Page 1:Steer Clear Of Discount Offers
Page 2:Shopping List: $720 To $1,224 For A 4 GHz System
Page 3:Water On The Brain: A Cool Head Is Good!
Page 4:Hand-assembling Your CPU Bracket
Page 5:A Budget Do-it Yourself Chipset Cooler
Page 6:Stable Power Supply: 400 Watts Is Plenty
Page 7:Shopping For DDR1 And Older Motherboards
Page 8:Hard Disks In A RAID Array Offer Up To 120 MB/s Of Data Transfer
A Budget Do-it Yourself Chipset Cooler
There is no perfect solution for this situation: the Gigabyte G1975X comes equipped with four tiny, yet noisy fans to cool its Northbridge chipset. To help remedy the noise problem, : remove the fasteners and the plastic fan housing, then install a quiet Northbridge fan instead.
One drawback of the Gigabyte G1975X motherboard is that there are four tiny fans, the shrill buzz of which is bound to bother users. These fans are intended to cool the Northbridge chip and the voltage regulator on the motherboard. To eliminate the noise, we clipped the leads to those fans, and installed a quiet fan atop the Northbridge heat sink. The voltage regulator can do without additional cooling, because a nearby case fan can do the job.
An example from the Gigabyte G1975X: this tiny fan rotates at high speed and creates bothersome noise. This sort of thing only works for fanatic gamers, who typically don't care as much about ergonomics as they do for performance
Crude but effective: A simple fan is anchored to the Northbridge heat sink using twist ties.
Which one to choose? Additional fans should definitely be installed in the PC case. Without a fan controller or potentiometer to control fan speeds, noise levels can become unbearable.
- Steer Clear Of Discount Offers
- Shopping List: $720 To $1,224 For A 4 GHz System
- Water On The Brain: A Cool Head Is Good!
- Hand-assembling Your CPU Bracket
- A Budget Do-it Yourself Chipset Cooler
- Stable Power Supply: 400 Watts Is Plenty
- Shopping For DDR1 And Older Motherboards
- Hard Disks In A RAID Array Offer Up To 120 MB/s Of Data Transfer