Its getting close to christmas and this year i thought id give myself a less noisy PC as a christmas present.
This is my current setup:
CPU: Amd Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Motherboard: DFI Lanparty UT NF4 Ultra-D
Memory: OCZ 2048MB Dual channel platinum edition (2x1024MB PC-3200 400mhz)
Graphics card: Club3D Geforce 6800GT
Sound card: Creative X-Fi Platinum
PSU: Hiper Type-R 580W
DVD: NEC ND-3520AW
WD Raptor 74GB, 10,000 RPM (SATA)
WD Caviar 80GB, 7200 RPM (PATA)
WD Caviar 200GB, 7200 RPM (PATA)
WD Caviar 320GB, 7200 RPM (SATA)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250GB (SATA)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 160GB (PATA)
BeanTech Igloo 3
Heres some pictures:
Hard drive mess
The red lines are placement of 80mm fans and the blue is 120mm.
As you can see its pretty stuffed... I even got one of my hard drives on the top of the NEC (i guess i could make room for it if i wanted to). Ive replaced the original fans in the case with Zalman ZM-F1 fans and the CPU cooler is Thermaltake Big Typhoon with stock 120mm fan. VGA and Chipset coolers are both stock.
I want a bigger case, but not one too big. I want to get writh of all the noise from my computer, right now i hear all sorts of frequencies from it. The result does not have to be inaudible, but as quiet as possible would be nice. After looking around on the net and this site ive come up with this:
Case: Antec P180B
Chipset: NB47J (Im going to have move the g6800 card to the lower PCI-E slot and run 8x (sli-mode))
VGA: Zalman VF900CU
From what ive heard the antec fans are a bit noisy. Would it be wise to replace them with some Noctua 120mm fans (if so should i get the 1200rpm or 800rpm? Or maybe some of each?)? Im also going to have a fan on the upper drive cage. I think ill go for the Noctua 120fan there.
So... Im looking for some feedback before i buy all this stuff. Will this be a nice setup? Any tips or recommendations? Should i replace the Antec fans with Noctua fans?
Im just looking for the most effective (and not to expensive) setup in the P180 case for my equipment!
I know its a lot of questions, but what would you do if you were in my position?
Edit: Im open to suggestions if someone thinks another case then the P180B would be better!