By Mr. P
As any project we start with a pile of parts. Ironically some of the ones shown here I didn’t actual use. Most of my PC builds are a combination of parts I have handy and others I’ve bought.
This is a nice spacey design. It doesn’t come with a power supply but it does have two 120mm fans installed already.
The motherboard I’ve gone with is a terrific piece of hardware. This is the Sapphire HDMI PI-AM2RS690MHD. It has onboard X1250 video with HDMI out, and it’s built around the excellent AMD 690g chipset. With it’s light green colour it’s also very distinctive.
Putting the CPU on the board is simplicity itself. You lift the locking lever, drop the chip in and push the lever back down. This is AMD Althon 64 X2 4600+, which has plenty of dual core punch.
To keep the CPU cool we need a cooler, like this Akasa one I chose. It’s inexpensive, and effective, and it’s got a glowing blue fan for those that like that sort of thing.
Putting it on the chip is easy, as it’s pre-coated in a thermal compound. You place it over the chip and attach the clips to the projections on the plastic mounting frame. Once these are on the two levers, one each side, can be moved to tighten the cooler down on the chip. If you don’t do this it won’t cool as effectively.
The motherboard is now ready to be put the in case, but the case still needs some preparation. Here I’ve knocked out the I/O shield Enermax provides and put the one that came with the Pure Innovation. I’m not sure why they put any in the cases these days, because the designs they use are never close to the motherboards in circulation.
One last case job, feet. These come in a bag inside the case, attaching them is just a matter of pushing them on.

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