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Jester
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Here is my latest PC. I'm still awaiting the windowed side panel from COOLER MASTER and a 12" cold blue cathode.

This PC consists of the following components.

  • COOLER MASTER ATCS 840[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • (XFX) NVIDIA nForce 680i LT SLI[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Intel Core 2 DUO E8400 @ 3.6 ghz/1800 mhz FSB (450 x 8, Rev. C0, 1.35 VCore/1.3v FSB)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • 4 GB RAM (OCZ Reaper HTC DDR2 1066/PC2 8500 @ 1080 mhz, 5-5-5-18, 2.1v)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • (EVGA) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 CORE 216 - 55nm @ 670/1458/1153[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • (Galaxy) NVIDIA GeForce 9800GT Dual Slot[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 PCI Sound Card[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • OCZ StealthXStream 700W PSU - four +12v rails (18A/18A/18A/18A, 56.25A typical combined power)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Western Digital 320 GB SATA HDD (7200 RPM 3.0 GB/s 8 MB Cache)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Sony Optiarc DVD RW Drive[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Prolimatech Megahalems[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit w/ SP1[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Scythe Kama Bay[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • COOLER MASTER 230mm Front Intake Fan[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • COOLER MASTER R4 series blue LED 120mm fans (MOBO tray, 5.25" bay, rear)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • COOLER MASTER R4 series 120mm fans (Scythe Kama bay, external air duct)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Antec TriCool 120mm Blue LED Intake Fan (HDD Cage)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Yate Loon 120mm Blue LED Intake Fan (HDD Cage)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Unknown 120mm Blue LED Intake Fan (Bottom)[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • 2x COOLER MASTER 230mm Top Exhaust Fans[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Logicys Dual Cold Blue Cathode kit[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Acer X223 22" Widescreen monitor [/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Dell 21.5" Widescreen 1080P Monitor[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • Logitech Wheel Black Mouse[/*:m:3viwvuzu]
  • IBM Keyboard[/*:m:3viwvuzu]

I only have a few images for now, more will come when I get the windowed side panel and cold blue cathode.

Cable management was very easy in this case. The only solid part under the right side panel is the MOBO tray, which also has cut outs. The rest is all open to hide cables. I used the included zip ties. There are more cable management cut outs at the top right of the 5.25" drive bay.

Some updates, the cold blue cathodes are not installed since my windowed side panel won't get here until Tuesday. I also got the EVGA Killer Xeno Pro today from the ELP program, sadly it doesn't work.

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

I imitated the official CM ATCS 840 wallpaper 😆

Wallpaper
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My imitation
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

From top to bottom: EVGA Killer Xeno Pro, EVGA GTX 260 CORE 216 (55nm), Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1, and the PNY Verto 9600GT.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

The top fans: dual 230mm 😯
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

My avatar will be like this, but with blue LEDs when the cathodes are installed.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

UPDATE 05/09 - Cold blue cathodes installed, cable management tidied up, window will be here Tuesday so there will be another update.


By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-09

Lights on.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-09

Lights out! This is my avatar pic.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-09

Even though both 230mm top fans are all black, you can still see the blue clearly.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-09

The blue emitted from both the inside of the case and HDD/power LEDs are pretty damn bright. Look at this photo - it shows the ceiling above the case which is about four feet above the case. Sorry it is bad quality.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-09

Looking through the top PSU mount.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-09

Awesome!
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-09

Front, powered on.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

Finished shot.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07

Rear.
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-07
I'll hold off on major upgrades until Win7/GT300 so I can be ready for DX11.

UPDATE 05/13/09

Windowed side panel installed :mrgreen:
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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-13

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-13

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-13

Okay, I have an update that is important for ATCS 840 owners. The case comes with two 230mm top exhaust fans. I unplugged the one closer to the drive bay cage since it seemed to draw air out prematurely. Now that it is disabled, CPU temps are about 5 degrees cooler idle!

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-23

Another thing I did was add an APEVIA blue LED 80mm fan to the MOBO tray which is blowing air right onto the GTX 260. Idle temps are 6-7 degrees cooler! I ran out of 80mm fans, I'm going to get another one to go right below it which will cool my 9600GT. I just used some double sided tape and zip ties 😀

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By boredgunner, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2009-05-23

The ATCS 840 is a beast, best case I ever owned. It is silent, you can't hear the three 230mm fans unless you put your ear to them. The included COOLER MASTER 120mm fan spins rather slow (~1050 RPM), but it is the most quiet 120mm fan I've ever worked with. Just as quiet as the 230mm fans. Even the extra three 120mm fans are hard to hear, even though two of them spin at 1800 RPM and the other spins at 1500 RPM. The only audible part is the GTX 260, which has an 80% fan speed.

It was very easy to assemble due to the removable motherboard tray, tool less 3.5" and 5.25" bay (but the fan controller barely fit), and the fact you can access the meshed expansion slots from outside the case.

It is HUGE, but thankfully not very heavy due to the aluminum construction. It only weighs 29 pounds and change. Dust filters are included for every intake fan, they are all easy to access except for one very small one (under the case, meant for the front fan).

The only downside I can point out on this case is the sharpness of the removable front aluminum bezel. It cut my right hand three times. I should have posted a picture of that too. I will next time.

Here is a link to my old setup.

viewtopic.php?f=23&t=71

Here is a review on the water cooler I use.

viewtopic.php?f=26&t=68

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Posted : 29/04/2009 4:58 pm
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