Decided to upgrade my case from an aspire superalien to the sonataII as well as change a few other things. So after $200, 3 wounds from installation, and 5 mountaindew code reds, it is finally done. Well, actually it is far from done because it still isn't completely
silent, but it will have to do for now.
Anyway, here go the specs:
1 GB Crucial DDR
9800 Pro (With a dusty vga silencer mounted on it)
2x 160GB SATA Samsung Spinpoints (NIDEC)
In the upgrade i changed from a Zalman 7000a-cu to the xp90+92mm nexus combo recommended to me by teknerd. I'm pretty happy with it so far. I think i need to buy a controller so i can turn it down a bit.
I also changed from an Antec Truepower to the Smartpower 2.0 that came with the sonataII. I must say, i am not really impressed with its performance. It is definitely the loudest thing in the case, and doesn't seem to be that much of an improvement over the Truepower (at least to my ears). This will probably get replaced by a seasonic soon.
Anyway, overall, i am happy with the results, though it still needs a lot of work before it can be considered silent. The rig lacks any sort of innovation or creativity, but that will change as i start tweaking the system.
I have no way of monitoring case temps, but the cpu stays right around 27c when at idle. Does this seem reasonable for the setup???
Here are some pics (click for a big1):
thanks spcr! comments/suggestions are welcome