Looks great- what is it
I do apologize for not initially providing my system specs. They are as follows:
Antec P180 w/ 3x120mm stock fans
OCZ PowerStream 520W
DFI LanParty NF4 Ultra-D w/ Vantec Iceberg Chipset Fan
AMD 64 3700+ w/ Stock
2GB OCZ PC3200 DC (2.5-3-2-5)
2x160GB Seagate SATA2 NCQ 8MB
GeForce 6800GS w/ Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev. 3
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
What sticks out as being prime for 'careful alterations' are the CPU HS...
I intend to replace it as soon as the Arctic Cooling Freezer is available at my local computer retailer (www.mysterybyte.com
...and the NForce4 chipset fan. It's well hidden, but I can see the cable and the edge of what has got to be a tiny-whiny underneath.
Whatever you do, you MUST get rid of that fan on the chipset! The position limits your choices a little, but the Thermalright HR05-SLI will fit.
I just replaced the chipset fan with the Iceberg a few days ago and it has taken my temperatures down several degrees. I was going to get a Thermalright HR05-SLI to go passive, however it is only available at one online store in Canada that I have found (www.ncix.com
) and isn't in stock. I can no longer return the chipset fan for a refund as I have taken the cover off of it and chucked it. I don't see a problem with it and am very happy with it.
The arrangement of airflow through your case looks nice and open, and the cables are kept tidy which helps a lot. If they're the stock Tri-Cools on the case, you may want to look at swapping them and soft-mounting them if they're not already. You may also want to look into removing the fan grills, unless they're particularly open (seasonic honey-comb style).
Tri-Cools? Soft-mounting? I do intend on removing the fan grills, despite the fact that they are indeed the "honeycomb" style ones.
...you may be able to go passive for a mid to low-end Athlon,or at least fairly quiet for a higher-end (think Scythe Ninja, Thermalright Ultra120, something like that).
I wouldn't consider low or even mid-end heatsinks/coolers to be sufficient enough for my CPU since I do a lot of CPU intensive things. With high end, I prefer not too
I have one very important "suggestion". Turn the front fan around - it's blowing the wrong way.
I have a better suggestion. Take it out. It is not needed. Front fans add little benefit...
Wow, thanks for making me aware of that! I will switch it around immediately! Thanks!
I will not remove it because it does put through a decent amount of air and I believe this does assist with proper ventilation.
...you should also run the memory in the orange slots. Mine didn't work in the yellow slot when the CPU is oveclocked, works fine in the orange slots.
I don't overclock at all, but thanks! I like my Dual Channelness.
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Plus what a mess! If you don't have a window then fine but still too messy.
I don't believe it is a mess. Maybe you are used to going to extremities and even modding to ensure you get every last inch of every last cable out of the way, but as I am a begineer and all my hardware is within acceptable temperatures (especially after upgrading the VGA and chipset cooler), this isn't that bad. I've seen case arrangements multiple times worse than mine.
I feel a window would be cool to do, but in my case is rather pointless as my PC sits between my desk and the wall. I only go to look inside it when I am actually doing work on the inside so I would obviously just remove the side panel.
Thank you very much for your input, any further input is again welcome!