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  1. I saw this case at NVIDIA's launch for the 8800 and 680i. Their cases had a window and green led fans - a little different from the description on CM's site. They were also using another vendors CPU cooler with a green LED fan. It looked good in person.
  2. Have you tested this? I haven't but I don't think it will work. Power and reset buttons for ATX powersupplies are momentary on buttons. They only close the circut when they are pressed. Holding the power button for 4 seconds will do a soft off. I expect the same thing to happen if you short the power header on the motherboard.
  3. Looks like you are well on your way. You may get some ideas from this case:
  4. I have attached a 120mm fan to a Hyper6+ with a home made adapter. It cooled well, but it was huge. You may not like it that much after you try it. I have also attached 92mm fans without any special adapters. I used clear silicone to stick the fan on. The kind you find in the plumbing section of a hardware store. It securely held the fan in place, but was also non-perminant.
  5. If you have your memory at 200mhz, and it is DDR400 memory, then it is not overclocked. I would look at the other settings. Which memory should you get? Some motherboards are fussier than others. Find out what other with your board are using. The motherboard manufacture probably has a forum of some sort. I have a board that works great with one pair of OCZ DDR 500s, but it won't post with a different pair of OCZ DDR 500s.
  6. If you are going to mount it on the back have a look at the Swfitech Radbox.
  7. I have a BIX-II in the original stacker. Mine is mounted in the front. It takes up 6.5 bays, which might use up too much space for you. The half bay that is taken up can still be used by a small device like an aerogate. If you don't mind doing some cutting, put it in the top of the case, if there is space.
  8. Aluminum should not etch if it is anodized. I like Mothers Mag Cleaner for cleaning up aluminum, but it may brighten the finish more than you want. I use car wax to prevent finger prints. It works great.
  9. If you can't make it work with the bolts it came with, use nylon bolts and nuts. Use a nylon bolt that is 1/2" longer than the original and trim off any excess after the cooler is installed. They are strong enough for a job like this, easy to cut to length, and non-conductive.
  10. From the same vendor, I expect their 600 watt psu would have better components compared to their 300 watt psu. Are you saying that better components don't make a difference with respect to heat produced? As long as the air is cooler than the surface being cooled, are you saying that more air passing over a larger surface doesn't cool better?
  11. I think I have upset you, and now you don't want to talk. Sorry, that wasn't my intention. It all depends on the quality of the power supply, I could run a good 300w one in my rig and it'd be fine, or I could run a cheapo 600w one and it'll be unstable. The 300W PS came in a Cooler Master case. If Cooler Master is including cheapo power supplies in their cases, marketing should take note of that. Sorry, but did you read that in a joke book? The efficiency of the components determine how much heat it puts out No, that has come from my own observations. I suppose I have never owned a power supply that offered 100% efficiency. Discounting a power supplies wattage by 20% has been a good rule of thumb for me. Many posters have said that price is important to them. How much does efficeincy affect price? If giving up a little efficiency meant a much less expensive power supply, would that make the power supply much more attractive to buyers?
  12. My electrical bill would look a lot better if I could get away with a 200w PS. With my P4's, 300w means no overclocking and a max of one PCI card for a stable system. My HTPC system crashed all the time until I put a 350w PS in. Having more power supply than you need helps the power supply operate cooler and quieter.
  13. There isn't one power supply for everyone. I need two different power supplies. For my desktop machines (the ones I put together for friends and family) I want a rock solid unit that will be working just as well four years from now as it does today. For a single core processor, single video card, one or two hard drive system, 400 to 450 watts is fine. Longevity and stability count for everything. Appearance has no value. The cover goes on the case and often never comes off again. Price: I can get a 400 watt PS locally for anywhere from $25 to $100+. Tight budgets usually dictate something in the $50 range. For a performance/gaming machine I want clean, ripple free power. Modular is important to me too. Any cables that can eliminated helps. The power supply should comfortably handle a dual core processor, high voltage ram, a single video card with an 80 watt peltier/water block cooler, or dual video cards, and two to four hard drives. A twelve volt pump often fits in that picture too. The PS needs to be in the 550 to 650 range. Power supplies often come with an LED fan build in. The LEDs are almost always the wrong color. Either use a non-LED fan, or better, allow me to change the fan without voiding the warranty on the power supplies. I like a plain appearance. Black is almost always best. I never want to RMA a power supply, but if I have to, I want that experience to be painless, and not cost me anything if it wasn't my fault. For price, I pick the unit that most closely matches my needs, not the most or least expensive. Price competitively.
  14. Your power supply is exhausting hot air out the back. If you reverse your fans then they will draw in some of that hot air from your power supply. I don't recommend reversing your fans. Why don't you try it both ways, monitor your temperatures and let us know which worked best for you.
  15. I think this: ... t_380W.pdf is the power supply that comes with that case. Check the pdf for the information you are looking for. Check with the vendor to be sure it is the same PSU.
  16. Also, check that you don't have any cables near the fan. A wire rubbing on the fan blades would make that sound.
  17. The broken risers can be drilled out. If you are careful enough, you won't do much damage to the threads, and can screw a new riser in. If you damage the threads you can also get nylon risers that you could glue in place. I have never snapped off a riser. How did you do it to three?
  18. [quote name="bobtAfter removing the housing's foam dust filter' date=' volume coming from that fan has increased quite a bit. The downside of utilizing that opening is the amount of noise and only bringing down the CPU's temperature a measly 3-4C. Opening the bottom half of the front assembly which contains the on/off and reset button a couple of inches gained another 3-4C and removing the side panel lowered the temperature by 8C. It seems that the only other option is to add fans on the side panel and wear ear plugs because of the noise. If a 120mm fan is added, will the side panel vibrate? [/quote] You don't need much of a filter for an exaust fan, just enough to keep things from falling into the case and fan blades, so removing that foam is a good thing. If your current fan is noisy, there are lots of quiet choices. I think a 25 CFM fan there will give you similar performance with much less noise. Most fans won't vibrate the side panel, especially when it is screwed on. I find fans on side panels to be a pain though. Every time you take the panel off you have to disconnect the fan. Instead, consider cutting the fan opening and putting a filter on it with no fan. The cases exaust fans will draw some air in through the new opening. If you arn't sure where the best spot to cut a hole is in your nice aluminum side panel, you can cut a piece of cardboard to the same size and tape it in place. Try different spots in the cardboard.
  19. Please put your hand near the 80mm fan that is located in back of the case - notice how most of the air movement from that fan is felt around the outer edges or to the left or right of that opening and if that hand was moved directly behind the fan's exhaust is not as strong? I'm just trying to find out if other people have this problem. The fan that I am using claims to move 40CFM and spin at 2800rpm but I can hardly feel the breeze that should be generated with those specs. Two things to check: 1) that the fan is blowing out, and not blowing in. 2) there are no cables or whatever that are blocking the air flow of the fan. Take the fan out of the case and run it. What kind of air flow do you get in comparison to in the case? Also, compare the air flow with the case side on and off. If fan performance drops with the side on, that suggests that not enough air is blowing into the case.
  20. In my playing around with the hyper 6+, I found that the CPU was only 5 degrees C hotter with no fan at all, under the same load. The fan that comes with the hyper 6+ is very quiet, but if noise is an issue and your case is well vented, a fanless hyper 6+ isn't a bad choice.
  21. You can with a stacker. The plate that the PS mounts on can be screwed to the case in either orientation.
  22. The fastest way to recover is to go to a local computer store(one that builds computers) and buy the standoffs and screws you need. The only thing you need to be careful of is the hight of the standoff. Centurion 5's come with 6mm high standoffs. Stackers come with 10mm standoffs.
  23. Putting a tee fitting in your tubing is the simplest way to add a filler. Make sure that you put it on the suck(or pull) side of the pump.
  24. Hey zerospace, From a planning point of view, I curious about how you will do your mod to the small case. It can be hard to fit everything into a small case, so have you bought all of your hardware, and will mod around it? Or, will you do the mod first and then shop for hardware that fits in with what you have done?
  25. Here is the response from customer support: "You will need to replace it with a new thermal adhesive pad. If you are looking for a good cooling pad then I would suggest Artic Silver thermal adhesive pad." This is the second time I have gone to customer support with a problem and both times they have sent me out to spend more money to correct a problem with a Cooler Master product.