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Arriving at My Place Monday

new case & mobo to keep up with the times

By on July 7, 2012 11:03:40 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums External Link

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 This.....

            arrives at my place Monday.

It's the new Thermaltake Chaser Mk 1... see external link for more info.

The main reason I'm upgrading my case is to have access to 2 front USB3 ports and an eSata port up front as well.  More importantly, however, is the HDD dock on top, allowing me to plug in any SATA drive [HDD, SSD] without power or USB cables... and I do have several drives without cases, so it saves me having to swap drives in and out, etc.

To enable these new features, though, I have to get this....

It gives me the header to connect the external USB3's my current board doesn't, plus it gives me x 8 internal Sata's and x2 eSATA's on the back panel... meaning I could have a total of 11 SATA devices.. not to mention 10 rear USB's and 4 front USB's, so there's plenty of room for expansion should I need it.  Besides, the black mobo will look rather grand in that case, eh?

And to juice this up I'm getting the 8 core AMD FX8170 CPU.  Total cost [case, mobo, CPU]... AUD$540.00

Will post some pics once I've got it all together.

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July 8, 2012 11:46:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LizMarr,
Ooo, pretty. Can I touch it?

But you know touching it would lead to other things, don't you?

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July 8, 2012 11:54:45 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,


But you know touching it would lead to other things, don't you?

 

***face palm***

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July 9, 2012 4:46:57 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting LizMarr,
***face palm***

No... touching it would lead to strait jacket so you couldn't touch it again....

..... and if you kept staring at it..... a blindfold.

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July 9, 2012 5:06:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Now for a rant.....

DAMN, SOD AND BUGGER IT!!!!!!

Waited all fucken day for my package to arrive.... ALL FUCKEN DAY...... and a check of the mailbox reveals that a delivery person had already been.

ALREADY BEEN, I TELLS YA

Now he/she was either here at the crack of dawn [pre-7.00am] or came while I was on the throne and didn't wait around.

I tend to think the former as I heard NO doorbell ringing today.... AT ALL.

Now if it was the former, and I tend to believe it was, that's FRICKEN RUDE... turning up on an insomniac's doorstep at the crack of dawn like that.

According to the company, deliveries occur between 8.00am and 5.00pm.... so what the Frig is he/she doing here at pre-7.00am [from which I was wide eyed and bushy tailed, waiting for my gear]?

Anyway.... LONG RANT CUT SHORT, I'll ring in the morning and hopefully it'll be here tomorrow.

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July 9, 2012 5:41:24 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

poor stark (raving mad) starkers.

which 'delivery mob' was the delivery made by so that I can NEVER use them myself?

harpo

 

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July 9, 2012 6:16:46 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

I have had problems with couriers trying to deliver too early, but probably not as early as that.  But they came later, knocked once and didn't bother to wait.  It's hard to actually be available EXACTLY WHEN they arrive so you can receive a delivery, that's for sure.

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July 9, 2012 6:37:18 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting harpo99999,
poor stark (raving mad) starkers.

Yeah, and bugger it, my strait jacket is at the dry cleaners.

So while I was thinking about the "They're Coming TO Take Me Away" song, I decided to try my hand at a little basket weaving therapy to settle my frayed nerves...

.... but alas, ALL I can think of is my UNDELIVERED PARTS!!!!!

FRICK, FRICK, FRICK, FRICK and FRICK...

and I SOOOOOOO wanted to curl up with my new case tonight... and all the wonderful things inside it... my 120mm fans... and the 200mm fans.

Not to mention my sexy new black mobo [e digicons]:'([/e] waaa, ... waaa, wha bah, boo hoo wah, wah

Now that I've gotten that out of my system....AGAIN, it was Couriers Please.... the please standing for please themselves when they turn up.

I've got the courier's number, so if it's him tomorrow I'm gonna be asking: "What made yer turn up on my doorstep at the crack of dawn yesterday, piss the bed or summat?"

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July 9, 2012 7:18:46 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting starkers,

 it was Couriers Please....
that mob of useless sheep in dingo country could not get ANY delivery to other than business premises during business hours, and assume if it is not a business then nobody is there except at impossible hours ie dark to dawn only, and as their hours do not match then fuck the destination and the recpient has to get it from their depot a day or more later.

harpo

 

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July 9, 2012 7:57:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Starkers....

I could have told you there'd be a problem.....

 

Couldn't get the Kenworth B-double up your street with those case fans on.....

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July 9, 2012 8:55:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Poor starkers. My shop jinxed it. I'm sorry, mate.

 

Quoting Jafo,
Couldn't get the Kenworth B-double up your street with those case fans on.....

Maybe the delivery guy just 'took off' with it?  

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July 9, 2012 11:23:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting harpo99999,
that mob of useless sheep in dingo country could not get ANY delivery to other than business premises during business hours, and assume if it is not a business then nobody is there except at impossible hours ie dark to dawn only, and as their hours do not match then fuck the destination and the recpient has to get it from their depot a day or more later.

Nah, I just have to ring them to arrange a convenient delivery time and they'll bring it out... well that's what it says on the card he/she left.

I'll just say anytime Tuesday after 8.00am.

Quoting Jafo,
Starkers....

I could have told you there'd be a problem.....



Couldn't get the Kenworth B-double up your street with those case fans on..

You're not gonna let me live that down, are ya?

Just remember that:

> I'm an old fart.

> Grew up with feet and inches

> Never went to school during metric to have it drummed into me

> Millimetres and centimetres are confusing when you can't see the page too well

> I'm an old fart who remembers more of the old stuff and less of the new

> When in the UK I never traveled to the continent to know there was another system

> Oz changed to the metric system well after the imperial one was deeply entrenched within me.

> That when I see centimetres and they are so small to my poor old eyes, it's hard to imagine a smaller measurement.

> When old eyes see a cm, and later a mm, then later try to translate it to others, it don't always come out right due to C.R.A.F.T. disease

Okay, so I'm running out of excuses, but you get the picture, dontcha Mr. architect man... wot went to school when metric wos tawt.

Oh, and did I mention that I'm an old fart who don't see, remember or measure too well?

Quoting DrJBHL,
Poor starkers. My shop jinxed it. I'm sorry, mate.

Nah, wasn't your fault..... buuuuut

You will pay for this.....

Quoting DrJBHL,
Maybe the delivery guy just 'took off' with it?

I see a shop in your future... and you'll walk right into it. bwahahaha

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July 9, 2012 12:11:41 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,
I see a shop in your future... and you'll walk right into it. bwahahaha  

Ahhhh....... nothing like a challenge.  

starkers says:

"Yet I will try the last. Before my body I throw my warlike shield. Lay on, Macdoc, and damn'd be him that first cries, 'Hold, enough!'" 

Exeunt, fighting. Alarums


 

I sez:

"Thou knowest this shall not end well for thee!"


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July 9, 2012 12:28:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
Ahhhh....... nothing like a challenge.

Like i said... one day yer gonna walk right into it. 

So keep going, Sunshine, cos I'm lining you up fer the big un... shop, that is.

Oh, and the fing wrong with yer shop.... I'd be usin' a cutlass ye blaggard, an' I'd be not in a landlubber's castle but on deck wiv me brave buccaneers be'ind I... arrgghhhh.

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July 9, 2012 7:02:50 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Starkers....not only did I also go through school with the Imperial system I also had to endure the first few years of my professional Architecture life becoming conversant with BOTH....as the change to metric came in in the mid 70's.

I can also tell you how many links in a chain....and that a link is a useless size aka 7 3/4"......

I once had a building app knocked back because the building dwgs didn't MATCH the Planning ones.....by ONE millimeter.  I had to dimension it to 0.5 mm.

That's about 1/50th of an inch....

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July 9, 2012 8:23:58 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting starkers,
I'd be usin' a cutlass ye blaggard, an' I'd be not in a landlubber's castle but on deck wiv me brave buccaneers be'ind I... arrgghhhh.

Ho-hum.

My Ps has a mind of its own. 

Love and flowers  [e digicons]:karma:[/e] ,

...and that's Macsunshine to you, Mr. Macbleep.

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July 9, 2012 11:07:08 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

Speaking of weights & measures:

 

Railroad tracks:

The U.S. Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used?  Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates designed the U.S. Railroads.
 
Why did the English build them like that?  Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
 
Why did 'they' use that gauge then?  Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

Why did the wagons have that particular Odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts ..

So, who built those old rutted roads?  Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including England) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads?  Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. In other words, bureaucracies live forever.
 
So the next time you are handed a specification, procedure, or process, and wonder, 'What horse's ass came up with this?', you may be exactly right.
 
Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses ...
 
 
Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah.

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass.

And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important!

Now you know, Horses' Asses control almost everything...
Explains a whole lot of stuff, doesn't it?

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July 10, 2012 2:55:43 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Jafo,
Starkers....not only did I also go through school with the Imperial system I also had to endure the first few years of my professional Architecture life becoming conversant with BOTH....as the change to metric came in in the mid 70's.

I dunno, you just can't let a bloke have a half decent excuse, can you?

Just when I start to feel a little less red faced about my boo-boo, you have to go and declare that you're "conversant with BOTH"

Well, Mr. Smarty Pants, I'm conversant with lots of stuff, so there.

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July 10, 2012 3:35:53 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Oh yeah, I arranged for the delivery to be on Wednesday [tomorrow]between 7.30am and 11.30am.

I could have had it today but I had a really rough night with the damned flu and didn't want to be bothered with it today.

They could have delivered today between 8.00am and 10.00pm, but I just wanted to go to bed after being up pretty much all night coughing and sneezing.... feeling like Andre The Giant is sitting on my chest.  Oh how glad I am that I quit the smokes 2 1/2 years ago.

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July 10, 2012 8:26:55 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

@starkers - get well soon sooner!

@Daiwa - Brilliant! 

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July 10, 2012 8:55:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting DrJBHL,
@starkers - get well soon sooner!

Yes, mate, I intend to... going back to bed shortly and hope to be rid of it in the morning, fingers crossed.

I went to bed about 8.40 this morning and got about 4 hours sleep, but that's nowhere near enough after an all-nighter so I'm going back now [around 11.00pm] and hope I'm able to sleep until about 7.00am, so's I'm hopefully wide eyed and alert for when my stuff arrives.

Quoting DrJBHL,
@Daiwa - Brilliant!

Yeah, very good.

 

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July 10, 2012 8:16:32 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

ORRIGHT, IT"S HEREYAY!!!!!!

So right now I'm gonna shut this baby down to cannibalise the drives, GPU, Soundcard, etc.

Will be off line 'til further notice.   BYE!

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July 10, 2012 8:41:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good luck, Cap'n!

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July 10, 2012 11:49:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

..........and Starkers was never heard from again..........................................................................................

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July 11, 2012 5:24:56 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

guess you could call it a stripped stark error.

harpo

 

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July 11, 2012 1:33:06 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Orright,so after several distractions and numerous interruptions [my sister rang 2-3 times, eating, etc] I finally am back on line with the new rig.

Okay, so the first time this beast scared me was when it took two couriers to bring it in... like my first thought was: "Oh fark, they've brought those feching big fans and all." Yup, they had me worried for a while... it's all Jafo's fault, going on and on about my boo-boo with the fan measurements.  Anyhow, when I got it out of the box I near shat. 

It's like near twice the freakin' size of my old tower... a good 3" wider, about 4" - 5" taller and about 4" - 5" deeper.  Yeah, I was worried it wouldn't fit in the pigeon hole on my desk, and whether or not I'd be able to access the HDD dock and front USB3's.  Let's say it just fits in height-wise, and it wouldn't have wanted to be any taller... at its highest point there's half an inch to spare to the shelf above, so to access those ports/dock I have to slide the case forward about 4 inches, which is a breeze with the nice big feet on it.

Quoting Jafo,
and Starkers was never heard from again

Yeah, very nearly, very nearly!!!  I went inside to route a few cables and nearly got lost... it's that big. However, that was not the reason I was delayed getting back.  Apart from the interruptions and distractions, I could not get Acronis to behave itself and restore the image I did yesterday.  For some reason it couldn't see it and kept going to an older image that I preferred not to use... was missing a couple of items I didn't want to have to reactivate, etc.  It finally allowed me to access the desired image and viola.... I'm baaaaack

Anyhow, the building part went great and there were no issues at all... smooth sailing all the way.  You were right, Harpo, I did enjoy working with the case... and the room, it's fantastic. What I will have to do, though, is get out the drill and make a series of holes in the the shelf above to allow for better circulation from the top fan.  It's right at the back so nobody will notice, and I'll use this template I have to make it look real dandy.

We did get a few photos so I'll upload them shortly so you can all see.

 

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