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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    Its funny how there are so many similarities between car tuning(old style) and pc overclocking.
    I gas flowed the carburettor on an engine I rebuilt once and I genuinely had problems with carb icing (actual lumps of ice building up on the intake).
    The only way to prevent it was to duct some intake air from around the exhaust manifold..which rather defeated the idea of having cool dense air entering the engine.
    Venturi effect in pc air cooling would be good but the volume of air passing thru doesnt make it practical.

    You can polish a turd by the way,the second pic on this site http://www.roopooco.com/prd_roo.htm
    There was also genuine texas bs for sale packaged similarly but i cant find the link.

    All kidding aside tho (and I do actually use the weed control fabric ),
    I agree more with psycho's viewpoint on cases.The fan controllers well they are a bit different,more a search for reduced noise etc.
    For example I have 2 different 80 mm fans ,one I purchased not too long ago for $9 approx the other is like 7 years old.
    Thruput and speed are the same but the new one is much noisier.(its not in the pc)

    I also have 2, 120 mm fans from akasa one is low noise max speed limited to 1400 rpm the other max speed is around 1800 rpm.

    Yes at max speeds the 1800 rpm fan is much louder than the 1400,but even when at 1200 rpm the 1800 puts thru as much air as the 1400 and is actually quieter at that speed.

    When you think about it a motherboard is very un aerodynamic,components all over the place to stop airflow and build up eddys,I feel you need some vertical or at least angled fans to help air go onto and not over mbrd components ,thats just a feeling.
    Ive seen smoke tests tried on pc cases ,but hey I dont want to be "blowing smoke ..nm lets not go there.

    It may seem strange but I prefer to have lots of warm air coming out the back(easy now!). Its like if the air a particular fan is blowing out doesnt feel warmer it makes me wonder if its sited correctly.
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    On the 2 different OS on different hdd I use the bios(which hdd do I boot from option) ,when ive tried it it works fine.

    While you still have the old case Id do a little experimenting ,as suggested..case cover off,case on its side,since the psu is mounted with quick release screws perhaps there is enough cable length to pull it back enogh so that the cpu fan isnt covered etc.
    Enough experimenting so that u could determine /get stable settings for more speed. I mean just putting it in a new case etc may not provide instant results.
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    I guess I just have an Obsessive Compulsive Disprder when it comes to aesthetics.

    Reminds me of the time my flat mate put Rice Crispies in my trainers. I went absolutely nuts... but not before I counted them all... "Snap, Crackle, Pop.... Do my special dance.... Snap, Crackle, Pop.... Do my special dance...."
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    Reminds me of the time my flat mate put Rice Crispies in my trainers. I went absolutely nuts... but not before I counted them all... "Snap, Crackle, Pop.... Do my special dance.... Snap, Crackle, Pop.... Do my special dance....
    LMAO Psycho, thats horrible but just hilarious
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    Just got my case and opened it up and all I can say is WOW!... This case is ONE BIG MOTHER for being a friggin mid-tower lol

    So I just had a quick question before I transfer everything to my new case~

    -I have never had a bottom mounted PSU before in a case and was wondering, (since alot of you guys have bottom mounted PSU's), which way do I turn the PSU's intake fan? Do I have it down so that it sucks air from the outside of the case? Or do I turn it up so it sucks air from inside the case and out? Or does it not make a difference?

    Just wondering which would be best and what most of you guys do

    thanx guys ^^

    Edit: Oh, and Jim, how is that new 1TB drive comin along bud?
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Brigs View Post
    Just got my case and opened it up and all I can say is WOW!... This case is ONE BIG MOTHER for being a friggin mid-tower lol

    So I just had a quick question before I transfer everything to my new case~

    -I have never had a bottom mounted PSU before in a case and was wondering, (since alot of you guys have bottom mounted PSU's), which way do I turn the PSU's intake fan? Do I have it down so that it sucks air from the outside of the case? Or do I turn it up so it sucks air from inside the case and out? Or does it not make a difference?

    Just wondering which would be best and what most of you guys do

    thanx guys ^^

    Edit: Oh, and Jim, how is that new 1TB drive comin along bud?
    Thats what I was saying before in my post. I have seen pics with it either way. I have my with fan down so cables are near mb. Mine has been running fine for 6 months now. I havent tried the other way as Im not sure the cables will reach.
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    Cool thanx Ace, just wondering, do you use some sort of filter for your bottom intake vent since you have it sucking air from the outside bottom of your case; Like weed control fabric, or fresh dryer sheets
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    Congratulations to the Big Mother Frigging huge mid tower!

    I have mine pointing down to draw in cool air, other wise you would be
    putting hot case air through it.

    One thing you love about it is you can take the heat sink off with out having to remove the motherboard...

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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    no filter on mine. dust seams to collect more on my rads and the fans on them. I havent taken it out and realy looked at it but all seams well now. I might be taking everything out and try and do a better job hiding the cables.
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    The PSU is so far toward the bottom of the case that any air drawn in would still be pretty cool. With side intakes this would be doubly true.

    Personally I mount them fan up in an inverted ATX case. It does depend how dusty the area is, but I'd rather have the PSU running 1-2c hotter than have carpet fibres, pet hair, skin cells etc drawn into it. Over time, the particulates would be more detremental to cooling than having it draw internal case air.

    You could fit your own fan filter though, as long as you remember to clean it, that is. A large square of houshold dish scouring material, no more than 1cm thick should do fine.

    Not having to remove the mobo when removing the HSF is good, but I have a solid mobo tray and can do that too. A little double sided adhesive foam to replace the standard foam backing of the back plate does wonders. I've had the HSF off 3-4 times since and been able to mount it back with no issues.
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    Default Re: Noob here tryin to OC my Q9550 for first time :D

    Ok guys, its up and running and lookin badass! Boy, this new HAF case is so friggin awsome; So much room to hide cables, plenty of room for expantion cards like long ass GPU's and have lots of options for fans! So what I did was left the 200mm exhaust in the top, 200mm intake in the front, upgraded the rear 120mm exhaust fan to a higher CFM 79 fan, and then put the stock 120mm fan (49CFM), and put it on the bottom of the case as an intake. As for the filter problem for my PSU (which I mounted with fan pointed down so it intakes the outside air), I used Swiffer Sweeper Dry refill cloths to filter both bottom intakes, and seems to be workin great

    So I also ran IBT max stress 10 runs and manually set 4 threads and had 0 errors... but the best part is my GFlops are at 36 and my loop times are low AND with the case closed Core 0 temp only pegged 61c a few times! It mostly ran in the upper 50's the whole time; WAY improvment over my other case where the last IBT I ran gave me temps of pegging 73c with case closed!

    Soooo... now it looks like the coast is clear to OC this thing

    Here is a couple of pics of how my system looks in the new case ~

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