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Old 04-02-2005, 02:08 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Well don't ditch the sound card anyway, I love my audigy 2 ZS. I tried 5.1 surround sound on my onboard and it just doesn't soud nearly the same. So I think that's worth the trade-off to a better case or video card.

There are so many cases it's very hard to choose. You want to pick one that has good airflow, but also matches well in the environment it's going to be in. Of course you also can't spend much so that's another factor.

I don't know if this one looks any good to you.

It comes with a power supply but it's crap so I would just throw it out.

Oh and aspire I have that case and it has great airflow. Better than a lot of cases I'm sure. It has a 92 on the side and top and both of those push a lot of air. With a 120mm on the back you have plenty of exhaust. The top fan works really well because you are exhausting the hot ait that rises out the top. Also if you put the hard drives in the first two slots you can have the front fan blowing under them. But I opted to set the 2 hard drives right in front of the front fan so that the fan is cooling down the hard drives by blowing across them.

And brylax of course if you are adventurous there is always the option of taking a case with a side window that has crappy cooling and modding it a little.
Like drilling a hole in the top for a top fan, stuff like that.
<font size=\"1\">Intel Pentium 4 3.4GHZ HT-------------------AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Winchester
Intel Stock CPU Cooler------------------------Zalman 7700-Cu
Idle: 51C---------------------------------------Idle: 21C
Load: 72C--------------------------------------Load: 28C
ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe-----------------------GIGABYTE K8NF4-9 NForce4 4X
512MBX2 Corsair XMS 2-2-2-5 PC-3200-----512MBX2 Corsair XMS 2-2-2-5 PC-3200
ATI RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition-------ATI RADEON X800 XL
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS----------Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS
Western Digital Raptor 37GB 10K------------2X Western Digital SATA150 Caviar SE 80GB RAID 0
Antec True 480W------------------------------Thermaltake Silent PurePower 680W
Zalman 5.1 Headphones----------------------Zalman 5.1 Headphones
Zalman High Sensitivity Microphone----------Zalman High Sensitivity Microphone
Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A----------Logitech Media Keyboard
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 4.0A---------Logitech MX510
3DMark05: 5,928------------------------------3DMark05: 5,000</font>
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