In Anticipation Of Part Two
Although it's easy for veterans of the tech world to smile condescendingly at simple setup mistakes, we know we've all made them at one time or another. PCs are certainly not inexpensive, and even when you save money going the do-it-yourself route, an enthusiast-oriented machine can easily push several thousand bucks.
And that's why it's so important to plan carefully before you start buying components. First, find the right case, and then make sure it'll be possible to arrange the parts you pick inside. Don't be too quick to dismiss old ideas, like side-mounted fans, either. We were able to prove that they can really help. Sometimes we simply have to run the measurements to make a point.
What Awaits in Part 2?
If you want to avoid turning your new project into a Hot Dog Machine (link is in German, but it's pretty funny nonetheless), we’ll take a look at proper fan selection in Part 2, and then make sure our CPU cooler is properly assembled. That means presenting a tutorial for beginners on the application of thermal paste.
We'll also show you how to cool a stubborn, overclocked GeForce GTX 480 to 64°C with a budget of only 12€, maintaining a 38 dB(A) noise level at the same time. Finally, we'll equip our low-profile Radeon HD 6850 with 6-cm fans, keeping it cool and almost completely silent.