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Nice choices.

I hope the computer isn't in the living room.... that PC Power & Cooling is NOISY!!!

Don't diss the Zalman 9700 that quickly. It's a good cooler. Make sure you have excellent front-to-back airflow in your case, and you'll be just fine. I have one, and also a Tuniq Tower, and they rival each other in temps.
    
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Nice choices.

I hope the computer isn't in the living room.... that PC Power & Cooling is NOISY!!!

Don't diss the Zalman 9700 that quickly. It's a good cooler. Make sure you have excellent front-to-back airflow in your case, and you'll be just fine. I have one, and also a Tuniq Tower, and they rival each other in temps.
There will be one 120mm fan on front and another just like it in the back of the Zalman. Plus 2 other fans pulling air up and out. The real key to air flow success here will be cable management, as many PSU wires are not used and they need to be cleverly hidden away and out of the way.

Again, I am a watercooler, just don't want to mess with it right away.
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So I finally have all the listed components and went in and put is all together. Of course, something was supposed to go wrong: vid card showed no image. I tested it on my Expert and the A8N and same resutls, something else to be RMA'd. So I am running a pair of 7900GTX and I have to say that this computer is fast!

The P&PC PSU is not as loud as stated, it is the Zalman 9700 fan that mnakes all the noise. It is louder than the 4 120mmm cheapo fans I use on the wc rad.

Other than that, I am not sure if my temps are good or normal. Folding on 2 cores, Asus Probe II shows 28C and 17C idle. Case temp is around 34C. Voltages are solid, indeed a bit of ripple bt nothing to worry too much at stock speeds.

Will break it in for a few weeks before I start overclocking this puppy. Now to return the 8800 and a couple of SATA drives that have failed (data loss oh noes!!!)

Pictures to follow very soon.
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It's funny how Johnny said that it was loud ( read the review, by the way)- I have one in a neighbor's rig and it is dead silent, running 2 7800GTXes and an E6600. Must be at a high load or something. The thing is dead silent otherwise.
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It is silent. The 9700 is the noisy one at full speed.
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I think Jonny has much worse conditions (high ambients, heavier loads) than you guys have. Either rig doesn't draw a whole more than 400W or so.. and the load on the PC P&C is less than 50%...
    
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I think Jonny has much worse conditions (high ambients, heavier loads) than you guys have. Either rig doesn't draw a whole more than 400W or so.. and the load on the PC P&C is less than 50%...
Quite correct- I was looking at his testing methodology and it probably beats the hell out of any company's testing methods. He beats the crap out of those PSUs and then lets us know what happens.
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Quite correct- I was looking at his testing methodology and it probably beats the hell out of any company's testing methods. He beats the crap out of those PSUs and then lets us know what happens.
Exactly. Any PSU that survives JG has something going for it
    
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So I have decided that the Zalman does not cut it for me. I am going watercooling again. I am researching the Stinger V8 and Swiftec Apogee GTX. I am leaning towards Stinger. What do you think?
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