Hi kaptain howdie,
May I wish you a warm welcome to the CameraLabs forum.
Your post takes me back to the days when I designed and built a microcontroller based interface board to get two commercially available computer mainboards (pre IBM PC days) to talk to each other. During the design phase I was agonising over line delays as short as one nanosecond.
But taking on a build of a PC for the first time is still fraught with difficulties and is to be admired, especially when funds may be tight and the cost of a mistake may mean delaying completion by several months.
Ed, there's good advice above but pay attention to detail. One gotcha I narrowly avoided just a few days ago was falling in love with a case which took full-sized ATX boards. It was only when I looked really closely that I discovered that it wouldn't take some of the longer graphics cards.
There are a few ways to deal with this, that may be worth considering:
- Larger fans (14-inch instead of say 10-inch for example) have a lower pitch of noise and are therefore less irritating to listen to.
Just how huge is your computer?
I've just ordered a case with 14cm fans and I thought they were pretty big.
Good point, though. There are a number of companies out there with a good reputation for quiet fans and it's a comparatively small investment for what can be a significant gain.