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Unread 7th January 2011, 03:46 AM
Werner Wischerath Werner Wischerath is offline
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Ok need to make dual 2.5 HDD mounting brackets. Easiest solution-modify the 3.5 mounting bracket.







I put some double sided tape on the back side and the new mount is ready to install
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Unread 10th January 2011, 11:19 AM
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Update-Create mount for SSD Now have 3 drives

Thanks to Olin I now have an SSD to add to the system. Originally I was going to use one small SSD and a 500GB drive. But with his gift I have an SSD that can hold the entire system and use both my 500GB drive for media storage. Only problem is now I need another mount, and even harder, a place to put it.

First, the mount. I needed something to use that would be durable and would be available. If I havent said it before, I am constructing this while working in Iraq, so I cant just head to the local hardware store. Luckily, I found this piece of aluminum.


I cut out the angled piece...


After removing the lips, I need to cut it down to the proper height...


After drilling the holes for the screws, I then filed the edges smooth

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And after some hard work, this is what I have


Now I just repeat for the other side and the brackets are completed. I just added double sided tape to the backside to provide a way to attach to the case.

Now the hard part....WHERE AM I GOING TO PUT IT?

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Unread 16th January 2011, 02:57 AM
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Still thinking of where to put the SSD. While packing up to travel home for R&R, I assembled the case to take with me and I saw what might be a great place to put it. Since SSDs are pretty much resistant to heat and vibration, how about the end of the PSU?
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Unread 16th January 2011, 09:28 AM
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If the cables reach, the SSD can go anywhere you can mount it. The orientation and proximity to other components isn't even important, so it's literally a matter of finding a small open space.
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Unread 18th January 2011, 05:15 AM
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Cool, beacuse the best space is the end of the PSU. That will keep everything neat and tidy. I will post pics as soon as I get it mounted.
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Unread 20th January 2011, 06:24 AM
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I have decided to put the SSD on the PSU. I took a leg bracket off a broken foosball table and fabricated the mounts and using one of the 500gb drives for the mock up, here is what I came up with




And Fri, Wed at latest, the modo should be avail, so maybe by next weekend I will have this thing functioning
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Unread 24th February 2011, 09:11 AM
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Well, it seems that the Intel series 6 chip flaw has managed to delay the completion of this project. Trying to look on the bright side-maybe someone will release a Z68 or P67 mini ITX board. Then I can take proper advantage of the K chip I purchased!
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Unread 4th May 2011, 04:49 AM
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Progress is being made. The motherboard arrived and I began the final steps to getting this running.

Here is the motherboard attached to the side panel
http://img5.imageshack.us/i/motherboardmounted.jpg/

Here it is inside the case
http://img845.imageshack.us/i/moboincase.jpg/

And a shot showing the clearance between the power supply and the CPU cooler
http://img641.imageshack.us/i/cpuclearance.jpg/

Just to show how much the power supply was changed, here is a before and after side by side shot. The modded one has the SSD mounted on it!
http://img156.imageshack.us/i/psucomparison.jpg/

Memory is the only thing keeping this from running and that should be here any day now. As soon as it arrives, I will update with some performance results
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Unread 18th May 2011, 07:10 AM
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IT LIVES!

Memory arrived and I have finished assembling it. And I got an added bonus. I had to return one of the drive to WD and the drive they sent to replace it was a Black version. That's right, they replaced a 5400rpm drive with a 7200rpm. Almost makes up for the lost TV shows I had on the faulty one. Not sure I can blame WD for the failure, as I have had the drives outside of enclosures for a while. I do like how fast they handled it.

Ran a PCMark 7 test and it scored a 4723. Comparing it to the other i5 2500k's using the HD 3000 graphics, it came in the top 5 (at the time) I am quite pleased with the results. Admittedly, that score was after overclocking the IGP to 1850Mhz.

Windows Experience Index
Processor 7.5
Memroy 5.9
Graphics 5.9
Gaming Graphics 6.4
Primary HDD 6.9

Good scores I think!
Only thing left to do to improve this would be to get a dedicated graphics card.
Pictures coming shortly!
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Unread 18th May 2011, 07:12 AM
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What are your options for the graphics card? If I recall, there wasn't enough room for anything but the shortest video cards.
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