Wow. You guys rule.
I'm going in a somewhat haphazard order and am not [quote]'ing you, but hopefully you'll understand what my responses are toward.
I guess it's time to take my (horrendously expensive) round ATA/100 cables back out of my old Alienware box and put them in here. The only thing I worry about are slowdowns from data collisions caused by the cable being round instead of being a ribbon. That said, with a RAID-0 array, that REALLY shouldn't be a problem. I'll go yank those out later tonight.
I realized how to get the heatsink off this afternoon. I'm such a doofus.
Well, I was
a doofus, not anymore. Really. I swear. ..stop looking at me like that!
My GPU isn't actually overclocked, that's outdated information. (Oopsie.) Actually, that's a a lie. I hadn't tried those numbers, then did and realized that it was a substantially Bad Thing(tm) since it caused the card to lock up under heavy load. That's the last time I randomly plug in O/C numbers from card reviews.
I didn't think that the Thermaltake Blue Orb was what was on my card, since it looked much thicker than this fan/HS, but I guess it is one in the same.
I'm not sure about connecting it to a controller (at least, not one without a thermal diode, and even in that case it'd probably run full-speed since I have several other PCI cards that are rather hot, like my ATi TV-WONDER tuner ... hmm, I should probably have a fan blowing between those PCI cards, now that I think about it, but that's not the point
). I guess I'll think on it for a while.
I'd like to replace as much as I can
with quieter fans and sinks that perform around as well as what I've got now. Price is (almost) no object. Most relevant, I suppose, are the case fans. Like I said about the Adda fans, there is already a speed control on them. (3-speed c/o Lian Li.) I leave the control at 12V because of the potential liability of heat on these 60GXPs. (I really need to check to make sure these aren't Malaysian models. Good thing I backup my mission critical data regularily, eh?
I'll definitely cut out the exhaust grille in the back and replace it as well as the fan (if I can find out where the thing is plugged in, that is -- it's connected to some mysterious far-away source and is bundled together with a bunch of other power cables -- else I guess I'll just solder the new one in place). That said, I don't get any speed readings on it right now, and would really like to. Any ideas on that short of installing some funky sensor board?
I downloaded the IBM tool and will be installing it presently. Hopefully it won't break anything.
I've read the reviews on the PSUs and heatsinks, and was looking at the Thermalright SLK-800
(top recommended HS) and the (also top recommended) Seasonic SS-350 with Active PFC
. What kind of fan should I replace the stock that the SLK-800 comes with with? Would the Zalman ZM300A-APF
be better (runs cooler, but only comes in 300W and test sample had some coil buzzing)?
I'll see how my system runs after running some of the programs you've suggested. I don't think they will really reduce the noise much, though, unless the HALT throttles down the HSF.