Thanks for your reply with practical experience.
I'm still playing with my PC-Q08 build, but what I've done is use the Intel DH57JG mobo with a Core i5 750. The PSU is a Seasonic X460, the CPU cooler a Thermalright AXP-140 (the new one, not the old one!). I've mounted the fan on this so that it blows upwards, exhausting the air through the PSU which is mounted open-side facing inward. Graphics card is a GTX570. I've removed the hard-drive enclosure entirely, I'm going SSD + 2.5" drive which'll fit in the space underneath the optical drive. There's no fan in the top 120mm hole.
What I've discovered is that:
a) the fan-blowing-upwards config on the AXP gives a fair bit better CPU temperatures than the fan-blowing-down config (which tends to pull hot air in through the PSU I think, which then gets stuck in the case).
b) the front fan doesn't really seem to do much, ramping from 0RPM to 960RPM really didn't reduce case temperatures much at all
My next fiddle about will be to remove the front fan entirely, then try a 120mm fan in the top hole, and a few other things (eg. flip the PSU and trying fan-blowing-down, though then there'd be little to no airflow through the PSU)
It's not silent yet, but then to be honest the goal with this build is quiet not silent. I would be interested if there's any viable replacement for the graphics card cooler, but I'll live if there isn't. I'm having fun fiddling though, for the first time in ages!
I was hoping to put in the Noctua NH-C14 - width 140mm. You've put in the Thermalright AXP-140 - width 147mm so the Noctua should fit widthwise. Q1 -
Can you let me know how much clearance there is above and below the Thermalright AXP-140 (depth 145mm) so I can work out if the Noctua NH-C14 (depth 166mm) will fit?
Thanks for the feedback about the fanless Seasonic X460. I was wondering if there would be enough airflow for it to work in the PC-Q08, so it looks like there is
I'm going to put in 4 x WD20EARS which will use the hard drive enclosure. The front fan might be useful in keeping the drives cool in my case.
I'm a bit worried if the hard drive enclosure blocks the power leads coming from the PSU. Q2 -
Does the hard drive enclosure block the power leads from the Seasonic PSU as in here http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cases/ ... 8-review/2
"a 160mm long PSU will foul the internal drive cages"?
Silentpcreview liked the gelid-icy-vision http://www.silentpcreview.com/gelid-icy-vision
fits GTX570http://www.gelidsolutions.com/products/ ... d=17&id=52
I've found links to a pictorial guide to fitting the Gelid Icy Vision http://www.overclock.net/nvidia-cooling ... tx570.html
They also liked the Arctic_Cooling_Accelero_Xtreme_Plushttp://www.silentpcreview.com/Arctic_Co ... treme_Plus
also fits GTX570http://www.arctic.ac/en/p/detail?sArticle=18.%3f
I was thinking about those two but I wasn't quite sure on the space left at the bottom of the cage. Ht of Icy Gelid 52mm
, Ht of Arctic_Cooling_Accelero_Xtreme_Plus 56mm
. I would be interested if you came back with some measurements to see if they would fit.