Armor 90 System Built

Armor 90 Case

I’ve completed the build of the Core i7-2600 system and it works just fine.

Here are the details, but briefly the system is:

  • Core i7-2600 Processor.
  • ASUS P8Z68 VGen3 Motherboard.
  • 16GB memory
  • 1TB System Drive as a Stripe set of 2 500GB drives.
  • Thermaltake Armor 90 case
  • ASUS Nvidia GTX 560 Ti Graphics

I particularly like the lines of the Armor series of cases. I’ve already built a system using the Small Form Factor Armor 30 case. A key feature of the system is the Corsair H80 liquid cooling system, which was easy to install and works very well. This case is not appropriate for the larger H100 cooling system since there is no place at the top of the cabinet to attach the radiator, but the H80 fits very nicely on the back fan point. The H80 provides plenty of cooling for this processor. I have not overclocked the processor.

I’ve moved a 1TB single drive to this system from the Cyberpower system from last year, so this system has a data drive as well as the system drive pair. The system is now my primary system in my Gaming Battle chair.

– windy


Flying Carpet Mount

As a Warlock, my armor is cloth, so it is natural for me to have the tailoring skill. One of the exclusive benefits for Tailors is the ability to build a Flying Carpet. I have increased my Tailoring skill to 300+ and have been able to tailor a Flying Carpet mount. I had quite a bit of help from my Death Knight brother who helped with farming the cloth, and buying the other materials from the auction house. The Arcane Dust required is readily available, but the Golden Draenite is rare and quite expensive. Four Golden Draenite items are needed for the glowing globes at each corner of the carpet. Continue reading “Flying Carpet Mount”

More DRAM with a Glitch

Corsair Vengeance 6GB

The Cyberpower System from November 2010, was ordered with 6GB of memory. An additional 6GB of memory is down to $39 with free shipping, so I went for it. Looks like I got the last one. 😉 They are out of stock and don’t expect any more. But I’m sure that other similar memory packages are available for similar prices.

The memory arrived and installed with no problems, but then the system would not boot. Turns out that the RAID system had a problem on system restart. The RAID controller did not wait for drive spin up, so the BIOs reordered the drives in the boot menu, and after that the system would not boot automatically. I was able to boot it by selecting the RAID array from the BIOS boot menu.

Stopping in the BIOS and reordering the boot menu fixed the problem. The system  has an ASUS Sabertooth X58 Motherboard.

Another tip, you might want to consider whether DHL should be your shipper of choice. The memory was left in my mailbox out on the road, rather then at my door. For a couple of dollars, I could have had UPS deliver the memory, and it would have been dropped at my door, which I’ll do in the future.