Saturday, February 11, 2012

Intel i7 2600K - Pictured ASUS P8Z68 PRO/GEN3 - Pictured Corsair Vengeance 1600 (16GB) - Pictured Samsung 3TB HDD - Pictured Intel 128GB SSD - Pictured Sapphire Radeon HD 7970 3GB - Will get Monday Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive with Lightscribe - Will get Monday or Tuesday LG Internal 12x Super Multi Blue Lightscribe Drive - Pictured Corsair AX850 - Pictured Corsair 400R - Pictured CoolerMaster 212+ EVO - Pictured Xonar DG - Will Get Monday or Tuesday.


The last time this motherboard will not have anything installed on it. Here we go.


The fastest processor in the world, the Intel i7 2600k. Over 4 billion processors in this thing and yet, so small. Time to put this in the motherboard.
The next one for this CPU for the next 3 years at least.

This is who the space for the CPU goes when you take out the plastic that is being held in the cradle.

And it goes in like so. There is only one way to put in a processor. Pay attention though because this part is very easy to mess up.


This is what helps this rig hum right along. RAM, lots of it, 16GB to be exact.This is a very easy installation. Again, this can only go in one way so you'd have to go out of your way to try to break this.

 Obviously, I didn't break it.

Where I am so far, which is to say, not far at all.

However, this is the rig sitting right side up. Looks a little bit better.

This is where you hook up the cords that comes inside the case, to that of the motherboard. Make sure to hook them up right because you don't want your computer being turned on and off with the reset button, etc.

Side shot of the ports the motherboard provides. Overkill personified.


This thing is a nice sized brick. I made the tactical decision to have the exhaust fan facing outward given my intended usage of the computer. I really didn't want all that hot air blowing directly on my graphics card and motherboard.

Two shots of the SSD drive. Remember, the SSD is only a 2.5 inch drive. Intel provides a bracket that will allow it to simulate the size of a 3.5 in drive to put in the drive chassis. This will be what my OS resides on.

3 Terabytes. That sounds so unreal, I need to type it twice. 3 TERABYTES! This is a lot of space.

Note that the processor's fan already comes with thermal paste which is a good thing because CPUs can overheat and I didn't want to apply any myself..

This is how it looks when the CPU fan is installed on the motherboard.

One of two disc based drives I'm getting. This is the Blu-Ray burner.
And this is where I am so far. The PC powers up and is very silent. I've taken this as far as its going to go. On Monday, with the graphics card installed, I'll be ready to fire this thing up and do some benchmarking and screen shotting. Until then.

Edit: Got the graphics card and sound card. Only thing missing is the other DVD drive. For all extents and purposes, everything is a go.

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