Well I'm sure others will have other recommendations, The Zalmans are fine but you do have to be willing to fan-swap and have a steely attitude to load temps I think. What I meant was if I was doing my old build that would be the direct replacement ... not necessarily what I might use today if I gave it more thought
Ok, I see. Let's hope we can see more suggestions here then.
Well, firstly I'm quite fussy and secondly yes I think that the SPCR standard has moved on since the review was written. In the end I suppose it depends how quiet you personally want it to be, and you won't know if you think it's too noisy until you get one
Isn't it always like that?
The LC04 my dealer has seems to be an revised version as it comes with a 300W PSU instead of the 240W one in "our" review. Elsewhere I've learned that the newer PSU has two fans (though the same source claimed the smaller fan was possible to disable). Which version is the one you've heard?
The fan is a 80x15mm fan, which is easy to swap if you're willing to open the PSU, but finding a quiet 80x15mm fan is tough. The Sanyo Denki Ace 80 has some supporters here, I've tried a few of these and they're OK, better than the one in the LC-04 PSU but still audible in the wrong environment. Swapping it for an 80x25mm is only possible if you're willing to Dremel big holes in the PSU.
Hm, sounds a bit messy really. Thanks for the tip about the Denki Ace though.
Have you considered replacing the PSU with a PicoPSU or similar?
No, I haven't. Can't seem to find any such locally (so far) and am on a somewhat limited budget. Stupid question, but will a 120W PSU (like the PicoPSU) be able to handle this mobo, a BR-drive and a 3.5" HD (with a possible option for a second HD)? DVB-T will be handled by either one or two FloppyDTV cards.
. . . it rather depends how you're going to do it. What capacity drive are you looking at?
No clear idea on HD suspension just yet. At first I was considering strapping it to a block of plastic foam, but perhaps I should chose something a little more sophisticated.
As for choice of drive â€“ I'm aiming for a Samsung F1@750GB.
The HTPC will be placed ~12" from the sofa so it needn't be *extremely* quiet (though my wife have bat-like hearing).
- Perhaps this thread should be moved to the system advice thread? -