(This is just a discussion from another thread being continued here, as it was getting off-topic in the original thread. Everyone else feel free to ignore it..)
Edited by chicolom - 1/15/14 at 12:23pm
I can do either route (the SB Z in the 1st PCI-E 1x OR the 3rd lane PCI-E 16x). You guys are saying that putting in the 3rd lane PCI-E 16x won't hurt anything though, so maybe I should still go that route?
Here is the SB Z in the top PCI-E 1x slot for comparison: (Click to show)
Also, another question about routing power to the optical drive:
The ONLY way I can reach it with what I've got is by using the my PSU to 4x SATA power plug.
So option 1 is to unravel that ^ cable and extend the top-most SATA power plug so I can reach the optical drive. I will just have 2 extra/empty SATA plugs dangling behind in the middle of the case I'll need to tie up.
I can then use another included PSU to 2x SATA power cable to connect the two drives at the bottom.
Option 2 would be to use the PSU to 4x SATA power cable and use the 1st and 2nd SATA plugs for the two drives at the bottom and the 3rd SATA plug for the NZXT Hue (it comes with a lengthy SATA power extension cable). That would leave 4th SATA power plug open (ready for that optical drive up top), and I'd need to come up with some kind of extension to run up to the drive.
So it would look kind of like this, but would need an extension in that 4th SATA port to reach the ODD.
No, I'm not sure. I have a huge backlog of games I need to play though, and I bought a bunch during the Steam winter sale.
Here's the final part list:
I still need to do some more cable management, install the LED strips, and pick up another SATA data cable for the optical drive (hopefully the computer store in town has some).
Once it's finished and all buttoned-up I'll post some pics of it though.
The PNY seems perfectly fine. Mine is actually the overclocked dual fan version. I definitely didn't want a "blower" reference card, as I've heard they can sound like vacuum cleaners .
Actually the whole system is much quieter than I was expecting, even with all the dust panels and side/top covers still removed and the chassis completely open. I was expecting the system to be a lot louder than this, so I'm pleasantly surprised and pleased with the amount of noise coming from it.
Thanks for the heads up.
The Midi R2 came with three 140mm fans, but I think the way it's setup by default might be "negative pressure". Should I flip the top 140mm Exhaust fan to be an intake, or move it around to be either a front or bottom intake fan instead? Do I need to add 1-2 more fans or are the 3 it came with enough?
Here's the stock setup (red = exhaust, blue = intake, green circles = some fan position options):