(2012-04-13 19:41)jack0w Wrote:(2012-04-13 19:36)beetlesnack Wrote: My build is almost the same as yours but with the 150w psu. Just to let everyone know, the 150's psu fan is pretty much dead silent.
That makes two of us! Are you using a case fan? How are you finding temperatures?
I have the OCCT stress program and some other pograms, maybe coretemp I think? And speedfan as well.
I put an additional case fan in the available slot next to the tri-cool. They talk about this on silentpcreview. The additional fan I got was very cheap and very quiet, doesn't push much air though of course. The tri-cool is very quiet as well when you set it on low, which I do.
At first I thought I might be able to put another case fan on the other side to pull in cool air, but no dice! It won't fit.
I almost bought a cooler but decided to see what I could do with stock first. I throttled the fan speed in the BIOS. It used to be quite loud but now it is very quiet. IMO you can only hear it if your ear is within 4 or 5 feet of the machine, and even then it's soft. Mine is going to be in a media cabinet some distance away so it's plenty quiet for my needs.
As far as the temperatures, they are very good. I'd have to wait until I get home to check again for sure but I think I was idling around 33C. Also I of course removed all the stock thermal paste and replaced it with a thinner layer of arctic silver.
Also I hooked up the Kill-a-watt and I was drawing 34 watts...I believe that was idle with XBMC and win7 running or maybe it was playing music or something.
(2012-04-13 19:56)bluray Wrote:
To be fair, I guess the other guy was running an A8 which is quite a bit more power hungry. Still, I hate to cut it too close with power. I actually got an A8 first, but then changed it up for the A6 because I really wanted to use this case and I thought that the A8 with the 150w would be cutting it too close.