This is one of those times where you do one thing hacky, so then as a result of that, you have problems so you have to do other stuff hacky....
I have this old case that was designed when 2 80mm fans were all you needed and you were good to go
I think this case was originally purchased when the Althlon 800 was the hot AMD CPU to overclock, remember the conductive pen? Nobody could even dream of a 4000mhz 8 core FX8320 CPU at that time. I the case bought it at FRYs when I lived in DFW, and that was a good day but I have mostly just been storing this case for the last 10 years.
I got a really good deal on this closed loop cooler(still waiting for the rebate), but the problem was the case was just not designed for it. I stripped down the computer, got out my cutting shears and went to work.
Everything was fine and I was really happy with the results. I like the way it draws the hot air up and out of the case. That's great...
I wanted to get a new PS because the power supply I was using was an OCZ 700 watt (really 680) and it is also very old but holding up surprisingly well. The fan on that thing was by far the loudest in the case. Loud probably because its old, overworked and never probably designed for quiet or efficient operation in the first place (designed more for bling). It was designed for SLI, but older SLI prior to cards needing 2 plugs each. I was using 2 molex to PCI-E adapters and one with 6 to 8 pin adapter. Also the PSU had 4 12V rails so that was another drawback. It was wired up like the Griswold's lights. I never bought the PSU. I don't know where it came from, I don't typically get things with unnecessary LED lights(no bling for me) or OCZ brand. Although PC power & Computing(an OCZ premium brand) stuff does look nice.
The new modular PS I bought (Cosair CX750m) was slightly larger (seems most are larger than my old OCZ) so my positioning of the cold water loop radiator was not ideal, in fact, it was a bummer, however it was the location of the old 80mm fan, so I had little choice. Had the PS of not been modular it would have worked fine. The PSU was a great deal and I did not want to return it, wanted make it work somehow. All I needed was a little more room.
What I did was take it apart (warranty voided, bummer) and mount the PCB for the modular connectors so that they were recessed so that the cables would sit perfectly flush with the outside of the of the PSU. I hate going to the hardware store, so I improvised and used these things from the back of an old motherboards serial and parallel ports.
I put everything back together and noticed that the computer was really quiet, but if I set something on the top of the case it was even better. This was due to the fact that there was a little gap between the decorative finished aluminum top of my case and the actual structural top of the case and it was amplifying the noise from the closed loop pump. I put some isolation between those two layers and now its really quiet.
I'll probably tear the PS apart one more time and replace the fan with one with better bearing (probably notcua) after a while - like maybe when my rebate for this PSU comes in. That will be something I can buy width 25 bux. After rebate this PSU was $50.
During the reassembly of my computer I was careless at the end and I knocked a component off of the bottom of one of my HDs. It was a little coil or choke(or something). The HD would not be recognized without it. I Don't even think it was spinning up. The HD was only 500mb and hardly worth the power it takes to run and slow, but I had a lot of games installed on there with saves in progress. Also I wanted to see how the power usage differed with the old vs new PSUs. Not having the HD working would obviously change that. I have this new gas powered soldering iron, love to use it. I took the broken component and unwound the wire from it, then I rewound the wire so I had the right lengths to re-solder. I had to take my glasses off to see something that small close up. I know that sounds counter-intuitive, but it works (and next step is reading glasses). I can't believe that drive ever worked again! I did not take any pics of that because I assumed it was going to end in failure.
After I was done with that I coated all of the little coil choke things with epoxy just in case I knocked the others loose too.
Thanks for reading
OOPS. After all that, almost forgot to mention that the new PSU is nice and quiet. I was running Prime95 and Heaven Benchmark simultaneously to see how it sounded full load and its not bad there either.Edited by bbond007 - 11/17/13 at 8:33pm