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Old 11-11-2007, 11:00 PM   #16
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I suppose since I started this thread, it's high time I contribute.

This is my daily driver, the machine I've built for general-purpose stuff. One of its design requirements was that it had to be completely "silent" - inaudible over the noise floor in a quiet room. I built this machine in April of this year, and it was a respectable mid-range rig at that point. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ performs about the same as a Core 2 Duo E6420. I'm not sure how much this machine counts as 'modded', but most of its tweakage has to do with reducing noise output to inaudibility.

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Case: Antec P150
PSU: Antec NeoHE 500 (bought to replace original first-run NeoHE 430)
Motherboard: Abit KN9 Ultra (NF570; MCP55 single-chip, Silent OTES)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+, 90nm Windsor core
Memory: 2GB OCZ Gold PC2 8800 (@ PC2 6400, dual-channel; this was given to me)
Video Card: HIS X1650XT 256MB iSilence
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar D2 (in these shots, it's the Razer Barracuda AC-1)
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA2 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drives: Samsung DVD-RW and DVD Combo drive
CPU Cooler: Scythe Ninja Plus
GPU Cooler: HIS stock iSilence cooler (works just like ABIT SilentOTES)
Front Fan: Evercool Ever Green 92mm
Rear Fan: Panaflo FBK-series 120x38mm
CPU Fan: Evercool Ever Green 120mm
Fan Control: MCubed TBalancer BigNG (mounted in 3.5" bay)

Front of Case


Rear of Case


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CPU Cooling (with front-to-back airflow)


The loudest sound produced by this rig is the sound of the hard drive spinning. Generally, the fans spin so slow that you can see the individual revolutions. I've had some trouble with the fanless HIS Radeon X1650XT card, so right now the video card is a 256MB eVGA GeForce 7600 GT KO.

Cheers, all.
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Old 11-12-2007, 05:48 AM   #17
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Man, that's a large cooler
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:34 AM   #18
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And everyone thought that water cool took up a bunch of room..............
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:56 PM   #19
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Well, I transport my rig a lot (and I mean a LOT), so water spillage is a major concern for me. That's what has kept me on air instead of water. I'm also not sure whether there are any good perfectly-silent watercooling pumps out there, and it would certainly be a major project to outfit my case with watercooling.
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:51 PM   #20
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Water cooling can be a pain to setup in some cases, the smaller the harder.

Truely silent pumps, not really, about the quietest has the noise level of a low speed 120 fan at the most.
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Cooling: CPU Loop: Thermochill PA120.3 Radiator / Swiftech MCP655 Pump / Swiftech APOGEE GTZ / "T" Line
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:45 AM   #21
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I did have to RMA the first coolit, by the way I had to cut one screw shorter http://www.pbase.com/merlinsgraphics/image/81904593
Because of the return.
But the new one, I saw that the return was now, no way near the long screw. Must have been a design change.
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Old 03-05-2008, 09:30 AM   #22
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Here's a few changes after the holidays and cold winter nights..............
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Old 05-26-2008, 09:51 PM   #23
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You can check out a few I have done





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Old 05-28-2008, 08:21 PM   #24
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Is it christmas yet? I know this isn't safe or whatever but it runs fine. It is a mess but it gets plenty of air! How about another free case contest for the poor guy that needs one...
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:49 PM   #25
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Here's what it looks like now. Problem 8 solved. Problem 9 and 10 have appeared.
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Liquid cooling by Koolance

Problem 9, how to get all of this in the case when I don't even have enough room for my hdd's!
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Old 08-23-2008, 09:28 PM   #26
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Hey guys! New to the forums, but have been reading Techgage for a while. Wanted to show off my machine. I didn't build it, ABS did, but thats because it had been a while since I built a machine, and I wanted to try out water cooling

Probably my next machine I will build (I am buying a house, so I will probably build a HTPC).

Tell me what you think.





Its a QX6700 oc'd to 2.93 (keeping it low till warranty is up), SLI 8800 GTX's (oc'd from EVGA), 4 gigs ram, and 1.2 TB of space. I even have it to dual boot 32 bit XP and 64 bit Vista.
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:07 PM   #27
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Nice Rig, Zach
I may do some water cooling myself.
Gotta get the heat down on the GTX280 and might as well do the CPU as well.

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Old 08-24-2008, 12:18 AM   #28
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Thanks Merlin. Honestly, its nice to look at, but I wouldn't do it again to be honest. It keeps it at a steady 50 C, and I have seen air coolers that can do that.

The video cards had some heating issues when I played Assassins Creed (for some reason, no other game out there made it overheat). So I bought a cheap small box fan from Wal-Mart, and it keeps them about 10-15 C cooler (and without all the work of adding an aftermarket cooler or additional fans.) I have to dust it about once a month, however.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:11 PM   #29
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Looks good, I like how the CPU fan is still in place over the block!

Just to defend watercooling's good name and give you a comparison: at full CPU load + GPU load, my CPU temps are between 50-55c just now (according to Realtemp). They would be lower without the overclocked GTX 260 in the same loop running Folding@home.

Watercooling performance depends greatly on a large number of factors. I will agree that low-end and those cheap self-contained WC kits are not worth touching nor the time/hassle involved to get them running as compared to a high-end air cooler. I don't have a TRUE Black to test, but I am sure an air cooler couldn't touch my temps.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:39 PM   #30
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Thanks, Kougar, actually the fan promotes circulation through the case, which more water coolers should do.

But the problem with my water cooling setup (Gigabyte 3D Galaxy) is that to get better temps, you have to turn the fan up, which it can get REALLY noisy, which is the exact opposite of what I wanted from a watercooling kit.

Maybe my next extreme build I will research quiter coolers
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