hmm... I was out all yesterday with family and I didn't even see that I had gotten so many replies! I got home at ~8PM and crashed until 7AM. Whoo! (and then I had other junk to do and here I am!)
Possibly the way I'll have to go is getting another 120mm fan and doing the mod that ehume is suggesting (see quote below.) Looking into this, I'm going to need another 120mm fan... I'm all out! This is also meaning I have to drive another 20 minutes or so to Microcenter if I want a decent fan, or drive 5 minutes to Rubbishack if I want an overpriced junk one. hmm...
Can anyone recommend me a good fan that Microcenter has to go for? I have the couple 120mm orange Cougar ones that are great, but one doesn't like to listen to PWM signals with a PWM splitter. I kinda made that my exhaust fan after finding that out. Other one works fine with the splitter on both tips. May just be a bad circuit. oh well, works fine otherwise.
Luckily I also have Sears and Home Depot here as well, so I can get foam if needed. What I'll most likely end up doing is that plus ziptying the fan in. not tight on the zipties, but enough that it won't fall out of place if something happened and the computer was moved suddenly while off, god forbid.
Originally Posted by ehume
The reason you might want to drop your DVD to the bottom slot is illustrated by that Lian Li design: it will only accommodate a 120mm fan (don't bother with that slot device; it too is a screamer). My sig has a link to putting intake fans in the 5.25 bay. In my own 5.25 bay I was able to put a 140mm fan in it because the DVD is on the bottom and the bay is open at the top. The fan sticks 10mm above the bay.
I just realized that if I were to put a 120mm fan up top, I'd need to remove the DVD drive altogeter--I don't have enough room for a 120mm fan, because it's a 3-slot bay! I guess that means it's time to break out the USB2 external enclosure. (!)
Originally Posted by TA4K
duuude, thats AWESOME!! As others have said, MOSFET heatsinks would be very useful for you, and I think that having the two top fan spots filled would supply good amounts of cool air, especially to the rear CPU since you are bringing cool air down from the top. Lastly from me, Y u no SLI? that would be a beast system (except for the 200mhz DDR lol) since you would have two of everything! 2x 2tb drives, 2x CPU's, 2x 6gb RAM, 2x 8800GT's, 2x CPU coolers......
Can't SLI. BIOS won't allow for it, some sort of bug. Problem being that one PCIe slot is X16 and the other one is X4 electrically with an X16 slot-- Supposedly it's also not supported in that setup-- so at this point I'm going to live with the 8800GT until I can get a nicer single card, say, a GTX 550 Ti. Waiting on a reply from Tyan tech support on the matter (like they're going to do anything. EOL board and no official means of contact except a phone number or some contracted live chat service... Ha!) As of 1:30PM EST I have recieved no reply from them at all. Considering calling up on the phone to the US tech line to see if anything can even be done.
As for the ECC DDR-400... it can still hold its own. it scores high enough in WEI (even though that means nothing 99% of the time) that it's decent. Seems to get good scores elsewhere as well...
aaaaand Crystalmark '04 just because. I really should benchmark this with some better programs but this will give at least a feel for what type of raw power I have with this box.