Contribute
Register

Fly Like A G3

Joined
Oct 3, 2012
Messages
119
Motherboard
GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 OSX10.6.8 & 10.9.2
CPU
i5 2500k@3.6GHz
Graphics
ASUS EN210 Silent DI 1GD3/V2 LP 1024MB
Mac
MacBook
Classic Mac
eMac, iBook, iMac
Mobile Phone
Android
Hi jeffball610,

concerning the PSU-Fans... I just don´t know... they put those things in there for a reason, maybe some of the pros will beg to differ, but i would be careful about leaving the PSU without decent cooling, especially if You plan to upgrade, as You say. I know that the higher priced PSU´s (Gold standard, if i´m not mistaken.)will switch off their fans if idle or in low use. Maybe that is the way to go? Downside might be, all of these have those big cooling-fans on their sides, not in the back and usually the switches don´t match the back-cover of G3/4 Powermac-casings. I put one (no Gold-standard) in my build anyway and it runs fine, despite the side-fan.

My two cents,

Olli
 
Joined
Dec 12, 2011
Messages
367
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
CPU
Intel Core i5-2550K
Graphics
EVGA GTX 670 FTW
Mac
iMac, MacBook Pro
Classic Mac
Mobile Phone
Android
… I know that the higher priced PSU´s (Gold standard, if i´m not mistaken.)will switch off their fans if idle or in low use. Maybe that is the way to go? Downside might be, all of these have those big cooling-fans on their sides, not in the back and usually the switches don´t match the back-cover of G3/4 Powermac-casings. I put one (no Gold-standard) in my build anyway and it runs fine, despite the side-fan…
You're thinking of the 80+ rating: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Plus
 
Joined
Mar 7, 2013
Messages
109
Motherboard
Z77X-UD5H
CPU
i5-3570k
Graphics
GTX 760 SC
Mac
iMac
Classic Mac
Power Mac
Mobile Phone
iOS
So I took a small step forward and did something simple and cool to have some desktop speakers I wasn't embarrassed of.

996035_10201532686971708_778383438_n.jpg

It's just and Atari 2600 I picked up for $20. There's room inside to house the small 3" speakers I've been using with my no-name DVD/stereo thing. They actually have better bass inside this than they did in their regular housings. The Atari is still 100% functional and I didn't hack anything other than a small irregular bump inside the case. I simply hot glued the small 10w speakers to the floor and ran the wires out the stock AV hole in the back.
Now I just need to find a cleaner way to mount the monitor to show off the 2600 a little more :p
 
Joined
Mar 7, 2013
Messages
109
Motherboard
Z77X-UD5H
CPU
i5-3570k
Graphics
GTX 760 SC
Mac
iMac
Classic Mac
Power Mac
Mobile Phone
iOS
Small update. I've been hoping to improve cooling and reduce noise since I first got my Apple Pi running. I'm working on a HTPC and started ripping DVDs to archive and my CPU was running VERY hot. Even with the case open I was seeing 80*C temps from the CPU. With such limited space, I couldn't justify a cooler at the prices I was seeing. Then I decided to just get a small liquid cooler.
IMG_0709.jpg
Sadly it's not really mounted, but it does cool the CPU well. I was seeing a max temp of 55*C while ripping DVDs today. I can still "prop" up the cooler at the PCI slots when it's closed and shouldn't have any issues. At some point I would like to build another unit with a mATX board and a real liquid cooler. This will do for now and no one will know what's happening inside. Not to mention it's quieter than the stock cooler :)
 
Top