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Building Mini ITX problems

December 16, 2012 6:06:24 AM

Hi all,

I had gotten your wonderful advice for this build a while ago - just started to build it today and have issues :o 

Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced
Corsair HX650 PSU
G.Skill Ripjaws (2x4GB)
Asrock Z77E-ITX
MSI 7770 GHz edition
WD Caviar Black 1TB

I was worried about cooling so I got an Antec True Quiet 120 for the back of the hard drive bay. I cannot figure out how to install it - it's strange. I don't even know which direction to place the fan, assuming I can figure out how to use it (its just weird). Then, I got thinking and realized I took the chip from my other computer and didn't reapply thermal paste or anything, just stuck it on the board with the stock cooler and the old paste. Do I have to get an aftermarket cooler? I can't afford for it to cover up slots or anything; the case and board are small. This is for gaming, so I don't want to burn anything up.

Also, my hard drive will only go in upside down in the top bay, but right side up in the other bays. What's up with that? It's hitting something in the top bay.

I'm sure I have more questions, but those are the pressing ones now

Thanks so much!