Antec Minuet Thermal Issues

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Antec Minuet Thermal Issues

Postposted on Wed Nov 08, 2006 8:26 pm

So here's the thing, I'm getting an older PC (AMD XP 2200), and I need to get a case, mobo, KB combo, PSU, and USB wireless network adaptor for it.

Here is what I have in mind. The items highlighted is what I have to get still:

Cooler Master CM Media 260 case
Foxconn K7S741GXMG-6L mATX
AMD XP 2200 CPU
2x512med DDR 400
DVD-Rom
WD 80gig PATA HDD
SilverStone SST-ST365 PSU
Logitech S510 or E110 Keyboard & Mouse

So now I still need to decide on a USB adaptor . I have a Linksys wireless router already.

This is really to ditch the DVD player I have now AND to get my wife off of my main machine before she erases something.

What do ya think?

- Would you get an Asrock board over the Foxconn?
- You find the Antec NSK2200 looks better than the Cooler Master case?

Edit: I just changed the subject of this post.
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Postposted on Wed Nov 08, 2006 9:22 pm

The NSK2400 seems to come with a PSU.

I would look at the Fusion also.

If you are ok to spend more I would take a look at the SilverStone offerings in that category.
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Postposted on Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:57 am

Have you seen the price of the fusion? $195 + 14% tax will be $222.30 for a case that probably cost more than all of the internal pieces together.

I like the NSK2400, just wonder if it will be . . . appropriate . . . for what I/wife will be doing. :-? It will eliminate some cost, that's for sure.
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Postposted on Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:16 pm

I came away with neither case. I ended up with the Antec Minuet 300. Believe it or not . . the NSK1300 (Aria) isa not deep enough for a non-standard HSF. I bought a Thermaltake RX K7 and it was about 3/4 inch too high.

My Final build is:

Antec Minuet 300 case - still had to swap the fan on the HSF (but still very quiet)
AMD XP 2200 - free
512 megs DDR400 - free
Faxconn K7 mATX mobo
80gig HDD - free
DVD-Rom - free
Gigabyte Radeon 9250 - free
Leadtek Winfast TV2000 capture card
Wireless network card - free
Logitech EX110 combo
Windows 2000 Pro (may up it to XP Home)

Just a side note to everyone looking to get into a SFF system, alot of the cases out there is huge, so if you want small - make sure you can find a low-profile card. I used my Dremel to cut the top off of the network card. . . . tomorrow - the video card and capture card gets the Dremel treatment.
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Postposted on Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:42 pm

I have a question . . . . If I can undervolt an Athlon XP2400, would that reduce the heat being produced by the processor?

I put the stock fan back onto the HSF (actually got it to fit in the case), but the fan spins at 2700rpm which is too loud for the living room - especially when watching movies - and now the system overheated for the first time last night . . . very upsetting!!!!! Hence the question.

If I can undervolt the processor, would I turn up something else that would let it keep its stock speed and still run cooler?

I am wondering if the video card has something to do with it?

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Postposted on Wed Dec 06, 2006 4:53 pm

Yup, every heat generating component should contribute to overall heat.

Undervolting will definitely help, but it does depend on how much lower you can go. I am not sure if the stock fan can adjust RPMs?

Failing that (if the fan is still too loud), you may have to grab an aftermarket one. The Copper 3 is supposed to be really good with a reasonable price. I found that the Thermalright SI-97 is too expensive and you have to get a separate fan on top.
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