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 Post subject: Micro ATX slim-line system w/ AMD Ath-64 (thermal concerns)
PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 8:26 am 
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Hi all,
I would like to build a small, snappy system for my home office. No gaming or video editing or anything like that but want to be able to use the new Windows 64 bit OS when it comes out. I'd like it to be small because I may travel with it sometimes.
Here's the Parts list;

Case ----- Antec Minuet micro atx case w/220 w PSU (only 1 40mm fan)
http://www.antec.com/specs/Minuet_spe.html
CPU ---- AMD Ath-64 3000= Socket 754 (Newcastle)
MOBO --- Asus K8SMX Micro ATX
RAM ---- Corsair Value ram (2@512mb)

DVD Burner - undecided brand
160 GB HDD - undecided brand

video, sound, LAN, all onboard.
The expansion slots are half height.

I'm just wondering if this system would be "Thermally viable".
Any thoughts?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:49 am 
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Uhh... I'm thinking it would be a stretch, but if you get a cool HDD then it would probably be alright. You could always hack the case and stick another fan in, but as long as its in an open are with plenty of ventilation it should run nicely.

What HSF will you run on the proc?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:54 am 
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If it were mine to build, I'd strongly think about adding the optional 80mm fan. Maybe even a Smartcool 80mm on their website. :)

Otherwise, that's a nice small system.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:01 am 
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hi,

was going to start with the stock HSF but move to the
Zalman CNPS7000B-ALCU if needed.

What do you think?

also; who makes a good "cool and quiet" HDD? I'm partial to Maxtor but I've only really dealt with them and Hitachi and the one Hitachi Deskstar I used was surprisingly loud compared to a similar Maxtor.

Thanks.


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I've personally never used that Zalman, but I've heard it's quiet.

Hard drives are going to have some chatter, especially if they start aging. I've found that the Seagate 7200.8 series, and the Maxtor DiamondMax 10 are probably as quiet as you can get in PATA and SATA.

I've mounted my drives in my PVR machine with rubber grommets purchased at the local hardware store. I place these grommetson either side of the hard drive cage, so the cage is sandwiched between two grommets. This has reduced noise by about 20%.

This link has an article on building a silent PC. I'd hearlity recommend reading it for their tips, as well...

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2005 6:24 am 
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Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.
I’ll let you know how it turns out.


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