With the case prepared and the motherboard tested and inspected, its time to move onto installing some of the main components into the tower.

Installing the Processor

The processor selected for the build is a Q6600 SLACR (G0 Stepping) Quad-Core Processor from Intel. This will give good performance all round and will eventually be running at 3.0 Ghz + with a slight overclock. In order to install the processor onto the motherboard, the pins are simply lined up and dropped into place, it is important that no force is applied at this point. With the processor in place, the latch is placed down and locked into place.



The Tuniq Tower 120 

This cooler should allow us to overclock the Quad Core to 3.0 Ghz + with ease, as the pictures demonstrate, the cooler is huge, and boasts a 120mm fan. The copper heat pipe design is captured in the pictures and demonstrates how well made this cooler really is. Due to the shear size of the cooler, a back plate is needed to be installed onto the motherboard. As shown in the pictures, this is a simple procedure and includes merely ‘sticking’ the backplate to the board and lining up the screw holes. With this in place, the tower can be placed over the CPU which has the thermal paste applied. The Tuniq Tower comes with an array of brackets to fit different boards, the standard ‘H-Plate’ is used in this installation, and the large thumb screws keep it in place. When the tower was placed over the CPU, I moved the base slightly, to ensure that the paste was spread equally and that the best contact is made, improving the heat dispersion.


It should be noted that the processor comes complete with thermal paste as well as a stock cooler, however we are using a custom cooler (Tuniq Tower) and Arctic Silver thermal paste. There is much debate on how much thermal paste to apply and where to place it, I believe that a small line across the cores is what is required (as instructed by Arctic Silvers own website). The pictures illustrate the thermal paste applied to the CPU on the motherboard. With the cooler installed, I progressed onto installing the optional fan speed controller which comes with the TT120, as shown in the picture, this is installed with ease and occupies one of the PCI slots.


Installing the Memory

Crucial Ballistix 8500 RAM was selected for this build. This was only purchased due to the price at the time being less than the 6400 RAM. This should provide more than enough headroom for our overclock. Installing memory is easy, the 4 sticks were installed into the DDR2 slots, as demonstrated in the pictures. The heat spreaders certainly look the part, only time will tell whether these sticks perform as well as their reputation.


With the RAM, CPU and cooler installe  d, the motherboard was ready to be mounted into the case. This is simply a case of lifting the board in and securing various screws. It is at this point that the machine seems to be taking shape, and as the pictures demonstrate, its starting to look more like a PC. With the motherboard inside the case, the front panel headers were connected as shown in the photographs. Sufficient care is taken to ensure that these are inserted the correct way around!


To be Continued..

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