I got my i7 a couple of months ago and with it, a stock standard heat-sink with the stock standard fan.
My chassis (Gigabyte Aurora 3D) is far from small. All in all, it is a very decent computer chassis. Lots of space, clear paths for air and not a far way from pretty, either. This chassis has served me really awesomely the past couple of years. My dev PC specs are:
- Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3 Motherboard
- Intel i7 2600 3.7GHz CPU
- 16GB DDR3 Memory
- 9 x 2TB Data & 1 x 500GB O/S drive
- nVidia GTX285 GPU
- Secondary PCI Yamaha Sound Card
- Blu-Ray Optical Drive
- 2 x 24″ Samsung BX2450 LED (L/R side screens)
- 1 x 40″ Sony Bravia CX52|40 (Main/Middle Screen)
That’s without the power supply and chassis. The old chassis was a Gigabyte Aurora 3D chassis. I’ve always been a firm believer of Dry Cooling when it comes to computers. Sure, liquid cooling has been around for a while but I’ve never really trusted it. However, since I’ve gotten the i7 my CPU use to idle at roughly 70-85 degrees Celsius. This is obviously an insane heat for an idle CPU. When I play push the box it shoots up to 90-101 degrees Celsius. Fast forward to the weekend past and I came to the conclusion. It’s time for a liquid cooling solution as the dry cooling isn’t cutting it.
I started my research on-line to see what was available. The chassis I wanted was unfortunately 11k, which I would rather spend on strippers than my computer.
After some scratching, I decided on the Gigabyte 3D Mercury chassis. This chassis included a liquid cooling solution. I placed the order yesterday morning and 3k later I had my chassis. I finally got home from work, more excited than a paedo at a pre-school, itching to build my pc into my new box.
2 hours and 2 blunts later I had the case built. I figured that, I might as well show the world my new chassis. So, without further ado, here’s the pics: