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post #41 of 85
i can rightfully talk smack about the case i use one rofl

mine is the very first version, imo, they were built to a higher standard of quality when they were new...
upon the entrance of the black one, all the people i've seen get them they have issues, things randomly falling apart, leds dying, leds even melting the plastic around them.

but, the case IS A TANK
and when i get a new case (if i ever get around to it)
im still going to overhaul the bajeezus out of this case, and use it for something. its just that sturdy.

btw, that dirktooth is nice to hide a cathode in it, you can fit a 12 incher in it diagonally, i used to hide mine there before i removed my dirktooth.
also, i reccomend cutting out the acryllic in front of the dirktooths fan... its SUPER restrictive (almost no airflow) and makes alot of noise.
for the dirktooth, i removed mine, and cut out that grille thing in the acryllic for a 120mm exhaust fan, keeps my 9600 happy, nice intake right in front, and exhaust right where it exhausts. i want to put another intake fan towards the back of the card for when i go SLI

also, on the mobo side fan if you opt for a fan there, do some work in that area for airflow, that fan is almost choked to death as well.

for the front 120, cut out the metal grill it sits on, that thing covers like 40% of the fan area... cuts down on noise alot too.
(and replace the 120, the raidmax one is like 800 rpms of fail lol)


for your cooler, on the cheap... get a xigmatek, or mugen2...
on the non-cheap, get a prolimatech megahalems
on the non-cheap and you feel like modding, get a TRUE
noctua u-12p is also a very good option.

only thing is, you will probably have to remove the 80mm by the cooler for any of these coolers :/


edit:
back when i had my dirktooth:

and currently....

Edited by zomgiwin - 7/17/09 at 4:16am
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i was just looking at that mobo today, a bit much for my budget though
post #43 of 85
Used to own that case. Good times, I guess i made them popular, Looks good man!

I too have the same CPU cooler I believe, Though I will be cooling a Q6600 with it
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Is 42°C a halfway decent idle temp for the processor at stock voltage?
Are u checking the temps in windows? or bios? Because in the bios the cpu load is around 25%.
Looks kinda high too me personally but i never owned a phenom or AMD in general.

PS: Congrats on ur new setup looks good
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Also if this cooler doesn't perform the way I want it to I'll order something else, suggestions anyone?
Ive never had any coolers other than stock coolers and my megahalem so I really cant give a fair opinion on what to get if the Zalman doesn't stand up to OCing therefore Il just sit this one out
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I have the 955 stable at 3.6Ghz right now, and I will probably try some more later after I get some more sleep. I also noticed that if I put another 4890 in, the bottom two hard drives will get in the way, but I think that can be easily worked around. When order it, I'll also replace the case fans for much better ones. Noise isn't really an issue because my computer's right next to a window air conditioning unit anyway.
post #47 of 85
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Is 42°C a halfway decent idle temp for the processor at stock voltage?
With a Zalman, yes. With a better cooler, definitely not for stock volts. I idle at 29° on my mugen 2 @ 1.375v whereas my Zalman would idle at like high 30°'s.
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What voltage and load temp should I be looking to stay under?
post #49 of 85
I like Zalman coolers actually, they look good and do the trick just fine for my cooling needs, and I have the smaller version of the one you bought (mATX).

Try to not go above 1.45 volts, although you could get away with 1.5 if you kept it cool enough. And as long as you are under 60c load, you are ok, although personally I hate to see mine above 50c.
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Hmm okay well I put another fan in my case and did some cable management and my temps went down by 5 degrees
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