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heres my XQ pack :)

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by --Munc4n--, 24 Jan 2006.

  1. --Munc4n--


    Joined: 22 Dec 2005

    Posts: 16

    Hi everyone,

    I'm fairly new to the forums and i already love it here. Well i guess none of you really know me but i would like to just make one thing clear... im obsessed with small pcs/media center pcs.

    heres my xq pack:




    Sorry about their size,
    i could get better photos with my sony cybershot dsc-p9
    but its out of batterie.. anyone know how to charge it with a usb cable (i have one plugged it in and it dosent do anything)


    HSF: Gigabyte NeonCooler 8-Pro
    Processor: AMD athlon 64 3200
    PSU: Hiper type R 480W
    DVD-RW: Sony DVD+RW DW-Q28A
    HDD: Maxtor 80gb diamond back +9
    RAM: 1GB OCZ Value DDR-SDRAM PC3200
    MotherBoard:Mainboards » Socket 939 (AMD) » ATi » ATi Radeon XPRESS 200P » RX480M2-IL
    GFX Card: MSI GeForce 6600 GT 128mb PCIE
    Floppy Disk Drive (that dosent work)


    2 U.V 10cm neons
    Front LEDs swaped for extra bright blue ones :)
    took fan out of PSU that came with the case for extra cooling


    gfx card is playing up with differnt errors
    floppy drive doesnt work for some reason


    as far as im concerned the temps are running fine exept gfx card:

    CPU: 25c most of the time
    HDD: 19c most of the time
    GFX: 47c when idle, around 60c when gaming


    Cut case for bottom fan near gfx card and put custom fan grill over it, hmm im thinking i should get someone to do this for me because im really nervous im goin to mess my case up.
    get 3rd party cooler for gfx card (had my eye on a few Zalman coolers).
    find out whats wrong with my damn floppy.
    buy a x1900 card.

    Thanks for your time.. i hope you like it

  2. Sandmaster500

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

    Posts: 1,116

    Location: Leeds/Oxford

    Looks very nice. What have you done with the PSU? Is it a norm PSU with cables that come out from right and you flipped over so they come from left? Doesn't it just not get any airflow/create a lot of noise when the cover is on?

    With the floppy check they lead are in the right way up, happened with me sometimes that they can go in either way. Try another floppy if you can.

    How loud/quiet is it?

    Nice job!
  3. hogfather


    Joined: 8 Jun 2004

    Posts: 3,074

    Location: Sarrrf London

    impossible to tell from the pic, but if the floppy light is constantly on, the cable is in the wrong way round.

    Nice job though!
  4. GAMEfreak


    Joined: 16 Nov 2005

    Posts: 759

    Location: Newry, Northern ireland

    i cant see the images, all i see is a blank white page 0_o
  5. --Munc4n--


    Joined: 22 Dec 2005

    Posts: 16

    Thanks for the replys,

    i flipped the PSU over because of the wire exiting but what i might consider in the future is jus a little cutting to the psu and make them exit on the left side but with the fan at the bottom.

    Thanks for the help on the floppy.. yes the light is constantly on i will see to this.

    im not sure how loud it is really i would say average cause i have:

    gfx fan
    120mm fan
    80mm fan
    80mm heatsinkfan.. can be ajusted to 3700 RPM (i think) via fan controller but i keep it half way.

  6. --Munc4n--


    Joined: 22 Dec 2005

    Posts: 16


    Fixed floppy cable error
    i cut the hole on my case which i was nervous about but it went well i think, 80mm fan installed blowing cold air onto the gfx card. and results showed now my gfx is idleing at 42c with stock heatsink

    EDIT:going to look for a Arctic Cooling Silencer 6 Rev2 today :). has anyone had good results with this.. or know how much it can cut temps by?

    also i need to raise money for a x1900 :( its gonna take ages ive got some ideas but ill post sepratly in the relavent forum.
    Last edited: 26 Jan 2006
  7. --Munc4n--


    Joined: 22 Dec 2005

    Posts: 16

    hey guys, jus bought my Arctic Cooling Silencer and installed it. im very pleased with the results idle at 36c :)

    I will update with more photos (better ones) when i get my cybershot up and running..

    does anyone have suggestions on what i could add to this, i would be pleased to hear
  8. tim_enchanter

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 9 Nov 2003

    Posts: 1,069

    Location: On the Hill

    Would like to see those pics of your arctic cooler Mun4n, looks like a nice build.
    I built mine a couple of months ago and have I think finished it for the moment, so here are some pics follwed by a suggestion or two,


    I've been having some stability problems and as a result have gone all out on cooling.


    1st akasa amber intake on the side 120mm

    2nd 120mm amber on the rear turned around as an intake with some packaging making a cunning airflow diverter sending it straight onto the cpu

    Before I added the amber fans I had to run the zalmans on full while gaming, since I've added them I run them all on half power which is a fair bit quiter and the temps are nearly 10 degs lower.
    Because of the positive pressure caused by the intakes the amount of air going through the psu has increased which has to be a good thing.

    I don't know if you have read Deathwishs QPack thread or not but the seasonic psu that he recommended is perfect for this case as the output cables exit on the left so no need for an upside down psu :) , if you can afford a new psu I would recommed it also.
    Oh yeah get rid of the blue aspire fans they are horribly loud.
    Last edited: 29 Jan 2006