It seems the more I change the more I want to changeâ€¦
The biggest change is upgrading to a pair of VelociRaptors in a RAID 0. Of course that means installing everything, AGAIN. But itâ€™s faster this time. Lol
I added a little surpriseâ€¦ Here is a teaser shot.
The give-a-way is the IDE cable. Hereâ€™s a pic to put it in better perspective. You can just see the IDE cable peaking out in the front of the case.
Ok, ok, I hate guessing too. I had a few IDE 2 Â½â€ laptop drives sitting around. So, I bought an adaptor and added a 120GB - 7,200RPM backup drive. It mounts vertically on the inside of the face plate. Iâ€™m using it as a backup drive for my important files that reside on the RAID 0. Just in caseâ€¦
I replaced the two radiator fans with Scythe fans and the rear case fan with a Scythe PWM version. They are all noticeably quieter than the original ones. I covered the fan logos with carbon fiber contact paper for the black on black look.
You might also notice the addition of a carry handle. I love this thing! Itâ€™s perfect for dragging my box around. I had to swap the positions of the DVD and Hard Disk to get it to fit. The DVD was too tall and the underside of the handle wouldnâ€™t fit. Hereâ€™s a better shot of the handle.
Finally, I covered the front cover bezel with carbon fiber contact paper too. It worked pretty well. I used one continuous piece and made cuts along the curved edges to fit. Iâ€™m pretty happy with the outcome. I was worried it would look cheesy.
I took the Swiftech badge from one of the internal water blocks and stuck it on the 5 Â¼â€ drive grill. I like the little touch of silver. Hehe
Overall Iâ€™m very happy with the build. I ended up staying with the Q9450 chip. I found some research that indicated Intel was using a different TjMax than the previous 65nm chips. It should be 95Â°C. There is a program called Real Temp that shows the correct temps for the 45nm Quads. So I donâ€™t think my temp diode is stuck, I was just using the wrong mathâ€¦ I overclock it to 3.2GHz and my temps stay between 100Â°F (idol) and 135Â°F (full load). I could run it up higher, but I prefer to keep the fans running slowly.
One really cool tool I bought is a P3 Kill A Watt Electricity Load Meter and Monitor. You plug it into the wall and then plug your PC into it and it provides real-time power usage. With all the â€œGreenâ€ frenzy I was curious how many watts my PC used at idol. I tend to leave it on a lotâ€¦ 102 watts; about the same as a 100 watt light bulb! I was very happy.
I took the thing apart to see if I could mod it into my PC having the LCD showing power use. Itâ€™s possible, but the display isnâ€™t backlit, so I decided against it (for now).