All built and working
took a few hours, but most of that was tidying up and working out the best way to set things up etc.
Big rubber feet and 2x Scythe S-Flex SFF21E fans working as intake - currently running at 600ish RPM, these are the only fans held in using screws as the mounts for them can be used for a W/C radiator, so my rubber fan mounts just slipped through the holes. I have used Nexus rubber surrounds though to damp out any vibrations:
1x Coolermaster 140mm A14025-10CB-3BN-F1 fan and 2x Coolermaster A12025-12CB-3BN-F1 fans all working as exhaust. The top mount with the 120mm fan can be swapped for a 140mm, but I had a spare 120mm from my old case. I am still working on the best speed to run these at, may use my Kaze Server on semi to adjust their speed due to temps, but not sure on where I am going to mount the temp probes yet:
I have removed the bottom section of the drive bay as I will only have two drives mounted internally. The front fan is the same as the roof fan (Coolermaster 140mm A14025-10CB-3BN-F1) set as an intake fan, but has a blue LED facility which can be switched on/off by a switch on the top of the case, I have mine off, once again I am still trying to work out the best speed to run this fan at:
Graphics and Sound card fitted. As this is the Advanced case it comes with the GPU holder. It fits to the back of the case and makes sure the card doesn't sag - this is handy as the card is quite heavy with the Zalman cooler fitted. It can also be fitted with an 80x15mm fan, which I will be doing. I will set this to exhaust rather than intake as suggested due to the fact the Zalman blows air into the case rather than out of the PCI slot like some coolers, I also have a Coolermaster A12025-12CB-5BN-L1 (with the LEDs removed) fan fitted to the side panel as an exhaust fan:
The mess begins - an 80x15mm fan can be connected to this side's panel mounted behind the CPU mount - I won't be fitting one for the time being, but may decide to in the future, not sure how much of a benefit it will be:
Starting to look better:
Cables tidied as good as I am going to do for the moment:
Finished (for the moment), just the side panel to fit, the cables by the PSU are to connect the side panel fan. I am currently using a fan cable splitter and a Zalman Fanmate to control the speed of the GPU cooler and the side panel fan together. I am about to order a Scythe Kaze Q 3.5 to fit below the Kaze server to give me some more fan controls:
Finished! The vertical box on top of the case is my Antec Veris Multimedia Station. It is supposed to be mounted in a 3.5" bay, but I modified it to be used externally. I have adapted the power cable to be able to take power from a USB port (spliced together a USB just using the two power cables). It gives the IR a better range too, as before it was quite awkward to get the remote to pick up. The cable coming from the front of the case at the bottom is a temp probe cable from the Kaze server so I can monitor the room temp - it is roughly 3" outside the case.
The case also has a SATA dock on the top - called X-Dock - which allows you to easily add an external drive, 3.5" or 2.5", I will probably use this for backing up:
I just need to order the Kaze Q 3.5 fan controller, an 80x15mm fan for the GPU retainer, and am considering swapping out the Coolermaster fans for something else, as I can't find much info on them on the net as to their CFM vs their dba. They are all rated at less than 19dba, but thats at full rpm, and not sure how much air they are pushing. However, with all fans on 100% and the side panel on, my Core temp dropped to 24c, removing the side panel and leaving all fans on 100% only managed a further drop of 1c. GPU temp is at 21c with case on or off. External temp at the time of this test was 20.5c.
So any suggestions on other fans or should I stick to the ones I have?