Specs are in my sig, but here they are again incase it changes, along with some general pics:
(I had to bend, and indeed sabotage some of the Zalman graphics cooler fins to fit the PCI wireless in. I also had to remove the chipset cover on the wireless card. But it fits. Boom-shanka.)
** 300w PC50 PSU
** Core2Duo E6850 3GHz (@3.33GHz - 9x 370 FSB)
** 4GB OCZ 800MHz DDR2 (set at 667 and eventually running at 741 when overclocked...)
** 2x Samsung 1TB SATA2 HD (one not permanently installed, for backup cloning)
** XFX NVidia 9600GT 512MB GDDR3 PCIe2 x16 (basic model - bios oc'd to XXX edition [700/1750/1000 speeds] using NiBiTor)
** LG DVD RW / Bluray & HD-DVD ROM
** Linksys WMP54G with Broadcom chipset (detected as Airport in OSX)
** Case fan replaced with 92mm Noctua @1300rpm, 2x50mm Mini-Kaze, Zalman VNF100 on gfx
Things that made me do the (not a lot of) work:
* CPU temps were nearing 70C under full load and stress
* Nvidia card was getting up to 83C under full load and stress with the VNF100 passive heatsink cooler on
* Stock Nvidia card fan used to spin at 100% until your OS and drivers have loaded - very annoying. Still quite noisy once loaded.
* Stock fan pretty noisy
* Poor airflow in general
Putting the Noctua in was obviously a no-brainer. I lost PWM functionality in the process, but it hardly matters because its quiet at all loads. I am thinking about putting together a couple of variable resistors to control all my fans, i just havent worked out where to put them.
I was thinking about simply getting a PF16 case cover with more side holes, but they are fairly difficult to come by nowadays and where is the fun in that? Plus that's still not going to allow for much pumping air into the case elsewhere (where it is probably needed more). So I bought a small sheet of perforated aluminium from kustompcs and made a (roughly) 50x100mm piece that would fit snug into the space at the front of the case taking up the whole HD and floppy bays with the hard drive slid forward (i had to bend the little drive shelves down a bit to allow the non-HD screw holes to be used), like this:
Then I attached 2 50mm Scythe Mini-Kaze fans to my perforated floppy cover:
The cover/fans are only held in place by tightening the DVD drive screws at the front, but it also sits between the drive cage and front of the case so doesnt move about:
I used 2 soft screw mounts (that did the job and i didnt want to block any flow) and tied the two fans together in the middle. They are connected at 5v so that they spin very slowly, though they still give the system something it definitely didn't have before!
CPU now idles at around 35C/39C (Core0/1) and stressed load is about 58C/63C (I really want to bring this down more and am surprised it's still peaking that high? I have played with the ICE contact to the CPU...). GPU idles at about 67C and never goes over about 74C. I also took the opportunity to replace all thermal compound for CPU/GPU with silver Antec Formula S.
I say silent, but you're always going to get a whirr of sorts from fans. But from 3 or 4 feet its nothing more than a whisper, and i'm really happy with it. Now i just need to make the new vent black!