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BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense

Firstly, a generous helping of hardware!

It was interesting, to say the least. I revised things in the design stage over 17 times. I keep going tiny, then I expand it back out because I want more airflow, then I shrink it back down because I want less volume.

I've had designs with fullsize PSUs in it; others with five hard drives in it; even one with it on water with a custom chipset block. Then I just realized I wanted to keep it simple and easy to maintain more than anything. Above all, I wanted it reasonably efficient, but most of all: quiet!

While I'm working on finalizing intricacies with the design, I'll start with some of the actual hardware.

Here's the motherboard. bit-tech was right; neat packaging!

BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware! BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware!
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Let's have a closer look at the chipset on the board. Hmm, I was curious as to why this thing seems to cook so bad. Let's pop the stock sink off and have a look, shall we?

BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware! BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware!
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I really hate this stuff. Freakin' dried-bubblegum-under-the-lunch-table-at-a-filth-elementary-school TIM! After a quick cleaning with some cleaning solution, and a little bit of some Arctic Silver Céramique this made it a bit better.

BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware! BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware!
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Here's some more of the stuff going in the build: memroy, CPU and the tiny 2.5in hard drive.

BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware! BluBawx Mod by E.E.L. Ambiense Firstly, a generous helping of hardware!
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