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Salvation From My Noisy Computer

Well, I finally did it… I dished out the money to get a new computer case and PSU (Power Supply Unit). For those who are into computers know exactly how expensive gaming-level PSU’s and cases are so for me to afford this, I’ll have to cut back on luxuries for a while. On that note, my following 6 months of food will consist of Mr. Noodles, 3 packs a day 😆 HAHA.

Thermaltake V3 Black Series Computer Case (Airflow Design)

So for those who have been following my blog, you’ll know that I recently acquired a new video card and was quite excited. Upon trying to install it 2 days ago, I noticed my wires were extremely tight. It wasn’t that I couldn’t get the card in or even hook it up because I managed to do all that… however, there was just that little voice inside me that told me to reward myself given I was using a sub-par case/PSU for the past 5 years. I remember when I was young, I’d always ask my Dad for a new computer (or parts) and his response was usuallyWe have no money or That is too expensive and my response was to him, Dad, why are you so cheap? It isn’t until I got a job and really had to start paying for things out of my own pocket did I understand the implications of really thinking things through before buying it.

The box is already impressive enough... XD

I flipped the back to read the features... this really should be something I do BEFORE I buy things, lol.

I was so excited to see my card... but then realized there was still one more barrier!!

The treasure inside the chest revealed...

All pictures on this entry are clickable as usual for a larger display. I scaled all images down to 1440×900 (or multiple of the aspect ratio) and compressed them using JPEG to avoid overburdening my site and people’s internet connections.

XFX HD587XZNFC Radeon HD 5870 in all her glory! It's mine... ALL MINE!!

Maybe you can say that I may be “better off” than my parents were or perhaps I’m a bit of a “reckless spender”, but yesterday when I walked into my usual supplier of computer parts, I walked in and told him I wanted a nice case and a decent power supply. I rarely have the patience to look for specific models unless it is something I’ve been eyeing for a while. I got the Thermaltake V3 Black Edition case along with a 650W Seasonic PSU. OK, when I heard about the whole Seasonic brand, even the guy behind the counter was laughing his ass off. Neither of us has heard about this brand and thought it was crappy. After reading a review of their products, I was shocked to see it was some crappy off-brand that was going to explode my computer. Not only will it not blow up my computer, I also found out this brand of power supply was extremely power efficient, meaning it will save on my electricity bills!

Card requires two 6-pin Molex adapters to power it up... good lord, lol.

The back of the card really wasn't all that exciting...

Now if only I got myself a monitor that had HDMI support... hah.

I just forwarded reviews I found of them to my supplier and perhaps we’re not going to laugh at this brand anymore 😐 I went for this PSU because it was $30 cheaper than the Thermaltake equivalent. I’ve already spent a lot of money on the Case/PSU, so I wanted to save money wherever I could, lol. The one thing I wanted to ensure was a decent warranty and this particular model comes with a 36-month warranty which is more than sufficient should anything bad happen. My biggest surprize with this particular model of the PSU is the fact it’s extremely silent. My old 430W Thermaltake which I used to power this rig previously was loud and I actually need to turn up my speakers when watching a movie or something to mask out the noise. All I have to say about this PSU so far is that I’m impressed with it even though it is not a “big brand name” for gamers. I may very well start recommending this brand to my customers too if all is well 🙂

Top-down view of the case... pretty awesome vents!

The not-so-exciting side of my case.... it isn't bullet-proof titanium like the one I have in my computer room, boo.

The back of my computer... the scary thing is that once I plug all my parts in, 100% of the rear USB ports are used :S This is also my first computer case with the PSU on the bottom

The more exciting side of my case boasts a vent and a window to all me to see the yummy insides

The case has many vents, some on the top and some on the sides, allowing for optimal air-flow. The inefficient case-fan and hot PSU in my last “computer” made my room really gross. This was also another reason why I decided to buy a new case/PSU because summer weather is closing in on us fast and the last thing I want is to roast in my room when my computer is on. Oddly enough, I wouldn’t need heating in my room whenever my computer was on in the winter… ya, it is THAT hot. Only issue is with this type of heat, I don’t think it’s exactly “healthy” so I prefer something that has optimal venting to keep the computer cool while maintaining a degree of temperature-healthiness in my room.

Front view of the case... the flash worked out well because it is only then you can see the "honeycomb" design

The guys did a great job getting my wires organized and such... it'll help keep the case cool and tidy! I can't do that... that's why I pay others to, lol.

See the fan on the top? It lights up when the machine is powered on and then spinning of the fan causes a "strobe" effect... not a good idea for those who have epilepsy! I am SERIOUS.

Drive bays... plenty of extra room now for "breathing space" and future expansion.

Although I’m a “computer guy” and a “gamer”… I definitely don’t have the nack of building machines and getting hardware to ‘work’ with each other. I can do some minor parts swap, but when it comes to full systems, motherboard n’ all, I prefer to defer it to the “experts”. To me, paying someone a couple of dollars to build it means I don’t have to take the responsibility of a part blowing up. If someone messes up my computer, they pay for it… if I accidentally do something myself then I have to pay for another one or lose the part – ouch! I know where my limitations are and hardware just isn’t my specialty!

The side panels back on and system powered up!! You can already see the nice blue glow from my case-fan... sexy!

And a close-up through the window-of-magic to see the internal parts lit up by a nice blue flash! Well... it would be flashing if this was an animated picture.

There we have it folks… all I wanted was a simple video card upgrade and I ended up needing to get a new case and power supply, lol… things can never be easy, can they? I guess given the video card was given to me as a gift, I shouldn’t be complaining about having to buy a case/PSU. The only thing that totally makes me steam sometimes is that I saw this crazy pre-built system the guy was selling for $699 .. here I am spending 1/3rd of that price buying only TWO parts of a system… these prices of computers are falling like nuts. I wonder if I should buy up that unit and resell it… wow, that’s actually a good idea 😆

No more noisy GPU fan (I can now tune it down and it’s dead-silent @ 20% and still quiet at 35%).. no more noisy PSU fan… no more noisy case fan… all peace and quiet! I love it 😛

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