Rig overhaul. Went from
-AMD Athlon X2 4850e (2.5GHz, 45w)
-Sycthe Ninja Plus Rev B + Coolermaster 120mm 1200rpm (~6v)
-Abit NF2-M2 nView, 4 x 1GB Kingston DDR2-667
-Sapphire 4670 Ultimate 512MB
-Antec Earthwatts EA430
-Intel i7-2600S (2.8GHz, 65w)
-Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B + Coolermaster 120mm 1200rpm (mobo-controlled with inline resistor)
-Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 rev 1.3, 4 x 4GB Samsung DDR3-1600 1.28v
-onboard Intel HD2000
-Seasonic X560 modular
-Intel 320 40GB, Samsung HD103SJ, Western Digital Green WD20EARS
-Liteon IHES208 Bluray-DVDRW
-iCute D12SL-12 front & rear 120mm fans
-Generic 3 port fan controller reviewed by SPCR Link
Originally planned to re-use the Earthwatts EA430, but discovered a bulging capacitor, hence having to purchase the Seasonic replacement! Antec never learnt from their garbage cap issue with the earlier Truepowers.
The Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 has a single HDMI port, no DVI nor VGA. Strangely, the somewhat loose MOSFET/VRM heatsink only cools the chips on the left, but not those on the top. Cost-cutting??? Some old RAM sinks took care of that.
A PATA HP 1135R DVDRW failed to work with an Abit Serillel 2 (PATA->SATA) adaptor. Any ideas, or should I dump the PATA DVDR?
The iCute fans could be fake Yate Loons. RPM readout is ~1300 rpm, and they work great at 5-7v.
You might remember the Sonata v1 with its awful middle fan placement and trouble with air intake. Silverstone rear PCI brackets help with the ventilation. Very little room to hide cables, so I shoved them out of the way wherever possible. The Reset button is already spoilt, so you know the casing's really old!