Hi everyone! this is my first post in the forum. First of all I would like to thank all the people who share their rigs, pictures, opinions and answer to others' questions. My rig was Inspired by Krick's nsk3480. I'm not finish with it but i've already done some modifications to the components. This is a multi-purposes rig (gaming included) and compromises have been made, so it is not an ultra silent rig.
-Antec nsk 3480
-Earthwatts 380+ PSU
-Q6700 @ 3,2 Ghz (fsb 400)
-2x 2Gb ddr2 800 Ram (ratio to fsb 1:1)
-8800 GT @ 720/1000/1750
-2x 7200rpm Samsung HDDs (320gb+500gb)
Added components and modifications:
-Case side-panel swap
-PSU fan swap for Noctua NF-R8
-Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink for the Q6700
-Accelero + tricool 120mm fan for 8800 GT
-2 Scythe Slip Stream 1200 for intake and exhaust
The psu fan swap was actually my last modification. I did the rest about 2 months ago. I thought that with the 120mm tricool (set on low) sticked to the accelero and the 2 scythes at ~800rpm (5v mod) I was good to go but I was wrong.
For surfing, music, office, etc.. the case was really silent and cool (to my standards) but once I launched GTA, temps went up to still acceptable numbers considering the limits for quads and 8800gt BUT the most annoying thing was the little psu fan, it was really loud.
I did some research and coudn't find much about a psu fan swap for a noctua NF-R8. I decided to do it anyway and it seems to be working perfectly, the fan starts without a problem when you start the computer and speed go to max when gaming but it's silent. Note that there's a difference in CFM at max speeds between the original ADDA (38,6) and the Noctua (31,2). While gaming the air going out of the psu is still very fresh. It's worth noting that in my case, the psu doesn't get the heat of the other components due to the anatomy of the nsk3480, so maybe this fan swap in other type of cases might be a not so good idea.
With the Accelero and the 120mm fan below it there was no room for my second HDD so I get creative. As you will see in the pictures, I've managed to screwed/ziptied it to the front panel.
Summer has arrived and temps went up, I had to change the scythe's 5v mod for the 7v mod, and now I can hear them. And I still don't like my temps at idle -> cores=50 GPU=50 MB=42 for the warmest day so far. My temps have rised around 7Â°c with summer, is that normal? and it's probably gonna get worst next month..
So here are some questions for you:
-I recently discovered the Scythe Kaze Maru 140mm fans that can be screwed to 120mm holes. Has anyone tried them? I thought buying one and putting it as exhaust outside the case (do you follow me?), would it be efficient?someone tried it?
-What will the best fan configuration for my system? negative pressure?
-Do I need a NB heatsink? I dont use the integrated GPU..
-I even thought about cutting a 120mm hole where the psu sits so I can replace the current psu for a more powerfull psu that exhaust the air from the main chambre of the case. Anyone tried that, or it is just too crazy?
I will probably start by cutting out the fan grills and doing a better job with the cable management.
Answers to the questions and comments will be very much appreciated. Now, a couple of pictures:
added pictures of hdd mounted on the front panel.
The open case..
Here you need to cut a little piece of metal between those 2 holes in the fan grill in order to put the silicon grommets at the right distance.. and use thin zipties instead of that cable I used for the upper mount..
I superglued the other 2 silicon grommets to the upper hdd corners.. And voilÃ !.. the cool thing about having the hdd in this position is that it's always well cooled..
2nd hdd under the ceiling configuration, cable management improvement (?) and the "120mm Solo Turbo Module for Accelero"
I tried putting my second hdd under the ceiling of the main chamber as in SteveRCE configuration. My goal was to gain room for a 2nd intake fan. At the end, well, I decided to go back to my previous configuration. Problems I got: raise in temp for the hdd in the main chamber, the hdd touched the cpu heatsink fan, the room obtained wasn't much and the poor cfm of a 80mm fan just doesn't worth it. Here's a couple of pictures though, they might help somebody
So after this I went back to my original configuration, I wanted to improved things though. Changed the hard latex for silicon grommets on the corners of the hdd mount (updated former picture); runned some of the cables outside the main chamber, especially that ide cable..
Another thing that bothered me was that 120 fan sticked to the accelero, there was so little espace between it and the bottom of the case, and I thought about that turbo module Artic Cooling sells in option for the Accelero.. I'll let pictures speak for themselves..
Now the fan takes the air not just front the bottom but from everywhere (I think) specialy that fresh air brought in the case by the front fan. I placed the fan to that side of the card because that side gets hotter than the other, due to those black "cubes" I think.. I got 3 or 4 of those near the cpu too and the get hot, what are those?.. Anyway, if you wanna mutilate your fan and do what I did you have to tighten really well at least 2 "arms" of the fan or you'll get vibration.. I twisted the cable in the picture with a thin plier... Next step? Two 140mm Scythe Kaze Maru fans, one for intake, the other (placed outside the case) for exhaust..
Fans speed control workaround
Since the last edit I have also removed the exhaust grill and cut a 120mm hole for the intake, you can imagine how it looks like so I won't post pictures. On the other hand I wanted to share this little idea with you. I know it's ugly but I don't care...
For gaming I just plug the exhaust fan to the 12v molex. I could actually plug both but the intake fan at 12v is too loud (because of turbulences due to the restricted airpath I think..). I could've also made a 7v molex but I would have been a little too much..
new pictures + Scythe Kaze Station, a must have..
Here you can see the 120mm intake hole I made and you can also notice that now I have a noctua as exhaust fan (it's really silent even at max speed).
I put the 80mm adda fan from the psu aiming the ram, it's really not necesary but it's undervolted and completly inaudible just as the 120mm scythe bellow. To the right, the scythe kaze station, audio, usb, e-sata ports AND two fan speed controllers, in my case, gpu and exhaust fan are controlled by these.. and guess what, it's really cheap!
What you can see in this picture, sitting on the case, is a Dock Station for 2,5 and 3,5 sata drives, with usb and e-sata connectors.