upgrade ... HD3850 Ultimate Edition (see down)
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Author:  stv [ Wed Nov 01, 2006 10:27 pm ]
Post subject:  upgrade ... HD3850 Ultimate Edition (see down)


this my original system (1º try of silent pc) :D
http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/vi ... highlight=

the mainboard, cpu, memory and hd are the same
but i do a little overclock and some modifications

Amd 64 3200 venice @ 2600
2*512 value Kingston ddr 400 @ 416
katana cu (voltage regulator at min) fan sped @ 1300
(the max cpu temp is under 47ºc)
seasonic 380 fan speed @ 850
Asrock dualsata 2
asus gforce 5200...
2 segate sata (raid 0)

sorry the image resolution... phone pictures

i change the case...
Thermaltake Matrix VX Case
i know that Thermaltake isn't the most original...
this case is a centurion5 copy...
but works great fot me


i take off the front fan grill
run intake fan to 5v
only to start



the front fan grill :D


the 120mm Thermaltake led fan... the case come with a intake plastic cage ... i remove this thing put some soft mount


and the dust filter...

hard disk suspension!!!!!
i did the Aphonos' Drive Suspension... clean and and funtional :D
thanks to alphonos!!!!!

Cable Clamps.... i have to do this....

shock cord

and the suspension!!11

it cut off the seek noise a lot.... maybe a 60% o more
always hear a little seek noise
and the hd temps are low ... 33ºc at idle
note: i don't wanna use rubber blocks
like Aphonos do to the first hd

hd cage... i take it off!!!!!

all the system

in normal day i can't hear the pc.... a little seek noise
i will need a damp material in the case....
the panels are to thin

Author:  DJD [ Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:15 pm ]
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Nice build, I like it! In particular, the HDD suspension came out very nicely.

I'm not familiar with Thermaltake fans, but I know that Nexus units are nice and quiet. At 1:00AM, try disabling one component at a time (fans included), to see if you can identify exactly what is causing the hum.

Author:  stv [ Thu Nov 09, 2006 3:51 pm ]
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thanks DJD

i want to add another hard disk later....

yeserday stop the front and cpu fan
the rear fan has the hum sound
i taked off ...
and add soft mounts .... the hum sound down
but still i can hear it

maybe the design of the grill
cause the sound because i take off the front grill
and it is so quiet

i will try another fan.... but here (costa rica)
i can't find a nexus fan
i have to wait to buy one


Author:  stv [ Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:49 pm ]
Post subject:  video upgrade

video upgrade!!!

a week ago arrive my evga 7600 gt
i will use an old Passive VGA Cooler (Tt CL-G0003 )
the idle temp 52-54 ºc
full load remp 70-72 ºc

installing the vga cooler


a DIY 2 fan conector 7v for rear fan and 5 volt for intake fan

blue LIGHT added i floor

Author:  McBanjo [ Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:38 am ]
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You can try Scythe S-Flex fans. I belive most people find them just as good as Nexus when they are running at the same speed.

Author:  stv [ Thu Nov 23, 2006 8:24 pm ]
Post subject:  one more fan

thanks for the reply mcbanjo
i was reading some post about fans
maybe a yate loon fan...

i wanna down the video card temp!!!1
i add old 80mm zalman at 5v
to cool down the video heatsinks



idle temp 45cº
full load temp 63cº


Author:  MC FLMJIG [ Fri Nov 24, 2006 9:30 am ]
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I think I'm the only person that doesn't like SFlex fans...

I prefer Yate Loons.

Nice looking case and Costa Rican women are very pretty :wink: My ex was Costa Rican... she was a looker.

Author:  stv [ Fri Nov 24, 2006 12:09 pm ]
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like we say : "pura vida" MC FLMJIG
"pure life"= all things fine

:D jejeje and yes to many beautiful women....

i will wait until the next order to shop the
yate loons fans ... Good, cheap and i hope silent fans


Author:  stv [ Mon Dec 18, 2006 7:01 pm ]
Post subject:  last upgrade.... opty 165

i am waiting for my new opteron 165

i will post pics soon....

Author:  Rory Buszka [ Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:13 pm ]
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Now that means of mounting the 80mm fan in front of the video card is just plain clever. I wish I'd thought of that -- I've got a Zalman fan bracket holding the 80mm Panaflo that blows over the ZM80A-HP cooler on my Radeon 9500 video card. (Old school hardware -- the CPU in the system was a 1GHz duron! New system coming along nicely, though.)

Author:  stv [ Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:27 pm ]
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Author:  stv [ Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:31 am ]
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long time sinse my last post

i had a DIY fan conectors and a messing with fan cables
i added a zalman fan controller


Now that means of mounting the 80mm fan in front of the video card is just plain clever. I wish I'd thought of that -- I've got a Zalman fan bracket holding the 80mm Panaflo that blows over the ZM80A-HP cooler on my Radeon 9500 video card. (Old school hardware -- the CPU in the system was a 1GHz duron! New system coming along nicely, though.)

thanks for the comment Rory Buszka... 8)
i took the chance with this 7600 GT and it works :D
i change the 80mm fan for coling the the video for a 92mm fan...


down the cpu OC from 2800 to 2200 an added a little more ram
the cpu temp are 35 idle 42-45 load with the cpu fan @1350


this is all for now... until amd launch agena or barcelona cpu
maybe a DX10 viedeo card soon

if you wanna more details... please visit my full spanish version
at http://www.modcr.com/viewtopic.php?t=322


pura vida gente!!!! :D

Author:  bonestonne [ Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:55 am ]
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the only think i'd say about the build is that the lighting is kinda poor when you get to the top of the case, my cathode is mounted on the rear of the case vertically, and that illuminates everything.

other than that it looks amazing, and even with the modding, the side window makes it look amazing, the cuts are clean, and its neatly done, the DIY adds to the look, i'm a little against cutting up my case, so i don't have my drive suspended, but its otherwise silent. can't say the same for my other 3 rigs though...hopefully my linux box will join the silent club by the end of the summer.

Author:  stv [ Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:21 pm ]
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long time ago since last post
i did a "little" upgrades :D

i change rear fan and take off the rear grill
a 120MM Scythe Slipstream 1200 @ 1000 rpm


i replace my 7600gts with a sapphire HD3850 Ultimte Edition

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and replace my 2 olds barracudas 80Gb with
WD1600aajs and WD2500aajs

about temps
....................... Idle......Load
Gpu ..................28.........72

about noise
CPU is the same...
Gpu... silence :D
HDDs: i can´t hear idle noise... some seek noise... but they are very quiet...
Rear fan... i can hear a little ssshhh noise late in nigth

very happy about noise and performance

Author:  ntavlas [ Sat Mar 22, 2008 7:59 pm ]
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Very nice build. You still have some headroom if you want to slow down the exhaust fan.

That intake grill put a bit smile on my face :D

Author:  stv [ Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:11 pm ]
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thanks for comments ntavlas

i have a zalman fan controller but at this moment I am not using it...I believe that really I do not need it, I am running the 120mm intake fan and another 80mm fan (in front of the gpu) with 5v adapters (The adapter that comes with the seasonic psu)

about HDD... i remove the suspension, and put again the aluminium cage for HDD (as you can see in the photos) but this WD drives, the AAJS series (160 platters) run very quiet

the rear fan at 5v run @ 765 rpm... i will try... and check gpu temps

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