Does your Aerocool panel remember your custom alarm settings? I have an Enermax temp monitor/fan controller and everytime I turn off the PC, it dumps my temp alarm settings so that the next time I turn the system on I have to reset the alarm.
Well I just did some more reading on the panel since I haven't had much time to sit and play with the system yet.. turns out the alarm settings are pitiful. I would not recommend this panel for someone who needs precise control and alarm functions; I'll deal with it since it incorporates a card reader and I don't need too many fan controls anyway.
I thought it was a typo on the manual where it says:
"You can adjust the alarm settings in intervals of 1000 RPM (800 - 4800)."
I was sure they meant 100 RPM... nope. It only adjusts up from 800 in steps of 1000. I only have it controlling my 92 CPU fan at the moment since the motherboard / SpeedFan controls wouldn't idle it down because it only has 3 pins instead of the 4 it wants on the motherboard CPU pinout.
Very nice build vbmech.
>>Did you cut out the rear fangrill? I know it's one of the most open stamped grills but it still makes a lot of noise.
I haven't yet but I have my Wiss snips ready. I've been see-sawing back and forth about doing it. I don't care about having a grille but I don't want to deface the case if it doesn't have much effect. I guess I wanted to see what the noise level would be like after this re-build and then find the next noisiest component and work down. I may be at the PSU / turbulence level now.
>>Did you do anything about the PSU? That 380s is still my noisiest component, even after modding with an Acoustifan.
All I did was remove the outer wire grille. It is one of the latest Sonata PSUs with the big honeycombed front and SATA connectors. I was tempted to replace it in this build so I wouldn't have to re-wire in the future, but my wallet said no, I'd already spent too much on the box.
Is Acoustifan the preferred swap instead of Nexus or L1A?
>>Are the Antec holes covered?
No.. I feel some draft through them so I figured there was some intake happening. That was also on my list of nextgen improvements.
>>I see you used the ziptie mount method. But i think you missed out on the rubber padding. It helps, even with nexus fans. (I can feel you cursing as you remember how +&%* difficult it was to get the fans and the zipties in in the first place
Heheh the fans weren't so bad. I'd actually mounted fans like this in the past -- my old Socket A Tbird has a rear fan mounted in exactly this style. With this box though, I took some Kids Ear Plugs.. made of silicone.. and smushed them all around the fan mounting holes so the fan is only resting on the silicone and doesn't touch the metal. It's a little ghetto but I figured better than a direct mount. Bonus: I got matching orange plugs so they may be hard to spot.
>>For the Thermaltake VGA cooler, if you feel it getting too hot at any time, remove the bracket below the AGP. The airflow from the nexus takes care of it.
Hmm you mean the stabilization / locking bracket? That is optional?
I think the cage mounted Nexus is in an excellent position to suck from the drives and blow onto the fanless VGA.
>>Last note: Great to see someone actually read up and have a nice build by his first post
I did tech support through college so it's probably my 100th overall build but certainly my quietest. I've only been lurking for about a week but I've had the urge for a silent PC for a while. Thanks to everyone who shares their experience on this site and thanks to my neighbor (somewhere in the city) Mike C.