on the cruise Im going on in a week.
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    Dell Keyboard and Mouse will have to hold me over until I get a G11 Keyboard and G7 Mouse
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    Got to love a 20" Monitor
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    Final Orgization of Wiring will be done after I get the video card and other stuff
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  19. Darketernal

    Darketernal Watch: Aria The Origination =)

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    Fucking sweet, i love and have build my own computer. Its one of the few things that make me smile and what i enjoy to do, hope you have a lot of Christmas fun also :wavey:
     
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    Beason They call me "The Stig"

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    I might not need a new Heatsink, after two days its dropped to 48* @ 900rpms. Going to give it a few weeks to see how the well it sets.
     

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