Admittedly, part of me is -very- reluctant to open up my case again to mess about - if something were to break or stop working, I'd.... well, not be very happy for a good long time.
Plus, I'm really not quite sure what I can do to sort out the cables...
If the motherboard were a bit larger perhaps it would be easier.
To get to the SATA slots, since the fan mount on the middle hard drive tray was in the way a bit, I had to slide the tray out, then plug them in, then slide it back in...
To my memory (if I remember correctly), there were two cables in the top left, about seven in the top right, and four in the middle right.
In my power supply, there are two cables with the molex connectors for the fans, one goes up, around the graphics card, and has one fan connect into each of the two connectors, with a smaller connector hanging loose and unused. The second cable winds around, with the furthest connector going into the two front fans (I couldn't pull the fan connectors apart, the amount of force needed was very discomforting.), with one plug unused and another smaller connector hanging off, unused.
The power supply also has the main cable winding around the graphics card to the top right, and again to the top left of the motherboard.
Two more cables were hooked up to the power supply to get to both the hard drive and the DVD writer (perhaps one could have been used if the DVD writer was moved down one slot?)
Finally, the power supply also has a red colored connector hooked up to the graphics card, which everything else was winding around.
Apart from the power supply, three cables; one for the power switch, reset switch, and hard drive LED, one split into two for the USB, and the numbered cable all wound around the side of the graphics card with the other cables to get to the bottom of the motherboard.
one wound around the top of the graphics card to the mid left to connect into the high definition audio (which, even with the old speakers, sounds AMAZING compared to the last computer!), the other audio cable was left unconnected.
Located near the top of the motherboard, the CPU fan is connected nearby - the cable was wound tight around the outer case of the CPU fan, though had to be unwound around a single peg to have enough distance.
Finally, along the right side, the hard drive and DVD writer are wound around the side of the graphics card to get to the sata connections.
Most of the cable traffic is definately coming from cables going around the graphics card's side.
I suppose several cables could have gone -above- the graphics card, but I just imagined that would make it -more- cluttered and ugly...
...and no offense, but I don't think I'll be drilling holes into my first computer case ^^;
I'll get some more zip ties, and that anti-static wrist strap should be here monday, so that will be of good use... I'll be cleaning up the mess from all the packaging this weekend as well, so I kind of just want to enjoy it for now XD
As for the drivers, while I had low hopes of getting the internet cables hooked up anytime soon, for the time being I used the CDs that came with the equipment, which worked alright for the time being.
Recently though, with my father's help, we got the internet hooked up nicely, and I managed to get windows updates.
However, after updating windows, I checked the device manager and there were no yellow or exclamation marks, no.
I even went through and checked each one to see if there were newer drivers available.
Though... I'm not sure if I have the latest version of directx.
For performance so far...
The screen is at 1680 x 1050, and it looks absolutely beautiful!
I've been looking for a few things to test the new graphics and speed, but I'm not really sure what to use. I've tried a few DVDs, though the latest games I own would be the orange box and command and conquer red alert 3.
I tried the latter, C&C RA3, which for some reason told me the recommended settings were to keep things minimal and that turning the graphic quality up (which I did anyways, it's a brand new card, it should be able to handle it, right?) could cause it to become unplayable...
The sound and video is all absolutely beautiful, maybe I'm just overly excited for it, but for some reason I thought it would run a bit faster, though it does obviously run a lot faster than anything else I've used ^^
edit: and yes, no pictures just yet, sorry - work called me in early and I've been falling in and out of sleep when not playing around with the new system XD
I'll try to get a good night sleep and get the pictures online later today.
Edited by Erolunai, 05 February 2010 - 04:07 AM.