Monday, 30 May 2016

omracer's Steambox: The Build (Part 2)

Well this is the second part of the steambox project I've been working on. The first part is HERE and the video of the build is below:

Insert Video here.

Part 1: The CPU, Motherboard and RAM.

Now this was a nice smaller design than parts I usually work with since its Atx and since skylake  is less than a year old, this was a pretty not heard of range of parts used. Except the Corsair Vengeance LPX, which is the usual good quality ram around on the market. 

The nice thing with intel is that the steps are the same to install almost all of the standard range of processors, LGA1151 was no different to 775 which is good but one thing that Happened was the pins bending on the old G31m-ES2L which was me having to buy ANOTHER replacement for it. Now this  was sadly the case, but the first time was an issue with the locking mechanism not working as the second time, which of course corrected the problem and got me a steambox working. The Cooler was the stock intel one which worked very nicely and had no problems fitting on even after taking it off and on 5 times.

The H110n before fitting

After Fitting

Then it came to the RAM, which the slot was actually quite one sided so fitting it wasn't as tricky as it should be, also DDR4 has a slight curve on the sticks from when i closely inspected it, but thats a good way to differentiate it from the other types. Eventually it was ready to be inserted to the case.

The close up

Part 2: The Case

A)Power Supply

Now this is a new one for me, fitting this 700w PSU. Which is actually quite an easy process, Bascially I aligned it with the fan facting the back and the Kettle socket on the right if looking from the front, Then you can make sure the kettle extension lead inside is in the slot to a little corner near where the PSU is screwed in since it has room to then be plugged into the PSU itself. Once thats done, screw away and its safely in. But I DIDN'T until the PSU Cables, that is too early for this mistake.

The PSU Goes here

See where it slots in

Once its all screwed in

B) I/O Panel and Motherboard

Now this a simple one but pressing it in and hearing a mini click and its set, since once that is in, the motherboard is slotted in and screwed down.
The fitting of the I/O Panel

The better view of it

The motherboard is pretty easy to slot in, but making sure the holes on the board and the case align can be a bitch, but I managed to get that done and its firmly in there and then the case wiring is to take place. 

The motherboard screwed into place 

Another view of it

Then we had the fun of the Wiring. Now since the Wiring was by the ATX 24Pin Connector, it can be hard to put the case wires into place which actually wasn't the case with this one. Since the case connectors were labeled by colour and by text just above the 24 Pin socket, it make it easier to fit them in. The USB 3.0 header was close too, but the Audio and USB 2 was a nightmare to fit it while leaving the PCI-E Slot free for when a GPU is fitted later on. 

The USB and Audio Wiring

the USB 3.0 Header as well as the front panel connectors

Another view of the Front Panel pins

C) Case LED Strip

This was a inresting one since it was hard to find a spot to put it, So i managed to wraped it around the back half of the case and it had sticky adhesive on which makes things a bit easier. 

Where it ends

Wrapping it around so it makes it seem cool

D) SSD and Hard Drive. 

This one was sounding simple but actually getting the SSD on the 2.5" front slider was tricky at first but that was before realising that i DIDN't Need to take the slimline DVD drive part of the slider off. But then that was screwed on and fitted. Then we had plenty of places to put a 3.5" HDD which was actually just above the kettle lead socket.

Where the DVD drive and SSD brackets meet

SSD is fitted on

it fits nicely above the PSU

The HDD screwed on the side

E) The Cabling

Now this is a tight one, since cables are thick and a vast range of connectors, wrapping and cable ties helped but personally i've read reviews of how hard this case is to be cable tied, but i managed to get all the cables away from any fans which is a lucky achievement, this case only takes a 4 PIN CPU and that is ok to get wrapped around. Also that 3.5" HDD case on top was useful to get those spare cables tidied up but then I decided to no do that just incase i need to get another HDD.

The Results: 

With this all done, Enjoy pics of what it looks like when its all complete minus the software side. I did stress a little building this but it would of been easier if i changed some parts like a weaker PSU and bought more strips. 

Plugging in the cables

with the case off
The opposite side with the case off

The first time i got it to post

Getting into the bios

that diagonal back view

a look at the back fan

What it looks like in the dark. 
Well thats this part done. The next part is to get windows installed and getting games tested. 

Click HERE for that Part