Been off the forums the last few months, primarily busy at work. However, I've been practicing some modding techniques (surprisingly, using a Dremel isn't quite as easy as you might think until you get the hang of it.). I saw AMD FX60's Lian-Li he had built for him by Maingear PCs. I had just ordered a Black Lian-Li V1100 Plus Black Case from Performance PCs (I highly recommend them, a little pricey, but first class workmanship and service), with a full view window mod, and a 120mm Fan hole cut in the window.
I decided I wanted to stealth the cabling, like Voodoo PC does on their Omen F:1 series in their MAG cases. To do this mod, the HDD (in my case, two Maxtor 80GB DM9+ SATA 150s in RAID 0, and a 100GB Maxtor DM10+ Ultra ATA 133) needed to be installed backwards. To do this, I had to move the two HDD cages in the Lian-Li towards the centerline of the case 1". In addition, I wanted to mount my Antec True-Blue 480W PSU in its normal configuration (i.e. intake fan down), which meant that the cable runs would be towards the back side of the case, out of view. In addition, the HDD cage, PSU wall would need to be rotated 180 degrees, so the cable pass thru opening was towards the back so the cables could be routed). I then decided to sleeve all the PSU cables to tidy things up as well (not that you can see many cables.
I added a Blue Led Thermaltake 120mm Thunderblade to the side window, (blowing in, as is the front 120mm fan that cools the HDDs. The rear 120mm fan is normally oriented to blow in on the V1100 plus, because it has a CPU duct and a Graphics card blower (both of which I didn't use as I have the case window fan), but as I had two 120s now providing air, I reversed it to exhaust. This lines up with the Zalman9500 CNPS CPU HSF, which sucks cool air over the RAM, through the HSF, then over the power MOSFETS and out the case.
I'm running my 6800GT with the Arctic Cooling nVSilencer 5, but of course in this orientation, the cooler is now on top.
This Rig is totally silent! My old Athlon64 Clawhammer 3700+ is OC'd to 2.65GHz, and the OCZ RAM is OC'd to DDR530.
Temps at idle are running 36C in an 80F room.
This is the case I’ll be building my AM2 rig in next year.
Tell me what you think?
PS Sorry for the large picture size. Right click on each pic, then pick view image to see the whole phot on your screen.
3700+ Zalman CNPS9500
DFI LP nF3 250GB
2x512 OCZ DDR400 ELPR2
6800GT AC nV Silencer 5
2X80GB 1x100GB in JBOD
Antec TB 480W
Yea LIAN LI makes some nice cases. I just got the PC-V1000 Silver.(sweet)!!
Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 ,Xeon x3360
Cooler Master COSMOS Case,
4G OCZ DDR3 1600 2x2G 126.96.36.199 @2T
WD 150G Raptor x2 0Raid & WD 250G Storage Drive.
Antec Quattro 1000Watt PS