The great debate: Caseless, or Cased?

Discussion in 'Computer Cases, Power Supplies and Cooling' started by Aastii, Jan 27, 2010.

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Is your main computer in a case?

  1. Yes

    47 vote(s)
    81.0%
  2. No

    11 vote(s)
    19.0%
  1. Machin3

    Machin3 New Member

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    +1, I also want that case but then I would have to go with liquid cooling and as of right now I'm a little short on the cash. :( Maybe someday.
     
  2. just a noob

    just a noob Well-Known Member

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  3. Aastii

    Aastii VIP Member

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    lol, I didn't think I would ever say this about a caseless setup, but it needs cable management :p
     
  4. meticadpa

    meticadpa New Member

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    [​IMG]

    Better?
     
  5. Aastii

    Aastii VIP Member

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    much :)

    Is that 2 fans bolted together on your CPU, or is it just one rather large fan?
     
  6. meticadpa

    meticadpa New Member

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    Fan + fan shroud. :)

    That's what the screws are for. ;)

    The fan shroud is basically an air tight seal between the fan and the heatsink, which allows for air to pass across all areas of the heatsink, instead of their being a dead spot of - hot - air generated by the fan's hub.

    It was good for a 3C temperature drop, and it made my fan quieter.

    I just made it from an old 25mm thick fan that I didn't use, and it's pretty awesome. Obviously the bigger the shroud the better. (I think that 50mm is the biggest you should go, anything other than that diminishes performance.)

    I was thinking about making a bigger one with another old fan, to be honest, but I'm not sure it's worth my time.

    Sorry for the rather long post. >.<
     
  7. Stoic Sentinel

    Stoic Sentinel New Member

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    Same, my sister always pointed out that the capacitors looked like industry (smoke stacks) :D
     
  8. Aastii

    Aastii VIP Member

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    Yea it was the screws that threw me off :p

    I'm not sure if it was over at OCN or OcUK, but tehre was a guy with I think 3 x 80mm 4500RPM fans, 2 on heatsink in push/pull, one on top for exhaust (was the best way because of how the HSF had to sit) and when he fired it up it sounded like a damn airplane taking off
     
  9. meticadpa

    meticadpa New Member

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    That would probably be like 70 dBA. :O

    If a 3000 RPM 120mm fan is like 45 dBa, I'm willing to bet that they'd be close to 70.

    Edit: I'll be sad to see that motherboard go soon, though. I'm getting a Foxconn BlackOps and some OCZ Gold DDR3 RAM (2 x 1GB for benching with Dry Ice!) and I'm looking for my 4GB 24/7 kit currently... I think I'm going to get it from the US.
     
  10. Aastii

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    I thought it was just the recording at first, then I read what was in it and realised why it sounded like it did :p he managed to hit the fan by accident too while it was at full speed and too half his nail off.

    And if I had the money, I would most certainly get shot of my AM3 board and get a Foxconn BlackOps, I love them, they look amazing and perform so well.

    To contribute a bit more to the actual thread, I am considering buying a cheap power supply, by which I mean a quality, low wattage PSU, and getting my mums old celeron D, mATX system set up to put a server up and run it caseless. I would stick my old e6750 in it though and either a couple sticks of Samsung memory I have or I might put my 2x2GB OCZ kit in there, but it would be somewhat of a waste. That would run caseless, to save on cost and because I would sit it in my room, because it is always freezeing and because I only go in there to sleep and the cats don't go in for some reason, probably temperature, so no risk of it being hit. Stick a few quiet fans on and it could stay there 24/7 quite happily :)
     
  11. meticadpa

    meticadpa New Member

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    I'm actually making money from moving to the BlackOps. :eek:

    I rarely need to spend money on parts... I just really buy things when they're cheap, sell them when I can get a better price for it, but stuff when it's cheap, sell it...

    The cycle goes on.

    For example, I got my Q6600 for £100 ages ago, sold it for £100 :)D), then bought an E6750 for £40 that did 4GHz, then got my E8500 for £40 + the E6750, so I technically made £20 coming from the Q6600.

    Kinda lucky, in my opinion.
     
  12. Aastii

    Aastii VIP Member

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    I did the same on my system now, years back I got 2x8600gt for dirt cheap, £30 I think new, £60 for both and 4x2GB OCZ Gold series for £70. Then, when my mobo went a month back or so, sold my memory for £120, one of the 860GT's for £15 to Mac, still got another to flog. Got my system now (in sig), for effectively £180 or so :p
     
  13. Ethan3.14159

    Ethan3.14159 Active Member

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    Hmm, would I rather leave my case out in the open and be cheap bastard, or protect everything and have an awesome looking case?

    Tough choice.
     
  14. meticadpa

    meticadpa New Member

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    Leave everything out in the open, but do it fairly stylishly and have better hardware?

    If I had bothered to buy a case, I probably wouldn't have a HD5850, or a CPU Pot.
     
  15. jasonwow

    jasonwow New Member

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    what does a case have to do with owing a 5850?
     
  16. ganzey

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    size of a 5850, and cost of a case
     
  17. jasonwow

    jasonwow New Member

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    its looks like it fits fine on his motherboard tray
     
  18. ganzey

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    idk, his words not mine. wait for him to answer
     
  19. Ethan3.14159

    Ethan3.14159 Active Member

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    $70 for a CM 690. Fits a 5970 with room to spare. Most ATX cases these days can fit a 5850.

    Also, I would like to see if someone stands over an open air computer, and accidentally sneezes. :p

    EDIT: My flatmate is running one of these with an i5 750, CM V8, 5870 and it has plenty of room.
     
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2010
  20. Orbitron

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    Bullshit. 5970 is like 2mm away from the HDD bays in a CM690. Lucky the power connector is on the side.....
     

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