I would very much like peoples advice before i go ahead and start hacking up my case and shelling out my hard earned.
I currently have a 'nothing special' aluminium tower case. its air flow is apauling. I currently only have a dual fan psu sucking the air out (and hence in through the front) of the machine.
I think i need to get about 6 fans, i ideally want to get some of the Noiseblocker UltraSilentFan S2 as they come with all the pots and knobs and are nice and quiet (also they would look cool as the front fans are visible). however if i cant source them then the Papst 3412N/2GL is my other option. (i am open to suggestions though). I would like to mount all the pots on the front plate of one of the drive bays so i can easily change speeds. i was planning on running the fans at around the 7v mark.
The following is a quick picture of the case half as i plan to make it.
I am planning on:
replacing the current zalman fan with one of the fans.
putting one of the fans above the graphics card as shown, (removing the current fan)
Putting one of the fans on the exhaust port under the psu on the back.
Replacing the fan at the back of the psu with one of the fans and then removing the one sucking upwards altogether.
Putting the remaining two side by side on the front of the case, pulling air in. this neeeds me to actually alter the case though.
my thinking was that by mounting the barracudas sideways on some foam they will get a good airflow over them and keep quiet.
Do you think this will be a suitable airflow? will the modified psu survive with the lower fan? whats you advice on the fans? any improvements you can think of, in fan positions etc? will the small hole in the base cause a problem? will it be nice and quite?
The machine is a p4 2.4GHz, 512MB ddr 333, 550w qtec gold (quite cheap) psu. 2 80gig seagate baracudas, floppy, cdrw, dvd drive, geforce 4 ti4200 (made my PNY).
many, many thanks