Since we're concerned with keeping our new cruncher as cool as we can, one of the options that helps us do that is the addition of round drive cables, rather than the flat ribbon cables we're used to. The round cables cut down on resistance to movement of air inside the case, and that's what we want.
Round cables are usually around $8.00 apiece ... you will probably need three:
- One for your hard drive(s)
- One for your CD/DVD drive9s)
- One for your floppy drive, if any
These cables are normally set up for two drives (master/slave), but buy three anyway. This allows for addition of supplemental drives later.
You can also make your own rounded cables by using a razor blade and electrical tape. You may damage your cable(s) if you're not careful, but you can also save some money if you opt to do it yourself. For instructions to make your own rounded cables, please see this site
last modified: 2008-01-28 08:02:23