This is my first silent rig, since I started about 3 months ago, by buying the Antec 3700BQE case.
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* Antec SLK3700BQE
with cutout fan grills, cut out HD rack, Nexus intake & outtake fan.
* AMD Athlon Sempron 2600+
(1.83 Ghz standard) with Thermalright SLK-900
socket A and Titan 92mm fan.
* MSI K7N2-Delta-L
* 2 x 512 MB Apacer PC3200
(dual channel) with Nexus copper heatspreaders
* Hercules 9600SE passive cooled
* Seagate 120 GB
in Nexus Drive-a-way
* NEC-3500 DVD writer.
* NEC floppy drive.
* Sunbeam fanbus controller.
* Front: Resident Evil Umbrella case badge. Replaced 2 of the 4 front leds (power & HD activity) with bright blue ones.
* Front: Sunbeam fancontroller. home made 2x16char LCD, controlled by LCDSmartie (and can display about anything: cpu/mb/hd temps, date, winamp titles, songs, graphs, ...). NEC DVD writer.
* Side panel: Home made window, with molding. A lot of casebadges (but too much if you ask me, might remove them). Mind the little scratches on the side panel. Making a hole is a risky business.
* Front without panel: Cutted front fan grill, with molding. Nexus is mounted inside the case, instead of outside (there is enough clearance inside, because HD rack is removed).
* Intake fan: Mind the 2 10cm blue CCFL's. Although I didn't want to add lights onto the case, I couldn't resist
Next case will be a LianLi, no window or case lights in there for sure. Notice the zipties to attach the Nexus fan to the case.
* Overview: All cables put away in the upper part. Nexus drive-a-way lying down on some eggcrate foam. Although you notice a lot of wires on the lower right part of the case, they do not block the intake air at all. There is a clear and open path from intake to outtake fan.
* CPU cooler: Thermalright SLK-900 with a titan 92mm cooler, which is inaudible at 5V. I didn't know the Titan brand, some local computer shop sold me this one, and I was surprised how good (read: silent) this cooler performs at 5V. Notice that the clips don't really fit the 92mm. I think the clips should be holding the fan at the screw holes. Since I bought this cpu heatsink from someone else, I have no idea if this is right. Anyway, the cooler stays in place and does a good job of cooling it.
* Outtake fan: The standard orange Nexus outtake fan, like must of you guys use
Attached to the case with special Nexus' own rubber grommets, designed for this type of fan (no clearance in between the 2 holes).
* PSU: OCZ Modstream 450W. Not much to say about this one, perhaps that the MB power cables are rather stiff and not that easy to work with. I still prefer the normal cables from f.ex. an Antec or Seasonic, so you can easily put non-used cables in the sidepanel of your case. This type of cable management says: don't use the power cables when you don't need them, so there are no extra cables to put away.
Just about any suggestions and remarks are welcome. I'm always prepared to modify this system some more.
Things I've planned for the future: I just might replace the plastic yate loon fan from the OCZ PSU with a Papst 120mm one.
And this 'thing' wouldn't be possible without the experience & help of all you guys. Since this is my first system, I've learned a lot. I know what's good and I know what's bad, to say it that way. I think I have enough experience to put a whole system together any day now. But this time I'm waiting for all the parts so I got everything from the beginning. Otherwise you're dealing with temporary situations, fans that are loud but will be replaced within one week because your packet did not arrive yet, etc.