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  1. wamason

    Platinum Xp

    I have an Ahanix Platinum XP with the pre-installed Window, and I've done/am doing several things to spruce it up. I will post pics one day. The first order of business was to replace the front 80mm fan with a 120mm. The Platinum has the cool turbo fan button on the front case that runs all connected fans at 6 volts, but when you press the button, it bumps the voltage to the full 12 volts. Great for running your rig quielty when you don't need the vacuum cleaner sound. But enough about cooling (wrong forum), as far as modding goes, my first priority there was to Paint the inside of the case flat black. You can use spray paint, but I used an airbrush kit from a hobby store, cathode lighting looks cool when reflected off the surface. Paint EVERYTHING inside the case! Just make sure you take out the Mobo, fans, etc... This was done the day I received the case. Oh yea I painted the PSU as well. I bought some LED's from Superbrightleds.com and some resistors from Futurlec.com, and put Blue LED's on the front of my CD Burner and DVD Drive. The reason for this is because the case comes with CDROM covers, which have a clear thin window running length of the cover, I guess to let you see the drive LED in a dark room. Well, I put a pair of bright blue LED's behind that window, so you see blue now. I used a 3" hole saw and made exhaust holes for two 80mm fans on top of the case, and if you can get it right, you can actually get a 120mm fan in the exhaust fan position in the case (the front fan has holes there for a 120mm, but only comes with a 80mm, the back did not, so it takes some extra modding. I also got rid of the front and back metal fan grills and replaced them with chrome wire grills. I went with a green lighting theme inside the case with two green cathode tubes, and a Bio Hazard etched applique for the window. Also, my theme for the interior of the case is black, I wrapped all the wiring in black to match the painted case inside, and I have black round drive cables. I wrapped EVERYTHING, included all of the HD activity LED wires, and power and reset wires. I wanted to keep everything black because of the green lighting. Looks pretty slick. The Platinum XP case is open to some really awesme mods. Anyways, If you can't make any sense out of all that, maybe one day I'll post pictures. I forgot to put this in the first time I posted, I took apart the front Temperature LCD, and put a bright green LED behind it so the temp LCD screen glows green when the lights are off.
  2. wamason

    How Many Case Fans Do You Have...

    Four 80mm Vantec Tornadoes (two exhuast @ top, two intake @ lower right side) Two 120mm Panasonic Hi-Flow Panaflows (one intake @ front, one exhaust @ rear) 80mm no-name exhaust on PSU 90mm no-name intake on PSU 80mm no-name mounted inside case to blow up directly on memory. I know these don't count, but I figured I'd post'em anyways. 80mm Vantec Tornado on CPU Four Hard Drive Coolers (a total of eight 40mm--I think-- fans) 40mm that came with the GPU
  3. Alrighty...I'm building another PC, and it will be used primarily for 3D animation and rendering, some 2D art, and some games. Most of the games I play are either 1st person shooters, or RTS games. I'm looking for a good GPU for under $150.00. I've done some looking around and I can get an Albatron GeForce4 Ti4800 w/ 128mb RAM for $138.00 shipping included (New) OR I can get a Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro w/ 256mb RAM for $124.99 shipping included (New). I'm not looking for a top of the line card, just something to do some rendering on 3dsMax 4.2, as well as play StarTrek Armada 2. On my old PC, I had a PNY GF2 Ti w/ 64mb RAM, and 3dsMax handled anything, but StarTrek Armada 2 bogged down to about 10 fps when I had more than 20 ships on the screen. I only listed those two cards because they seem to be the most popular, but if anyone has any other recommendations for a good 3D and gaming card for under $150.00, please let me know!
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    New Temps

    Hello everyone, I'm posting my CPU temps to see how they stack up against the norm. I posted a few days ago, asking about using dual fans on a CPU cooler. Since then I've completelly rebuilt my PC (just disassembled and reassembled), and I'm getting decent temps now. My CPU idle temperature is 36 degrees Celsius, and the load temp after running 3DMark2003 for twenty four hours straight with no break is 42 degrees Celsius. Personally I think those are wonderful temps, but what do you guys think? Below are my specs: AthlonXP 2100 Model 8 (Thoroughbred) Biostar M7VIT Pro MB w/ VIA KT-400 Chipset (just sent a Soyo Dragon Ultra KT-333 in for repair) 1GB Kingston DDR333 RAM XFX GeForce 4 4600 Ti GPU Onboard Audio & LAN Two 80GB Western Digital 8mb Caviar Ultra ATA 100 HDD's Lite-On 52x32x52 CDRW Ahanix Platinum XP Case w/ 4 80mm fans & 2 120mm fans (And no, it does not sound like a vacuum cleaner)
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    New Temps

    Oh, never noticed a report button until now, I must have hit it by mistake. Sorry.
  6. wamason

    Having Problems Detecting Cpu Temp

    I've tried the latest version, and I havent seen an option to select default settings, but then again I'm great at overlooking things that are directly in front of me, so I'll try again. Thanks!
  7. wamason

    Having Problems Detecting Cpu Temp

    Well....my problem in MBM is that it doesn't list my motherboard model when you try to set it up. I've tried all of the other Biostar models, but none work correctly, and I've downloaded the latest update, and nothing works correctly.
  8. wamason

    New Temps

    Well, I've heard alot of people criticize the Thermaltake Volcano 7 (not the "Plus" model), but I don't have a single bad thing to say about it. It cools like a champ, and in my eyes its gargantuan! Something else I did to help with cooling is modify my power supply. I purchased an X-Case dual fan power supply, installed a better heatsink, and replaced both fans. I've found that power supply fans are made cheaply, and you can guy a $5.00 80mm case fan off the net that will perform much better, and it's a small matter of crimping or soldering. Took about ten minutes total. It really improves airflow, as well as I have a ton of wires inside the ppower supply, most of them are the actual power wires that power components. If you can wrap those or even use electrical tape, it'll help with air flow through the power supply. The last thing I did was to wrap all of my power wires inside the case. I used split-loom tubing, and then wrapped it with electrical tape (the high quality stuff). If you spend some time on it, you can make it look really nice even though you're only using split-loom and electrical tape. My next step was to make a large vent (hole) in the top of my power supply, and then I cut the top of my case for a 80mm exhaust fan on top of the power supply. I installed a 120mm fan in the front of the case (it comes with an 80mm, but has holes pre-drilled for a 120mm fan. Another 120mm fan resides at the top center of the case (with a hole and grill for for exhaust). And two more 80mm's in two other hard-to-describe spots, one intake and one exhaust. Anyway, I've rambled long enough.
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    New Temps

    I'm not sure how far I'll go with it. For the moment it meets my needs, but I'll find out sometime in the near future....and when I do, I'll probably see how far I can push it.
  10. Hey everyone, this is my first post here, but I've been visiting the forum(s) for about a month now and I've found some very useful information. Now I have a question of my own. I haven't experimented with this yet, but I'd like to know if anyone else has, and if so, what were the results. I'm using a Thermaltake Volcano 7 (No +). I know it's not the best, but It was given to me about a week ago. Anyways, for anyone who is not familiar with it, the Heatsink is rather small (still larger than an oem AMD heatsync). And it uses an 80mm Fan. My question is: Has anyone ever tried stacking fans (placing one 80mm fan directly on top of another, firing in the same direction)? Would this increase airflow (I don't car about noise, I've worked in car audio for 8 years and am deaf anyway)? If anyone is wondering, I'll provide my current PC config for reference. AthlonXP 2100 Model 8 (Thoroughbred) Biostar M7VIT Pro MB w/ VIA KT-400 Chipset (just sent a Soyo Dragon Ultra KT-333 in for repair) 1GB Kingston DDR333 RAM XFX GeForce 4 4600 Ti GPU Onboard Audio & LAN Two 80GB Western Digital 8mb Caviar Ultra ATA 100 HDD's Lite-On 52x32x52 CDRW Ahanix Platinum XP Case w/ 4 80mm fans & 2 120mm fans If you need anymore info than that, let me know. Thanks
  11. I think I've decided on a course of action. I'll mount a 90mm fan in my two lower 5.25" bays, so that it will fire toward the processor/heatsink. This might help draw more cool air in with another fan blowing right on the CPU fan/heatsink.
  12. The Volcano I have is not a "Plus" series, but I think it will get the job done. I plan on using Artic Silver 3 as well. As far as a fan on the side of the heat sink, any thoughts there? I have several old fans from Pentium MMX processors (fairly small) that would easily attach to the side of the heatsink, but would that defeat the purpose? Thanks,