The ASRock ION 330 have been a great friend running XBMCbuntu for several years!
With the ION-chipset it handles XBMC very well, but there is only one problem: NOISE!!!
My solution was easy enough:
* Remove the DVD-burner (who uses that anyway?)
* Remove / disable the fans
* Add a 120mm fan to extract air
* Add a SSD-drive for less noise and more speed (I had a old 30GB spare that I used)
Read more if you want check out how it fits inside and building tips!
These are the tools and stuff you need:
* A multifunction All rounder (this for instance)
* A grill (this for instance)
* One half of a SSD bracket (see picture below)
* A drill/driver + drill bits
* 120 mm fan (I used a Mist 120x120x25mm, 54.4 mÂ³/time, 16.5 dB(A))
* SSD drive (2,5″ connection & power is ready)
First off mark the position you can fit the fan and still get the lid on, then drill 2 holes. I used the grill as template for making an internal square.
This square was then cut using the all rounder, this was the result:
Here is an overview of the insides, notice that I have unplugged the 30mm fan, but didn’t bother to remove it.
The extra SATA-cable is actually attached to the SSD SATA-cable, so I couldn’t remove that.
In BIOS I have overclocked the CPU without any problem.
I have also set the fan-speed to maximum, to ensure that the 120mm fan will move enough air.
Remember: Set the GPU shared memory to 512 MB for smoother playback on the 330!
As for the noise part, try different BIOS-options regarding the speed of the fan.
A 120mm fan does not create a high pitch sound and is probably the best choice for such application.
If you are looking for just replacing the old fans with more quiet version, check out MythTV-Wiki