I am building 3 new systems for my 3D animation renderfarm at the moment:
The black one is my workstation with a XFX 4890 with Musashi cooler (most excellent cooler). The white one is one of the renderslaves. The Red one will be here tomorow so I can start building on that this weekend!
All my systems are:
Core i7 970 at 4.2 Ghz, rendering 24/7
12 GB of memory (corsair)
Gigabyte UD-5 motherboards
Spinpoint F1 103SJ HD
Corsair HX850 PSU
Corsair H50 for the CPU.
Nexus 120mm fans for the case
Noctia NFP 120mm x2 for the H50
Coolermaster 200mm for the sidepanel
I currently have 5 of these systems. 3 of those will be build in the NZXT cases. Eventually I will have to expand my farm to 9 computers total. I am thinking all NZXT Phantom cases
My aim is to eventually upgrade these machines to GPU rendering workhorses, hence the Full tower outfit and big PSU.
A note about airflow, I have been experimenting a LOT with proper airflow. With pure trial and error I managed to get my black setup absolutely quiet (quieter than a MacPro) with a very cool case temp and almost all fans on lowest setting. Putting the H50 radiator in the 5.25 bays has helped tremendously in keeping the hot air from the Motherboard and GPU. This way my GPU keeps very low in temp, my motherboard get's more than enough cooling under the highest overclocks and my CPU keeps just as cool as if I mounted the radiator the back of the case set on intake. Win win right?
The white one is getting new fans installed today and the black one will have it's HD trays removes and replaced with ultra silent fans.
Thanks a lot for your replies!