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Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:37 pm
by adamlevy
I'm planning to run the following. Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling for me?

- AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
- Radeon HD 4850 (or maybe 5750)
- 2 WD Caviar Black 750GB drives (or comparable)

If I overclock, it will be just a tiny bit.

Thanks!

(also, how do I figure out how much wattage I need in my PSU?)

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:47 am
by kater
Sure will. After all, this isn't a particularly hot setup. 1 x 120mm in the back, 1 x 92mm in the front and that's it. 4850 will no doubt require active cooling, but 5750 can have a fanless cooler - the 92mm in the front will be providing the airflow. No need to take special care of the HDDs, they'll be fine by themselves.

A quality 400W will be more than enough, even after a not so mild overclock.

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:33 am
by adamlevy
Where do the 92mm fans mount? In front of the HDD cages? What fan should I buy?

I keep flip-flopping between the SOLO and the P183. How do they compare cooling-wise?

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:36 am
by Rucker
I'm running an i860 in a Solo with a passive 4670. My idle temps with just a CPU 120mm and an exhause 120mm at 700rpm are under 30C. You'll be fine.

And I though you lived in NY?

Re: Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling?

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:40 am
by dhanson865
adamlevy wrote:I'm planning to run the following. Will an Antec SOLO provide enough cooling for me?

- AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
- Radeon HD 4850 (or maybe 5750)
- 2 WD Caviar Black 750GB drives (or comparable)

If I overclock, it will be just a tiny bit.

Thanks!

(also, how do I figure out how much wattage I need in my PSU?)
Solo is fine.

You can put a Yate Loon D12SL-12 ($4) in the back if the Antec Tri cool on low is too noisy for your tastes. Or you could get fancy and get a Slipstream 1200 RPM for about twice the cost. http://jab-tech.com/home.php?cat=81&sor ... irection=0 has all the models.

If you put traditional hard drives in I'd look at http://www.jab-tech.com/Scythe-S-FLEX-S ... -4444.html for the front fan position(s). Depends on the placement of the drives and mounting method if you want one or two.

Power supply required would be anything with a 6 pin PCIe connector say a Corsair VX450W.

Power supply recommended would be something quieter like the Seasonic X650 Gold which doesn't run the fan at all at low power levels.

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:43 am
by adamlevy
Nope - always been in Austin. Adam Levy is a really common name, though -- I'm sure there are many in NY :)

Is there enough room in the SOLO for decent gpus? Looks like if I wanted to upgrade to a longer card down the road, I'd have to completely remove the hd cage?

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:12 am
by adamlevy
Okay now I'm flip-flopping between 3 cases...

1. SOLO
2. P183
3. Mini P180

SOLO: Will I be able to fit a better GPU later?

P183: Large, expensive. Maybe best long-term value, could likely re-use in next fresh build.

Mini P180: Accommodates larger GPUs, but limited to mATX.

I wish I weren't so flipping indecisive!

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:31 am
by kater
You can put a card like GTS260 in Solo, but then you have to do a little cutting. No need to remove the HDD cage tho. Browse the forums here - Solo is one of the most popular cases and you'll see people asking and answering questions on what VGAs you can have with it.

Anything shorter than a GTX260 will fit fine.

Here's some measurements I found elsewhere (can't say how exact these numbers are):

4850= 9.3 to 9.0 inches
4870= 9.5 inches
4890= 9.5 inches
4870x2 = 10.5 inches
4850x2 = 11.5 inches
8800 Series = 9.5 to 10.5 inches (depends on brand and model)
9800 Series = 9.5 to 10.5 inches (depends on brand and model)
9800GX2 = 10.5 inches
GTX 250 = 10.5 inches
GTX 260 = 10.5 inches
GTX 275 = 10.5 inches
GTX 285 = 10.5 inches
GTX 295 = 10.5 to 10.7 inches(depends on brand and single PCB or Double)

Note they say GTX260 is as long as GTS250 - I think that's either a mistake or maybe the GTX is a non-reference card. I had GTS250 in my P150 (same as Solo, only white) and it fits with room to spare.

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 3:38 pm
by rpsgc
The HD5850 can also fit without a problem as it's the same size as the HD4870/90.

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:11 pm
by Rucker
adamlevy wrote:Nope - always been in Austin. Adam Levy is a really common name, though -- I'm sure there are many in NY :)
Adam Levy is the guitarist for Norah Jones, and they've recorded in Austin.

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:59 pm
by adamlevy
^ True...but also not me ;)

Posted: Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:11 pm
by dhanson865
adamlevy wrote:Is there enough room in the SOLO for decent gpus? Looks like if I wanted to upgrade to a longer card down the road, I'd have to completely remove the hd cage?
Depends on what you call a decent GPU. In my books if it doesn't fit in the solo it's a design that you shouldn't consider buying.

Consider these lengths:

5670 6.61"
5750 7.15"
5770 8.75â€

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:43 pm
by nyhcbri
my post may help you as i have the same case in mind

viewtopic.php?t=57618

Sonata III

Posted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 2:50 pm
by arguros
Hi,
I have exactly the same set up and planning to buy the Sonata III.
Do you know if this case is fine for the same setup?
What CPU Cooler are you using?

Thanks