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Update:

When I fired up the system, my front case fans which are NoiseBlockers were making quite a bit of noise compared to when I had tested them unmounted. Turns out the fan cages were causing too much interference and I wasn't going to leave those be, especially after spending all that money on quiet fans.

I decided to cut out the grills with some wire cutters that I happened to bring into the office thinking I might need to use them for one aspect of the build or another. It took some time, and the edges are really rough, but it serves the purpose.



With the fan cages modified, I improved on the noise. It still isn't perfect because once I put the faceplate on the case, there is a series of meshing that creates more interference. It's not that bad at all, so I'm not looking to do anything with that.

I'm lacking pictures this update since my case is a mess as I'm expecting to rip everything out in the next 2 days to replace the heatsink on my Northbridge.

Besides that, I got the system powered up, loaded Windows 7 Ultimate, and got my rig to run a 4.0GHz @ 1.2v. I've gone through the SSD Optimization guide on the OCZ forum, and everything works great! Even though there is nothing installed right now, the system boots up and shuts down extremely fast, and programs load within a flash. I love these newer SSDs!
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Update:

When I fired up the system, my front case fans which are NoiseBlockers were making quite a bit of noise compared to when I had tested them unmounted. Turns out the fan cages were causing too much interference and I wasn't going to leave those be, especially after spending all that money on quiet fans.

I decided to cut out the grills with some wire cutters that I happened to bring into the office thinking I might need to use them for one aspect of the build or another. It took some time, and the edges are really rough, but it serves the purpose.



With the fan cages modified, I improved on the noise. It still isn't perfect because once I put the faceplate on the case, there is a series of meshing that creates more interference. It's not that bad at all, so I'm not looking to do anything with that.

I'm lacking pictures this update since my case is a mess as I'm expecting to rip everything out in the next 2 days to replace the heatsink on my Northbridge.

Besides that, I got the system powered up, loaded Windows 7 Ultimate, and got my rig to run a 4.0GHz @ 1.2v. I've gone through the SSD Optimization guide on the OCZ forum, and everything works great! Even though there is nothing installed right now, the system boots up and shuts down extremely fast, and programs load within a flash. I love these newer SSDs!
Doesn't it? I noticed that my boot and shut down speeds are amazing! Ridiculous!!!!
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post #23 of 36
Very nice sir -- I've been thinking about getting aftermarket blocks for my NB & SB; also, it's very sweet what they've done with the Antec Three Hundred case (if you check the retail package, the SSD Compatible is printed directly on the box, but they didn't update the case pictures to reflect the mobo tray cutout).

Also, the SSD screw holes are nice, but it looks like you got your SSD as an OEM (which there is nothing wrong with of course). I think the retails come with a 3.5 adapter so you can put it in a regular hard drive slot though (I at least hope so as I have one coming to me, same one you have I think).

The only thing I really didn't like was the lack of holes for cable management. Yeah, the hole behind the drive bays works OK, but I really would have preferred to have a hole near the power supply so I can tuck more stuff behind (somewhat resolved this with a modular PSU). Very nice job thus far - what are your actual boot times?
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So it's been a few days, but I have another update for this thread! The past few days have been interesting to say the least.

On Thursday, I received a package from Performance-PCS with some parts:
NoiseBlocker BlackSlientFan XM2 40mm fan
NoiseBlocker BlackSilentPro PK-2 140mm fan
Enzotech SLF-1 Low Profile Copper Northbridge Heatsink

The plan with all this stuff was to change out the heatsink on the Northbridge, and replace the 140mm Antec Tri-Cool case fan located on the top of my Antec 300 (Fan included with case).

NoiseBlocker 40mm


NoiseBlocker 140mm


Enzotech SLF-1








So with new parts, my mobo comes out of the case again! I removed the stock heatsink, and dropped in the Enzotech.





One thing I immediately noticed was lack of surface area on the Enzotech. I wasn't sure if this little heatsink could do a good job, but decided to give it a go since it would be actively cooled vs. passively cooled. I installed it fired up my system. At idle, I was showing about 23-24c in Everest. Under 100% load, it went to 54-56, and after a sustained period of time...it was sitting in the low 60c's. This wasn't good because my stock setup doesn't even get this hot. I tried changing the orientation of the fan from push to pull to see if anything would help, and gains were minimal.

Installing the Enzotech was a PITA. Unlike the stock heatsink, the Enzotech uses push pins to mount. These are a biatch. I don't need to explain since I'm sure you all know what a hassle these can be. Lets just say that I had to remove and remount about 4-5 times because the heatsink lifted off after getting one push pin in.

The fan that is included with the Enzotech SLF-1 is a tiny little screamer. That little fan makes more noise compared to any of my NoiseBlocker fans.

So now that I've discovered the Enzotech solution won't work, I knew I'd have to put the stock heatsink back on. This time, I installed it with a little twist...I mounted my 40mm fan to the stock heatsink in a configuration that would push air THROUGH the heatsink.

2 Zip-ties used in a diagonal config keep my 40mm fan secure against the heatsink. You can also see how small the Enzotech is compared to stock.





Installing the stock heatsink was a little nugget of joy, it was SOOOO much easier compared to those stupid push pins.



With that installed and no more parts incoming (for now), I am finally able to button up my system.

I swapped out the Antec 140mm fan for the NoiseBlocker 140mm, and in the process of hooking it up, I picked this little fan adapter with in line resistors. I wanted to bring down the RPM of the NoiseBlocker because when too strong, it was disrupting the airflow of my Venomous-X setup.



I have my 140mm fan plugged into the 7v socket and it is dead quiet and does it's job very well!

I also picked up a WD Caviar Blue 500GB hard drive to use as storage, move Windows TEMP folders to, and Firefox and IE temp folders to as well. This drive will also be used to install applications I don't call up often, keeping my SSD nice and light!



Since I added another hard drive, the Antec 300 "SSD compatible mounting holes" were no longer ideal. I picked up a 2.5 to 3.5 tray for my SSD and put it in the hard drive cage.

It's a cheap and nasty tray, but it was the only thing the MicroCenter sales guy could find for some reason....



In the process of buttoning everything up, I had wished 10x over that the Antec 300 came with some cable management holes. While cleaning up my wires, I found a little hole on my case that I could use to run some wires through such as the 140mm fan wire, and power switch, reset switch and hdd led cable through.

It's a small hole, so I had to pull pins out of their connectors, thread them through and reattach, but the end result is great for what it is.



Wires go out the top, and come back in through the bottom:


A picture of my birdness of wires which I consider to be much neater compared to my first build! hahahah



This is the result. Very unimpressive by OCN standards, but I made due with what I have....zipties and no power tools.


Edited by Andy.Yung - 4/3/10 at 12:32am
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post #25 of 36
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With all this work, my system is running a fair amount cooler compared to my first i7 rig.

At idle, I average 36-37c across 4 cores with Hyper Threading enabled. Under load, I average 66c across 4 cores.

The Northbridge idles around 21-23c and under load it goes to 50-51c. I'm thinking that the reason I'm not seeing greater drops in temp is due to the small size and relatively low CFM that the 40mm fan is producing. I thought today about replacing the 40mm fan with maybe a pair of 60mm fans, but the available space in there is very tight and I'm not sure if hot air would be able to properly dissipate if I were to accelerate it with a fan. For now, I'm leaving it as is. If I need to buy something from an online store for my other system, then I'll pick up some more fans.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this build. The main thing is that this rig produces substantially LESS noise compared to my 1st build, while running COOLER than it as well. These systems are virtually identical. They even use the same BIOS settings to overclock to 4.0GHz since their CPU batch numbers are almost identical, so I am pretty much comparing apples to apples here.

In the next month or so, I'll be looking into doing something with the video card. I may pick up another 5770 to crossfire, or pick up a higher end ATI card to replace it...not quite sure yet.

I'm also browsing at a water loop with a case from Mountain Mods, but nothing for sure yet. I need to spend some time with this rig all buttoned up before I go ripping it apart again.

Thanks to those that have read and commented on my build. My next build thread may be a little more interesting since I'm thinking about building a dual Xeon server with 32GB of memory and all that jazz to run virtual environments of Oracle and all that stuff. We'll see!
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Hey Andy, just following up here as your post was more detailed as opposed to the mobo thread. Glad you finally put the stock cooler on and you fixed that issue, as far as the fan, try a 60mm how you said and I'm sure it'll be better.

Looking forward to that next build of yours if it becomes reality
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Thanks!

The server system will be a reality, I'm just wondering how feasible it is to put together an enterprise class server vs. buying one from Dell or HP.
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Thanks!

The server system will be a reality, I'm just wondering how feasible it is to put together an enterprise class server vs. buying one from Dell or HP.
Theres nothing like putting your own rig together dude
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Hahah, yeah. Except when it doesn't work! LOL
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Hahah, yeah. Except when it doesn't work! LOL
There's no reason why it shouldn't work, gotta think positive
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