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post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by The Advocate;14692722 
Hmmm.... Was just looking at 2thache's pics and saw his Corsair H50...

The Silverstone has 3x 120mm intake fans creating positive pressure (plus space for 2 more 80mm fans).

Am wondering if I could subsititute the H50 pump fan for the closest case fan and liquid cool my Core i5? It actually looks like it might take up less room than the Scythe does, though I'd be a little worried about right angles on the tubes in a tight space...

I've never done any water cooling. That looks ridiculously easy though.

There's not enough room for the rad. It's very tight in there. Something with this config would be best:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608020

You'd have to measure the height of the cooler though.
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post #22 of 30
Couldn't get the radiator of the antec 620 to fit and actually managed to break the unit while trying... Luckily I've got the stock cooler to replace it with for now. The gpu fits in fine however. Hope you have better luck than me mate.
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Here are some pics of my build. The wires up by the ssd are tied up higher to hopefully rolleyes.gif clear the single fan on the psu side. 24 pin and 6 pin pci connector routed under front panel wires along front of case out of the way of things, molex tri-fan splitter routed along top edge of case above the psu and under the hard drives, everything else wrapped up in a bundle hugging the psu lol. Specs are 90 mm silverstone cpu fan, corsair 500w builder series, evga gts 450, m4 64 gb ssd boot, 2 tb wd hdd, asus blu ray, evga p55v micro atx board with i5 760. Fans arent stock ones, I was being retarded and cutting zip ties and cut one of the fans wires...doh.gif So I called my brother who had 3 noctua fans he was gonna put in his pc case but hadn't yet, so I reminded him about the $200 driver I gave him for golf and told him he owed me lol. Haven't had it running yet, gotta do some housework before my wife gets home or I'll have Hurricane Irene of my own to deal with laugher.gif No offense intended towards anyone who is going through that thing right now, doesn't look fun... Not the cleanest build but I'm fairly happy with it for now, once I get it running I'll see how the dust buildup is and think about if I want them on the outside for easier cleaning. Hope this gives you a general idea Advocate of side connector with a 8.25 in card in there
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Also obviously a modular psu would've helped me a bit but even though the area around the gpu and hdd looks cluttered there's really only 2 cables in direct flow area of the single 120 mm fan, the sata cables that needed to run across to hdd and odd are most of the mess. Figured I couldve run them under the disc drive but my main concern was keeping the area fairly clear for the gpu to draw in some clear clean air as well as going with a slightly smaller cpu fan since I won't be overclocking at all so I tried to keep that area clear as well. My 4 pin connector was down by the back of the case so that's the wire below the cpu fan, couldn't really hide it oh well. Hopefully Tuesday I'll get win 7 on it and report back what my temps are for cpu and gpu, good luck man!
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post #25 of 30
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Tron,

Thanks a bunch for the pics. Yes, that gives me a great idea of what can really fit in that case. Just confirmed that GTS 450 is 8.25", which leads me to believe I need to stay under 10" with my card, despite Silverstone saying you can fit 11" cards in there.

Based on that, I am almost certain I am going to buy this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121425

http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/NVIDIA_Series/ENGTX560_Ti_DCII_TOP2DI1GD5/#specifications

P_500.jpg

9" x 4.4" per Newegg and Asus specs, so just a little longer than your GTS 450. The GTX 570 is 11.5 " x 5", even though I dont mind the triple slot cooler. About the only other high end cards that would fit are a specific few 6950's and 6870's. The GTX 570s and 580s are all too long.

Love the look, custom PCB, and build quality (higher end components and metal, not plastic shroud), and the performance should be adequate for 1680x1050, which is what I usually game in. Have some trepidation about it dumping heat in the case instead of venting, but even though it's not completely closed/encased, it is one of the few custom cards that has a full size slot vent.

I was just waiting for BF3 benchmarks, and I suspect prices will drop as soon as the next gen Radeon HD 7xxx or the nvidia kepler cards are announced...

Makes no sense, but it's getting harder for me to wait. Asus has a $20 rebate that ends 8/31. I know the price will probably drop again, but I want to finish my build and try it out. My 9800GT is looking awfully tired in there.
Edited by The Advocate - 8/29/11 at 9:51pm
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^^Seems like a nice choice! Post some pics when you get it done!
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... So I finally got around to buying and installing the new vid card. Ran for a while with just the HD3000 and then later the XFX 9800GT, and I'd have to say that the 3000 is probably good enough if you're looking for just a dedicated HTPC. With the 2500k pushing it, the 9800GT was still surprisingly viable in games I have been playing, like SC II.

Anyway, here are some photos from the upgrade from the XFX 9800GT to an Asus GTX 560 Ti Top (900MHz factory OC). I was really worried about finding a powerful enough GPU to game on, and for a while debated getting a bigger card, like many of the 10.5"-11" monster Radeon and GTX's. Glad I didn't. Tight fit with just this 9" card...

Trying to hide, cause it knows what's coming:

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The new guy:

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Old vs New:

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Ti in his seat (it's cramped):

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Here's a shot I didn't do before - back of the GPU comes just a millimeter shy of touching the heatpipes on the Big Scythe (yikes!). 8GB kickass red GSkill RAM matches the color scheme:

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A couple of other local heroes come by to pay respects to a fellow warrior:

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(subtitle: "daddy, can my toys be your picture?" - my 5 year old, though Finn McMissle is there at the behest of my 17 mos old)

Gotta go run some tests - GPU and ambient temps, FRAPS, etc. Thanks for stopping by!
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Looks good man, how did your clearance end up with the pci cables? I wimped out when I got the greater than 90* bend on them in the enclosed space heh. Job well done, enjoy!biggrin.gif
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post #29 of 30
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You mean in the vid card? I wanted that Asus card, but those top mounted pci plugs scared the crap out of me, so I almost got an MSI with the TFII simply because the plugs are in the back....

... so yeah, I had to bend them 90 degrees and yeah they are basically touching the case lid, to the point where I dont want to open it if I dont have to...

PS - I was worried about ambient and GPU temps. Just played an intense match of SC2 - about 30 minutes, huge battle..

FPS: min 71, max 123 (1680x1050 @ ultra settings)
Fan Speed: about 69% @load. It was working, and audible, though more of a dull whir than a shrill noise

GPU temps: 38° @idle 73° @load
CPU temps: 32° @idle 41° @load
Ambient/case temps: 38° @idle 46° @load

So the small case is pushing the GPU about 5° hotter than most mid tower cases with same hardware. Ditto CPU temps, but I think they're still okay. I do have it overclocked to 4.2 GHz. I do not have much of a frame of reference for the ambient temps, though I suspect that's okay. Also, this is a hot room. About 7° hotter than the rest of the house.

Overall I am fairly pleased with the build, though I do at times wish I would have gotten a Corsair 400R or 600T, and just ditched the HTPC idea.
post #30 of 30
Yeah I meant graphics card cables, but yeah as long as there's no need to unnecessarily reopen the case very often you'll be fine, temps seem very reasonable as well. I hear ya on the bigger case idea too, I just figured when I put mine together it was nice to have gaming options on the big screen as well as playing blu ray movies biggrin.gif After seeing how messy my pics are compared to yours I think I'll be reopening mine and redoing some of the wiring to clean it up a bit, notably the sata cables. Take it easy man!
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