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Originally Posted by Foolsmasher View Post

I just built in the Origen M-10, which your case is based after. I'm running an i3-2100 and a 6570 no problems at all on a 150W power brick that was supplied with my system. I can load up both Intel Burn Test and Furmark at the same time with no issues whatsoever.
Here's some free advice since I'm aware what you're getting into. BEWARE that passive graphics card you got picked out, there is a heatsink that wraps around the back of the PCB and it would be super tight with the CPU cooler. I got the ASUS version of the 6570 with the nice big heatsink and tiny fan. The fan is inaudible on the stock profile, but my card does reach 55C while watching Blu Rays. Not sure how it would deal with gaming, haven't tried it.
For reference, my CPU 100% loads at around 55-60C with the Silverstone low profile cooler. During movie playback it never reaches 40C. I also set my case up for 60 mm intake fans on the sides, and a 92mm Noiseblocker exhausting out the top. Had to attach my exhaust fan w/ double sided tape, but it looks like the Wesena case has a place to mount one which is nice. I undervolted my intake fans to run on 7V and my setup is dead quiet. You literally need to be within a foot or so to hear it, so spend the money on the fans (I see you picked out a Noiseblocker which is all I use in my PC's, good choice).
If you REALLY want to game, I'd suggest trying to find one of the low profile 6670's to eek out some extra performance for not much more money. Don't worry about passive cooling on the card IMO, I think that heatsink might give you fits, or you'll be breaking out the Dremel. Gaming in this case isn't easy on the temps, but you'll be fine.
Here's a link to my build: Origen M-10
Also, good choice on the Intel build. Don't pigeonhole yourself into Llano if you really want performance.

Thank you for the really useful info. I think you're right on nixing the passive cooled gpu and just go for one with a small fan. Gaming isn't a priority, so even if that doesn't work out it's not a huge loss. I wish I had the extra cash for that gorgeous case, but its triple the cost of the wesena mad.gif
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Thank you for the really useful info. I think you're right on nixing the passive cooled gpu and just go for one with a small fan. Gaming isn't a priority, so even if that doesn't work out it's not a huge loss. I wish I had the extra cash for that gorgeous case, but its triple the cost of the wesena mad.gif

Although I don't find the front display particularly useful, it does have the IR sensor in there which is nice that I don't have to clutter up the case with any IR dongles.

Dare I say it's worth the extra cost....

It comes with a solid PSU, and the build quality is just phenomenal. It actually puts my TJ-07 to shame as far as the aluminum goes. It's very thick and keeps the noise in. It's not cheap by any means, but I didn't want to leave myself wanting so I just pulled the trigger. It's something I'll be happy with for a very long time.


Those Wesena's look like very nice options though, especially for the price. I don't think it has quite the same finish as the Origen, but you could do FAR FAR worse in a HTPC case. Very nice for ITX and some of the layout looks like it's better thought out than Origen.

Good luck with your build, I'm loving mine. Finally kicked the PS3 to the curb for my living room media.
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