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    Default Re: "Portable" light gaming rig. (Azza Z modded into an all-in-one)

    Well, got part 1 of my build log posted. I might not have it all done until the weekend is over since I work the next couple of days, but I will stick with it for the next couple of days.

    As far as temps go, the second fan running did the trick. With both intake fans working the temps have dropped significantly. Idle temps are in the low 20s and the GPU rarely reaches a temp high enough for the video card fans to kick on full speed. All seems to be working like a charm.

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    Well Done! Great photos, witty commentary! Impressive Build Log so far!

    It's looking great! Looking forward to seeing the rest of the log!

    Scott

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    Hey all. I've been working all weekend and had just enough time to finish the build and take pics, but no time yet to finish the work log. I should be able to at least get the next part posted tomorrow, hopefully all of it.

    In the meantime, out of sheer curiosity, I decided to benchmark their old laptops before going to bed. I'd posted my initial benchmark of the new rigs earlier in this thread, but here's a comparison...
    New rig: PassMark Software - Display Baseline ID# 372807
    Old laptop: PassMark Software - Display Baseline ID# 375014 Think they'll notice the difference? :lol:

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    Keep it up. good read and cool to see something different.
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    Yay! The build log is now done. Sorry it took so long but I wanted to do it properly and I hope that I have. Let me know if I made any errors so I can fix them. I hope my experience with this build can be helpful to anyone else wanting to build something similar OR who has questions they'd like answered about the Azza Z.

    Thanks for all the help you guys gave me!
    Last edited by HyperactiveSloth; 04-03-2015 at 09:10.

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    Awesome build
    2nd Rig: AMD FX-8120; Corsair H105 ; Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3; 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 1600MHz; 2 x PowerColor HD 7870 Myst. Ed. (Tahiti LE); Fractal Design Arc XL; SeaSonic X Series 850W
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    Quote Originally Posted by HyperactiveSloth View Post
    Yay! The build log is now done. Sorry it took so long, but I wanted to do it properly, and hope that I have. Let me know if I made any errors so I can fix them. I hope my experience with this build can be helpful to anyone else wanting to build something similar OR who has questions they'd like answered about the Azza Z.

    Thanks for all the help you guys gave me!
    Absolutely fantastic build log, very well written and your photos work great to supplement your dialog! Great work, an ambitious, well thought out and implemented design! In the writeup, the only minor thing I noticed was "Also, if you wanted extra piece of mind and no need", I suspect you weren't vivisecting your mind, so you were probably looking for "peace of mind"!

    I think this is one of those builds where if I had to go back in time to give you advice again, I'd _strongly_ recommend a fully modulear PSU and custom PSU cables. Given your budget, that probably wasn't going to happen, but I think it would certainly have made your life easier in the final stages of your build. I know when building DarkMatter, I ended up spending almost as much on custom cables (because I haven't bothered to sleeve my own), as I did on the PSU, and it really made a huge difference in cable management and fit.

    All in all an absolutely awesome build. Great stuff!

    Thank You for doing the log!

    S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    Absolutely fantastic build log, very well written and your photos work great to supplement your dialog! Great work, an ambitious, well thought out and implemented design! In the writeup, the only minor thing I noticed was "Also, if you wanted extra piece of mind and no need", I suspect you weren't vivisecting your mind, so you were probably looking for "peace of mind"!
    LOL! There's definitely a few people in the world I'd like give a "piece" of my mind to, but if it involves vivisection I think I'd rather stick with "peace."

    I think this is one of those builds where if I had to go back in time to give you advice again, I'd _strongly_ recommend a fully modulear PSU and custom PSU cables. Given your budget, that probably wasn't going to happen, but I think it would certainly have made your life easier in the final stages of your build. I know when building DarkMatter, I ended up spending almost as much on custom cables (because I haven't bothered to sleeve my own), as I did on the PSU, and it really made a huge difference in cable management and fit.
    Since it was a semi-modular with the only hardwired cables being the 20+4, the number of cables was no problem. I suspect the custom cable part would have been the key benefit due to length. It would definitely have been a "cleaner" build, but I really had very little trouble routing and tucking the wires into submission. However, it's probably something that most people would find annoying.

    All in all an absolutely awesome build. Great stuff!

    Thank You for doing the log!

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    Thank you. I'm glad that I was able to do it justice and I'm glad that you like it, but mostly I'm glad I was able to contribute to this community. Couldn't have done it as well without the input and resources I found here.

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    Great and detailed log. Awesome build. Congrats and Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smiki007 View Post
    Great and detailed log. Awesome build. Congrats and Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you. I think it turned out really well. If I had to do it again, though, I would make one change. I'd probably use something like ProHT by Inland 05310 13" - 30" Fixed Wall-Mount Bracket Designed to fit flat-panel plasma and LED, LCD TV, up to VESA 100x200, max load 40lbs - Newegg.com to mount the monitor for a little bit easier dis-assembly. Even better if I could rig it so all the screw heads face out with either threaded holes or attached nuts so that they can be removed entirely from the outside would be the one improvement I'd make.

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