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  1. Dear Friends, I've recently bought the 4 in 3 hard drive unit to fit into my Stacker 830. The illustrations in the drive bay manual do not seem to match up with the internals of the drive bay of the Stacker 830. I had assumed that fitting this unit would only require me to assemble the parts of the 4 in 3 as per manual and simply to push the unit into the drive bay. However this does not appear to be so. I understand that the 4 in 3 unit was originally designed for the original Stacker. Could some kind soul give me some idea as to what parts in the bay unit package are required to fit this into the 830? Do I need to use both the metal side plates and the four plastic on the outsides of these? I'd welcome some advice and help. Thanks for your attention.
  2. Which processor are you over clocking? Weird, ceramic used to conduct heat. Funny, the ceramic space shuttle heat shields can be heated to 5000C and be held in your hand without burning you specifically because they just don't transfer heat. My CPU, an E6600, my space shuttle, sold on Ebay and Arctic Silver Ceramique, a thermal compound with a good reputation for its non conductivity and thermal efficiency. My case a Coolermaster Stacker 830. I was under the impression that the thermal compound used by Coolermaster was similar to or the same as Shin Etsu which despite it's reputation for being difficult to apply has a good reputation amongst overclockers for it's thermal efficiency. Thus, my question as to the exact nature of Coolermaster's thermal compound was to help me decide whether or not to go with the thermal compound on the Hyper TX or to replace it.
  3. Could anyone tell me what thermal compound Coolermaster uses on its CPU coolers please? I've just bought a Hyper TX 775 and am unsure as to whether to remove the thermal compound on it and to replace it with Arctic Silver 5 or Ceramique. Thanks for your attention.
  4. Under versus overpressure? Well it's quite simple really. Under pressure is when you have more air being pushed out of the case than in. Overpressure is the reverse. However boiled down to its practical application to the Stacker 830 this issue is probably best described as a load of hot air. If you look very closely at your CM 830 you will find that there are lots of little holes on all the black parts. So many little holes in fact that it would be very difficult to blow enough air into the chassis or suck enough air out of it to raise or lower the air pressure inside the chassis. Follow the instructions below for a practical demonstration of the physics involved... 1. Take a clean sock out of you clothes cupboard. 2. Place the sock to your lips as you would a balloon. 3. Blow as hard as you can into the sock. 4. Measure the time it takes you to inflate the sock. This should give you the general idea. Hope this helps. Leporello.
  5. Eight hard drives! Forgive me for asking but what do you actually run on your system which requires eight hard drives and Gawd knows how many fans. Perhaps you'd be better served by a server? So your a cyclist. I'm not impressed. I seem to spend half my life these days washing squashed cyclists from the windsceen of my souped up seven litre SUV. Oh well, different strokes for different folks, I suppose.
  6. Perhaps you've got something against the ozone layer. I can see no rational reason for adding as many fans as you already have in your Stacker let alone why you feel the need to consume more electricity by adding bigger fans. I have the Stacker 830 and it cools my system quite adequately and makes just a little more noise than I had hoped with just the two stock fans. I think you're daft but here's a link to some 140mm fans. Enjoy! http://www.tekheads.co.uk/s/product?product=605299
  7. Jest ye not! Haven't you seen the thread where the high tech problem of inserting a PCI card into a PCI slot is under discussion? As I keep telling God "Someone up there has made a big mistake!" But no one listens
  8. Let me try to paint a picture in words of this computing marvel. Imagine a rectangular piece of plywood roughly the same size as the base of your computer. Then in the workshop of your mind screw a castor purchased from Woolworths to each corner of this piece of plywood. There you have it. I'll publish a picture of this fine example of my craftmanship but I've yet to fit the neons, UV logos and chrome hub caps. P.S. I've just taken another look at my skateboard and I should amend the proportions described above. The rectangular piece of plywood is about five inches shorter than the base measurement of the 830.
  9. With the best will in the World, I think that Coolermaster have not hit their usual high standards in design or engineering with the Stacker 830. I enjoy good design. I have a wildly expensive Herman Miller chair, not because I overclock my rear end, but because the chair combines function, design and aesthetics. I chose the Stacker 830 after reading a number of rave reviews. Only one briefly mentioned in passing any of the problems reported on this thread and elsewhere. I don't overclock, I simply want a case that works well and looks good. On my previous Coolermaster cases the side panels simple slipped in smoothly. On the Stacker 830 fitting the side panel sounds like a drunk trying to fit an under sized dustbin lid in the dark and involves careful manipulation, shoving and scraping. Not a design or engineering high point. I did not have the PCI/AGP slot problems. My cards all fitted fine. However, I find it difficult to understand how Coolermaster could have produced a case with this sort of problem. One of the major reasons that PCs have become so cheap is because of their modular design. One can understand that writing a driver for a new graphics card requires a high degree of technical expertise. But building a case within such well established parameters that fits together smoothly should not be beyond the wit of such a well established company as Coolermaster. This is my third Coolermaster chassis. It's the first one that I've managed to cut my fingers on in assembly, the most fiddly and the biggest. It has some great features and some, which look better on paper than they work in practice. I still haven't figured out how to reseat the 4 in 3 drive unit securely. The side panels ugh! the PCI/AGP problem almost unbelievable from a company like Coolermaster. Will I buy another Coolermaster case? Quite possibly but I'd get my hands on one first and remember that awards like "100 per cent Kick :) Product" are emitted from the exhaust end of that particular cyber personage. As you may have gathered I am from the "grey" rather than the "teen" market. As such I have more disposable income and represent a large and growing proportion of the total market. I think that the Stacker 830 is a compromise between bling and functionality. The decision as to whether my next chassis will be a Coolermaster will depend on where the company's design emphases go. Bling or discreet functionality.
  10. I built a plywood "skateboard" for my box a couple of years ago that I've used for three different chassis. I now have it under my Stacker 830, it works a treat and is invisible. It wouldn't do for manipulating your system at speed for any distance but it's fine for shoving it under a desk and yanking out again when necessary. This is one of my more long lasting upgrades, it cost less than a tenner, including four castors and took half an hour to throw together. I wont be yanking it out for a while yet. Not until the nasty cut I got on my index finger assembling ithe 830 has healed and I've recharged my patience batteries for the refitting of the side panel again. This thing is huge, looks like an air conditioner and is far from perfect. This is my third Coolermaster chassis and the one of which I had the highest expectations which may explain my slight disappointment with it. The Stacker 830 is definitely an on the floor chassis. I'd hate to have this thing looming over me at my work place. One of the things I very much like about this chassis is that it's size and top mounted on off switch and USB ports. I suspect that some of the people who use their CM830s on their desks may need a step ladder to turn their systems on!
  11. Well I've now got this thing rebuilt and it's taken about nine hours. I've managed to cut my forefinger in the process and had to remove the blood stains before plugging things in. The side panels are a pain. I like the space in this case which seems to cool my system a couple of degrees celsius better than the Black Widow. It makes about the same amount of noise which is a pity as I was hoping for an improvement. I've built a fair number of systems over the years I consider the Stacker 830 one of the more difficult chassis I've assembled. I had no problems installing my Nvidia 7800 GT PCIex, Soundblaster Audigy 2ZS PCI and my PCI digital TV card into my Epox 9NPA+Ultra mobo. I did struggle a bit with the 4 in 3 HDD unit but eventually got it settled. So far I give this case six out of ten overall but perhaps I'll learn to love it more with time.
  12. 75 minutes for this tool-less task. Hopefully it'll get easier. I'll post more details of my install when I hit the next snag or when its done. I'm still travelling hopefully. It's time to turm this system off for the install.
  13. Dear Friends, I've had my Stacker 830 for a couple of hours and so far so bad. I've read the manual and have been exploring the case before putting my system into it. I've removed the side panels and for the past hour I've been trying to get them back on again without success. I can't believe that the case can be at fault at this price! This is not my first build nor even my first Coolermaster chassis, In fact I was planning to move my system from a Coolermaster Black Widow to my new 830. Could some kind soul please share with me the secret of the Stacker 830 side panels. Otherwise I could be at this for hours! I'm rather disappointed by this. Many thanks for your attention.