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D3matt

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#1 7 years ago

1) If you had a choice of 2 cases, one with a single rear 120mm fan, and one with 2 80mm fans, 1 front 1 rear, which would you pick? Assume all other design factors are identical/non-factor.

2) Will a 500W Earthwatts power supply support a Phenom II x4 965 and an HD 9770 with 3-4 case fans and 2 basic HDDs, 1 SATA and 1 IDE, and a DVD burner (not all simultaneously, I won't be burning and gaming at the same time...)? Right now I have 1 case fan a GTS 250 instead, the rest is the same, and it holds up fine, but I've been offered a HD 6770 1GB for $90 and a Thermaltake A90 for 40$, which is almost too good to pass up, but I'm afraid I'll have to buy a new PSU to handle it all.




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#2 7 years ago

1. Personally I'd go for the one with 2 80mm and maybe install another larger one just to keep things cooler. I'm not sure about the airflow through any of the given fans, but I believe with two you'd get better air circulation in the chassis.

2. I'm clueless on this one, sorry!


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#3 7 years ago

D3matt;55812331) If you had a choice of 2 cases, one with a single rear 120mm fan, and one with 2 80mm fans, 1 front 1 rear, which would you pick? Assume all other design factors are identical/non-factor.

2) Will a 500W Earthwatts power supply support a Phenom II x4 965 and an HD 9770 with 3-4 case fans and 2 basic HDDs, 1 SATA and 1 IDE, and a DVD burner (not all simultaneously, I won't be burning and gaming at the same time...)? Right now I have 1 case fan a GTS 250 instead, the rest is the same, and it holds up fine, but I've been offered a HD 6770 1GB for $90 and a Thermaltake A90 for 40$, which is almost too good to pass up, but I'm afraid I'll have to buy a new PSU to handle it all.

1) I'd take the 120mm version because they aren't as loud.

2) This website suggests a PSU in the 530 or 550W range for the components you mentioned, which would then run at 90% if all components draw power at the same time, which doesn't usually happen. So a good 500W PSU will probably work as well.




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#4 7 years ago

1. I'd go with the single 120 too, provided it, like most cases with a 120 rear fan, has a spot for one on the front too. The one with two 80s might provide slightly better ventilation to begin with, but limits you to 80mm vents, and a 120 fan can be had for a mere $5. We're all feeling the recession, but $5? Come on man, is it worth it to be stuck with tiny 80mm fan vents for the life of the case just to save $5? Don't think so.

2. Any Antec Earthwatts 500w model is plenty to run that spec too, don't know about a HD "9770" though. LOL




D3matt

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#5 7 years ago

Er, yeah, I meant 6770.

And assume the specs I gave for fans on #1 is all the mounting spots it has.




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#6 7 years ago

1. single is the way to go. 80s are too oldschool

2. should be more than enough for that build. But $90 for a 6770 isn't really a good deal. Gtx460's can be had for that, as well as 6850's.




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#7 7 years ago

As with what everyone else has said, I'd go with the 120mm fan for noise reasons, though I assume at least that the case has a partially vented front; it's going to have to pull air from somewhere.

As for the PSU, that's plenty.




D3matt

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#8 7 years ago

Noise doesn't bother me, cooling does. Case fans are quiet compared to CPU fans. Yes, the front and side are both vented. The side might fit an 80mm fan if I can get the cowl off, but the front has no place to screw a fan in and the plastic front doesn't seem very well-vented. The other case has no side vent, but has a front 80mm mount and what looks to be one-sided hard-drive quick-mount brackets. I suppose I could just keep them both *shrug* Maybe I can shoehorn a fan into the front of the one. Both seem to have toolless mounts, but only for the 5.25" bays, which is puzzling.

I'm curious where you found a GTX 460 for that price though... I couldn't find anything lower than 90$ for a 6770 on ebay or craigslist, especially not with the massive heatsink (though sans fan) on this thing.




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#9 7 years ago

Perhaps if you just mention the brand and model of each case. Your descriptions are bit vague as to which you'e referring to at times.

Don't pay much mind to Kow's price comments. He often makes it sound like his price scenarios are common, yet everyone he mentions them to and anyone else involved in the threads can never find these prices he's talking about, and if you could, you'd be literally taking your chances with 0 support. Then he waxes on like we're idiots and don't know where to look.




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#10 7 years ago

Actually Omen, I've seen 1GB 460s sell on a couple of forums for about $100, so kow's not very wrong. He makes it sound a little more likely that it maybe is, but in this case it's not a fanciful figure.




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