Soon to be an ACTS 840 owner - the case should arrive tomorrow . This is my second build and I could use some help with a some final planning problems. Assuming everything arrives on time, I'll be building over the weekend.
Edited by goesto11 - 6/10/13 at 4:06pm
My goals are to have the CPU OC'd to 4.0-4.2Ghz (probably underclock the ram), OC the graphics card (no specific setting), and have a "reasonably" quiet case with all fans running as stock speed with the possible exception of the heat sink fans. I'd like to get positive air pressure as well.
MotherBoard = Asus P6X58D-E
CPU = I7-930
DDR3 = GSkill RipJaws 2000Mhz
CPU Heatink = Thermalright Silver Arrow
PSU = Corsair HX-850 (mounted on the bottom - personal preference)
Graphics Card = MSI GTX460 Cyclone
HDD = 1TB WD Black (OS/software), WD Black 2TB (data), Samsung F3EG 2TB backup.
Audio = Asus Xonar DX2 PCI -E
Optical = basic DVD-RW + DVD-Rom
Single 5.25" bay HDD hotswap rack = Thermaltake "Max 4"
Adding a Thermalright TY-140mm fan (fits 120mm mounts) at the bottom, plus 2 x Noctua NF-P12 behind HDD cage (I figured the higher pressure models would be better since the HDD's block some of the air flow) and replacing the rear 120mm w/ another Noctua NF-P12.
Here's what I'm trying to figure out:
(1) The case will be located under an "executive" type desk which is enclosed on three side. Figure about 43" (w) x 29" (d) x 26-27" (h) of space underneath. The area is a carpeted though I do have a plastic chair mat over that area where I'll put the case. Still, I'm sure the case will sink into the carpet a bit and the feet are only 1/2" tall. There won't be much if any free space for the PSU or added fan to get air.
I've found these after market case feet which are 7/8" tall and ridiculously expensive (IMO). Still, another 3/8" will give me enough clearance. I could try to add this Lian Li case wheels set which is almost the same price (only $5 for black version). However, I'm not a modder so there's a chance I could screw up drilling the holes. Plus I'm not sure if all those mounting screws might interfere w/the PSU mount, etc.
Any thoughts on either option, or better yet, a cheaper, easy alternative (other than put it on some blocks).
(2) I have A LOT of dust in my place so I will need to clean the filters at least every two weeks. I don't want to try reversing the poorly designed PSU filter mount as some have done (too much modding), but I don't want to unscrew and remount the bottom fan all the time just to clean the PSU filter either.
I think this 120mm magnetic strip air filter, placed on the outside-bottom of the case could be a good solution. However, I wonder if putting a filter so far from the PSU might cause too much air restriction. Actually, I don't even know if I need a 120mm or a 140mm filter.
Any ideas on this or alternative solutions?
The only thing left is figuring out positive airflow/fans, but this post is probably waaay too long as it is. Plus a lot of that is trial and error anyway.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
@ Chunky_Chimp - I'll wait until I can post a pic or two of the completed build before asking to be added to the owners list. That way I'll have some motivation to do a decent cable management job XD.