That system I built was for a friend. Haven't seen him for a few weeks, so I assume everything's still going ok. The system was tested at 25deg ambient, so in summer temps could be around 10deg higher on a hot day. Even at full load, it shouldn't kill the GPU, although it'd be running very hot.
Good to know re ambient. Nothing like running a heater in 35 deg heat.
Wonder how it'd effect the cpu.
I can see your concern about the location of the PSU in the P183. I don't have any experience using a PSU in that configuration, but I'd hope that Antec designed the gap to be big enough not to impede airflow too much. The Seasonic didn't pull a lot of air, especially at anything but full system load. In terms of cooling the drives, not a lot of airflow should be required.
/Never/ had a case like this myself. Just going by what seems right and asking here if I'm mad or not, really.
That said, SPCR's list of PSUs has the Seasonic M12II-430 as #11 in the list.
The Kingston RAM was 2 kits of 6GB at $125 each.
Good point you made about the size of your system drive. I never use games etc so my own requirements are small. SSDs get expensive at the sizes you're going to need ($425 for 128GB). I know the TRIM thing seems a bit of a hassle as it's all still up in the air, but it depends on how much writing/erasing you do before it's an issue, and once you've set up a system drive there shouldn't be huge amounts of erasing being done anyway. Even when an unTRIMmed drive slows down, it is still faster than a hard disk and it only affects writes. Reading is as fast as ever. There are tools available that you can run now and then (sort of like like doing a defrag, but much faster) that will take care of this and restore original performance.
Aye, but if I'm paying 10x the price of a normal HD I prefer to have it, well, just work and as close to maximum capacity as reasonably possible.
Hence I decided to wait despite the -massive- temptation to do otherwise.
The other day I was reading about NAND prices, and there are indications that there won't be the price drops everyone has been expecting in the foreseeable future.
Aw. I was hoping they would drop, esp after Windows 7 comes out since it'll have support for TRIM.
I certainly understand your hesitancy with this bleeding edge stuff as at times I feel like the public is being used as beta testers, so maybe try the mechanical drives first and if you're not satisfied you can rethink your situation.
That be the plan atm. It's just -which- that's the hassle.
I suggested these because you're obviously keen on building a reasonably high performance system and SSDs would be a good match. An SSD will redefine your computing experience and there's no way I could go back now, it's easily the best upgrade I've ever made, even taking cost into account.
Yup. That's what I'm hoping for a year or so from now. Along with a new CPU I hope to be able to afford to get.