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I have decided to build myself a new PC over the christmas holiday's to keep me busy as I cant see me cleaning the car much in this weather


The system I have now which I put together a few years back is reasonably good for what I need but I want something that is quiet but with good cooling and also be able to transport it easily with out having to dismantle parts

After searching for a case the Thermaltake Element S look's like a good one for ventilation at a good price (I cant justify paying over £100 on a case anymore
) with plenty of fans but the one area I cant decide on is the CPU cooler and like the look of this

Corsair H50


Over the years I have tried a few types such as the Scythe Orochi which is really good if you have good fan setup but due to the size and weight makes it more difficult to transport and a bit cramped inside a midi case and the best I have had is the Zalman watercooler which keeps the temps pretty low at idle and playing games but again because it needs a reservoir isnt ideal for taking anywhere, I currently have a Zalman CNPS9700 which is poo tbh a cant play COD without temps going above 70


So whats everyone's favourite for Passive or watercooled
 

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It is not a bad case for the money, separate compartment for PSU helps tidy thing up and cooling somewhat.

I got Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme cooler with single Akasa Apache 120mm fan. The fan is reasonably quiet, but the rad is massive. Here is what it looks like in your case:

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i'm sure you can use it in passive mode for day to day stuff, but for games i doubt it will hold up. In fact i don't think any passive fan will. That said there are already 5 fans in the case + PSU. You will have enough noise to render CPU fan contribution irrelevant.

If you can push for 150 quid you could bag an all-aluminium case with sliding motherboard tray.

When i checked watercooling it was just too expensive, well over 100 quid budget
Lian-Li A10B case i have is reasonably quiet and that CPU cooler lets I7 920 * run at 4Ghz all the time with no problems. Case is very light and the whole rig is rock solid for transportation and weighs under 20kg. (with 4 hard drives)
 

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H50 is odd, it is even bigger then thermalright and looks like the rad will be blocking the airflow. Also from tests air coolers can yield comparable if not better results.
 

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The Scythe Orochi looks about the same size, maybe a bit bigger and worked well but I did have to modify the front of my current case to improve the air flow with a 150mm fan which isn't quiet by any stretch


The H50 is designed to suck air in from the rear pushing the hotter air into the case so is a reason for the case of choice with the large side and top mounted fans
 

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Have you considered an Antec Nine Hundred Black Ultimate Gamer Case
, mine cost me just over £85. It has two 120mm fans at the front which blow air over the hard disks into the case. Then thers's one 120mm fan blowing air out the back and there's a 200mm fan on the top of the case


I also run an Asus V60 CPU cooler which is a great piece of kit but it's only designed for LGA775 sockets. This fin keeps my Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 processor at a nice 27 deg. C




EDIT: Forgot to mention that the Asus CPU cooler has a 120mm fan built inside which is PWM controlled via the motherboard.
 

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I had a look at the Antec is there 2 model because one has a silver inside with no holes to keep the cables tidy and one with a black inside with holes


The Asus V60 looks good, how noisey is it at full speed?
 

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QUOTE(Paulted @ 10 Dec 2009, 07:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I had a look at the Antec is there 2 model because one has a silver inside with no holes to keep the cables tidy and one with a black inside with holes


The Asus V60 looks good, how noisey is it at full speed?

Not to sure on the Antec case
but my one doesn't have a lot of places to put cable ties in
. I also found out that the BFGtech GTX285 graphics card was so long that it collided with the hard disk drives. Typical as all four where installed in the drive bays and wired up


As for the Aus V60 I can't hear it at all
. There's a fare amount of air being blown through the case over the fin so it doesn't need to work that hard. It's PWM controlled via the motherboard so the hotter the CPU gets, the faster the fan spins. If you want any pictures let us know and I'll see what I can do
 

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QUOTE(yoinkster @ 12 Dec 2009, 04:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Make yourself one of these Paulted http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php

I could make one with the spare components I have but I would not be in the same room when it's switched on


QUOTE(Ryan @ 12 Dec 2009, 04:32 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Not to sure on the Antec case
but my one doesn't have a lot of places to put cable ties in
. I also found out that the BFGtech GTX285 graphics card was so long that it collided with the hard disk drives. Typical as all four where installed in the drive bays and wired up


As for the Aus V60 I can't hear it at all
. There's a fare amount of air being blown through the case over the fin so it doesn't need to work that hard. It's PWM controlled via the motherboard so the hotter the CPU gets, the faster the fan spins. If you want any pictures let us know and I'll see what I can do


The Antec does look good for cooling but my graphics card would be a tight fit with the power connector at the end and the HDD bay full.

I have decided on the Thermaltake Element G which has almost everything I want and is at the right price at just under £100 which will be as a Christmas present


Access to rear of MB for CPU cooler backplate
Bottom mounted PSU with intake vent
Side fan but with no specific filter though available but filter sheets can be bought and cut to shape
Top mounted exhaust fan
Front fan
Plenty ogf hole to keep the cables tidy
and most importantly 7 side mounted HDD bay's to give more room for the Graphics card.

I haven't chose a CPU cooler yet but the V60 has good reviews and is fairly light for it's size
 
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