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Time to cobble something together for christmas

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Guess wot I got for my birthday?    Yes,  a horrible, snotty, sneezing cold, hurrah:blink:

However, that did mean I got three uninterrupted hours of daylight on my own at home to finally get on with this build:)

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No, not very neat at the moment but I just wanted to get it up and running.  Which it does!  and without having to phone my good m8 Bill Gates either.  I've also taken the precaution of carefully plugging my TrackIr  and MSFFB stick into  USB 2.0 ports so no problems there. 

Next step is to fit a couple of SSD's and then rip out the old HD and put it back in my old pc.  Then tidy up the cabling and put the very sexy smoked glass cover on.

 

 

 

 

There could be one snag though.  I bought a new EVGA semi modular power supply.  Stupidly, I've got a 650w one and just realised the one in my old machine is 750........doh!

Edit; oh yeah,  how about red led's?

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  or green or yellow or purple or all flashing at the same time:goodjob:

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650W should be enough Arthur - your maximum power requirement should be somewhere in the 550W mark so you've got some overhead.

Looks good though mate, I'll post some pics of my new build soon - it's not quite finished yet though - still tweaking.

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Yeah, I went through quite a decent power calculator and it came up with  @550w too.   I am going to have to take the cooler off and redo the paste.  It's running too hot under load.

I put a pea's worth of a blob on the centre of the cpu and then put the water cooler base on but - surprisingly - the way the cooler is bolted to the mobo strikes me as very Heath-Robinson.  

Also helps to have three hands so I think I'd better give it another go.

What should I remove the old paste with?  I've got nail varnish remover* and what do we think is the best way to apply it?

 

 

 

 

 

*No Painless, we're just not going there ok.......

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Just wipe it off - I usually use a paper towel / handkerchief some stuff whatever... then a blob of the new stuff and glob's yer uncle ... 

(Mind you, I've had to redo mine as well - at least once - oh well, better not listen to me then ... )

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Having taken off most of the gunk with a paper towel, I then use an alcohol based TIM cleaner (but straight alcohol is fine) applied via a clean paper towel to complete the clean-up. Then a small blob of new gunk - about the size of a cooked grain of rice is enough - which (and this is optional) I then carefully spread out over the chip surface before plonking the water block back on and screwing if down (finger tight only!). I've never had to remount a cooler due to over temps using this method.

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OK,  took the cooler block off and cleaned it all up and re-applied some old thermal paste I had that wasn't made in China and hey presto!  Had it running a stress test in turbo mode for a couple of hours and nothing exceeded 70' and all six cores were within 2' of each other too so I'm happy with that.

Fitted my new SSD and got it recognised by Windows as E drive.   The plan is to fit a second SSD in the very near future and transfer the contents of my fairly full spinning HD onto that and it'll become the C drive.

Also moved DCS onto the SSD where it does indeed load up faster and.....thats where some awkwardness started. 

Now of to post in our DCS forum.

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1 minute ago, DD_Arthur said:

OK,  took the cooler block off and cleaned it all up and re-applied some old thermal paste I had that wasn't made in China and hey presto!  Had it running a stress test in turbo mode for a couple of hours and nothing exceeded 70' and all six cores were within 2' of each other too so I'm happy with that.

Fitted my new SSD and got it recognised by Windows as E drive.   The plan is to fit a second SSD in the very near future and transfer the contents of my fairly full spinning HD onto that and it'll become the C drive.

Also moved DCS onto the SSD where it does indeed load up faster and.....thats where some awkwardness started. 

Now of to post in our DCS forum.

Just a tip: Be careful if you are going for a new Windows 10 install. Make sure that no other disks are connected when you do that, as Windows may just decide to have/keep/use a different disk as system boot disk than you might expect. Meaning after install, you remove one of the old disks, and presto, no windows no boot no more :)

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I'll bare that in mind FT.

  However, I was going to go the lazy dunce route and simply copy the complete contents of my old HD onto a new,  empty SSD, rename in C drive and then pull out the old HD.

Would this be unwise?

 

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Hey!  I just pressed a button on my pc case and all the LED's have gone green!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I pressed it again and they went blue!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes.  I'm easily pleased........

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1 hour ago, DD_Arthur said:

I'll bare that in mind FT.

  However, I was going to go the lazy dunce route and simply copy the complete contents of my old HD onto a new,  empty SSD, rename in C drive and then pull out the old HD.

Would this be unwise?

 

Unwise? Only if/when in the end it does not work.

One cannot really successfully copy the complete content of a running Windows disk to another disk... Oh wait, so, indeed, in the end this does not work :)

Alternative ways:

- Use Samsung Data migration software (will only run if/when it's a Samsung SSD for sure)

-Use a different operation system, like some Linux variant, and use its cloning tools ... 

-Use some other good quality cloning software that will run under Windows :) it can be done... just try and select a proper tool 

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Oh, and if you do start the cloning process, please do not mix up source and target!!

(ie, get your data backed up first!)

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My next SSD will be a Samsung.  That would seem the easiest path.....

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Windows 10 likes an empty drive to install on to - no partitions or anything. From a purely personal point of view, If I'm installing Windows I use the setup program to delete everything on the SSD and start from scratch (bear in mind though that my Users folder and one or two other things reside on a physically separate device so I don't have to account for them in the initial setup).

And there's significant anecdotal evidence that having an SSD at over 50% capacity has a very detrimental effect on the speed of the device.

Oh, FWIW, my SSD is a SanDisk 240GB - It's not missed a beat.

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