Any perceived ineptitudes are on the part of the beholder-
Part I: J2 Utterly Subdues Pissy Little CPU Cooler
Once I decided to use my size advantage, it didn't stand a chance.
The relevant aspects are obscured, using a shadow technique I learned in film school.
Different view, less obscurity, same crappy composition.
While I share Clocker's disdain for the push-pin mounting hardware, I added a dollop of outright loathing once I discovered the pins were also possessed of a peculiar (and cheaply-wrought) ingenuity.
On the other hand, I thought the fan retainers to be outstanding in design and function.
Lots of pretty colors and shiny stuff; massive memory overkill - I don't like empty DIMMs, ever since I couldn't afford to buy RDRAM for my first Dell - I had none of the trouble Clocker had seating any of the four sticks, but I used a hammer, so.
This is more like it; lots of open space for...stuff
80mm fan in front, 120mm in the back, pretty straight-forward, really.
Front-panel stuff; the fans will both plug directly into the board, saving a bit of the ugliness seen here,
which brings us to this-
The vitals inside the box, with just the modularized cabling and FP stuff hooked up.
This is gonna drive me nuts, because I don't think I have the patience/eyesight to re-terminate all this stuff to proper length, but I'll do what I can.
I think I may look for something I can fashion into a venturi to tie the backside of the cooler to the rear case fan, then buy/fab a controller to overspeed the rear fan slightly relative to the cooler fan so as to draw in air from the sides of the cooler and evacuate the heat more effectively at the rear.
I'll drop the E-SATA/aux-power breakout to the bottom add-on slot to get that spaghetti on the floor of the case for better routing securement.
Something else, too, to get that ugly-ass sag out of my video card.
I'm using a Lite-On Lightscribe (yeah, I know) combo drive and a 250G Seagate to fire it up (Prophesy Vista 64-bit); the cabling leaves much to be desired. but what can I do - I want it to run, and right-frigging-now, but it is precisely this-
kind of crap, plus the cables I'll be installing to connect additional hardware (two 250G Seagates in RAID 0, two 500G Samsung slaves, a card-reader, and another combo-burner) that will try my soul next...
By the way, I think I'll call her The Immaculate Contraption.