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brendan mooj Jan 31, 2005, 06:21am EST Report Abuse
okay, so thanx to my thread, ive gone and spent my life savings on a pc thats designed basically around what hardware analysis forum members think. :P

thanx for all your help guys. heres the results:


-Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI

-AMD Athlon 64 3500+ -- OCed to 2.4ghz (3800+)

-Corsair 1Gb TWINX3200XL 400Mhz (2-2-2-5) (2 X 512MB)

-36Gb Western Digital 10000rpm Hard Drive (Serial ATA) (raid 0, 64kb)

-36Gb Western Digital 10000rpm Hard Drive (Serial ATA) (raid 0, 64kb)

-160Gb Western Digital 7200rpm Hard Drive (Serial ATA)

-XFX GeForce 6800GT 256Mb 16xPCI-E Video Card + 2xDVI/TV Out -- OCed to - 6800Ultra speeds

-SB Audigy 2 ZS Sound Card

-Lian Li PC-V1000 Aluminium Medi-tower Case - Black (*NO PSU*)

-Antec 480 Watt "NeoPower" Low-Noise Power Supply + Cable Management

-ViewSonic P95f+B: 19" Flat CRT Black Monitor

-Lian Li PC-V1000B Side Panel with Window - Black

-Razer Diamondback 1600dpi mouse

-Razer eXavtmat proffesional mousepad

-Saitek Gamers Keyboard

(total cost - $2895 USD)


now, for cooling m installing a cheap single small room air con unit in my room. this should cool temperature to 1/2 ambient, but im still interested to know what settup i should have for fans in the case.

without major modding or spending over a hundred bucks, in which way should i set up my case fans or add new ones to get the most out of my cooling settup?

thanx in advance.

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brendan mooj Feb 01, 2005, 04:32am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
pfffft fine i spend 3 grand on a pc, finally post how everything went and ask for some advice, and nobody replies... :P

adam wilson Feb 01, 2005, 11:35am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
I would put in more extractor fans than intake fans

2 at the back (and one on top if you can)

Make them as big as you can (92mm min, if not 120mm) that way they will be quieter than a small 80mm to push out the same volume of air.

Also try to optimise your cabling so that it does not hinder the airfliw from bottom front to top rear.

If you can do, put one intake fan at the front bottom (and put on a dust filter to keep the dust out)

this should aid you with cooling.

regards adam

brendan mooj Feb 01, 2005, 05:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
thanx mate, i'll keep that advice in mind.

Adam J Feb 01, 2005, 06:07pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
You actually want more intake fans than exhaust fans. The larger the case fans the better because of noise reduction, so get a fan convertor if you need to. The best fans out there are Panaflo and Sunon. For your processor I'd get a Swiftech or Thermalright heatsink with a similar fan

Antec Nine-Hundred
OCZ Modstream 450w
Gigabyte 965P-S3
2x512 DDR2-800 Corsair XMS
Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83Ghz
400GB SATA2 Seagate 7200.10
Arctic Cooling Freezer
Audigy 2 ZS

Apple iMac Core 2 Duo 2Ghz 2GB Ram
tingc222 Feb 01, 2005, 08:01pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
uh...since there is a bit of conflict here...why dont we just make the number of intake fans equal to outtake? Personally, i like my idea

Opteron 170 @2.5Ghz w/Stock heatpipe
X1950XT @ 675/936
DFI Lanparty UT SLi-D
4x512 Kingston HyperX DDR @192Mhz, 2-3-2-6-T2
Seagate 80GB SATA+Seagate 80GB SATAII RAID-0
OCZ GameXStream 600W
Creative Audigy 2 ZS

3Dmark05: 11687 3Dmark06: 6100
Doug Morgan Feb 06, 2005, 11:17am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
That sounds like a fine rig here. To eliminate the heat on my rig I went one further, water cooled.

Asus A8N-SLI Motherboard 1004 Bios (beta)
AMD Athlon 64 3500+
(2) 512MB Komusa Dimms
(2) MSI 6800 256 PCI-E video boards
160 GB Seagate baracuda NCQ SATA Drive
Liteon DVD-RW +/-
680 W PS Thermaltake W0049
VM3000 Skull series Thermaltake Chassis
Dangerden TDX CPU waterblock
Dangerden water pump
Home made cooling rig with separate PS

Will Olson II Feb 06, 2005, 11:28am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
No you need more exhaust fans than intake. If you have so many intake and not enough exhaust all your doin gis blowing around hot air and that doesnt do much for cooling. You need to get more exhuast because you want to pull that hot air as fast as you can while they will naturaly pull in cool air and if you have some intake you would get a strong air flow. Deffinatly more exhaust I did 3-4 diffrent set ups and got the best result with 3exhuast including PSU and 2 intake.

AthlonXP 2800+(barton)
eVGA nVIDIA 6800GS 256MB
Crucial 1.5GB DDR in Dual Channel

X8to Feb 08, 2005, 02:59pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
Both of you are wrong thought the more exaust idea is the worst as you cant suck out more than is going in.
Find out your fans CFM (Cubic Feat A Minute) Airflows and balance intake and exaust
*remember to include PSU*
If in doubt it is better to have more going in as you will just end up with cooling air as apposed to directly cooling the componets. If you have more going out than going in you get low pressure pockets where the components just cook. Think of it as a road, if you have entering a motorway than exiting you get a traffic jam(m25). It is not possible to keep up more going out of a motorway then coming in as the motorway would be almost infinately deserted (m40)!

AMD 64 3000+ WINCHESTER @ 2.250 Ghz
1 GB of Corsair XMS @ 500 Mhz
Passively Cooled Nvidia 6600 Turboforce 580-680
Western Digital Caviar 80GB
Current highscore... 17770 3dmark2001se
Nick Ledyard Feb 08, 2005, 03:10pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Cooling for my pc?
In reality, a balanced system would be best(in terms of intake and exhaust), but it's probably a little better to have more air going in than going out. Positive vac's will spread more air inside the comp, and as long as you don't live in a 90F room, this is ok. Most mobo's should run a little over room temp at idle(25-28C).

Also, to whoever posted about larger fans being quieter than 80mm's...that's not even remotely true. My 120mm's are incredibly noisy in comparison to my whisper quiet 80's. When I put the 2 120's into low on my fan controller the whole room feels eerily quiet. :)

Cooling systems will cost you. Accept that as another expense of having a computer. But for $100+, you can set up a very solid aircooled system.

My recommendations:
AS5 Thermal Paste($5 or less)
Zalmac or Cooler Master HSF($35)
Nexus Fan Controller($30)
2 120mm fans and 2 80mm fans($25)
So, in all, $95.

If you can find someone with hole saws, great. If not they can get a bit pricey, so you may want to limit yourself to just one size(probably 92mm), get 4 of those and then you only need one hole saw($20-$25)

Just be aware that with a cooler computer comes a lot of noise. If you can put the computer in a room other than one you sleep in, all the better. I sleep about 5 ft from my comp and though I've gotten used to the loud humming, it was tough going in the beginning.



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