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Windows 7: Just looking before I leap...new PC final thoughts.

05 Apr 2011   #51
ignatzatsonic

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Yeah, there may be no 92mm Slipstream.

A front intake fan is an option. I use one. Most people don't. It typically helps to cool HDDs and generally provide a little front to rear help.

I'd get the Nexus. I just looked at the New Egg reviews and everyone says it is very quiet.

I see you have an Antec Tri-cool in the back. Not sure how quiet those are, but they have a low speed, which should be OK.

I've never run 2 front fans and probably wouldn't. But you might order two and install 1 and check how well it cools and noise levels. And keep the other for a spare.


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05 Apr 2011   #52
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

I hadn't looked at your new choice of case. The Seasonic (and most other modern power supplies) have a large horizontal fan that sucks cool air in, and a vertical fan that blows it out the back of the case. Usually the best case config for that is the power supply mounted at the botom of the case with a grill at the bottom for it to draw in air (or mounted at the top of the case with a grill on the top of the case to allow it to suck in air. I don't know how this case is meant to be configured. One of Antec's recommended supplies for the case has a front/back push pull fan that seems to fit the power supply enclosure geometry.
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05 Apr 2011   #53
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
I hadn't looked at your new choice of case. The Seasonic (and most other modern power supplies) have a large horizontal fan that sucks cool air in, and a vertical fan that blows it out the back of the case. Usually the best case config for that is the power supply mounted at the botom of the case with a grill at the bottom for it to draw in air (or mounted at the top of the case with a grill on the top of the case to allow it to suck in air. I don't know how this case is meant to be configured. One of Antec's recommended supplies for the case has a front/back push pull fan that seems to fit the power supply enclosure geometry.
Thanks. I better take another look. I wanted to order today but there's no need to hurry.
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05 Apr 2011   #54
sandman

Window's 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Roswell 90 piece tool kit is down to 29.00 I just picked one up and it is very nice carrying case, has wrist strap soldering iron and just about the works, tri-cool are pretty quite on low speed. I have all Antec cases 180 - 182 and an older SLK3000B use a lot of Noctua and Scythe a little more money but i have fan running in cases 24-7 from 2006 in the 30000B case and 2009 in others and not had to replace one to this day. Antec power supplies modular are quiet and have 2 and 3 l rails 12 volt not one over 550 watts, well good luck with build looks very good.
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06 Apr 2011   #55
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post
How's this one?
Looks good, with the fan changes recommended.

Let us know when you pull the trigger and when you start the build.

That is going to be a really nice system.
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06 Apr 2011   #56
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Your chosen RAM has heat spreaders.

According to your manual, you can use the blue RAM slots or the white RAM slots. The Shuriken cooler is wide and will slightly overhang the nearest blue slot. No problem for RAM without heat spreaders.

But the heat spreaders on your RAM add to the height of the RAM module compared to standard RAM and would lack clearance for the Shuriken.

Therefore you would have to use the outside pair of slots---the white pair---in order for the RAM to not be under the cooler overhang and lack clearance.

Alternatives if you want to use the blue slots:

Use different RAM without heat spreaders

Use another cooler

There are lots of RAM modules without heat spreaders.

There are lots of other coolers, but they will likely be noisier, taller (rather than wide like the Shuriken), heavier, and may use higher speed fans.

This is not an issue if you stick with the white slots.
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06 Apr 2011   #57
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I see other RAM mods without heatspreaders but none that are P67, i3-7 certified. Add to the fact that there's nice price drop on the selected G-Skill RAM. We'll use the outer slots as I don't think I'll ever need an additional 8Gb of RAM in the future. And, I will change to your suggested front fan.

GeneO made a point that the Seasonic PSU is better suited for a bottom mount case where the fan would draw from outside of the case, not inside with a top mount. If the SOLO had a top vent this wouldn't present an issue but it doesn't. I'm wondering if this is a concern at all as the review I read on the Seasonic said the fan was hardly on & only under stressed conditions like gaming (I suppose video rendering, too).

It seems many of the recommended quiet cases get into 1.5-2x the cost of the Solo or they have been discontinued. One that is the same price looks more like a gaming case with lots of fans for ventalation but maybe not so quiet. It's made by Thermaltake... Newegg.com - Thermaltake Armor A90 Gaming Mid-Tower Chassis With Cable Management Water Cooling SSD Support And Tool-Less Installation VL90001W2Z

Of course, I could go back to Antec PSUs but then the heavy duty, hard to work with wiring come in play; that is similar priced ones.

Getting flustered, here. So, should this be a concern or go with the Solo?
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06 Apr 2011   #58
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GARoss View Post

GeneO made a point that the Seasonic PSU is better suited for a bottom mount case where the fan would draw from outside of the case, not inside with a top mount. If the SOLO had a top vent this wouldn't present an issue but it doesn't. I'm wondering if this is a concern at all as the review I read on the Seasonic said the fan was hardly on & only under stressed conditions like gaming (I suppose video rendering, too).

Getting flustered, here. So, should this be a concern or go with the Solo?
In my opinion, it is not a concern worth worrying about. The reviews you have read speak for themselves.

You can second guess any list of build components and chase your tail endlessly and never buy anything.

You have done more planning than 99% of first time builders.

I say pull the trigger. Your call and your ultimate responsibility of course. It's a very strong and quiet PC for under $1000.
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06 Apr 2011   #59
GARoss

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Music to my ears. Here's the final order. I don't expect it until early next week so I have time to do a back-up & maybe a render test to compare before/after speeds. Sorry to get freaked out at times but better safe than sorry. I intened to take photos as thing are getting built so I'll put forth my best Photoshop efforts!
My thanks to everyone here at Windows 7 Forums!


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06 Apr 2011   #60
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Agree with ignatzatsonic, time to pull the trigger.
You've done good planning, and have a solid build list.

Don't worry, you can do an upgrade in the next couple of months if you don't like it
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