Antec SLK2650-BQE w/single Nexus 120 @ 650rpm +/- 75rpm
Seasonic Super Tornado 400, fan @ 625rpm +/- 25rpm
DFI LANParty UT nF3 250Gb
NewCastle 3200+ @ 2.2GHz & 1.35V w/XP-120, fanless
1GB PC3200 DDR SDRAM on a single DIMM (PQI3200-1024SB)
Fujitsu MHT2080AT inside a SilentDrive enclosure
MSi NX6600GT VTD128 w/VM-101, fanless
Echo Audio Mia MIDI
The usual obnoxious hard plastic blister wrap that neither helps Mother Earth nor makes things any more pleasant when it comes time to open the thing up and install it. Lesson learned: Right hand + green tin snips = blister wrap no more.
The full kit; click
to read the installation instructions (narrowband warning!)
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Two ~1/4" diameter heatpipes transport heat away from the VPU/GPU to an array of tightly assembled, very thin aluminum fins, not unlike the design of Thermalright's XP-90 and XP-120 coolers.
And now, the fugliest photos I've shot for 2004 (hey; I was in a hurry, okay?!? )
The system runs pretty much as pictured, except with the side panel on; there's an intake duct built into the side panel. All openings in the entire case are taped off with blue masking tape except for the side duct and that vertical opening in the back, where the expansion cards are screwed down. The side duct acts as an intake for the XP-120 while the opening in the rear acts as an intake for the VM-101.
I have been running RTHDRIBL for the last three hours straight without a hitch, and because the only possible source of noise in the entire system are two very smooth 120mm fans spinning at under 650rpm, the system is virtually dead silent in all but the most extreme of low ambients. I am more than satisfied with this build, and will be writing a fully detailed DIY article on it.