*Oops, posted in the wrong forum (deleted old and moved here):
I don't need silence, but my goal is to quiet my PC further for hopefully less than $50 (I've already done some stuff). I'm just wondering if buying a Coolmax CX-400B was the right thing to do. Or should I try to sell that, and get a FSP300-60PN instead? I'm basically looking for a cheap replacement for Antec SL400.
When using a 120mm PSU, should the exhaust fan underneath actually be pushing air into the case?
I made an impulse purchase of a $37 shipped Coolmax CX-400B during Newegg's Thanksgiving sale (scored that $1 optical mouse too
), but later I was trying to research a bit beyond just those positive Newegg reviews since Newegg screens product reviews. I saw a few positive things on the Coolmax after searching SPCR forums so that was good, but then I stumbled across this in another forum:
That Coolmax took down a brand spankin' new 6800GT!
So now that newegg has already charged and shipped, I'm scrambling to find a reason why that happened to that guy's 6800GT, and reassure myself that my own system won't fry.
1. If I had the dough for a 6800GT, I defintely wouldn't have settled for a $37 Coolmax "400W".
2. My system is not as demanding as that guy's. I only have:
AthlonXP 2500+ @ 3200+ (stock voltage)
ABIT NF7-S rev2
1GB of Corsair Value Select PC3200 at stock
Asus 9600XT @ stock (9800Pro someday?)
80GB WD SE
160GB Maxtor DM9
NEC ND2500A (nice & quiet, good burns w/ good media, but sucky DVD read ECC)
good ol' floppy
My current PSU is an Antec SL400 that runs everything fine, but I finally couldn't put up with the noise. After reading so many reviews that the Coolmax CX-400B is quiet, I decided to get it and hope it quiets things down a bit. The Coolmax looks a lot like a Fortron 120mm, so I hope it's at least close in quality. And if I view it as more of a 300~350W (assuming that 400W is overstated), I should be fine right? What's funny is the CX-400B lists +12V @ 18A while the CX-450B lists +12V @ 15A. That's why I didn't take the Coolmax specs too seriously. In the photos I saw online, the Coolmax heatsinks seem bigger than the ones in the Fortron 120mm PSU's (I looked at the SPCR review of the 350W Auora and my brother has a FSP300), so I thought that might be an indicator of good build quality.
I definitely didn't want to spend more than $40 or so, because future-proofing isn't too much of an issue for me. My next good PSU is going to be PCI-Express compatible anyway so I don't want to sink too much money into a PSU right now. I intend to keep this setup for another 1~2 years and then move to dual core and PCI-e. Of course, by then I'll hopefully have a steady job and be willing to buy a $$nice$$ SPCR recommended PCI-e compatible PSU at that time (maybe 600W will be normal by then lol).
So as long as that Coolmax doesn't fry everything it touches, my system should be relatively quiet I hope. Doesn't have to be silent. Something like this:
Case: Kingwin KT-424; changes: stamped fan grills nibbled out, rear fan replaced with Panaflo 80mm L1A, front fans replaced with 2 x Coolermaster 80mm LED fans. I did most of these changes after finding SPCR website shortly after building my PC 1 and a half years ago. Although the Coolermaster fans are more recent. I used to have two incredibly noisy generic LED fans.
CPU HSF: SLK900U w/ Panaflo 92mm L1A
Northbridge: silver Zalman NB32J
GPU HSF: Evercool VR-CE (that twinkly cooler)
I originally wanted a VGA Silencer Rev 3. I really didn't intend to end up with the VR-CE, but it wouldn't fit on a 9000Pro in a different PC, so I ended up slapping it on my 9600XT. Darn, no more VGA silencer for me.
Hard Drive: HDD's are mounted using the default rubber grommets of the KT-424. With the Antec SL400 at the moment, I can't hear the HDD's. Maybe if the Coolmax is quiet, I'll start to hear the HDD's.
Yea, I know WD's and Maxtors are pretty noisy, but I don't have the money to replace them. I splurged a year and a half ago on the SLK900U, Aluminum case, 1GB PC3200, and 160GB HDD (the 2500+ on the otherhand was a bargain). Then I semi-splurged on the 9600XT half a year ago (mostly to get that HL2 coupon), but today money is much tighter, thus the reasoning for a Coolmax CX-400B and not a Seasonic 400W Super Tornado.
So finally in conclusion, I really really hope the Coolmax CX-400B works out for me.
I'll update later when I get my hands on the Coolmax.