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Originally Posted by nawon72;13211448 
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And just a note to juano in particular, don't freak out when your PSU doesnt fit. I removed the HDD bracket above the PSU slot to make extra room. Even after, the PSU didnt go in right away, and it took 30min of frustration trying to get it to fit. It did eventually make it, but only just, as the PSU fits very tight(at least in my case). There really is no room for error, since you have to line it up perfectly.

Im going to install my Noctua NH-D14 now. Ill let you know what temps i get soon.

Thank you for the information, I will keep that in mind.
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post #132 of 425
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Originally Posted by nawon72;13212387 
I just ran the RealTemp Sensor test, and i got an average of about 50-51*C. That isn't a huge improvement over the stock heatsink, so im thinking i did something wrong when installing. If i did not, then as of now it wasn't worth the $75 for the NH-D14. It could just be that the fans that are included aren't very powerful since they only go to 1288rpm. And maybe the NH-D14 only shines when the CPU is OC'ed. But i did also manage to get ambient temps, with the fans on low. BTW, all of the tests i did with this case are with the fans set to low.

Did you evenly spread the thermal paste on the CPU? Use a business or index card. You don't need a lot, but you should try to put a thin layer spread evenly.

You do have it mounted so that the NH-D14 fans are both blowing air up through the top of the case, right? And both fans are oriented in the same direction?

That heatsink should be better than the intel stock one, generally speaking.
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Originally Posted by nawon72;13212387 
Does anyone know it i could safely mount a 80mm fan into the RV03's included fan brackets?

You could try something like this fan adapter, which should work. But the fan and adapter will add an amount of depth to the whole assembly. I'd recommend just getting another 120mm fan if you can, which you can get for about the same price as an adapter.
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Anybody tried to put a Eatx mb on it??

1) hows the gap of the mb on the ap181??? Is there good space??

2)how about the gap from the top of the mb and the baydrives?? Any space there too??

Note:for eatx mb only question..
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post #134 of 425
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Originally Posted by nawon72;13211448 
Im going to install my Noctua NH-D14 now. Ill let you know what temps i get soon.

Did you have any problem getting the side covers on with the Noctua NH-D14? Also interested in how much free space you had.

According to the RV03 manual, the maximum CPU cooler height for the case is 163mm, and the Nactua website reckons the NH-D14 is 160mm so should be fine.

I am wondering just how much spare space you have though, as I am also considering a Thermalright Silver Arrow, which is listed as 163mm high (ie right on maximum)
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Originally Posted by Havoknova;13214846 
Anybody tried to put a Eatx mb on it??

1) hows the gap of the mb on the ap181??? Is there good space??

2)how about the gap from the top of the mb and the baydrives?? Any space there too??

Note:for eatx mb only question..

rv03eatx.jpg

I outlined in white where an EATX board would extend past a normal ATX board. The gaps for SATA, IDE, MB power, and PCIE power are all just past this point to allow routing of cables for EATX boards.

You can see for yourself the space between the outline and the 180mm fans.

An EATX board won't be any closer than an ATX board when it comes to the 5.25" bay drives, but maybe I don't understand your question.
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Originally Posted by Balthazor;13202758 
There are great performing 1200w PSUs that meet the depth limits. The Corsair 1200w units won't fit, but there are plenty of other exceptional PSUs that will.

Thank for the fit,i think i am a loyal fan of Corsair,however i'lll see other options that can do though smile.gif
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post #137 of 425
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Originally Posted by crovax3000;13209403 
Would you recommend this case over the RV02, taking the price into consideration?

I'm going between those two, and leaning more towards this one, solely based on price, but if the RV02 gives a significant increase in cooling, I'll spring for that one.

I still get the RV02, owned two of them. Three large fans without the need to add more(which adds to the overall cost of the case), direct HDD cooling and a simple interior design will always appeal to me more. The RV03 is for people who need the compact design to fit in smaller areas.
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Originally Posted by Eduardv;13215433 
Thank for the fit,i think i am a loyal fan of Corsair,however i'lll see other options that can do though smile.gif

Corsair makes great PSUs, but I'd recommend not neglecting other brands just because they aren't Corsair.

Regarding my choice of the Antec HCP-1200, from a review at HardOCP:
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Prior to today's launch of the Antec High Current Pro 1200W (HCP-1200), the Corsair AX1200 ruled the roost as the best 1200W unit on the market. After taking in to account the excellent build quality, the outstanding voltage regulation, outstanding efficiency, and outstanding DC Output Quality results we begin to see a pattern where the HCP-1200 edges out the AX1200 on just about every front. Even when it comes down the Transient Load Testing, which has tripped up many high quality units, we see the HCP-1200 coming up as clearly the best 1200W unit we have seen to date.


Clearly, with the Antec High Current Pro 1200W (HCP-1200) coming in at the same $299 as the recent Corsair AX1200 we have to tip our hat to the new king of the 1200 watt PSUs as Antec has really hit this one out of the park with the HCP-1200 surpassing the AX1200 in almost every way.
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post #139 of 425
I might be getting this case in the near future, always loved ss designs. I was wondering about the temps/noise on those 580s and whether those front fans that you installed help at all

Thanks
post #140 of 425
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Originally Posted by Balthazor;13214328 
Did you evenly spread the thermal paste on the CPU? Use a business or index card. You don't need a lot, but you should try to put a thin layer spread evenly.

You do have it mounted so that the NH-D14 fans are both blowing air up through the top of the case, right? And both fans are oriented in the same direction?

You could try something like this fan adapter, which should work. But the fan and adapter will add an amount of depth to the whole assembly. I'd recommend just getting another 120mm fan if you can, which you can get for about the same price as an adapter.
I put an amount of TIM that i though would cover the CPU evenly and in a thin layer. I didn't check it after mounting though. Ill take it off and check, as well as spread it evenly then remount if thats what you think i should do.

Im not that much of a newb...

Ill just buy two 120mm fans when i feel i need it. That fan adapter cost as much as this fan.
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Originally Posted by Talorc;13214911 
Did you have any problem getting the side covers on with the Noctua NH-D14? Also interested in how much free space you had.

I am wondering just how much spare space you have though, as I am also considering a Thermalright Silver Arrow, which is listed as 163mm high (ie right on maximum)
No problems getting that side panel on. It just went on like it wasn't there.

Ill let you know much much space i have in a bit. And just so you know, IE is a Latin abriviation which translates in English to "for the sake of an example". So it wasn't used properly, and many people make this mistake with it. My math teacher used it wrong according to someone during a notes, so he googled it and showed us.
Edited by nawon72 - 4/21/11 at 4:19pm
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