K I made a couple small improvements to interior airflow/cooling. I am now a university student and as such I don't have the money I need to separate my loop into 2 right now, so I've been trying to make whatever performance/cooling mods I can with what I have till I can rework my WC again
(should be able to save the $$ in a month or so).
Even though I dialed down the OC to 3.65 for now (I was having issues with GRID and VLC media player crashing even though 3.7GHz was Prime stable 8hrs+), the NB (1.43v) was still getting way too hot for my liking, idling around 58 degrees, load mid-60s. I have lots of spare fans of all sizes lying around so I decided to mod myself some chipset cooling.
I started with an Asus mosfet fan that came with my P5K Premium.
When you take it apart, youre left with a nice little fan and some bitz.
If you take a look at fan in the picture above, you can see that the only mounting areas is a thin plastic ring around the base, which doesn't really allow the use of zipties, so I mounted it with a small piece of double-sided foam tape right on the top of the NB HS.
This is the only orientation that would fit, plus I think this fan is designed to move air around itself rather than in a horizontal or vertical line, if that makes sense.
I also MacGuyver'ed another Kaze Jyuni 1200rpm inside the case which blows from the HDD cage to the general CPU/NB/Ram area. There is a about 1/2" behind the fan, which isn't ideal but its still pushing some decent wind.
Results are pretty good, NB is now idling in the low 40s...
And hitting a clean 50 degrees at load after 15mins Prime blend.
This should be adequate cooling until I can WC the chipset.
Also you might notice in the photos, that the tubing is starting to look a little cloudy. This is something I was worried about with the clear coolant, its not going to stay really clear for long. Also, even though I added three (3) UV dye bombs, the UV effects faded weeks ago. Disappointing...
I am thinking when I drain it I will probably be using orange coolant next. Also when I add the NB block (looking like MCW30) I am pretty sure I will be selling the MCR220 mounted on the back and replacing it with a 3x120 (not sure which one yet - maybe just an MCR320).
Looks like version 1.3 of this case isn't too far off!Edited by MCBrown.CA - 9/6/08 at 12:03pm