Originally Posted by Tator Tot
Patience and the right tools can make an amateur seem like a pro.
Patience with a complicated project? Me? Naw dude.
Last time I tried that it was back in '04 when I was trying to mod an LED into a Kensington Pilot Mouse Optical (and I made sure the power draw was in line with the mouse's specs and the USB spec), back when that was complicated for me, and I ended up killing it because the iron was too hot.
Originally Posted by POMF2K
Enter the 840. . . Great looking case, don't like the interior, and I HATE aluminum (noise). The big concern though is negative airflow. What's the ideal setup for this case? Would you advise disconnecting both top fans? Could I use the h50 and turn the rear fan to an intake? I'll likely add a bottom intake fan, but will adding two onto the hard drive cage do anything for air intake?
Actually, aluminum isn't that bad for noise, but if you're really sensitive to the issue, you can always buy sound-proofing materials for the side panels. I would also look into getting rubber washers for the top fans' screws, since they WILL vibrate and cause a resonance issue; very low frequency, though, so if you're playing a game or watching a movie you won't notice it.
Making it look better is a matter of how much you can spend on modifying and/or painting it.
Airflow? It's a simple matter, tbh; leave the forward fan disconnected and add fans behind the hard drive cage and in the bottom position; if that doesn't do the trick, then go ahead and reverse the rear fan so it's drawing air in, however you'll want an air filter for that position if you do this.
Going to the 800D, you can actually get some nice airflow out of it for not a lot of money; grab 3 of these,
they're rebranded, low speed, ball-bearing Yates, and put the forward 2 as exhaust, and the rear-top as intake, and get a Zalman ZM-F3 for the rear (as cheap as Yates and available almost everywhere), using it as intake and undervolting as necessary; relocate the stock Corsair fan that was there to the bottom 2-drive cage, which has a fan mount (though now that I think about it, I'm not sure if that fan would fit there).