By the way, here's what I'm looking at for getting two fans hooked up for each of the ATA66 power connections:http://svcompucycle.stores.yahoo.net/du3to4ad.html
It's a 4-pin to split 3-pin cable. I don't know the length, so I might buy some kind of extension just in case I want to throw some fans in the bottom of the front of the case.
Based on this article: http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/mdd_cooling_mods/MDD_cooling_mods3.html
I might get this: http://svcompucycle.stores.yahoo.net/fhc-350-gn-42.html
and take out the fans (it's $5!!!) and put in some I can trust will be quiet. For the foam around the unit, like the XLR8YourMac article shows, I guess I can go buy some and cut it to size or whatever. I think the clearance issue the author is worried about won't be an issue for me since I don't have any HDDs in the ATA66 bays. Why would I do this? To cool the top of the heatsink.
I'lll also be getting a BFG GeForce 6600GT soon (to flash, etc). While I'm not worried about its cooling at the moment, I am concerned about connecting it. Most of these newer cards need an extra power connection. Is it 3-pin or 4-pin? I have a free lead from the second optical drive bay. Would it be safe to split that one to throw an etxra fan up where the speaker is (ie, I will be removing the speaker and mounting it into the top of the case)? If so, I'll need one more 4-pin to split 3-pin power cable.
Do all DDR RAM heat spreaders fit the same? (Speaking of RAM, the 6600GT better not encroach on my RAM slots or I'll need to buy RAM again!!!)
Now on to fans (still from http://www.svc.com):
1. Main fan:http://svcompucycle.stores.yahoo.net/kd1212pmb1-86.html
- Not too loud but not too weak. I could alternatively go for something in the 38dB range that pushes a little less air. A couple of the Panaflo ones mention that they should be plugged directly into the PSU rather than through a 3-pin connector on the mobo. Hmm. Guess I don't want to use those!
2. PSU Fans:
Here, because I'd be adding 4-5 more fans in the system, I figured I'd go for them all being the same and that they'd then be nice and quiet. So, how about http://svcompucycle.stores.yahoo.net/60vanstealfa.html
? It's so tempting, but at only 12CFM, it's hard to justify. The last thing I want is heating issues! The next option might be http://svcompucycle.stores.yahoo.net/fan-al6025.html
- good air flow, and 10dB lower than the fans Red mentions. That super queit one would be cool for the speaker hole fan mod.
3. Optical Drive Fan:http://svcompucycle.stores.yahoo.net/fba06t12l.html
I may remove my second hard drive (I really wish my main one had a temp sensor, and I should've thought about that before I bought it) and add some kind of hard drive cooling unit to my main HDD, so I figure with less heat in that area of the case, the weaker fan by the optical drive might not be so bad.
Do any optical drives these days come with temp sensors?
SVC has all sorts of RAM heat spreaders:http://svcompucycle.stores.yahoo.net/memmodheatsp.html
, and I don't know what's what in that department. Is copper better than aluminum or vice versa? Will they fit on the RAM used in a MDD?
I can't find Verax fans in the US but I hear lots of good things about them. Oh, well! Even a slight reduction in noise at this point will make me very happy. I also have a copper heatsink (if it doesn't actually fit onto a FW400 MDD, I'm going to cry) to replace my current aluminum heatsink with. Maybe after all this my CPU temperature will drop below 55°C!!!
OK. Well, I better stop now. My big post habits can get out of control!