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Old 6th March, 2005, 03:25 PM
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Mod on a Budget

Skool h8r has written a guide to modding on a budget, read it here:

http://www.aoaforums.com/frontpage/i...id=296&Itemid=
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This should be usefull to quite a few people! Many thanks Skool h8r
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woohoo! first article published on AOA, didn't have to be edited much either with the looks of things! I might do some regular reviews but depends if i can get the time and what people want to know. It got published quicker than i imagined as well.

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woohoo! first article published on AOA, didn't have to be edited much either with the looks of things! I might do some regular reviews but depends if i can get the time and what people want to know. It got published quicker than i imagined as well.

thanks.
It would be great to hear more from you!
My experience is that if your interested, you will interest your readers...but of course there are exceptions..nobody wants to read about gummy bears! ":O}
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awwww, no fair! I like gummy bears, they melt well apparently.

I only do articles about 'cool' things like modding. I can't think what else i could do ATM. Maybe this site should have a space where people can post modding and overclocking tutorials such as changing the LED in your mouse, cutting a window in a case, etc. Have links to all them on one page (not in the forum though). People always like a way to do something not found anywhere else on the 'net.
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This may serve your purpose!
http://www.aoaforums.com/forum/35-case-modifications/
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yeah, i know about that but i mean on the main site, the sites homepage. Some how to's may attract more members. ah well.
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Maybe this site should have a space where people can post modding and overclocking tutorials such as changing the LED in your mouse, cutting a window in a case, etc. Have links to all them on one page (not in the forum though). People always like a way to do something not found anywhere else on the 'net.
We have. Here's a good one for example:
http://www.aoaforums.com/frontpage/i...d=60&Itemid=31

or were you thinking of something else?
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Oh, so you do. I didn't know about the SJ labs. Thanks for enlightening me on that.
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Ah, I see your point about watercooling, I've got a home made one (without a kit, that is) and that IS cheap (you only need some plumbing-skills ).

Maybe I can write an article about building your own watercooling?
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Please do Tom!
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There are cheap w/c kits available, but they're not highly rated and probably no better than the best aircoolers.

The DIY approach has to be the best when working on a budget.
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i supppose so, i've been thinking about it, what about having a tunnel with a fan at one or both ends and then underneath the tunnel somewhere, have a box that is filled with cold water so that when the air blows past the top metal part, it will cool it without putting your CPU in danger of water leak.

I've fitted my cathodes earlier and i've just noticed that the inverter seems to interfere with dialup modems speaker, it sounds different when your are dialling and if it's too close, it makes a horrible squeking noise from the modem speaker. Apart from that though, no problems. The fan controller has arrived but i didn't bother fitting it, i need some 4 - 3 pin fan adapters and extensions so that i can connect it, the one 3 pin fan i have (not the CPU fan) doesn't have a long enough cable so i'm buying some new connectors/extensions next week.

Another thing i thought of, a cheap el wire mod. All you need is a fluorescent highlighter and some UV or bright lights in your case. I've outligned the edge of my window on the outside in fluo' green and it looks quite good, only cost a quid as well. I'm planning on cutting out a stencil, getting some cheap fluo' spray paint from B&Q and the doing a Kind of UV reactive stencil on my window. Think i'll do red to match my case theme. I've still got to get some thermal grease because my 'puter keeps blue screening me and resetting itself. I was told by multiple sources that i should get some thermal grease put on my CPU heatsink. I'm not getting expensive stuff yet, that's for in a few weeks, i'm just getting some from a local computer shop until later. Then, my mod will be about done (maybe have a proper applique instead of my homemade fluo' creation') for now.....
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Well that's the thermal grease done. I've used some by a company called manhattan, i think it's silver based because it shines like foil that's been scrunched up a bit. When i took the heatsink and fan off of the CPU, i noticed that there was nearly no thermal grease on the top of the CPU (there was round the sides)! I almost had a heart attack (i nearly had a 'mini heart attack' a few days ago for no apparent reason, really got to see the doctor about that) when i saw it, i just couldn't belive my eyes, absolutely bare on top. I also found out that it's a duron and not an athlon that was produced in 1999, a year after i got my first P2 computer. Anyway, hopefully, the grease will stop the blue screen and resetting problems my sister has been complaining about, just need something to shut her up now, any recommendations?
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