My experience upgrading an Area-51 R2 to 2020 specs

Cass-Olé

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*Spare Parts: Head to Dell/UK & click the blue contact box, then chat or call. Give your service tag, parts are available for everyone to buy
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*HDD/SSD Caddy: the X51 type u linked to might be the SSD caddy, but those should have a pair of holes so two drives can mount in it, I don't have a part#, try Dell direct (at least ask if they know the part# if it isnt in stock) & keep an eye out for one (goggle/eBay etc). Yes u can buy an adaptor so that a 2.5" SSD can fit in a 3.5" HDD caddy. My advice is to eventually find & buy the missing original SSD cage, use an adaptor sled in the meantime, & concentrate more on the faster NVME drive

*DVD: 9.5mm super slim SATA Model UJ8C7 | Blu-Ray should be model UJ267 --> either model should work, more info here Area-51 R4, Blue Ray upgrade or here google … also, the DVD cable 8FHRX u linked to is correct

*NVME: Samsung's are good, yes, I believe I'd get the 970 EVO if I was in the market (I'm using an older Samsung SM961 OEM type) but you're welcome to check online reviews for the best types to consider

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*FrontPanel: left is your board, right is original board, both are classic MSI 5x5, so it's plug and play, simply extend your original Panel1 cable (from FIO board 5x5 header to motherboard front panel 5x5 header), or get a longer front panel cable ~22"inches or longer

*POST CODES: "In the pictures, I have a 12 and 10 on the MSI board any ideas what the posts codes are I cant work it out." No idea, check your owner manual for post codes, google MSI post codes, or join / search on the MSI forum

*Rear PCI slot brackets: contact Dell, or keep an eye out on eBay (search term = Alienware PCI, Dell PCI etc (general search of 'Alienware' & filter results as price = low to high, then scour the listings, u might find used ones eventually)

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*FIO Board: (RED) is the Front Panel header (power on switch / HDD LED / POWER ON LED), it receives the Alienhead power on / off signal & relays it to the motherboard's front panel header. Re-use your 3DVC4 cable & extend it, or buy a longer one 22"inches +

The (GREY) USB2.0 (3RK0N), either use your original USB cable & extend it, or buy a longer 22"inch or longer basic USB cable. This will plug into your motherboard USB2.0 port & allow the FIO board to communicate, run AlienFX lights etc

(GREY) USB3.0 cable is part# 8293G & is for the external USB ports by the DVD slot. Find the 19/20pin USB3.0 header on motherboard & plug it in

The FIO board is USB2.0, the external ports are USB3.0

Debug is not relevant, it is for the factory workers use

*CABLES / EXTENSIONS: yes, you appear to have gotten the correct cables / items

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Front panel header is circled red, use your cable or extension to connect to the matching (red) header at FIO board

Connect USB2.0 (grey) to the motherboard 2.0 header (grey) in photo above
 

Domiratus

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Hi Cass-Olé / eg1122 ,

So more good news.

I managed to find the SSD caddy for the alienware: ( Well I assume so , it will be here in several weeks >

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-Ali...287246&hash=item5212d8abdf:g:lMwAAOSwTjFgFD9c

( Just incase you guys need one. )


Cass-Olé - Saw your post also here :

https://www.dell.com/community/Alie...ornikation-Area-51-R2-Kase-Build/td-p/5624404

it's high-time I got some use out of my new mthrbrd; way better than sitting in a styrofoam coffin. the R2 alienFx front i/o board (aka master i/o) has usb 3.0 external ports; my R1 mthrbrd doesn't have usb 3.0 so I've bought a 15mm / 6inch usb 3.0-to-2.0 adaptor to cure it:

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Do I need this ? As have two USB header on the Alienware board :

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Indicated in grey.

Please advise.

Also sorry about all these question. Any help would be appricated.

Best

Domiratus
 

Cass-Olé

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I used a 2.0 -to- 3.0 adaptor because my board didn't have USB3.0, your MSI board is newer & has 3.0 support

Re-use your 3.0 cable or buy 8293G, plug it into FIO USB3FIO1 (large grey 19/20pin) & then plug other end into motherboard 3.0 header, it should reach (in rare instances an owner might need a 3.0 extension or simply buy a new right-angle 3.0 cable of suitable length which looks like the original but longer)

The FIO USB1 (small grey 9/10pin), re-use your 3RK0N USB2.0 cable & get it an extension & plug into a motherboard USB2.0 header, or simply buy a longer USB2.0 cable 22"-24" long
 

Domiratus

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Hi Cass-Olé ,

So I spoke with the computer guy and sent him over the cables, but he said I needed a female to female end for the "Front Panel Connector (-P LED, +P LED, +-HDD LED, RESET SW,POWER SW) cable " cable :

I looked around and they dont do this so instead my thought here is using the extenstion :


Motherboard ----> ( Female ) -------> (male ) ------- ( Alienwa ware cable OKYCKM ) - Female -----------> Female ( Alienware front IO Board ) .



Here it is :

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Hopefully that will be okay.

Plase let me know ?


Also the MSI ( Which I bought New ) - didnt come with any cable for the IO out. I was told that this is usally on the case.


On to the next thing :

eg1122


I assume I will need a cable for USB1 and for USB3? I assume these are the USB on the front of panel ?


Yes. I think so.
 

Domiratus

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First time posting here. I just bought a r51 r2 for $250 and I'm thinking of getting a msi z490 board being reading and I will try to make a video of the process to make it easier for others.

Eg1122 Gracias! I bumped on some of your work and explanations and make things easy to understand.
Hi Chronox2 ,

Im doing the same thing. Have you got any video posted or anything let me know. I have the same motherboard as you. Small world . Also I may have spare cables and stuff . Let me know.

Best

Domiratus
 

eg1122

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Hi Cass-Olé ,

So I spoke with the computer guy and sent him over the cables, but he said I needed a female to female end for the "Front Panel Connector (-P LED, +P LED, +-HDD LED, RESET SW,POWER SW) cable " cable :

I looked around and they dont do this so instead my thought here is using the extenstion :


Motherboard ----> ( Female ) -------> (male ) ------- ( Alienwa ware cable OKYCKM ) - Female -----------> Female ( Alienware front IO Board ) .



Here it is :

View attachment 3702


Hopefully that will be okay.

Plase let me know ?


Also the MSI ( Which I bought New ) - didnt come with any cable for the IO out. I was told that this is usally on the case.


On to the next thing :

eg1122


I assume I will need a cable for USB1 and for USB3? I assume these are the USB on the front of panel ?


Yes. I think so.
The usb 3 cable that comes with the pc/case reaches just fine. I'd you don't have one you will need to get one with a right angle. The usb2 cable would need an extension or a longer usb2 cable. I'm not sure why the guy building your pc needs a female to female io wire. Only reason I think he would need it is if the original in not present. If that is the case then yes you need the one you posted along with the extensions for it as it won't reach.
 

Domiratus

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Hi Eg1122,

Yes The IO Wire wasnt their so basically had to buy it.


Hopefully it work fingers across will have more update on Tuesday, when it arrives.

Also apart this forum is there like a Discord or any other fomrus which are good place for all of this ?

Best

Domiratus
The usb 3 cable that comes with the pc/case reaches just fine. I'd you don't have one you will need to get one with a right angle. The usb2 cable would need an extension or a longer usb2 cable. I'm not sure why the guy building your pc needs a female to female io wire. Only reason I think he would need it is if the original in not present. If that is the case then yes you need the one you posted along with the extensions for it as it won't reach.
 

eg1122

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Hi Eg1122,

Yes The IO Wire wasnt their so basically had to buy it.


Hopefully it work fingers across will have more update on Tuesday, when it arrives.

Also apart this forum is there like a Discord or any other fomrus which are good place for all of this ?

Best

Domiratus
I posted in other forums but I only received feedback on here so would not recommend them.
 

Cass-Olé

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@eg1122 I was typing while u posted, sorry

Part# for original USB1 cable is 3RK0N | USB3.0 is 8293G | (Front) Panel1 is 3DVC4

On page 2 post #39, you bought a 50Cm (20") basic USB cable female-to-female | 40Cm (16") USB extension | 30Cm (12") Front Panel extension + sleeved extension

The 50Cm USB cable should work -if it's long enough- if not, then use the extension you bought for it. Later, you can buy a longer (55Cm-60Cm etc) basic USB cable if 50Cm was too short

I don't know if the X51 front panel cable (KYCKM) is wired up / pinned out the same as 3DVC4, but if not, the PC builder should know how to back-out any pins & reinsert them into correct slots. Also, because it is 'short', use either of the front panel extensions you bought

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The FIO board Front Panel pinout is above (rainbow header FIO_PWR1), it matches the MSI Front Panel header JFP1 = plug & play

***Front Panel cables & Substituting it for a USB cable

1) Note that USB header & Front Panel header pins are inverse, such that pins do or do not exist on position 9 & 10

1A) USB & Front Panel connectors are molded different, each connector-type has a plastic pin block either on pin 9 or pin 10. The pin block prevents the connector from inserting onto wrong header-type

2) Typically, when you motherboard swap in Area-51 R2-R7, you re-use 3DVC4 & buy it a (male prong) extension, or you buy a new Front Panel cable 50-60Cm (20"-24"), or buy a basic USB cable 50-60Cm & poke a hole (with a needle) through pin9 9which has a 'pin block'

3) USB cables are / can be substituted when a long 50-60Cm (20-24") front panel cable can't be sourced or found. Simply poke a hole through pin 9 of USB cable ('remove' pin-block at both ends) so it can fit over the front panel header
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***USB1 & USB3_FIO1

"I assume I will need a cable for USB1 and for USB3? I assume these are the USB on the front of panel?"

USB1 is for the rear FIO board > connect a *USB cable* from FIO USB1 header to a motherboard USB2.0 header so the FIO board can communicate w/motherboard

*USB Cable* either re-use the original 3RK0N USB1 cable & get an extension (male prongs etc), buy a 3RK0N cable & an extension, or buy a basic USB cable 50/55/60Cm (20" - 24")

USB3_FIO1 cable (8293G) is for the front external USB3.0 ports (next to audio-mic / DVD slot / 'Alienhead', front of case) > connect to FIO USB3_FIO1 header to the motherboard USB3.0 header > if 8293G is too short to reach, then get it a 19pin/20pin extension

*Notes about stated lengths of 50-60Cm / 20"-24"
Motherboards of all different kinds exist, the USB2.0, USB3.0 & Front Panel headers are found wherever they are found. A 50Cm / 20" cable may work on one motherboard but be too short for some other motherboard (due to topology of where headers exist, one board to the next)

55Cm / 22"inches is the recommended average length - it will either be enough or it won't - when in doubt, buy a 60Cm / 24" inch cable or longer


Try the AlienResurrection Discord
 
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Domiratus

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Hi Cass-Olé,

Thanks again for the high detail messages. I bought the 3DVC4 cable off ebay . ( 2weeks wait ) , argh such a struggle with this just want my PC.

I still haven't found out if the X51 front panel cable (KYCKM) is wired up the same or different . I just got a message from the PC builder. They are the wrong cable. I am waiting if he even has to got the extension and the X51 front cable together to try , or if he just tried the extenstion whic female to male ( which wouldnt work ) . But I will let you know.

Btw would anything bad happen if he used the X51 Front Panel Cable ( KYCKM ) ??????



As for the forum:

Try the AlienResurrection Discord

I cant seem to get on it , do you have the direct link . It says Invitaion Expired here.


Best

Domiratus


@eg1122 I was typing while u posted, sorry

Part# for original USB1 cable is 3RK0N | USB3.0 is 8293G | (Front) Panel1 is 3DVC4

On page 2 post #39, you bought a 50Cm (20") basic USB cable female-to-female | 40Cm (16") USB extension | 30Cm (12") Front Panel extension + sleeved extension

The 50Cm USB cable should work -if it's long enough- if not, then use the extension you bought for it. Later, you can buy a longer (55Cm-60Cm etc) basic USB cable if 50Cm was too short

I don't know if the X51 front panel cable (KYCKM) is wired up / pinned out the same as 3DVC4, but if not, the PC builder should know how to back-out any pins & reinsert them into correct slots. Also, because it is 'short', use either of the front panel extensions you bought

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The FIO board Front Panel pinout is above (rainbow header FIO_PWR1), it matches the MSI Front Panel header JFP1 = plug & play

***Front Panel cables & Substituting it for a USB cable

1) Note that USB header & Front Panel header pins are inverse, such that pins do or do not exist on position 9 & 10

1A) USB & Front Panel connectors are molded different, each connector-type has a plastic pin block either on pin 9 or pin 10. The pin block prevents the connector from inserting onto wrong header-type

2) Typically, when you motherboard swap in Area-51 R2-R7, you re-use 3DVC4 & buy it a (male prong) extension, or you buy a new Front Panel cable 50-60Cm (20"-24"), or buy a basic USB cable 50-60Cm & poke a hole (with a needle) through pin9 9which has a 'pin block'

3) USB cables are / can be substituted when a long 50-60Cm (20-24") front panel cable can't be sourced or found. Simply poke a hole through pin 9 of USB cable ('remove' pin-block at both ends) so it can fit over the front panel header
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***USB1 & USB3_FIO1

"I assume I will need a cable for USB1 and for USB3? I assume these are the USB on the front of panel?"

USB1 is for the rear FIO board > connect a *USB cable* from FIO USB1 header to a motherboard USB2.0 header so the FIO board can communicate w/motherboard

*USB Cable* either re-use the original 3RK0N USB1 cable & get an extension (male prongs etc), buy a 3RK0N cable & an extension, or buy a basic USB cable 50/55/60Cm (20" - 24")

USB3_FIO1 cable (8293G) is for the front external USB3.0 ports (next to audio-mic / DVD slot / 'Alienhead', front of case) > connect to FIO USB3_FIO1 header to the motherboard USB3.0 header > if 8293G is too short to reach, then get it a 19pin/20pin extension

*Notes about stated lengths of 50-60Cm / 20"-24"
Motherboards of all different kinds exist, the USB2.0, USB3.0 & Front Panel headers are found wherever they are found. A 50Cm / 20" cable may work on one motherboard but be too short for some other motherboard (due to topology of where headers exist, one board to the next)

55Cm / 22"inches is the recommended average length - it will either be enough or it won't - when in doubt, buy a 60Cm / 24" inch cable or longer


Try the AlienResurrection Discord
Hi C
 

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KYCKM cable will probably work out, if u get it an extension of suitable length. Looking at it, if we call the pin-block = pin10, it'll fit over the front panel header, & from there, pins 1-3-5-7 all look ok left vs right, 2-4-6-8 all look ok left vs right, looks like a basic front panel cable, it'll be ok

Alien Resurrection Discord | Alienware Discord
 
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Hi Cass-Olé,

Thank you for messaging that. I will pass it on to the PC Builders.

I was also gonna ask your opinion on this , I thinking to buy up another case and use it for parts :

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alienwar...rentrq:d66522571770ad4b3dc8f19affcb0b60|iid:1

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It has all the parts I need , I.e all cables and has caddy and Blue ray player. Extra Fan.

I could buy gut and always resell the case after ?

What are your thoughts ?

Or potnetially even make a second setup.....


Best

Domiratus
 

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Sure, you could grab spare parts off of it & resell it for a little less than you paid, depending if buyer is ok with whatever you grabbed relative to the price you ask. The list price is good enough to start another build with as well, knowing the closer to 150 u can get it for, the better, depends on your budget, space, plans etc
 

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Hi Cass-Olé / eg1122

SO MAJOR UPDATE !!! I FINALLY GOT MY PC !!! WOWOOWOWOWOOWOWOWOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I present to you "OVERSOUL" - it had a label on it so I guess I will probs keep the name because you have to give "over your soul" to make it.


Motherboard side :


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Storage Side
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( I put new batteries in the little port )


Also had to stick some new sticker on the back :


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Also Lights WORK out of box so to say which is amazing! I will need to install the command center at some point and make this custom



So what now? Obviously, I went out and bought another one. ( Actually bought it before I even got this one )



(TOP is the secondary or as I will refer to as the Donor) _ , and the bottom is the (Primary "Oversoul" )


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So Basically I want to take over some stuff from the Donor to Oversoul but may need some advice.


1. Sound of Fans?

How can I make the less, It feels like they are at 100% My last rig is dead silent. From what I understand there are 2 options:

(A) In BIOS -

I will read and watch more youtube video, but if you have this board maybe you could advise

(B) IN MSI Dragon Center
- I assume you can do this via the program, but a lot of people say not to download this as it mess up a lot more stuff . e.g cpu clock speed ect .


Also Addition to this, I wanted to take a fan from the Donor and Add it in here into Oversoul

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From what I can see it already has the bracket ? I assume I just take the back plate off and add the donor fan ? Any advise ?

Also to make it more quiet maybe repalcing all the fans for quieter one ?

Is it usally this which is the loudiest fan or is the CPU Cooler fan ?


2. Cable Management

As you Can in Oversoul we have this :


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I know I am more then likely not gonna look into much , but I see epic rigs so it would be nice to do it . Any advise ?

Note the grey USB extendor and the blue USB 3.0 Exteder only ones I could find to come quick .


I was thinking canibilise Donor PC and tyake all the cables and reqire apart from these, but scared as so many pics ect ect .


3. Caddy / DVD Drive :

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So I pulled it out and seems like its just one screw and it fit in posistion. Where does the cable go to ? on the motherboard. I will take the cable from the donor and move to Oversoul
 

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4. Storage :
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Currently I have

1TB SSD

8TB HHD

I have the following :

2 HHD Caded
1 SSD Space
1 NVEME ( On motherboard )


I want to store files generally pictures. Videos a lot of them because I want to graphics work.

So would it be a good idea to get 2 more 8 TB Drives? Or is silly having it all in one computer ? Or is a NAS better ?

Not I dont use them every day, but more of a cold storage option.



In the SSD I was going labialise my old PC and stick an extra 120GB - because why not?

Should I worry about power consumption here? Like if I have 5 Drives ( 2 SSD and 3 HHD ) , will this draw much power on the system ?



cont.....







Hi Cass-Olé / eg1122

SO MAJOR UPDATE !!! I FINALLY GOT MY PC !!! WOWOOWOWOWOOWOWOWOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I present to you "OVERSOUL" - it had a label on it so I guess I will probs keep the name because you have to give "over your soul" to make it.


Motherboard side :


View attachment 3723

Storage Side
View attachment 3724

( I put new batteries in the little port )


Also had to stick some new sticker on the back :


View attachment 3725


Also Lights WORK out of box so to say which is amazing! I will need to install the command center at some point and make this custom



So what now? Obviously, I went out and bought another one. ( Actually bought it before I even got this one )



(TOP is the secondary or as I will refer to as the Donor) _ , and the bottom is the (Primary "Oversoul" )


View attachment 3726


So Basically I want to take over some stuff from the Donor to Oversoul but may need some advice.


1. Sound of Fans?

How can I make the less, It feels like they are at 100% My last rig is dead silent. From what I understand there are 2 options:

(A) In BIOS -

I will read and watch more youtube video, but if you have this board maybe you could advise

(B) IN MSI Dragon Center
- I assume you can do this via the program, but a lot of people say not to download this as it mess up a lot more stuff . e.g cpu clock speed ect .


Also Addition to this, I wanted to take a fan from the Donor and Add it in here into Oversoul

View attachment 3730


From what I can see it already has the bracket ? I assume I just take the back plate off and add the donor fan ? Any advise ?

Also to make it more quiet maybe repalcing all the fans for quieter one ?

Is it usally this which is the loudiest fan or is the CPU Cooler fan ?


2. Cable Management

As you Can in Oversoul we have this :


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I know I am more then likely not gonna look into much , but I see epic rigs so it would be nice to do it . Any advise ?

Note the grey USB extendor and the blue USB 3.0 Exteder only ones I could find to come quick .


I was thinking canibilise Donor PC and tyake all the cables and reqire apart from these, but scared as so many pics ect ect .


3. Caddy / DVD Drive :

View attachment 3731



So I pulled it out and seems like its just one screw and it fit in posistion. Where does the cable go to ? on the motherboard. I will take the cable from the donor and move to Oversoul
Storage :
 

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5.Audio

Oversoul on LHS and Donor on RHS :


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I assume this for front IO ? , Is there anywhere I can buy this. I will most likely canibile this from donor , but would be nice to have a cable to put in donor at some point.

Also where does it go on the motherboard?


Sensors :

So this is the Donor PC :



You see sensor are plugged in . on my MSI Board is there space for them as in my case they are just hanging around?


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4. Storage :
View attachment 3733

Currently I have

1TB SSD

8TB HHD

I have the following :

2 HHD Caded
1 SSD Space
1 NVEME ( On motherboard )


I want to store files generally pictures. Videos a lot of them because I want to graphics work.

So would it be a good idea to get 2 more 8 TB Drives? Or is silly having it all in one computer ? Or is a NAS better ?

Not I dont use them every day, but more of a cold storage option.



In the SSD I was going labialise my old PC and stick an extra 120GB - because why not?

Should I worry about power consumption here? Like if I have 5 Drives ( 2 SSD and 3 HHD ) , will this draw much power on the system ?



cont.....








Storage :
 

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6. GPU Holder / GPU Brackets


So there are 3 GPU Bracket Holder

and on the broken Geforce GTX 0 There is bracket holder? Can I move this to my Oversoul RTX 2080 Ti ?

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I know there is a lot here , Again aslways thankful for all your help without all the advise This wouldnt of been possible.


I cant wait to test this beast this weekend :)

If there is anything elese I can do , like canibilise from the donoro more stuff Im missing or just take all the good black ish cables. maybe the stroage ones espically or anything else please let me know.


Also note I am on uber noob level so will take me time and cant do the really complex stuff or can but with a lot of guidance.

Again thanks and Ill keep you posted.

Best Wishes

Domiratus




5.Audio

Oversoul on LHS and Donor on RHS :


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I assume this for front IO ? , Is there anywhere I can buy this. I will most likely canibile this from donor , but would be nice to have a cable to put in donor at some point.

Also where does it go on the motherboard?


Sensors :

So this is the Donor PC :



You see sensor are plugged in . on my MSI Board is there space for them as in my case they are just hanging around?


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Cass-Olé

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1. Fans: Yes, most likely u can control fan spped in the BIOS menu (read the owner's manual, the paper edition, or online PDF from MSI.com), or MSI Dragon Center

For the case wall fan bracket, unscrew it, remove the 'plate', install fan onto bracket & screw to wall

You probably have 120mm x 38mm Delta/Nidec ~1.5Amp server-grade fans in there, powerful but loud. You can buy quieter fans, normally 120mm x 25mm ~0.1Amp - 0.75Amp, how to pick a good quiet fan is something u look up online, in fan round-up reviews, maybe Noctua or Be Quiet! tend to be ok

The 'loudest' fan in your system now should be the one or ones running the fastest, try to control their speed in Bios or Dragon Center to quiet / slow them down

2. Cable Management: Look at your donor case for ideas, like the CPU 8pin cable might route behind or through the case then route up & come out the top access hole

Buy a black USB & black USB 3.0 extension perhaps. Maybe disconnect the blue USB3.0 extension, see if u even need it? (maybe the original 3.0 cable will reach?)

You won't be able to use any of the original cables from the donor PC, they arent compatible with the Corsair PSU, only the DVD drive cable will work

3. DVD Drive: To power a DVD drive, find a PSU black cable called a 4pin Molex Peripheral & plug it in there, see photo below
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4. Storage: will this draw much power on the system? Probably not

5.Audio: Look for part# N3T9T then on your mthrbrd, find the Audio header, normally on the bottom sill, far left. Look in your owner manual for section 'internal connectors' (& see a diagram of mthrbrd), it might be a JAUD1 header or similar, then plug your audio cable in there

5.ASensors: if the PC shop gave you the original mthrbrd box, with all accessories' it originally comes with, u can check your mthrbrd box to see if it has any of its own Temp Senor cables, also check the owner manual / motherboard diagram. You wouldnt use the original temp sensors, you'd use the ones in your box made for your mthrbrd, if it came with them

6. GPU Holder / GPU Brackets: No, I wouldnt try to take off the stability bar from the video card, since it probably won't fit the PCB. You'd have to inspect each video card to see if they have identical holes for a bracket, then if so yes you could transfer it or try to. My guess is the reference FE card from Dell w/the stability bar won't fit the MSI card
 

Domiratus

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Hi Cass-Olé,

So more updates, I have finally put everything in the correct place :

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The Oversoul ! Is a machine , plays any game I have thrown at it in Ultra and is stupidly fast at office task next is to try out it out doing video edditing. Cant Wait. Thank you, this wouldnt be possibile without a lot of guidance from you. ( Sorry wanted to show off a bit )

As or the points:


1. Fans: I put the pc under the desk and it doesn't sound that bad now ( Note I can still hear it evern when doing office tasks ) but still I think swapping out the fans these are the ones I bought:

Noctua NF-A12x25 PWM, Premium Quiet Fan, 4-Pin (120mm, Brown)​


https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07C5VG64V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Thoughts? Im debating wiether to change myself or to wait for my PC guy to change. Is it hard to do ? Where do they plug in the motherboard or the controler above from where the middile fan would be ?


2. Cable Management:

Agreed. I will check the layout. Do as I will not be looking in much I may leave the cables as they are but I will rip the CD drive from the Donor.


3. DVD Drive: To power a DVD drive, find a PSU black cable called a 4pin Molex Peripheral & plug it in there, see photo below
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Great will do this.

4. Storage: will this draw much power on the system? Probably not

Will probably load 2 x 2 TB drive giving it 12 TB inside. Or I may buy 2 x 8TB , giving it 24TB. I will see.

What your view on RIAD ?


5.Audio: Look for part# N3T9T then on your mthrbrd, find the Audio header, normally on the bottom sill, far left. Look in your owner manual for section 'internal connectors' (& see a diagram of mthrbrd), it might be a JAUD1 header or similar, then plug your audio cable in there

Will do

5.ASensors: if the PC shop gave you the original mthrbrd box, with all accessories' it originally comes with, u can check your mthrbrd box to see if it has any of its own Temp Senor cables, also check the owner manual / motherboard diagram. You wouldnt use the original temp sensors, you'd use the ones in your box made for your mthrbrd, if it came with them

Will do , I will update.

6. GPU Holder / GPU Brackets: No, I wouldnt try to take off the stability bar from the video card, since it probably won't fit the PCB. You'd have to inspect each video card to see if they have identical holes for a bracket, then if so yes you could transfer it or try to. My guess is the reference FE card from Dell w/the stability bar won't fit the MSI card


The card on the donor doesn't work, its faulty , but the bracket doesn't fit. Do all GPU have a set bracket for it or is it only some?

Again thank you for all the advise. I will keep on making it better and better and I will update this here.
 
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