I'm looking to place an order for components today.
I've decided on all my parts, but I have 2 questions about case fans and circulation:
With this ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 890GX, the GPU has to be in the lower PCI-e slot. Now I'll be adding a PCI sound card, which I guess will go in one of the slots below the GPU. Then of course there is the PSU intake fan, which will be facing upwards (as per the Antec manual instructions). So that's two fans, one PSU intake and one GPU 'outtake' with a sound card in between. That's getting pretty crowded, so is that OK with regards to airflow?
Last question: This Antec 300 case can take 3 additional fans (two front and one side). So that will be 6 in all! I've had a look at the Asus motherboard manual and I'm struggling to see how I can connect all 6 fans (if I choose to use all 6 - but why wouldn't I?).
So can I connect all 6?
Do you really need a sound card? As onboard sound these days is of a good standard. If you don't need one then this would alleviate any airflow issues that might be caused by installing one.
PSU fans usually draw air into the PSU, so there won't be any cool air coming into the case from the PSU. I think that it is a better idea to have the PSU fan facing downwards anyway as there will be no chance of anything falling into it - mostly dust.
The Antec 300 comes with two Antec TriCool fans, which use 4pin molex connectors to plug into the PSU and they have three speed settings. So you would only need to connect the other three fans (which could also be to the PSU).
The Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 has four fan connectors (two 4pin, two 3pin - a 3pin fan can be connected to a 4pin mobo header btw). So you'd fill them all after plugging in the CPU heatsink fan as well.
Thanks for your reply Silvune.
I need good ASIO performance and I don't know if an onboard sound chip will give me that. The one on my last board had terrible ASIO, but thats about 5 years old now, so hopefully things have improved.
I'll definitely want to add some extra intake fans. Perhaps the 2 front fans and the side fan, although that could be an extra exhaust.
I'm hoping to get all my stuff ordered tonight! I've got a couple of hours with ebuyer's deadline, so I'm cutting it a bit fine
I can't thank you enough for that suggestion. It looks like the solution.
Just one thing...I see from Gigabyte's website that there are 3 revisions of that board - 1.0, 2.0, 2.1.
I doubt I can guarantee to get a particular revision, but would that really matter if, say I got a 1.0 instead of the latest?
Well there won't necessarily be an issue, but there was less likelihood of it with the extra space provided by the Gigabyte. Maybe you can report back so that others know if it is an issue or not.
Nice selection of components, good luck and enjoy.
The only issue I can think of is how hot the sound card would get from the GPU's exhaust.
If I mount the PSU fan facing down, I might be able to put the sound card in the lowest PCI slot for a larger spacing. But these 5770's are big, so I'll have to wait and see.
A quick update.
It's built .
It was much easier than I though, and apart from a little problem with the spinpoint not being recognised (solved with a BIOS setting change) there were no problems.
Well the old soundcard didn't work out (too many pops and crackles), so I'll just wait a while and get something that wasn't made in the last century
Many thanks to all who helped.