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# 38775 4-Aug-2009 08:28
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I am currently in the process of building an HTPC here is my build:

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD01B-MXR
PSUAntec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply 
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core Processor Model AD785ZWCGHBOX
MB: ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/HDMI AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK


I plan to use the onboard video, I am also searching for an optical drive, I have already ordered everything just waiting for it to arrive.

Here is my concern, I HOPE to install a Seagate 500GB HD for the OS, Vista Home Premium, I would also like to install 4 WD Caviar Green 1TB HDs that I have that contains all of my media.  I would like to do this so I would be using this computer to stream media and not tie up my desktop.  (My desktop would handle it fine). 

Anyone with this case have overheat issues?  Or do you forsee any problems with it?  I purchased additional fans to mount on the side of the case near the CPU and two in the front.  Seeing the case I don't really see where the front fans will move air from...  it is pretty much closed off.

Any input would be apprieciated. THX

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  # 242151 4-Aug-2009 08:37
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Hmm lots of heat. It should be ok but just be aware that with that many HDD's in the media centre it is never going to be a quiet beast. This will be from the both the noise from the HDD's and then also from the fans which will need to work quite a bit harder to keep the case cool.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

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  # 242193 4-Aug-2009 09:39
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No issues here and I have a 74GB Raptor + 250GB media drive installed right next to a MSI 8600GT with a Zalam ZNF100 silent cooler, which is right next to a Thermalright Ultima 90 CPU cooler sitting on a 89w s939 CPU that only really gets to low 50 degrees in summer and the GPU will max at 72 degrees if I do some Freeview or Blu-ray watching.

I do have 2 x 92mm fans in front of the hard drives running at 700rpm. but I am tempted to remove these as the temps are low enough.

The rear has the stock Silvertsone 80mm fans running off one motherboard output and a extra 80mm x 15mm fan to the side of the CPU also extracting hot air. This also runs at about 1200 rpm.

My PSU is a silent 120mm fan model with heatpipes that also runs fine considering it is sucking air from the TV tuner, x-meridian sound card and a HDD.

If you are worried then I would suggest leaving the lid off and getting the OS running then monitoring software/tools to check the temps. Once you are happy put the lid on and test again. if all goes well then place unit in cabinet/entertinment unit etc and see how it goes with less room.

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  # 242341 4-Aug-2009 13:18
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Two HDD's I would hope put out a lot less heat then five. Although the raptor I am guessing does not run as cool as a Caviar GreenWink







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64



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  # 242787 5-Aug-2009 02:32
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Thank you for all the replies and your input. It is good to hear that there aren't heat issues with this case. I will experiment with it and let you all know...

Just waiting for the MoBo to arrive...


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  # 243386 6-Aug-2009 10:33
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For what it's worth...

I'm running a Silverstone LC17 case with four 1Tb drives in it. One of the drives is a WD GreenPower and it's quiet and cool. The other drives are 7200rpm beasts, there's two TV tuner cards and a VGA card in there as well. CPU's a Core2 Duo with a Zalman SuperFlower cooler. The case temperature is fine, and I've never had any heat issues. I use the following fans:

- 1x 120mm fan in the PSU
- 1x 120mm fan in the SuperFlower CPU cooler, slowed to minimum using the included speed controller
- 1x 80mm fan in the back of the case, near the CPU (there are two, I only use one)
- 1x 40mm fan on the VGA card

I don't bother with extra case fans or fans in front of the drive bays. The main source of noise in my system is the VGA fan, and I'm looking at a silent card to replace it.

When you're setting the system up, do some testing and see whether the extra case fans actually cool the system. Run a stress test tool on the system and see what the reported temperatures are. My guess is the extra case fans will make 1 to 2 degrees difference at the most. If they're contributing to the noise levels, you have to ask yourself whether that extra degree is worth it.

I'd look carefully at the CPU cooler you're using; if the stock cooler is noisy, get one with a larger slower fan. That said, stock coolers have gotten a lot better in the last five years or so, so it may be nice and quiet

Lastly, I'd disagree with Nety's assessment that the drives won't be quiet - the GP drives are 5400rpm and are virtually silent.

Buzzy



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  # 243508 6-Aug-2009 15:24
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Thanks for the input buzzy I am going to run some tests as soon as I have everything and will post results here just incase someone has a similar question in the future.

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