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    I'll have to get some shots of my PC and post them...outside and inside.

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    badrobot. I had a similar issue with the Intel cooler that I bought for my Dell that Bass & I were discussing. The cooler is held in place by these locking hinges that wouldn't work with the Dell CPU retention bracket & had to buy this.

    P4 Socket 478 Intel CPU Retention Retainer Bracket | eBay

    But that wasn't the end of it. It also has those push pins that the Dell doesn't support, so I had to drill the pins out of the new bracket to reuse my existing screws. Then I was able to use my new Intel fan, which does run cooler than the stock Dell does, which was only an aluminum block with fins. No fan was attached, but there was a cheap Foxconn one at the back panel that lowered down over the fins. Obviously, not a lot of engineering went into that cooling setup, but with a stock 2.4GHz Celeron (Northwood), I guess it was OK.

    BTW, here is the Intel cooler that I bought. It's still the same price w/free shipping. Good fan for the price, keeps my P4 3.06 H/T (Northwood) cool.

    Genuine Intel Heatsink and Fan Socket 478 for Pentium 4 and Celeron CPU'S | eBay

    The CPU was $15 & the fan & retention adapter another $17, so for $32 I came out with a PC that runs twice as fast as stock. Of course, it's 10 years old & XP is going to go after support ends next year, it will probably make a good Linux PC. But it still runs good, I'm typing this post on it now. However I no longer make transactions with XP, period. It's simply a browsing PC at this stage & something for me to learn on.

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    Bass, that Cooler Master that you linked is a Monster sized one. And to think, there's a newer model that even larger. With that size of a cooler, all one should need is a single exhaust fan, it would seem that more would be a total waste of space.

    I can only assume these are for full sized towers, not mini/micro ATX or any SFF PC's. Gotta have room for a decent GPU also!

    badrobot, that's a cool looking PC that you have there. I can only take it that it's a home brew rig, never have I seen anything like it in a store or online. I want to build my own at some point, if I don't see one that I like late this fall, I may just go that route myself.

    Would $750 build me a nice i5 quad core machine based around by this one?

    Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K - Newegg.com

    I already have 3 main components, an ASUS optical drive, a killer fast WD RE4 500GB HDD (64MB cache), though it's a RAID HDD, it's actually a cooler & faster running Caviar Black. And also a choice of three 1TB HDD's, one a Caviar Black (32MB cache) & two Samsung HD103SJ's (32MB cache). Those Samsungs are good ones also, were recently discontinued. I bought all three of these 1TB's back when they were $49-$59 per TB. In fact, the last was on it's way to me as the prices shot up. Was checking on my order & noticed it jumped from $49 to $119, I ordered in the nick of time.

    Still, I want a SSD as the boot drive, but to hold down costs for a halfway decent GPU (2GB GDDR5 will do) of the NVIDIA brand. I'm willing to use the RE4 as the OS install drive for a time.

    Oh, the 3rd component that I already have is an OS. My choice of Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate or 8 Pro (the latter would be moved from the Toshiba in my specs below & possibly even the M4 SSD itself). If the SSD were moved, that would make it 4 components that I already have. If so, I'll grab a Scorpio Black to replace it, a 500GB one would be plenty.

    That leaves the case, CPU, GPU, PSU, MB, RAM (16GB DDR3 1600) & card reader. Likely some minor accessories. Glad that I have what I do.

    What do you all think? Build or buy? The only things that I'm queasy about are any BIOS & MB updates.

    Cat

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    Thanks for the compliments Bass & Cat. Actually, there is a minimum modification I did on my pc case.

    Cat, the case I got is a Thermaltake Commander MS-I Tower Case Snow Edition I grabbed from Tigerdirect:
    Thermaltake VN40006W2N Commander MS-I Snow Edition Tower Case - ATX, Mid-Tower, 3x 5.25 Bays, 5x 3.5 Bays, 7x Expansion Slots, USB, USB 3.0, Security Lock, White at TigerDirect.com

    There was no physical mod. I just added 2-80mm USB-powered blue LED fans on front grill for air intake to push hot air away from hd bays. I just salvaged these 2 fans from a laptop cooler stand I got for only $5 which I find so flimsy. So I just ripped it apart and put the fans in good use. There's no fan slot there but I just held these fans on the front grill with twist-ties. Here re-posting a shot:

    Attachment 2474

    And I also added 2-120mm fans with white LED on top (exhaust) and at the bottom (intake) with blue LED. One cheap additional modification I did on the bottom fan is adding a filter by placing a used fabric softener sheet (yes, the thing my wife used for her laundry ) on a cardboard with a 120mm cutout hole held in place using paper clips and I stick it in the bottom of the case. So, I have 3-120mm fans (including the system fan that came with the case). But I still have one more slot for 120mm fan which I think I will just leave alone for now.
    Then I got a red sleeved-LED strip on sale and added it in. The LED strip has to be installed in one of the PCI slots in the back of the case because it has a power switch and LED brightness control. I placed the other end of the LED strip on the unoccupied 5.25" bay at the bottom of the bluray optical drive which gave a very cool effect from outside.

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    Cat, you should go for a build. I know it takes some time and some headscratching, but you have the knowledge and a lot of friends here to help you out. It's a very exciting and a lot more satisfying thing to do. Having a good performing system is something to be proud of. But I magine how prouder you will feel if you put together that system by yourself. I did not actually build this cool PC I have now. It's an off-the-rack HP intel i5 quad core which I did a lot of upgrades already and decided to give it a new house. But while transferring the components to another case, I took everything apart including the CPU to clean it first before installing the new fan. So, when I put everything back together, it's like building from scratch. Only I have everthing I need except for that trouble I had installing the new cpu fan and that unlabeled front panel connections on the motherboard. It's not a gaming machine because my video card is cheap (and I have a PS3 for gaming purpose ). It's the cheapest card I found on Amazon (got it on sale for $70) that is capable of handling 3 monitors. But it performs well for my purpose.
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    Bass, can't wait for your pc shots dude. I like your case too...

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    Just wanna share this review of the new CPU fan I got.

    SilenX EFZ-92HA3 CPU Cooler | Bjorn3D.com

    Yesterday, I downloaded Real Temp to check my core temps... all 4 cores are between 34 C and 38C running loaded across 3 monitors. It is very quiet. I know this is not a new product and discontinued on some sites. But some stores like Tigerdirect still carries them.

    Here's the fan running (top-center):

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    Last edited by badrobot; 07-17-2013 at 04:34 AM.

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    That's a nice cooler you have there! Plus, unlike most popular ones, not so bulky that one needs a full sized tower (& three hands) to install it.

    I much prefer compact accessories that can serve it's purpose over bulky ones that for many, is difficult to install. As long as the cooler is doing it's job, the smaller the better. One reason that I chose a stock Intel 478 cooler over what was available at Newegg (one of those massive Cooler Masters) for a P4 3.06 GHz CPU.

    Have bookmarked the page of the product for future reference. Thanks for sharing.

    Cat

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    That's a nice cooler you have there! Plus, unlike most popular ones, not so bulky that one needs a full sized tower (& three hands) to install it.
    Lmao....hell even some of the small ones you need 3 hands. You should see what I really want to install for a CPU cooler, w/triple fans!!!!! This bad boy....

    Phanteks PH-TC14PE_BL 140mm UFB (Updraft Floating Balance) CPU Cooler - Newegg.com

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    That was a car radiator Bass... :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    That was a car radiator Bass... :P
    LMAO...I know, right.

    I was checking on some benchmarks for it and it gets the same temps as some of the self-contained CPU water coolers and in some cases a bit better and it's a lot quieter. I'm still undecided on going water cooled vs that Phantek 14. I have the room for either...just not sure yet.

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