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Windows 7: "Frankenstein" build

24 Jan 2012   #1
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 
"Frankenstein" build

I recently bought a new motherboard for myself and thought I'd use my old one to build a semi-new PC for the wife. since I would be using some old parts from other machines and some new items as well, I am calling this "Frankenstein".
Specs:

New
Rosewill Smart one Mid tower case
Rocketfish 500W modular PSU
Crucial M4 64GB SSD

Old/recycled
AMD PhenomII X4965BE 3.4GHz
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 motherboard
GSkill Ripjaws 2x4GB 1600 7-8-7-24T RAM
Gigabyte ATI HD4670 graphics card
Enzotech CPU cooler
LiteOn DVD burner
Multi card reader with USB port

This is the case with fans powered to test a PSU for another build I will do.
"Frankenstein" build-psu-test.jpg
New PSU mounted
"Frankenstein" build-psu-mount.jpg
A view inside the case
"Frankenstein" build-case-interior.jpg
My work space
"Frankenstein" build-work-area.jpg
The motherboard ready to be mounted. I put on the CPU and cooler, RAM, and sometimes cables before mounting in the case.
"Frankenstein" build-mobo-setup.jpg
My tool stash seem to take on a life of its own and grows.
"Frankenstein" build-work-tools.jpg
Cables attached to mounted board
"Frankenstein" build-cables-connected.jpg
The two drives, SSD+data
"Frankenstein" build-drives.jpg
While doing cabling I discover two mobo screws I forgot to put in. One was fairly easy, but this one was a nightmare to put in. The board was a tight fit and if I removed the cooler to get to the screw I wouldn't be able to re-attach the clips for it because of there not being room for fingers to reach them. Fortunately I had a very long screwdriver to help out which I magnetized the end of to hold the screw and lower to its hole.
There is only about a half inch space between the CPU fan and the case top fan.
"Frankenstein" build-tuff-screw1.jpg
The screw can just be seen here
"Frankenstein" build-tuff-screw2.jpg
Two views of the finished wiring, fairly neat and tidy for a cheap case. It has no side window to see it though.

"Frankenstein" build-wiringint1.jpg
"Frankenstein" build-wiring-int.jpg
Wiring behind the motherboard.
"Frankenstein" build-wiring-int2.jpg
The job done.
"Frankenstein" build-fini.jpg




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24 Jan 2012   #2
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Nice job, Gary. It looks like a good build. Congratulations. Makes me want to do another, but then again, that is a constant battle.
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24 Jan 2012   #3
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

Nice job, and great use of new and used components!
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24 Jan 2012   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hiyya mate lookin good and I like the RAM speeds I use one of those rare earth magnets on a screwdriver just like you have here near the handle makes life SOOOO much easier

Got mine form prospecting sellers on Ebay - not expensive and worth every cent but be careful with two near each other and your fingies
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24 Jan 2012   #5
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

Great job Gary, impressive!
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24 Jan 2012   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Nice job, Gary. It looks like a good build. Congratulations. Makes me want to do another, but then again, that is a constant battle.
Yeah I know essenbe I've got four Frankies lined up ready to rock but have just to keep my nerve and rely on willpower.

John
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24 Jan 2012   #7
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Looking good, Gary. How's it performance-wise?
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24 Jan 2012   #8
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Thanks everyone!!

here's some benchmarks. This is with 4GB of RAM instead of the 8 I mentioned. The 8GB kit is being RMAd.
"Frankenstein" build-asssd.png "Frankenstein" build-winsatfr.png

"Frankenstein" build-maxxmem2_m4708.jpg
Forgot the one everyone likes to see.
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24 Jan 2012   #9
JaidynM

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64/Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Wow, nice scores! That's twice as much as mine actually.
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25 Jan 2012   #10
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Britton30,
Your wife should be most pleased. I'm working to get a significant other build done but she doesn't appear to even care that much, as to her Dell has to know more than I do about building computers. I agree they know a lot more about building to price points, oh and building in lots of planned obsolescence.
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