Originally Posted by ilikebeer
Today the psu arrived. I know it is too much power for a single gpu rig. I just decided to get something a bit future proof so that, if next year I upgrade my gpu, I can just keep the current one in there and it can be busy folding@home, or searching for aliens with seti@home. After reading this site and thanks to input from others I am also aware a good psu is one of the most important parts of a build.
Corsair packaged the psu very nicely, velvet bag, black pouch for cables. But see what I circled in red, my camera isn't great at close ups (or maybe I just don't know how to use it), but it says 'void if broken'. It's a sticker and it doesn't overlap anything.... that really doesn't instill any confidence about my 7 year warranty lol! How can they know if I open/tamper with it?
I mounted it upside down, I'm not sure if this is correct. I am assuming that it will be happier drawing in air from under the case than from within the case. Please let me know if i'm wrong. The two sleeved cables are very stiff and didn't want to unwind, had difficulty routing them through the bottom rubber grommet, hope didn't damage them in the process.
I am undecided about airflow... see the photo bellow. Basically I want to keep it simple/logical... one 140mm intake at front, two 120mm intakes at bottom, one 140mm at side blowing over gpu (case has space for two but a higher intake would block after-market cpu cooler I am told), one 120mm exit at back, and two 140mm exhausts at the top. Blue arrows are... cool air... red arrows are? Congrats, you have an IQ over 70. Help me turn this thing into a HAF! With so many intakes I hope it will have positive pressure inside.
There was someone who claimed to have a degree in thermodynamics who said that with this case, it is better to have very powerful fans at the top blowing air INTO the case. Despite going against the law of nature that hot air rises, he said this way the cool air reaches the most important components first, the cpu then the gfx card. He also recommended having the side panel fan as an exhaust. No idea if he is correct or not.
As the front is red led, I might just get two 120mm red leds for the bottom intakes so that the case has a mysterious/glum red glow about it coming from front, bottom. This would be visible even though this thing doesn't have a side window.
Lastly, I dismantled a 2TB WD Elements Portable I bought back when they cost around 80$, to save a bit of money... it's not a very good HDD, well, it gets 3 eggs on newegg USA. But it won't be the system drive so here it is. It worked just fine while being used as a portable HDD over a usb 2.0 interface.Now it's mobo and ram time!! I need another night researching what to get and then hopefully I can continue this build over the weekend.