It's getting a little too crowded in there...

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  1. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I just added a Seagate 500gb drive to my C2D build.

    I got owned on it though, I thought it was going to fit in the floppy bay.
    Well it does, just not with the fan that I intended to use.
    So I had to put it on it's side.

    So altogether, I'm running

    73gb Raptor -10k
    150gb Raptor - 10k
    73gb scsi - 10k
    500gb Seagate - 7.2k

    In a 14"x14" micro-atx case.:mamoru:



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    jesus
     
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    cmsurfer ºllllllº

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    Do you think you have enough hard drive space yet? :big grin:
     
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    Too crowded... I hate when that shit happens. Airflow FTW :big grin:
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    Somebody get this man a RAID card so he doesn't have to use all those hard drives separately.

    Oh, and your PSU is upside-down.

    Remind me to post a pic of my rig sometime.
     
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    Damn, you're going to start melting shit.
     
  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    It's really not as bad as it seems.

    Antec stuffed a lot of cooling in that little case.

    There's a pair of 92mm fans in the front, and a 120mm in the back.

    When I modded the drive cage for the three drives, I set it so that they sit directly in front of the top 92mm fan.


    The bottom one blows straight at the video card and sends plenty of fresh air to the newly installed Seagate.
    It runs almost 10 degrees cooler than the three in the stack.
    I was a little worried at first because I used a double sided Scotch adhesive pad to mount the drive.
    But the drive is so cool to the touch that I don't think I'll have to fab a bracket for it. :bigthumb:
     
  9. crazybenf

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    Time for a bigger case.
     
  10. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I fucked up when I got that case.

    I looked up the dimensions online, and spent a week calculating
    how I was going to squeeze my old 5 drive Antec cage into there.

    Then I got the case and I realized that I hadn't taken into consideration
    the 3/4" space that's used up by the front panel.

    :uh:


    My old build was a dual Opteron 252 Tyan server board in a 26.5" long Chenbro case.
    I just wanted something smaller. :hs:
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    throw away the scsi drive, put the500 in it's place? :dunno:
     
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    Your gonna fry something. No amount of kick ass fans in the world can cool anything if there is no air too pull? Do you leave the sides and top off at all times? Consider some better cable management to fix airflow.

    And you might consider flipping the fan in you psu if it pulls in cool air. If it already blows out warm air you're good. If not that means your are blowing warm air pretty much right on your processor.

    Although I do love the smell of burnt electronics.
     
  13. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Hey, post a pic of your rig sometime.
     
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    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    As long as you check it out and plan the parts then it should be good is right :bigthumb:
     
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    That case is a mess....wireties FTW :ugh:
     
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  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, but it's fast-mofo junk. :fawk:
     
  19. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Before I put the Seagate in there, I had the wires running neatly along
    the side panel and across the back to the sata connectors.

    I had to move everything out of the way for the drive though, and
    there's not much space left for them to run neatly.

    Bottom line is that the case doesn't have a clear side panel.
    Nobody can see in there. And those slim sata cables aren't blocking any air.
     
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    pyehac if she's old enough to cross the street, she's old

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    Next, you'll start buying external enclosures and run out of USB ports.
     
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    That's what USB hubs are for :big grin:
     
  23. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well, I'm still thinking of squeezing a full 5 drive cage in there.

    If I take the 92mm fans out, and trim off the 1/2" edge of the case to the right,
    a full 5 drive cage would just fit.
    So I took the front panel off and what do you know,
    it could accommodate a pair of 120mm fans on the front.

    I'd have to cut holes in the front panel for air though.

    Then the case would hold the following:

    74gb Raptor with XP Pro
    73gb scsi with XP Pro
    150gb Raptor with a "patched" OS-X
    500gb Seagate x 2

    Plus I have a 146gb scsi Seagate sitting around that I could
    put on it's side where the 500gb Seagate is now. Ubuntu?

    For a total of 6 drives, 1.4 terabytes of data, in a case
    that measures just 13.75 x 14.25


    I might have to do this. :naughty:
     
  24. Darketernal

    Darketernal Watch: Aria The Origination =)

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    Care,for all is like a bonsai tree
    Id go for a bigger case too.
     
  25. deusexaethera

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    Athlon XP 3000
    2GB DDR2700
    3x 75GB Raptors in a 150GB RAID-3 (striping with non-distributed parity, as opposed to RAID-5, which has parity distributed on all disks)
    Gigabyte GeForce 7600GS
    Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS
    NetCell 3-port SATA RAID controller
    Sony DVD burner
    D-Link 802.11g wireless
    Swiftech heatsinks on CPU and Northbridge, other heatsinks attached where I felt like gluing them on
    One exhaust fan, two filtered intake vents, and two ultra-quiet fans to keep the CPU and PCI cards cool

    The whole package is 15"x15"x7", not including the plastic front fascia, and it weighs about 50 pounds. It's a satisfying weight, because it has been expanded and upgraded as far as its core hardware can possibly allow. Maybe I'll spring for 802.11n wireless when I get my own house.
     
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