Nick: Circusact  Info
Age: 35
Location: Ontario



Title: Silverstone TJ09
Created: 09.02.2008 03:22

This is the left side of the case showing the window and left side video card / HDD cooling intake area.

There is also a Thermaltake i-Cage takes up 3x 5.25" bays. This allows you to mount 3x 3.5" HDDs as well as a 120mm fan to cool the HDDs and/or provide air intake.

There is a center mounted 120mm fan mounted internally that draws air in from both sides of the case through a hole in the side panel. 

The HDD area is cooled using a 120mm fan mounted between the 2 HDD cages that pulls cold air in through the mesh on both side panels, and down through a vent on the bottom of the case under the HDD area.

This keeps the HDD area cool and DOES NOT allow warm air from the HDDs to re-enter the case to be used to cool the PCI area of the motherboard.
This is the left sid...
Left side of the case again.

You can see pretty clearly the intended use of the window :)

As well as how the internally mounted 120mm intake fan draws cool air in from outside the case.

There is a 1" by 5" vertical hole right through from one side to the other with mesh  infront of the fan to avoid stray fingers from getting chopped, and the PITA* fan from getting broken and having to be replaced.

* Pain In The Ass : The fan is mounted in a shroud that is held in place by 4 TINY screws in a VERY inconvenient location if you are to ever replace/change the fan.

I will at some time mod this shroud with a hinge and a single normal case screw so I can easily replace/clean the fan.
Left side of the cas...
This shows the i-Cage and front of the case.

Later I will be putting in a fan controller above this and modding the aluminum 5.25" face plates with mesh for a cleaner look. You can see a single stock face plate above the i-Cage.
This shows the i-Cag...
This shows the inside behind the 5.25" area, the center mounted internal intake fan and HDD cages.

You can see 3 of my SATA drives mounted in the i-Cage. I did this because I would need longer SATA cables [36" to 42"] to route and hide the cable if the drives were in the HDD cooling area. As i did not want to buy new cables yet, the drives go in the i-Cage. The temps are LOW, I mean low. The highest HDD temp is the WD SATAII 250gb @ 22C. My OS drive sits @ 19C and my ISO storage HDD sits @ 20C. The 4th drive[below the i-Cage] sits @ 21 and the IDE drive sits @ 24C with almost no airflow.

As you can see the shroud for that fan is rather impressive and quite difficult to get off. Mainly because you have to find the 4 tiny screws holding it to the case, remove it, then take the shroud apart[another 4 screws] to replace/clean the fan. This is VERY difficult if not IMPOSSIBLE to do with the motherboard tray in the case.
This shows the insid...
Here you see the motherboard, video cards, ram, cpu cooler and power supply.

You can also see the mesh for the internal intake fan.

Cable management in this case is a BIOTCH without long cables. An extender can be used to rout the 4 pin 12 volt behind the mobo tray if it isn't long enough. Mine was about 3cm short of being able to do this. So i ran the cable underneath the fairly large gap in front of the PCI slots above the motherboard to reach the 4pin 12volt.

Asus design of the A8N-SLI Premium is flawless except when it comes to the 4pin 12volt[should have been an 8pin 24volt] and the easy-plug to give more power to mobo for the second video card.

I say that there should have been an 8pin 24volt because that would have eliminated the need for the easy-plug all together.

What you see:
Zalman 9500 CU on top of an AMD Opteron 170 @ 2.7ghz [270x10 w/ 4xHTT] [34C idle / 48C load]
4GB Patriot EL LLK DDR-400 @ DDR-450 w/ 2.5-3-2-5 timings
Asus A8N-SLI Premium
2x 7800GT-OC @ 510/1100 w/ Zalman VF-700 CU
Creative SB A2 ZS
Antec NeoPwer 650 HE [80+]

And that lone 160GB 7200rpm IDE hiding in the HDD cooling area.

I have moved that molex line under the front of the pci cards as I did with the 4pin 12volt. Looks much cleaner now without that cable in sight.

Since this pic the slave 7800gt became a sparkler. I have replaced it with a 7950gt and will be replacing the still working 7800gt with a second 7950gt.

I have also tracked down my instability issues to the A2ZS and it is now out of the machine and sold. I now have room for a PCI video card for the 2nd LCD and 3rd later, while still having SLI. :woot:
Here you see the mot...