Mach II (panaflow 120mm fans @ 7v), PC65 modified (chrome effect finish), Lian Li kit modified (chrome effect finish), Asetek Waterchilled' GPU (& possible Northbridge), blue display, blue cold cathodes.
System Spec: U
ndecided at present - likely to use a volt modded Asus P4C800-Deluxe (droop mod and vdimm to 3.3v) & the 3.0C SL6WK cpu.
Powercolor 9800XT (waterchilled'), 2x256MB PC3500 Corsair 1.1 BH5, Aerocool 550w PSU with blue neons, Samsung spinpoint 7200 HD (Sata), 54g wireless.
4.3ghz stable & silent.
Secondary Target: 4.5ghz
The aim of this project is simple. To produce a Mach II powered rig that can run at 4ghz + virtually silent. I want to prove that it can be done. The problem with a lot of powerful systems is noise - take the Vapo LS for example - you have no choice but to run the fans @ 100% if you want to overclock your system. With this project I want to prove that you can run a phase-change system virtually silent (24/7) and still have a powerful overclocked pc. I want it aesthetically pleasing also, so I have decided this is a good project to introduce to you my new design - a chrome effect. Now I could have chromed the unit properly - but this chrome effect anodising is much more durable and will not chip or scuff like real chrome. This is important to me. There's nothing worse than replacing an optical drive for example and having part of the chrome "chip off" and ruin the effect.
I started out with a bog standard PC65 - I stripped the case down to the chassis and removed all the rivets. I've removed the HD cage and all the internals, including the speaker. I want to keep the speaker attached however, so I will replace it at a later date in a different position. I cut the aluminium for the Mach II and trim the edges with rubber. I drill the four holes for the 5mm screws. I remove the top panel. The first thing to go is the fans - The stock fans do a good job with cooling but they are noisy at full speed, and this project is primarily aimed at silent performance so I decide to swap the fans with Vantec Stealth 80mm silent ball-bearing fans.