Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

An Epic Tale of Mass Destruction! (A humorous story :P)

Last response: in Components
Share
September 11, 2008 10:03:37 AM

:hello:  hi there people! how are we on this fine day! " :sleep:  " OI it can't be that boring already! :non: 

Well, it all started one fine sunday morning when i overclocked my E4400 to 2.66GHz,

and noticed it was getting kinda warm under load :whistle: 
EDIT: no matter how hard i try i can't enlarge that coretemp pic :(  oh well... 71 degrees under load was what coretemp showed.

So, with some inspiring music playing (Hallelujah :kaola:  ) i thought "Hmmm this will not do :pfff:  " so i set my own personal computing organ contained within my skull to work, and thought "I wonder how my cables have been feeling lately..." and opened up the side of my computing machine :p  to see... A HORRIBLE MESS OF CABLES


:ouch:  i was like "Wow what an official looking yellow sticker on my optical drive bays...Hmmm someone put a lot of time into cable management of this when it was built.... and it wasn't me. :sarcastic:  Or... Was it? :??:  " no just kidding i'm not that much of a silly goose :kaola: 

so, getting on with the story, i first identified the main target: THE FLOPPY DISK DRIVE. :o  , because it was fat. no seriously, because of the wide, air restricting, hideous mass of wires known as the IDE CABLE. So, i yanked the illegitimate son of a cable out of the seven year old dusty biatch, cut it's life source (AKA power cable for those a little more dull-witted), got a strew driver and pulled out the screws, and Finally *big deep breath* pushed out the antique by the front bezel, nearly snapping a couple of other power cables in the process :??: 

I then got a knife and pushed on three little tab things on the front of the floppy drive to pop the front cover off:

so i wouldn't leave a gaping hole in the case like this:

Got some general purpose glue (AKA blu-tac!) and put it around the edges of the bezel:

cleaned the excess off shown in the pic above with my awesome knife, and ended up like this!

you can't see it too well unfortunately, i should take a closer up pic sometime... anywho, the only problem is.. it's upside down! -_- noticed that five minutes after i had it blu tack'd in and all cleaned up. oh well, adds a...personal touch! :D 
After that, i started with my first round of wire management, which i won't bore you too much with the details... you can see the result here:

Sticky tape ftw! i OWNED that sata cable! :p 

Anyone bored? OK, you have my permission to go to sleep now if you wish :kaola:  :sleep:  oh woops i think i must have just drifted off for a day or two there... ANYWAY.

This is kind of a work in progress, and it's fairly likely to get less humorous from now on :(  oh well. Probably gonna get a bit more technical, so those un-technical people that i'm going to show this to, now could be a good time to stop reading until i update it lol) So now, the plan is to:
1:spray paint my crappy 7 year old case shiny black,
2: get a 250cm fan and mangle my side panel in order to fit it,
3: get some Arctic silver 5 and arcticlean (i know AS5 isn't the top dog anymore, but it will definitely suffice for my needs, and it's bundled with arcticlean, which i will need to clean off the stock paste that came with the retail E4400 HSF) to put on my CPU and GPU
4: Pencil mod my 7600GS and hope to hell that having a B1 instead of the A1 featured in the vmod guide doesn't mean the resistor is gonna be in a different spot :o  that probably means my card will fryyyyyy
5: Drill some more holes in the back of my case
6: get a new CPU cooler... xigmatek HDT-S983

Haha already completed three of those and deleted them from the list!

I figure, if i already have a 50% OC on my graphics card without vmod (im sure the voltage is holding my OC back, cos the temps are fine, and will be even finer with some AS5 and a 25cm fan blowing on it!) then i should be able to get a record breaking OC (meh, so what if it's an AGP 7600GS, it OWNS! :kaola:  )

Thanks for reading, looking forward to your comments and my future mods! hope you enjoyed :) 

IM SO EXCITED! :bounce: 

PS you may notice
1: the bottom of my case is a litttle dusty :??:  hasn't been dusted in 7 years... oh wellz
2: the vcore reported by cpuz is LOWER than the VID that coretemp says! unfortunately, my northbridge is a VIA chipset, and i cannot adjust cpu vcore :(  i think it's auto... although the voltage hasn't changed from 2.00 to 2.66... :pfff: 

EDIT: this is my new cable management :)  notice bottom right corner, i tidied up the sata and gpu splitter/molex power cables BEHIND the DVD drive IDE cable, also tidied up some cables and chucked em in the top drive bay

(4 pin extension of the 20+4 pin mobo connector which i didn't need) and did some re-routing of the 20pin connector. pretty happy with it atm but if you have any suggestions feel free!

compared to the original:

I would say definitely worth the zip ties (found some and used em all, lol just saved $7.50!) and my back/neck :??: 
September 11, 2008 2:40:46 PM

Never used a floppy eh ? You glued it upside down.

On a more serious note. Good work !! Don't lose the enthusiasm.
September 11, 2008 2:53:10 PM

^ all he has ta do is just flip the picture... :sleep: 
a c 121 ) Power supply
September 11, 2008 3:08:36 PM

With no fans in the back, I can see why it would get a little toasty in there. Is that one of the cheap Geeks.com cases? With a pair of 60mm fan mounting areas?
September 11, 2008 3:10:56 PM

D= its in that disgusting baige color
put it to rest dude lol
September 11, 2008 3:29:48 PM

Time for a new case...
and motherboard...
and cpu...
and....
September 11, 2008 3:45:28 PM

mtyermom said:
Time for a new case...
and motherboard...
and cpu...
and....


It is a good time to selectively choose the tools. Chainsaw or Shotgun ?

Anyway, i always love those beige clean cases. They make a excellent base for modding, if you are in a do-it-all-yourself mood.
September 11, 2008 3:46:19 PM

A humorouse story should always include a monkey flinging poo and or someone getting hit in the nuts with something.


Soiled
September 11, 2008 3:57:24 PM

SoiledBottom said:
A humorouse story should always include a monkey flinging poo and or someone getting hit in the nuts with something.


Only if you are American.
An English Fellow will only laugh the next Friday.
A Spanish will think that joke has a cosmic significance.
A German will read through the first Aid manual.
A Dutch will roll one, and donate it to the poor sob.
A Swiss will ask if everything is ok, in Italian, French and Swiss German.
A Portuguese will try troll you with lousy puns.


September 11, 2008 4:14:36 PM

sorry, but an english person would NEVER laugh
September 11, 2008 4:33:30 PM

radnor said:
It is a good time to selectively choose the tools. Chainsaw or Shotgun ?


Heh, or sledgehammer ftw??
September 11, 2008 7:32:07 PM

spuddyt said:
sorry, but an english person would NEVER laugh



Thats because we have nothing to laugh about anymore...


But this discussion is for another time...
September 12, 2008 8:03:23 AM

:hello:  there again, just got back from school half asleep :sleep:  edited with my cable management v 2.0367563256342 :lol:  ok that was sad :sweat: 

ANYWAY. time to answer some comments! :bounce: 
Quote:
With no fans in the back, I can see why it would get a little toasty in there. Is that one of the cheap Geeks.com cases? With a pair of 60mm fan mounting areas?

actually, they are 40mm fan slots :cry:  i'm just gonna drill more holes in the middle of em and on that weird looking panel thing next to the mobo I/O shield... not sure what that's for, lol... gotta provide some space for the air from my cooler to escape out the back :kaola: 

speaking of which, should i get a side mounted fan cooler such as a xigmatek, or a top down cooler - the reason? a 25cm fan blowing 105cfm silently onto a side cooler might disrupt the airflow of the HSF fan? i'm not too sure on this one... need some of your expertise on this most essential matter :) 
Quote:
D= its in that disgusting baige color
put it to rest dude lol


hmm, well sure, my case does look kinda fugly, but as i said in my edits, a nice metallica/glossy black spray paint job should look alright with a the LED side fan and (i couldn't think of a way to take a picture of this) my case has a... hollow space between the front panel and the drive bays. i was thinking of getting a cheap 4" cathode kit and having a neon underglow through the front :p  should look pretty kewl at night :) 

Quote:
Time for a new case...
and motherboard...
and cpu...
and....

Well, i don't think so necessarily, i mean the case might have crap airflow, but that's wat a drill and dremel are for! :)  meh, so it's a VIA motherboard with no multiplier and vcore options... at least i can change the FSB though! :)  and the cpu is fine! i do hope to get my 8800GT SLI/9800GX2 and Q6600 build soon, in which case this comp will go to dad :)  hes got a 2.8GHz celeron with a CRT monitor :na: 

Quote:
It is a good time to selectively choose the tools. Chainsaw or Shotgun ?

i have a one word response: LOL!

Quote:
Yes, please, buy a new case for $30-40. Also, use GPU-Z to see the revision of your 7600GS:

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/

And get some goddamn case fans :lol: 

lol yeah that's how i knew i had a B1. i can take a screenie if you want proof of my OC :p 
and btw my 25cm fan is gonna OWN! :bounce: 
Quote:
Heh, or sledgehammer ftw??

:( 
September 12, 2008 8:39:13 AM

radnor said:
Never used a floppy eh ? You glued it upside down.

On a more serious note. Good work !! Don't lose the enthusiasm.

hehe I should put my comp in at a tech repair place and tell them to flash my BIOS or something with a floppy drive :lol:  at the moment i have a bit of masking tape behind the flap to stop a little bit of dust getting in... if i removed that, they could just slide the floppy in and... no floppy recognised! i wonder why that might be :pt1cable: 

Mwuhahahah i am so evil heheee!
September 12, 2008 9:24:21 AM

oh and an interesting statistic here:
4413 3DMark05 at stock (E4400 2.00GHz, 7600GS 400/1000 (effective) stock)

6684 3DMark05 overclocked *no case mods or fans!* (E4400 @ 2.66GHz, 7600GS 600/1500 (effective)

so that's a 50% gpu overclock, a ummmm... wheres a calculator when i need one.. 33% overclock on the cpu, and (almost) 50% increase in 35mark05 score! I'm gonna go try 3dmark 01 now and see what i get :p  do dual core cpu's have an advantage over single cores in 2001 though? are the tests dual threaded? bit of a waste of a core if not..
September 13, 2008 1:41:37 AM

lol sorry for the long posts :??: 
September 13, 2008 5:20:23 AM

oh btw, if anyone has any suggestions on better cable management or...any suggestions at all, feel free to post here!

and when i spray my case black, i'll have to take the floppy out, so i can paint it black, then i can put it back in THE RIGHT WAY UP! :bounce: 
September 13, 2008 5:54:28 AM

Not a very interesting statistic here, it's more or less what i expected:
21520 3DMark01 points - STOCK
29329 3Dmark2001 points - E4400@ 2.66GHz, 7600GS@ 600/1500

not quite a 50% increase, thanks to my cpu :( 
September 13, 2008 7:15:47 AM

hey again guyz :p 

As you should all know by now, i should be getting a 25 CM 105CFM fan for my side panel, which will be blowing onto my cpu. As a side question, should the 25cm fan be blowing air IN, or sucking the air OUT. The only intake/exhaust fans in the system currently is the PSU blowing out the back. should the side fan be blowing IN, so the PSU can hopefully pick some of it up and chuck it out the back? not too sure about this one...

My question is, would having a side blowing cooler (such as a xigmatek) be limited in cooling performance from disruption to the airflow caused by the 25cm fan? if so, i guess i will have to get a top-down cooler like the scythe zipang. If not, I guess i'm good to go with the xigmatek HDT-S983!

Your thoughts on this subject :) 

PS i had another side question before, then google chrome stuffed up and i lost it :(  will edit later if i think of it (hopefully)
September 13, 2008 2:21:37 PM

September 13, 2008 2:22:04 PM

^^mine could do with a bit of a sort out too.
also i notice you have 0 case fans, no wonder it was hot. it should most definatly suck air into the case.

but i wouldn't bother with a side panel fan if you can mount it on the front panel. that way you have a good flow of air.
September 14, 2008 5:31:01 AM

Well, the front of my case has a gap between the front bezel and the drive bays.
1: it's filled with 7 years of dust
and 2: it's got a 80mil fan slot, which would be sucking air from the bottom of the case which is the floor... it's not going to take air from the front of the case at all :( 

even if i did though, i would still have the cpu heating issue... sure i could get my new heat sink, but i still need some means for that hot air to escape out the back... the side fan could suck it out the side, or blow onto it, mounting it so the fan points out the back, which i would have to drill holes through! Phewf!
!