I know I still haven't posted the benchmarks with the HD4650, but there is a reason for it.
I want the system to have good cooling, and I want it to work with the side panel on, something I haven't been doing because the heat gets trapped at the top, heating up the RAM sticks and caps, and the case in general.
As you can see (this a photo when I was putting the system in a new case, but I'll have to remove it anyway when I'll do what I want), there is no ventilation at the top, where the Scythe Katana is blowing hot air. And I can't put the cooler any other way around, so this is how it is. The solution ?
I have this grille from a 400w PSU I'm going to use at the top, together with a 120mm fan. How ?
I bought this super cheap 13 hole saw kit for round €10 (comes covered in oil as you can see, probably to keep rust away while in storage). It's not really made to cut metal, but then again, I bought it to do some wood work. After I have finished, I will use the 4" hole saw to make the hole on the case. The guy from the store said the saw should be able to handle it if I go easy and slow on it. But even if it gets damaged, it's € 10 for the whole kit, right ?
Unfortunately the kit comes with many measures, except for 4 1/2". It comes with 4" and 5". 5" would work, but be too big, and the grille and fan in place would look ugly so I'm using 4", which will be a bit small, but more elegant and it gets the cooling job done.
I'll have to take the whole computer apart to do this, so probably next weekend I'll have it done. I'll post pictures!
Cheers!Edited by tpi2007 - 5/21/11 at 12:40pm