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My build (pictures) - dbtc - 05-22-2011

I put together my first custom PC, which also happens to be my first ever desktop. I would like to thank everyone on these forums for all the help as well as Mathieu for writing all the articles - it would have been much harder without them.

This is a lower-cost rig, I spent about $680 on everything except the graphics card (still shopping for that).

Parts:
CPU: i5-2500
Ram: Mushkin silverline 2 x 4gb ddr3 1333
Case: Lian Li Lancool K68
Mobo: MSI H67MA - E35
PSU: XFX XXX series 650W modular
HD: Samsung spinpoint f3

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Everything's in there, wires a pretty messy though. I later realized how to route them around the back...
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Here's where it got interesting. I actually had my computer running before this pic, installed windows 7 and messed around a bit, but there was this annoying clicking noise coming from my computer. Kind of like a loud hard drive (that's what I thought it was at first). After sticking my head in there turns out it was the PSU. Apparently other people have had this problem too. I wedged something in the fan and turned it on: silence.


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So... Instead of trying to return I took it apart. It's a habit of mine I guess. My awesome case has 2 140mm fans on the top, the PSU has a 135mm fan with a metal cover (that black piece in the pictures), it was a perfect fit! Problem solved.

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I wrapped electrical tape around my pliers to unplug the fan, I didn't feel comfortable sticking my fingers in there.

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Now I have a custom PSU with a larger fan.
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All done.
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RE: My build (pictures) - Andrew J - 05-22-2011

Nice build! Impressive PSU mod too!


RE: My build (pictures) - dbtc - 05-24-2011

Oh this should have been in talks/deals oops