From: Cologne, Germany
I am about to build a PC and here is what I have settled on so far. Its around $1500, USD....without a monitor.
I'd drop the Thermaltake HD cooler, although it's not esotericism to employ a HD cooler (like some ppl think), it will cease working within a year, maybe even faster if you smoke.
HDs are supposed to be mounted on the HD bay at the bottom of the case in modern cases, right behind the frontal fan, for max. air flow/cooling. The frame of the Thermaltake fan on top of your HD will reduce that cooling effect. Such a HD fan is usually a really low quality one anyways, plus the heat will deform the fan itself rather quickly, so it doesn't matter whether it has ball-bearings or not. Such fans are somewhat ufeful if the HD resides in one of the 5 3/4 slots, but they then also create a heat build-up near or behind the HD up there.
A HD may cease to work properly above around 60°-65° Celsius, most manufacturers indicate 60°C as max temp, many ppl don't know that. The WD external HD "MyBook" (for Mac?) with passive cooling heats up to 66° C at full load, although the specs indicate 60° C as upper limit, according to some magazines, for example. So, HD cooling IS important.
Lower HD temperatures (way below 60°C, say 40 or below) usually result in more operational reliability (+ longer HD life).
Also, with such a massive video card (if you decide to stick to GeForce.... btw interesting solution: heatpipe AND fans), you have to worry about how to get all the heat out of the case, means you'll get a massive heat build-up, most likely.
So, while we're at it , I'd drop the case too:
Do you really need 5 * 5.3/4" slots? Do you plan to install a floppy drive? I'd go for a case with 3 * 5 3/4 slots, to have a better air flow in the case.
Although it's pretty hip atm to have these transverse bays for the HDs on the case's floor, they also block the air flow to quite some extent. I'd go for a case (I have a LIANLI case) where the HD is still right behind the front panel fan, but supposed to be installed parralel to the side walls, so that it collects the full air flow of the frontal fan, without blocking the air flow with its mounts (bay's side walls).
I'd then get some tiny shock absorber rings (natural rubber) which you should put between HD and bay, otherwise the noise of the HD might be somewhat disturbing, if you don't isolate the HD acoustically.
Your video card's fans will collect a shyteload of dirt and dust through the bottom air way on the left side-panel, if you don't install an air filter pad right behind it.
The Zalman CPU fan, customer reviews:
"At full speed the fan is quite noisy and there is some wobble of the fan mount. It is not a problem for me as I do not run it that way."
"In hindsight I ought to have attached the fan connector and the 2x4 EPS12V power connector before mounting the cooler. The connectors were impossible for me to reach afterwards. I finally had to ask someone with small hands to plug them in for me."
"May not fit in some cases - make sure you measure space from top of board to side of case before ordering. I have an Antec 900 and it has about 6cm of clearance.
-Requires board to be removed to install - easy install if initial build, might be frustrating to upgrade"
"Cons: It's TALL. Make SURE you have room for it."
"Cons: Perhaps I got a slightly whacked one, but the fan seems louder than I had expected, even with the 4 pin configuration. The BIOS is all set up to control it, but it was still loud. I put the in-line resistor provided on, and that helped."
"Other Thoughts: When I first installed this I noticed a high pitched whine when it was under load. It started bothering me after a while so I dropped Zalman an email. They responded quickly and with a real email that was written by someone who read mine. I love that! Form letters from customer service departments bum me out, it makes me feel like it's going to take weeks to solve a simple problem. They sent me a new fan for free and the whine is gone. Great cooler, great customer service!"
"Other Thoughts: MAKE SURE you take measurements of your case before you buy this thing. It is HUGE. I've got around 1" of clearance between the heatsink and the side of my tower."
"Other Thoughts: RMA'd it and got a Cooler Master V8, as it seems to have a simpler design that is less susceptible to the UPS man's bad days."
< Message edited by GoodGuy -- 1/19/2010 5:07:00 PM >
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