Hello Everybody!This topic is basically a 'reboot' of the following: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=63506I apologize in advance to the moderators for starting a new topic, but I was afraid that the old one would get too messy and hard to follow.
When I started asking about cases I said I would either go with the Antec P183 v3 or the P280 for my next build, and that I wouldn't even consider the Solo II for it only having 2x 5.25" bays, but I have actually started to reconsider that
given I may very well be able to survive with one optical drive, and the Icybox hotswappable SATA HDD bay that I have installed on my current build...
What I would like to know from you more knowledgeable guys is if the system listed below would in fact work well if I build it that way... See my own comments after each component...
* CASE: Antec Solo II
* FANS: Intending to install two additional Antec True Quiet 120mm fans
in addition to the one that comes with the case - all running on the LOW setting.
* CPU: Intel Core i7 2600K _or_ 2700K
(w/ Zalman CNPS9900LED
CPU cooler which I intend to run in silent mode, possibly a Noctua NH-U12P SE
using the Ultra low noise adapter)
* MB: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4
* RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16 GB PC3-12800
(Either normal or low profile depending on if I can use the normal profile ones with the intended cooler)
* PWR: Corsair AX850
* GFX: ASUS Geforce 560Ti TOP
(Overclocked from factory with DirectCU II cooler)
* AUDIO: M-Audio Audiophile 2496
PCI soundcard / Possibly ASUS Xonar Essence STX
* DVD: Plextor PX-L890SA
(very quiet and nice but probably will be replaced with an ASUS BW12B1LT
BD Burner since I can only have ONE optical drive in the case)
* HDD: 2x Seagate 7200.12
1 TB drives (very very quiet IMHO so not seeing a problem here either) and possibly 1x WD Green
1 TB harddrive.
* HDD: Icybox HDD SATA Hotswap enclosure (in the last 5.25" bay available)Special note about the power supply
: I heard that the Corsair AX850 had problems with coil whine so I tested it by installing it into a secondary computer I have at my parents house that consists of an Antec NSK-4000b case, a simple Gigabyte board with a Core2Duo 2.4 Ghz CPU and 2 GB of standard Corsair DDR2 RAM, running the stock cooler on the CPU and with one Tricool 120mm exhaust fan. Graphics in that system is a Geforce 9600GT with Zalman custom cooling solution installed. The PSU before I installed the AX850 was a standard 500 watt Antec Earthwatts salvaged from an Antec Sonata III. Running well and relatively quiet.
Now the thing that got me worried happened when I installed the AX850 PSU into this system. The AX850's fan never spun up. Which I understand to be completely normal as long as the load on the PSU is less than 20% - and I doubt a system like the above would put that much load on the PSU, so since it seemed to stay below the threshold the fan was at a standstill. The PSU itself never got more than lukewarm to the touch - certainly not hot... the issue though was that with the heat not being exhausted from the PSU the temperature in the case rose and thus the CPU fan started ramping up and down like crazy after a while and it sounded absolutely UNBEARABLE. Putting the old PSU back in the system and it was nice and quiet as it had always been (but then the fan ran constantly on that PSU!)
Question is - can I run this AX850 PSU with the components listed above, without risking the CPU fan going crazy because of the PSU fan standing still when the PSU is taking it easy? Also would there be a risk of overheating or getting too high temperatures inside the Solo II case with this particular power supply? From all the reviews I have read the AX850 is supposed to be an amazing PSU but its no good if it would cause my new computer to run too hot. I had that happen with builds many years ago and I do NOT want to have this happen. If it could be an issue I will talk to the place where I bought it and see if I could exchange it for something else where the fan runs constantly (but silently)...
I also have considered the P280 but I realize that this case may prove to be noisy (not to mention it is rather big)... I'm afraid of not making the right decision when selecting my computer case for this build as I will probably stay with the computer for 5 years or so. It needs to be quiet, and run stable. I do not intend to do any sort of overclocking on it whatsoever. I will use everything at stock speeds.
Any help, or suggestions would be greatly appreciated once again.