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Jul 10, 10 at 4:47pmRen of Heavens

AMD 1090T X6 3.2 GHz @ 4.0 GHz

I retired my old 4400+ X2 system a few weeks ago, keeping only the drives, a couple of cards and the chassis

  • RAM: 12GB 1600Mhz @ 8-8-8-24 1T
    • 2x 2GB DDR3 Corsair XMS3 Dominator
    • 2x 4GB DDR3 Corsair Vengeance LP
  • Graphics: Sapphire Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC 4GB
  • SSD: Corsair Neutron XT 480GB
  • Raid Controller: Adaptec 5805 (1.2Ghz)
    • Fans: 1x Akasa 40mm 5000 RPM
    • Battery: ABM-800T (2000 mAh, 72 Hour Retention)
    • RAID0: 1 TB
      • 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
      • 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    • RAID5: 6 TB (2TB Parity)
      • 2 TB Seagate Barracuda LP
      • 2 TB Seagate Barracuda LP
      • 2 TB Seagate Barracuda Green
      • 2 TB Seagate Barracuda Green
  • External Storage: 3TB Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk USB 3.0
  • Optical Drives:
    • Samsung SH-B123L BD-ROM DVD±RW
    • Samsung SH-S223Q DVD±RW
  • Expansion Cards:
    • BlackGold BGT3620 Dual DVB-T/T2/C Tuner
    • Serial (COM1) Header Plate
    • Parallel (LPT1) Header Plate

Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

Nov 30, 15 at 1:26pm
The Slayer

Thats a hell of a cooling setup for your 360. I haven't even played on mine since GTA V came out on the xbox one. I still have two of them laying around.

I remember you having a decent storage setup, forgot it was that massive though. Back when I was into video work I had a hard time filling up my 750gb drive, let alone the massive 2tb drive I have that was largely empty.

Nov 30, 15 at 11:40am
Ren of Heavens

So I actually got this back in July in anticipation of Fallout 4, but I'm lazy and didn't get around to uploading

Out with the old!

Small difference in power... and cooling

But size isn't everything

And installed! Forward planning actually came in handy for once, as I now need two 8P PCI-E power.
quote Ren of Heavens in 2011
extra modular SATA and a 6+2P PCI-E cable as they're getting hard to find for my PSU (Had to be shipped from Germany).

May 20, 14 at 10:56am

Looking at the pictures, I thought you were pimping some early 90's computer, until I saw the "XBOX 360" sign in the last picture. I don't have any consoles, so I didn't know they made any improved parts for them.

May 19, 14 at 9:16am
Ren of Heavens

quote Ren of Heavens
My PAL 360 has been making an ungodly amount of noise lately.
Round Two

It's a launch console (Xenon board), so it has the fiery 90nm CPU & GPU. They later moved on to 65nm and then 45nm, but mine still works so I don't really want to replace it. While looking for a solution other than the 12v mod (Which makes even more noise), I found the Thermalright TR-360 replacement GPU heatsink.

Going from a single heatpipe to four

Seems to fit fine despite most people saying it won't fit a Xenon without moving a capacitor.

These clamps are such a pain to remove, and not much easier to put back on.

Decided I should re-paste the CPU while it's all dismantled.

And all back together

Apr 25, 12 at 8:01am
Ren of Heavens

The King is dead. Long live the King.

Replaced my 5+ yr old Sharkoon X-Tatic 5.1s that decapitated themselves with a new pair of X-Tatic Digitals.

Sharkoon were nice enough to have a rummage through their spare parts, but sadly they didn't have any left for their original run of the X-Tatic 5.1 Good thing duct tape fixes everything

Feb 1, 12 at 6:17pm
Ren of Heavens

I finally caved and bought a dual DVB-T2 tuner ("Freeview HD" to most people), settled on the BlackGold BGT3620 over Pinnacle/Hauppauge's USB offering. This will be replacing my ageing Pinnacle 310i PCI tuner, which has served me well over the years.

As an added bonus it also has Component input

The card is designed for HTPC's so it's really dinky o.o

Jan 22, 12 at 9:54pm
Ren of Heavens

Slight deviation from the PC, no water cooling yet. I did spend £2 on a parallel port though

My PAL 360 has been making an ungodly amount of noise lately. To the point where I can't hear the game over the noise of the fans when it's idling with no DVD spinning. I replaced the old fans with some "Whisper" fans, but that barely made a difference - changed the pitch of the sound rather than the volume.

Decided to take a peek under the heatsinks, since I couldn't find anything else obviously wrong.

CPU heatsink (lower) came off first, and in the words of Adam Savage, Well there's your problem. It looks like there was once a thermal pad here, but it is no more. I could clearly read the silkscreen on the chip >_<

GPU wasn't much better, a tiny bit of the pad remained but not a lot.


How little material is on the CPU:

I don't know what these thermal pads are made of, but the tiny remains that were left were a bugger to get off. I have about a litre of high purity isopropyl alcohol for electronics work I do that shifts most TIM with ease, but it took quite a while to work on these. Got them back to a mirror shine and then applied a bit of new MX-4.

Initially results looked bad - I put the 360 back together and powered it on for a test run. No accounts found Then I realised my memory card wasn't plugged in

With that sorted, a few hours of battlefield later and the fans are barely audible

Oct 18, 11 at 7:20pm
Ren of Heavens

So I decided to price up what I thought I would need...

Quick Disconnect:
Panel, Male Threaded G1/4 VL3N-MFG-P 2 £ 19.04
Female Threaded G1/4 VL3N-FG 1 £ 10.20
Male Threaded G1/4 VL3N-MG 1 £ 9.97
Female Compression VL3N-F10S 3 £ 35.37
Male Compression VL3N-M10S 1 £ 10.43

Straight Pair Threaded G1/4 NZL-V10P 5 £ 40.80
Silver Plug Threaded G1/4 SCR-CP003PG 2 £ 3.62

CPU Block Threaded G1/4 CPU-370 1 £ 75.95
Pump Threaded G1/4 DDC-1T 18W XSPC 1 £ 76.19
Radiator Threaded G1/4 TA120.4 1 £106.79
Radiator Mount 1 £ 16.99
Reservoir Threaded G1/4 FrozenQ V Fusion 1 £ 81.59

I was thinking £200-300... and this is before I even look into a GPU block >_<

Oct 14, 11 at 11:49am
Ren of Heavens

Ah, I understand. Certainly an option, it would make me loose my top USB ports so I'd probably wait until I get the rad and see how it looks.

Oct 12, 11 at 3:02pm

I meant that the 4 fans could be installed to the external surface of the case, directly above the holes you'd make. And the radiator on top of them.

This wouldn't take any room from inside the case at all.

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