Nice setup there. I have a similar system using the Solo and Conroe and I haven't made much mods to it with regards to cutting out the grills. Whats the black plastic that you used to wrap around the edges?
Also have you cut off the grill in the front as well? I am just wondering if it will make much of a difference in terms of quietness and airflow.
You might also want to consider sealing off the little holes underneath the exhaust fan to direct airflow from front of the case to the rear, it gives best cooling that way
edit: one more thing, how did you install your hard drives? did you use the rubber bands or the grommets? I found in both ways the noise from the HDD is still quite audible (WD2500KS here), and wonder if you have any better ideas to get it done quietly. Thanks!
I used rubber U-channel molding from www.bestbyteinc.com
to dress up the edges around the back fan hole. The front grills arent cut out yet, but I may cut them out one day if I get bored.
I thought about covering the holes in the back of the case with the aluminum HVAC tape I have laying around from my last build. I used the grommets, as they seem quiet enough and more secure.
I've heard rumours that it's difficult to install the Ninja on a P5B because the capacitators around the socket would block the mounting clip from the Ninja. What is your experience with this ?
The install of the Ninja heatsink itself went pretty easy, as the capacitors around the CPU are pretty short, and don't cause interference, but like a dummy, I installed it into the case before I attached the CPU fan...those fan clips can be a real PITA to deal with, especially in tight quarters.