Discussion in 'Reviews' started by Darksaber, Apr 20, 2006.
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So what was the temperatures in the pc, like cpu and graphics card while playing a game?
This is a great case! I have two of them LOL I never have any problems with over heating.The CPU never gets over 45C My X800 GTO always runs cool.there is alot of air circulation in these cases. The only down side I could see is if the power supply go's it might be fun to find a new one.
if its a normal sized ATX power supply, just toss it out, put in a enermax liberty or a tagan U15 (get rid of cables your not using on psu)
It's a micro ATX PS and there are not alot of them around.I did find one at newegg 450W so I grabed it for a back up. I also emailed Aspire,and they said that any PS with these dimentions would work.
You can use standard size ATX PSU, 150mm x 145mm x 86mm (5.9" x 5.7" x
3.4") - W x L x H. Just make sure your 5.25" drives are short
well, the PSU get really warm, when using the 7900GTX, but it works fine. The CPU temps are not very high, the graphic card isnt either...there is the 12CM fan right above the CPU, so that helps a lot, and the 8cm fan from the PCU right above the graphic card (actually right above the 7900GTX heatpipes)
all in all, a very capable case if you ask me.
So... it's NOT a uATX psu, just a shorter-than-some ATX PSU.
I replaced the PSU with a Seasonic S12-430 -- VERY quiet. 'Replaced the 120mm fan with a Nexus on a Zalman speed controller which reduces its noise to almost nothing. Now the only thing I hear is a -very- quiet tic-tic-tic every minute or so from the HD.
FYI: the Benq 1650 and lite-on SH160P6* DVD's are fine with this case/PSU. CPU coolers are height-restricted with the uATX MSI K8NGM2-FID: I use the retail AMD (3700+) hs/fan, but the Zalman 7000 is widely used also.
Here is the strongest micro PS I could find. Will fit.
That wont fit. I have the same case and a regular PS fits nice. You should use a Lite-On CDRW cause its shorter and modular PS probably wont fit unless the cables are "right angle ones".
I spent a LOT of time working on cooling. Darksabers picts are beautiful, But.(there is always a but) If the Cpu cooler is blowing air down to the mobo and the 120mm fan is sucking air out of the case than they are fighting each other for air. What I did was to put a 90 degree 3" PVC elbow on the CPU fan and out the side. That way it sucks only cool outside air and rams it to the CPU. Than the warm air that is all around the mobo is sucked out by the 120mm fan and the AC cooler fan on the VC.
I used a 2 Full size PS, PC Power and Cooling and a Coolmax.To make them fit I just cut out the back and made it stick out a inch. Actually it was easy.
Sorry bout the fuzzy picts but I made this last year before I became obsessed with wiring.
'Hope I'm not parsing your sentence correctly: reads like you have 2 PSU's in there. How much is the structural rigidity of your case compromised with your surgery???
Anyway, as I mentioned above, I have the Seasonic S12-430 -- very quiet -- and it has the virtue that its cables exit from the left (as viewed from case-front). Thus, there's no cable interference iwith the DVD's as there would be with right-exiting cables. However: the cables are not modular, and as of my purchase (two months ago) they were twisted but not sheathed (save m/b power). 'Think I read somewhere that they've begun sheathing them, but they were already twisted (for interference!) such that they didn't spread out.
My Benq fits as does my Lite-On. Other drives I have would fit if the PSU used 90degree power connectors.
No there is barely room for 1 PS, But I keep changing stuff. Its had 4 diff Power supplies. Excelent Idea about the Seasonic.
Actually you have to trim very little to extend the PS. The structure is kind of flimsey apart but when its put together its plenty strong. (I wouldnt stand on it though)
Also I have noticed people saying the handle is not sturdy. Not true I have had my case for over a year and the handle is still fine.
Another thing about the plastic front, Its easy to remove to paint. I used a color change paint on mine, it changes from green to blue to purple depending on what angle you are looking at it.
markkleb... did you try this PS Athena Power AP-MP4ATX45 450W Power Supply??? It looks and mesures to be just about the same size. I talked to a few others about the PS on different forums,and they never had a problem with it fitting.
It needs an adaptor to attach to the back of the case.
The reviews on Newegg arent so good.
It needs a 20 to 24 pin adaptor (hogs up space inside the case)
Basilisk had a good idea with the Seasonic PS (excellent company)
Would the Seasonic S12-430 fit in the case??
It would be tight but since the wires exit on the left side in the back they wont bother the CDRW.
The more I use this case the more I like it! I have another Tray for it,in about 10 minn you can swap every thing out!
The only downfall I don't like is the threads have a problem of striping out if you use them alot. Oversized screws aer a must!
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