InactiveX's BP6

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InactiveX's BP6

Post by InactiveX » Fri Apr 04, 2003 9:31 am

Finally, after a few weeks of broken promises and general life getting in the way, may I proudly present to you my BP6 in it's modded case.

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Before I outline the modifications I have done, a little about my BP6 computer:

2 x Celeron 366Mhz @ 500MHz
ABit BP6 Motherboard
768MB PQI PC133 RAM
Promise TX2 Ultra ATA/100 Controller
Quantum Fireball 40GB ATA/100 7200RPM HDD
Pioneer DVD-ROM DVD-500M DVD
Mitsumi CR-4804TE CD-RW
Netgear EA201 NIC
Creative 3D Blaster TNT2 Ultra
Creative SoundBlaster Live! Value
Creative External ModemBlaster
MS IntelliMouse With IntelliEye
Standard PS/2 Keyboard
2 x GlobalWin FEP32M CPU Cooler
GlobalWin LAC08 Northbridge Cooler
3 x 80mm Intake Fans
2 x 80mm Exhaust Fan (One With 4 Blue LEDs)
1500uF 6.3V Capacitor at EC10
Meridian 300W PSU

This computer has been running BeOS almost exclusively for over a year now, and was running Windows NT derivatives in the 3 previous years. If you're interested, I jumped the MS ship because of their unethical business practices, and was pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness and stability of BeOS. Today I would use nothing else. But that's a different story...

OK, the case is a Cooler Master ATC 710-GX2 based on the standard Chieftec chassis that you see a lot of these days. It is very easy to work with, and includes quick-release drive rails for the 5.25 inch bays. It is supplied without a window, PSU or cooling fans. The blue power LED is particularly bright and eye-catching.

I would love to say that I installed the window myself, but I'd be lying. I bought a whole replacement side panel which had a window pre-installed by Chieftec, and included an 80mm intake fan which blows cool air over the GPU. The finish is extremely professional, and was sent with a protective plastic sheet. I have attempted my own case-mods before, but my dremel skills are worse than useless. Some will say it's cheating, but I'm just not cut out to cut out. :-)

The blue LED fan is a perfect compliment to the case's power LED. The fan has a speed control, and is set to the slowest setting. All the other fans are run on a reduced 7V supply (they are rated for 12V). This quietens the noise significantly, while making negligable difference to cooling efficiency. See http://people.freenet.de/s.urfer/7vtrick.htm for more information on the "7V Trick".

The video card has a Blue Orb cooler attached to it with Arctic Silver thermal epoxy. It was originally used to cool the BX northbridge chip, but it fell off. I then realised the contact surface was far from flat, so I lapped the Orb before fixing it to the GPU. The original cooler from my video card was then attached to the Emu10K chip on my soundcard, which I noticed had been getting very hot.

All in all, the case offers excellent ventilation. My CPUs average at 34 degrees celsius under normal load, and anywhere up to 55 degrees celcius under extreme load. Due to the excellent SMP optimisations of BeOS, the CPU temps are always within 1 degree of one another.The 2x80mm front intake fans cool my hard disk drive, and the 2x80mm rear exhaust fans draw out the hot air from near the top of the case.

The case and replacement side panel were purchased from www.overclockers.co.uk with whom I have dealt with many times in the past and can wholeheartedly recommend to UK purchasers. The case costs £90.53 (UK) and the side panel £34.08 (UK).

I hope you are inspired by my tricked-out BP6, and maybe some of you will attempt something a bit out of the ordinary and post the results on BP6.com.

InactiveX.

(Thanks to Sam Lane for taking the photographs.)

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Post by Derek » Fri Apr 04, 2003 2:52 pm

That is, truly, an awesome machine! I can’t imaging all the work (and money) you’ve put into it. It looks like it all paid off ;)

Four thumbs up! :whoops:

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Post by InactiveX » Sat Apr 05, 2003 10:14 am

Why, thank you! :D

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Post by Tom_Artosorse » Sun Apr 06, 2003 10:10 am

Hey InactiveX - nice to see I am not the only bloke who likes to show off his modded BP6 machine! Keep up the good work fella ;o)

See you in BeShare . . .

Psst! Anyone who liked InactiveX's piccies - click below for more BP6 eye-candy!

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Post by InactiveX » Sun Apr 06, 2003 11:55 am

Too cool, Tom_Artosorse! :-) Chat later, mate.

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Post by johnli » Mon Apr 07, 2003 5:29 am

Do you think the cooler on the EMU10k1 has made any improvement (stability, etc), when I used to have one I noticed it was rather hot, but I've since ditched creative and am now happy with my Yamaha SW1000XG :P so I can't test it myself.
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Post by hyperspace » Tue Apr 08, 2003 8:27 am

Great Rig, InactiveX!
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Post by Derek » Tue Apr 08, 2003 8:30 am

This is my fav pic:

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Post by Slagathor » Tue Apr 08, 2003 5:22 pm

Yes, it is an awesome looking system.........
I like that pic too, it looks like something out of a sci-fi movie......heh
The BP6 that tried to Take Over the World.......
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Post by InactiveX » Thu Apr 17, 2003 2:32 pm

johnli wrote:Do you think the cooler on the EMU10k1 has made any improvement (stability, etc), when I used to have one I noticed it was rather hot, but I've since ditched creative and am now happy with my Yamaha SW1000XG :P so I can't test it myself.
My soundcard has always worked reliably. The main advantage is that it (may) last longer. Can't really hurt, I suppose.

Thanks for all your positive comments, everyone. :D

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Post by kuun » Thu Apr 17, 2003 4:47 pm

lol slagathor

it looks to me like it's a fan thats aboutt o do a supernova..

that or a fan that's about to hit hyperdrive speeds

it's sweet

all of your cases are sweet

mine just looks like crap (dual cases tied together with plastic wireties :P)

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Post by frank2 » Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:38 am

inactivex will all the stuff u have in ur pc i think u could do with a better power supply 300w is a bit naf ;)

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Post by Derek » Wed Feb 25, 2004 12:51 pm

frank2 wrote:inactivex will all the stuff u have in ur pc i think u could do with a better power supply 300w is a bit naf ;)
Those are fightin' words :lol:

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Post by davd_bob » Thu Feb 26, 2004 2:10 am

awsom pics,
wish i had thought to take pics of the system that got me started on pc hardware.

8088 cost $400
128 KILObytes of ram (wow) traded a sailboat for this
HUGE 360k floppy (who needs a hard drive)
85watt ps. no one could ever need more then that!!!
what case...I had the motherboard in my top dresser drawer.
oh yea, the video was a...monochrome green screen that was not
capable of graphics. the video card has a woppping 16k of ram.

no mouse...
There are *almost* no bad BP6s. There are mostly bad caps.

No BP6s remaining
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ViaCPU laptop with Vista.(Works great after bumping ram to 2Gig)
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Post by vultura » Sat Jul 17, 2004 6:13 pm

Thanks for sharing specs and pics with us InactiveX :)

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Post by InactiveX » Sat Jul 17, 2004 6:43 pm

No problem! Glad you like it.
Like BP6.com? Not a member?
Then why the hell not? It's great!
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Post by Holodeck2 » Sun Jul 18, 2004 2:50 am

BLING BLING :mrgreen:
yea, back from the dead

If it ain't broken, mod it until it is

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