- Thanks for the feedback. I definitely plan on opening up existing fan grills a bit, especially because the two stock fan locations are meant for 60mm's (there's enough room for 80mm's though).
The PSU only has the one 60mm fan on the side. The back (now bottom) grill is fairly open but somewhat small; the ones on the side and front (now top) aren't too great, so I'll work on them some. What I was hoping to do is remove the 60mm fan on the PSU, maybe cover the hole, and have hot air from the CPU & PSU meet in the front (top) and be expelled by that panaflo. I don't know if that level of cooling will be sufficient for the PSU, though - maybe going ultra-low power (switched drives, laptop components) will keep it from working too hard.
On to undervolting. Several Shuttle SFFs and mobos have been reported as undervoltable in the sticky thread (SN61G2, SN45G, AN35N), and I've heard of the SN45G, AN35N, and SN41G2V2 working with 8rdavcore
, so I'm hoping I can use 8rdavcore with my MN31N to underclock/undervolt my unlocked 1700+ to ~600MHz (or lower) at ~1.1-1.2V (like the Deep UnderVolt/Clock
article), where it will stay most of the time.
I get the impression that the two panaflos will be sufficient cooling for sub-GHz running, but I have no idea how high I'll be able to go before things start crapping out. If I need more airflow, maybe I could take off both card slot covers (for an intake) and add another panaflo exhaust? (there's another fan opening in the side opposite the other one, near the front -now top)
As for damping, I'll be throwing in little bits of mousepad material wherever I can to minimize vibration transmission, but I seriously doubt I'll have anywhere near the space I'd need for AcoustiPack. With laptop components and fan isolators, do you think there will be that much vibration to damp?
- I'm pretty sure it will be fine. The LCD weighs 15 lbs, so the VESA mount should be able to support well over that amount. The case & PSU weigh ~6 lbs., so I can't imagine going over 15 with a motherboard, SLK-900A, and two or three panaflos. The LCD itself is currently supported by its proprietary stand, made of very thick steel, which should be able to support everything together. If center of mass is an issue, I can add lead weight to the base.
There's certainly lots of things that might not go as I'd planned with this, and it will be a challenge working in such a small space, but I'm pretty confident I can come up with something that will work for me.