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  1. #16
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    That psu doesn't necessarily need two fans. Check out the psu articles at:

    http://www.silentpcreview.com

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    it might not NEED it, but its only half the fun with one

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    Todd a, that's exactly what I do.

    My PSU doesn't have a power switch on it, so I have to do that before I unplug the connector from the motherboard or remove cards so that I don't risk damaging anything.

    My sisters boyfriend went cleaning out his PSU once... and got distracted. When he came back to it, he started to blow on the capacitors and a bit of dust wouldn't blow away. He went to touch it, and *BANG*!!! He had left the damn thing plugged in.

    Luckily he was ok, but I am very cautious when messing around inside my power supply, and have never had a shock... YET

    So RecklessLeper, how is it coming along? I have decided to cut another fan space in the bottom of my PSU (directly above the processor) and have 2 fans in that. I am going to get a red LED fan in there and run the 2 fans in series from the 12v line (6v each), so it should be nice and quiet and still give adequate performance.
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    Talking

    Well, I went to MicroDirect today, but I didn't exactly buy fans... (see signature below)

    Jon
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    Nice!!!

    Just noticed the extra 512mb RAM!!!

    I need cash now!

    P.S. I'm jealous
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    RecklessLeper,

    Just had an idea, why don't you do what I am doing...

    Get a nice pair of 80mm LED fans and run them at 7v or maybe in series from the 12v line.

    They will give out a nice glow at 6-7v and still push adequate air.

    Also, what do you think to that 550w PSU? Is it a Q-Tec one? I was thinking of getting one (about 25) but wasn't sure what they were like. Would you recommend one?

    Thanks.
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    Andrew,

    That Q-Tec one doesn't seem too bad - seems like a good buy

    My PSU is a generic (Starnet) 550W model which I got from a computer shop back home in Sheffield last summer. Cost me 36 and I'm more than impressed with it.

    The 3.3V and 5V lines are fine - haven't had so much as a blip all the time I've had it

    As for the fans, I just gave 'em a clean, which has quietened them a little, but I'm going to do as you suggested, and get some 80mm blue LED fans (to keep the theme going) Might even get some adjustable ones, but we'll see how the money goes!

    Jon
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    Hmmm, thanks for that

    I can't afford a 350w Enermax at the moment but as the lines on my 300w PSU are getting worse everday (12.69 idle now, 12.35 idle 2 weeks ago) I think I might have to spend a little money very soon.

    I was going to get another 256 or 512mb RAM as this machine is a little slow when loading game textures or exiting back to windows, but my PSU is scaring the crap out me. 550w here we come... and that will save me from having to cut a hole in my current PSU, and trying to force another fan to fit over the heatsinks.

    As for the LED fans... definately get some! My 80mm red LED fan came yesterday, so I switched it with the clear no LED one that was in the PSU, and it looks very smart. Another good thing about having a lit-up PSU is that you can see inside it, and wonder about all the electrically live parts
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