After I wrote about building my new desktop computer recently, lng-time subscriber DJ wrote with comments and questions:
I’m loving reading about your new computer build, Terry, and I’m drooling!
I like that Lian Li case. I’ve never had one with the power supply mount on the bottom.
Interesting that you had options on mounting position on that. I do have a question or two about the way it’s mounted.
As a rule, when there are no concerns with a bottom PSU mounted computer sitting on carpet or other blocking surface, is there a problem with warmer air being taken into the power supply from heat generated by components inside the computer as opposed to air conditioning outside the computer?
Also, does the wide strap across the air intake hinder air flow into the power supply at all?
I REALLY like the top mounted external case components. Extremely handy.
My case sits low in an enclosed slot with a door in my rolltop desk. I have it sitting on a hand towel so that I can open the door and grab the edge of the towel and pull it forward so that the front is sticking out just a tad and the two front fans get lots of fresh air to pull in.
Also, I’m now using a USB mouse that operates off a flash drive looking stick that I have plugged into one of the front USB ports. The mouse has better communication with the stick when the front of the computer is poking out of the hole a bit.
The i5 is what I’m moving towards also. Of course, if I procrastinate long enough, something else will be out. *grin*
My home build is 5+ years old now. I’m running a now discontinued Gigabyte GA-81915P Duo (Pro) board inside a Cooler Master Centurion 524 case.
It’s cheap at Newegg now, but wasn’t as cheap when I bought it. I love this case, and especially love the side mounted hard drive slots as in your new Lian Li case.
It’s pretty much tool-less. The only thing I don’t like about it is the plastic clips to hold cards in the card slots. I wrote to them and had them send me a handful for free. But I can use a screw on the slots.
I have a PC Power and Cooling 610W Silencer power supply. Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with a rather expensive Antec True Power 430W power supply that started giving me problems one month shy of warranty expiration.
An Internet search showed that a lot of people were having problems with Antec PSU at that particular time. They did replace it and it sits in the back room as an emergency spare.
Since they sent me one exactly like the one that went out, I’m afraid that it won’t hold up very long once in use.
I perform some very graphics intense projects on my computer and am seriously considering going to a board that is capable of holding more than 8GB of RAM so that I won’t be stuck without upgrade options in a couple of years as I have been on this machine.
I’m chugging away with a maximum of 2GB, but it would have been great to have been able to add RAM when I got into graphics. : )
Your new notebook sounds awesome!
Thanks for the comments and questions, DJ.
Addressing DJ’s questions,
"As a rule, when there are no concerns with a bottom PSU mounted computer sitting on carpet or other blocking surface, is there a problem with warmer air being taken into the power supply from heat generated by components inside the computer as opposed to air conditioning outside the computer?"
That is the idea. As a practical matter, I’m not sure you can generate enough heat to make a difference in today’s larger cases with 120mm fans. In the case of my Lian Li Lancool PC-K58W "Dragonlord" case, the case is almost all mesh front, top & back (it has a lot of mesh that isn’t obvious). This is plenty to let the heat out — and it looks great, too.
"does the wide strap across the air intake hinder air flow into the power supply at all?"
Not apparently. The 120mm fan is partially blocked by the mounting strap, but there’s a lot of space for air to get by.
"Your new notebook sounds awesome!"
It is… I bought my Acer Aspire TimelineX AS3820T-5246 13.3-Inch Core i3 HD Laptop (Black Brushed Aluminum) from Amazon.com.
I still love it. Finally you can buy small, fast, light and powerful — all in the same time notebook!