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Ok here are some picture updates to the rig, still haven't gotten around to overclocking this baby yet. Maybe next week? I'm finally at a point where its just about finished. But having Tomb Raider: legend, NFS:Carbon and SC:Rogue Agent on the go at the same time isn't helping things

First pic, this is to show people that it is not possible, without some serious modding of the fan to fit a 12cm infront of the bottom HDD cage. There are also rivets on the inside which would be pressing against the fan. The only option is to get a 9cm or 10cm fan and try and fit it, for now i'll leave it empty.



next, if you can make it out, this is a picture behind my Zalman fan controller which I finally set up today. The wiring is as good as I could get it with the space I had to work in. I basically just shoved all the excess wire in behind the controller and pull tied it.



I also attempted to see if I could increase airflow in the lower chamber as i'll only be using one 12cm Sflex fan now (68cfm) I used to have my spare power cables shoved underneath the PSU (I think you can see this in previous pictures) I've re-routed these now out of the bottom chamber.



These extra powersupply cables are now shoved in the redundant floppy bay. It makes them easier to get at and clears up the lower chamber



Another pic of the wiring



here it is all reassembled, I also took the oppotunity to move the soundcard down 1 PCI slot to allow for more airflow between the GFX card and NB.



This is the fan controller in action. Man those LEDs are bright, I finally apprecaite the P180's door now. Also when my fans are turned down low the LEDs tend to flicker, this would of been annoying had it not been for the door blocking them off. The only time the door will be open will be when i'm gaming and then the fans will be up high anyway which does away with the flickering LEDs. I've labeled each knob in the picture to show you what controls what. While the system is idling, I have everything on low and the last 2 switchs turned off. The system is a lot more quiet now that the mobo isn't ramping up and down the rpms with temperature fluctuations.



Here is a breakdown of the fan setup for my system. Fans "Middle #1" and "Middle #2" are powered off the mobo fan headers and are both on full all the time.



Comments appreciated
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Very nice setup! Great cable routing also. I'm thinking of a P180B but I do like the airflow of the Armor and Nine Hundred. And just wondering, what kind of RAM cooler is that?
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You could just take off the front panel and drill out the rivets to get rid of the piece of metal on the bottom chamber. This way you could use the 120mm fan.
    
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You could just take off the front panel and drill out the rivets to get rid of the piece of metal on the bottom chamber. This way you could use the 120mm fan.
I could, and believe me i'm considering it. But maybe in about a month or so. I don't understand why Antec didn't allow another 12cm fan below? Doesn't make any sense to me to block up the space with a pointless piece of metal?

For now the cabling rearrangement of the PSU seems to have helped out, i'm idling around 39'c on both drives (don't have the raptors in atm) with the sflex fan on full. Which is good enough for now.

Oh and the RAM cooler is the dominator airflow by corsair, there is a better close up picture of it on a previous page.
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Ive run into a few of the same problems, stupid 120mm fan will not fit in the bottom area on the inside, BUT it will fit on the outside (fan behind the door) and with a thin enough fan the door will close well, however this adds a bit of noise, depending on what fan you choose (I have an artic cooling 120mm 'silent' fan that runs at 1800rpm IIRC, ~17dB with maybe 32cfm of air, its enough to cool the 2 HDDs I have in the bottom bay, and the PSU.

however I find the middle fan (in front of the upper HDD bay) doesnt get the job done well enough, so I will be adding a scythe kama cooler which is essentially a 120mm bracket made to fit into 3 x 5.25'' drive bays (whoops, there goes my extra optical drive, but I only need one, right? so much for direct disk-to-disk copy, but I am ok with that if it mean more cooling) an then Ill put a silverstone fan there and have it controlled by the motherboard (which I hope doesnt end up sucking, lol)

hows the temperatures in your case? I get CPU idle of 38-39C at 2500mHz with an ambient temperature of 22-25C, 'reported' in-case temps are anywhere from 32-39C, so its not entirely definite.
    
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yeah it comes to a point where adding more fans completely negates the point of paying more moeny for a silent case. atm when I have all my fans on low and the top and ram fans turned off, the only ones I can hear are the middle two. I've ran the system with and without the middle fan in the upper chamber and for me anyway, my temps did change, my GPU temp went up by 3'c but my NB went up a whopping 10'c this is probably due to the fact it is passive, and the airflow blowing onto makes a real difference. Either way that space isn't being used and i'd rather have a 12cm fan there performing a function than have the extra cavity noise caused by its removal.
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Yra Im having a noise issue right now, but its mostly the damn loud-ass chipset fan and the loud fans on the 6600GTs. I love the fans that came with the case, just I wish I could throw them all on the same damn fan controlller.
    
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Yra Im having a noise issue right now, but its mostly the damn loud-ass chipset fan and the loud fans on the 6600GTs. I love the fans that came with the case, just I wish I could throw them all on the same damn fan controlller.
Get Speedfan man. That is how I control my chipset fan I keep it at about 35% which is inaudible and still keeps the NB cool. The only fan I can hear is the Silverstone on my AC64 Pro. However I did break down an order a Scythe Mine Rev. B and ordered the Scythe 58cfm fan and no more LED's either. I am just sick of them!

EDIT:
Leimrod I think a fan will fit here at least a 92mm does so I ordered a 100mm. This would allow more space for your wiring as you then can remove your middle fan.

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To sort of thread jack here a bit, how much better does the silverstone fan work with the ac64? (Ive still got the stock fan, I assume you replaced with the 92mm silverstone fan)

And Ive got my DFI board controlling the fan speed to the NB fan but its still retardedly loud unless its set to liek 2K rpm, and then the NB shoots up above 52C and that doesnt fly with me. For optimum cooling (NB temps around 45-47C I need it running at 4300rpm or thereabouts, so Ill just swap for the evercool fan once I get around to re-seating my AC64 (and maybe strap a silverstone on that at the same time)
    
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To sort of thread jack here a bit, how much better does the silverstone fan work with the ac64? (Ive still got the stock fan, I assume you replaced with the 92mm silverstone fan)

And Ive got my DFI board controlling the fan speed to the NB fan but its still retardedly loud unless its set to liek 2K rpm, and then the NB shoots up above 52C and that doesnt fly with me. For optimum cooling (NB temps around 45-47C I need it running at 4300rpm or thereabouts, so Ill just swap for the evercool fan once I get around to re-seating my AC64 (and maybe strap a silverstone on that at the same time)
PM me about this dont jack the thread.

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