Bought this thing last Oct (was sold at Newegg closeout as an EMS SFF - $129). Hellova deal.
P4 2.4 GHz 533FSB - 2x 512mb SpecTek PC2700 - SBLive 5.1 - ATI Radeon 9500Pro - -WD 200Gb 7200rpm- IOmega 4x DVD +/- RW - Floppy.
Was running hot near video card, bought an AMS side panel with pre cut air holes (dont own a dremel...yet).
By accident, I touched the 845 northbridge passive cooler, it was major hot. I am NOT overclocking in any way. I replaced it with a TT Tiger 1 for 845 chipsets. Practically silent (no, really)
Also replaced stock ATI fan, with Vantec IceBerg4 (copper w/ lights) again, quiet.
Is the northbridge normally really hot on these things?
Are there options for replacing the XBlade fan? I tried dual 40mm fans after taking out the Xblade (you can see screw slots for this typs of option), but the box would run 10-15 degrees hotter. Xblade, noisier, but works better, so back it went.
Also, what fan size would replace the lit included Akura CPU fan? It seems to be louder then it needs to be.
As you can see, I am a fan of "bolt-on" kind of mods, not hack and cut types.
I have read about 800HT coolers having some manufacturing problems, but do they cool any better then the stock fan that comes with an eCube?