in short... This is one of the three rigs I've been playing, it currently functions as my main computer.
The specs are:
- Asus M2N-E passive cooling with heatpipes
- AMD AM2 3800+ X2 (65W), Scythe Ninja as the heatsink
- Asus 7600GS, passive
- Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA
- Kingston ValueRAM DDR2 1GB
- LG DVD-burner
And the case for all these fancy parts is an Antec NSK6500. I really had trouble picking a case for myself. I liked the P150, but didn't wan't a NeoHE. So I would have taken a Solo, but had a hard time finding a good 80mm PSU (last fall). So I ended up with the NSK6500.
It's an OK case, however I do like the build quality of the Sonata more. Just seems the Sonata is a bit sturdier.
What else... the CPU runs at 800MHz @ 0.8V or at 2GHz @ 1.1V. I'm using CrystalCPUID to switch between states. The default VCore is 1.2V, so managed to shave some off. CPU is <30C when idle and about ~50C at full load. The GFX card runs about 100C when stress testing, a bit too high. That seems to have been the problem with my previous passive Gigabyte GF6800 also.
And now the build photos...
First I removed all fan grills and used U-rubber for the edges.
Then it was time to install the fans. The rear 120mm is a NMB-MAT FBA120L1A running ~5V. Actually the rear fan is now installed INSIDE the case with EAR grommets, because the U-rubber over the small remains of the fan grills was touching the fan frame. However the picture shows nicely the removed grill, so it's in there. Front NMB-MAT 92M1A and 92L1A are running 5V. All fans from my trusty fan supplier, Dorothy Bradbury. (Thanks for all the help)
Then it was time for some Acoustipack. The "main" side panel was covered entirely and some was placed on the other side panel, case bottom and roof.
And then to the components and the actual build. The Ninja was a tight fit and I was a bit worried about it fitting. I however PM'ed a SPCR forum member with the same motherboard and Ninja, and he convinced me it was OK (sorry I forget your nick and I don't have the PM anymore, but thank you once more. You know who you are!). The heatpipes have about 1...2mm clearance of the caps.
Hard drives are laying on some sorbothane. You can see the fanmates and wires stuck under the HDD bay.
And a few overview shots. The psu intake duct is just still temporary (after a few months of use...) but I'm working on it. The PSU mod was detailed this
thread. I recently swapped the fan into a Panaflo 80L1A. The PSU fan is ~6,5V IIRC, controlled with an external FanMate. And actually today I twisted the intake vents 90 degrees for some more air, which really helped.
If there are any photos with a reflection where my balls are hanging out, please let me know. Thanks for looking.
I'll leave you with a "frankgehry photograph"
Edit: added a few pics