Asrock Xtreme rebuild

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I had an old gaming PC that was originally built back in 2011 that I have not used for a while. I recently decided to rebuild it adding an SSD and move it into a newer case. It's an Asrock Xtreme9 motherboard with a Sandybridge i7 3930K CPU.


This thing is still a beast ten years later.


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As you can see, the newer case (which I was given for free) is huge. That's a full ATX motherboard and look at all the space...



I ordered some thermal paste in preparation since this thing was built back in 2011.




When I arrived home from work this evening my thermal paste was lying just inside the door on the rug. I excitedly got to work right away disconnecting wires, removing panels and finally removing the heatsink. I cleaned everything up and slapped some paste onto the 3930k cpu...




Next up was the heatsink pad. Gave it a thourough clean and applied a thin layer of paste




Very carefully I refitted the heatsink




Once I was happy with everything I refitted the fans to the cooler and was ready to fire the PC back up.



You have probably spotted a Raspberry Pi 2 mounted on the inside top of the case. This is a side project I have going where I'm powering the Pi from a spare 5v rail on the PSU.... More on that in another post.