Mod 83

Mistral Part 3

Time to take a closer look at some more parts that we have for this build plus bring you some more on the painting of the DG-77.

For the CPU, Intel was kind enough to send over an i9 9960X boasting 16 cores and 32 threads. The max turbo is 4.4 GHz and it will complement the EVGA X299 Micro really well. This is a solid chip, its not new to the market but will provide more than enough horsepower on this build.


We also have 2x 10 TB Seagate Ironwolf Pro drives giving us plenty of storage for our growing backups and media files from Mod 83. These drives will probably run RAID 1 for now until we can put a better solution in place. When you purchase a Seagate IronWolf Pro drive, a Rescue Recovery Data Plan is included for 2 years. This is a great bonus from Seagate should you happen to lose your data.


On to the paint then, today we got a few coats on the bare chassis and panels. The warm weather has really been a bonus so we could get on with this project.

It never ceases to amaze me what a coat of paint can do, the DG-77 is really transformed and looks much brighter. Given the case is supplied with tinted glass panels, hopefully, the extra light will bounce around and help make features stand out a little more.

We will let this dry, give it a rub down then some more paint tomorrow. After that’s all done then we can move onto the motherboard and other main components.

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