Ok, so here we are with some pics =)
first up, some general specs:
AMD X2 5200 EE [2.7, 2MB, 65W, max the board can handle]
2GB DDR2 800
[some bodgy PSU..stand in]
all on a ÂµATX removable motherboard tray, for setup
Now, the little Arlec wattmeter i picked up the other day tells me the machine/PSU pulls 13W when off. with no GPU, sitting idle at desktop with Speedfan running, the meter read 60W. dropping the 7900GS in lifted that to 79W, idle with Speedfan. to test it a little, i downloaded and ran furmark, which pushes the GPU but only seems to use one CPU core, and saw 110W max.
So, with a bodgy '400W' no name PSU, running at less than 25%, i expect that it's pulling more power than it needs to, not even including that 13W at power off [is that normal?]. i'm planning to go the dc-dc route, but having trouble picking between the picopsu 150 and the pw-200-m - would you guys recommend one over the other? they'll both run the system [the 'ATX' socket on the board is not your standard, so either one will be plugging into an adaptor]
oh, and i can't hear anything over the PSU fan, so the quicker that goes, the better!
after setting up rivatuner for the 7900GS [haven't done anything about underclocking/volting the CPU yet - need to go read up on it. any suggestions? good threads?] i've got the following temps at
CPU: 0C [Wow! the Zalman takes me below ambient!! ~20C]
ACPI: 40C [not sure what this is measuring, never seems to change]
so, a few things to notice - the board is reporting the CPU temp very low..i'm not sure what the 'ACPI' sensor is, as it doesn't seem to change at all. i don't have fan profiling in rivatuner set up yet, just down/up clocking - need to set that up. i can't hear the hdd seeks over the psu fan - to give you an idea how load that is, the Zalman with fanmate at about half range is just getting towards the same level of noise..
Anyway, enough words! pics time: [hmm, maybe i should resize these..]
there are a few more pics in the album, if you're keen =)