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rei
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system build/critique?

Post by rei » Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:06 pm

all prices in canadian. and before 7% GST tax.

$80 In Win V523T mATX case
$30 In Win CR-I530 internal card reader
$200 Antec Phantom 350 350 watt ATX12V2.0 fanless PSU
$120 Samsung SP1604N IDE ATA133 7200rpm 2MB/8MB cache (Jidec hopefully)
$30 Nexus DiskTwin hard drive silencing/cooling heatsinks
$70 Sony DWD22AB/DRU-710A (LiteOn SOHW-1633S) IDE 16x DL DVD-/+RW burner
$130 MSI RS480M2-IL ATI Xpress 200 chipset mATX mainboard
$40 Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 heatsink fan
$10 Nexus 80mm Real Silent Case Fan 17.6 db(A) 20.2 CFM
$200 AMD Athlon64 3200+ 2.0 GHz Winchester
$15 Mitsumi 3.5" floppy drive
$45 Zalman VF700-Alcu VGA cooler
$250 MSI NX6600GT-VTD128E PCI-E VIVO GeForce 6600GT 128 MB DDR3

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Post by Mr_Smartepants » Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:40 pm

Looks good.
Why not ditch your card reader and floppy and get this instead
The mitsumi combo floppy/card reader would only take up one 3.5 bay too.
Also, you might want to buy two nexus fans instead of one and suspend your HDD from the 3.5 bays in front of the intake fan.

I'm not familiar with your mobo choice. MSI is a good make though.
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Post by rei » Sun Mar 27, 2005 11:48 pm

problem is case has precut bezel for floppy, might as well put floppy in there.

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Re: system build/critique?

Post by Tibors » Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:05 am

rei wrote:$40 Arctic Cooling Freezer 4 heatsink fan
This is a Pentium 4 cooler. You need the Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 for your system.
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Post by merlyn » Mon Mar 28, 2005 4:26 am

the rear exhaust fan on that case is 92mm not 80mm so if the nexus is as a replacement for the 2bb that it comes with i'd change it. i have been unable to find a fully detailed spec for the case but the front fan mount looks like it wants one of those wierd plastic clip-on enclosures. with a system like this however i doubt u'll need to be moving very much air. plus with the two side vents u'll probly want to tape it up anyway, i'm assuming here that u want to run negative case pressure.

i'm a little concerned about the use of an expensive phantom in such a build. they're a lot happier with positive case pressure to ensure adequate airflow if the reviews around here are anything to go by, which they usually are. i'd be considering a cheaper active psu such as the seasonic s12 if i didn't live in the uk. bear in mind that due to the side vents most of your noise is going to have a direct route out of the case so your psu is the least of your worries on that front.

why not go for a gigabyte passively cooled 6600GT such as the GV-NX66T128VP ?

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Post by Mr_Smartepants » Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:02 am

merlyn wrote:the rear exhaust fan on that case is 92mm not 80mm
Really?
MBX.com wrote: Optional 8cm auxiliary cooling fan can be installed at rear panel for better system cooling. (Optional fan is not included)
rei wrote:problem is case has precut bezel for floppy, might as well put floppy in there.
:oops: Whoops, I missed that one.
I'd have to agree with merlyn on the PSU. A S12-380 would be plenty and aid case cooling too. With only one exhaust fan, air could actually enter the case through the phantom and then get exhausted out again.
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Post by scara » Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:37 am

rei wrote:$120 Samsung SP1604N IDE ATA133 7200rpm 2MB/8MB cache (Jidec hopefully)
Not sure what you mean here, the SP1604N has 2MB cache. You will get a good performance increase for the cost by getting an SP1614N which has 8MB cache.


Do you really need a mobo with on-board graphics if you're adding a 6600GT vivo?

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Post by rei » Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:10 pm

it's the only widely available s939 matx mobo.
foxconn boards, while desirable nforce4 boards have little to back in the way of support resources, distribution etc.

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Post by merlyn » Mon Mar 28, 2005 11:06 pm

Mr_Smartepants wrote:Really?
I looked at the InWin website as I find retailers tend to copy and paste info over from similar models it's always better to get it from the horse's mouth.

The 'T' version of this case appears to be only available in north america. It is TAC 1.1 with the extra venting around the graphics card. The InWin website clearly states '9cm rear fan' here.

Looking at the pictures of both the 'G' and 'T' series I think that both cases have mounting holes for both 80mm and 92mm and it's just that they are supplying an 80mm with the 'G' and a 92mm with the 'T'. Personally I'd go for the 92mm Nexus plus some EAR grommets. The grill looks pretty restrictive too so i'd want to break out the dremel :wink: and maybe put some c-channel on it.

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Post by rei » Tue Apr 26, 2005 6:48 pm

update: went and bought mac mini. it's quiet :)



okay, also will get the msi ati chipset board, v523-t- case (local store finally replaced -g- with it) and a nexux 90mm case fan.

also got the gigabyte silent pipe x800 xl.

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Post by rei » Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:29 pm

hmm, was gonna get a phantom 350 ($200!) or noisetaker 425 ($77) but i think i might order the seasonic s12 350 for $90

wish i knew where to get nexux 80/92/120mm fans locally in edmonton though.

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