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Thoughts on an mATX rebuild - TJ08B-E based

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Looking at trying to get my sig rig smaller. And, just a little bored biggrin.gif I use the machine for Photoshop & gaming.

So, taking the following parts in an TJ08B-E (notice, these I already own)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 w/ 2500k
  • 16GB (4x4)
  • 6870
  • 128GB ssd - boot & programs
  • 64GB ssd - steam?
  • 500GB 2.5" WD Black - working place
  • 2TB Caviar 3.5" - long storage

-> I would likely then sell my other 60GB SSD & my two 640GB WD Blacks.

The 2.5" drives, I'd put in a Silverstone FP58B with a slot load drive. As seen here.
The two SSDs one one side and the hard drive on the other - giving it some room to breathe.
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I'd pull the hard drive cage in the case and stick the 3.5" on the bottom of the case.

Eventually, (when more cash comes in). put a single bay res / pump such as the Koolance RP-401X2 with a PMP-400 or two, CPU & GPU block and a 180mm rad and second 180mm fan.
Until that time, likely use my H50 to cool my 2500k.

So, thoughts? What have I overlooked?
I'm a little concerned about the 500GB 2.5 in the drive cage, but without another drive on top of it it should have some ability to dump heat - and it is made for the enclosed housing of a laptop after all.

Thanks for your thoughts / ideas. thumb.gif
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Still like feedback on build thoughts.
I'm especially curious / concerned about the FP58B and heat issues with drives. Future water cooling a a more distant second concern. Fairly certain I'm going to go with the Phobya 200mm rad, as it seems to be well respected and is confirmed to fit.

And, thanks for any thoughts.
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with the tj08-e, you can put 1 mechanical HDD in the floppy drive cage and a SSD under it as seen here

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then you can put another SSD behind the mobo tray as seen here

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you'll have to put one of your mechanical drives in the 5.25 bay then you can remove the 4xHDD cage all together for much cleaner airflow to the cpu and gpu.

not sure what other feedback you are looking for... the TJ08-E is the most powerful air cooling case in its size per relative decibel level. it has filtered intake so you wont be plagued by dust and with its inverted mobo mount, it provides superior cooling to your GPU's. you've already done your homework so there really isn't much to say about it....
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Eventually, (when more cash comes in). put a single bay res / pump such as the Koolance RP-401X2 with a PMP-400 or two, CPU & GPU block and a 180mm rad and second 180mm fan.
Until that time, likely use my H50 to cool my 2500k.

It's so funny that you mention this. For awhile now I had this exact same idea in my head, literally. My concern with this set up however is whether or not a single 180mm radiator such as this one for example in a push-pull configuration would be adequate cooling for the CPU AND GPU. I'd be cooling a i5 3570K (when it releases) and a GTX 680.
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would be adequate cooling for the CPU AND GPU. I'd be cooling a i5 3570K (when it releases) and a GTX 680.

ivybridge = 22 nm tech, kepler = 28 nm tech. both are very energy efficient relative to pervious generation chips (32nm for sandybridge and 40nm for 580gtx.) so i don't think you'd have a problem cooling it with a 180mm rad (about the same surface area as a 240 rad) unless you are going for some heavy OCing.
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I know this is old, but just to follow up. I've seen some first hand experience (not formal reviews) that the Phobya 180/200 rad fits and cools well. Sounds like it is easily a match for a 240mm or even a biut more standard radiator. Make it a push-pull, and I'm going to guess that it would handle a CPU & GPU well. Don't know how it would hold multiple GPU's though.

I'm really thinking of going this route for noise and brag-factor. Although where I was originally thinking of a bay mounted pump and res, I'm not thinking of a D5 or DDC mounted to a res and block on the rear 120mm, such as a Koolance COV-RP400. Should be enough for the radiator and two blocks.
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IF you are going liquid, you can easily go phobya for the 2 vid cards, and a H80 for the cpu. waste of $ IMO, but if you want brag factor, that's the way to go.
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IF you are going liquid, you can easily go phobya for the 2 vid cards, and a H80 for the cpu. waste of $ IMO, but if you want brag factor, that's the way to go.

I'm sure that it would make good temps, but I think that would make a busy case for me - basically two water loops if I'm understanding you correctly. I like the idea of one, clean loop
Also, not really looking at going dual GPU myself, just talking about the heat load of the radiator.

Now I'm thinking maybe I'll wait and just upgrade the GPU to a 7950 instead. I'm indecisive now. biggrin.gif
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hehe that's why i said it was a waste of $ biggrin.gif but you were looking for brag factor... tongue.gif

a single loop is plenty for a 680/7970 + ivybridge (tho you may want to hold off on ivybridge till they get the IHS TIM thing figured out. it's causing alot of problems with Ivybridge right now. )
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hehe that's why i said it was a waste of $ biggrin.gif but you were looking for brag factor... tongue.gif

Now come on, isn't this why a large chunk of us here at OCN do anything? biggrin.gif

Seriously. I have a 2500k in it now and I'm not seeing much in Ivy that makes me want to upgrade - at least not for $300. Doesn't do much for games and from some of the numbers I've seen, doesn't do much for photoshop (the excuse for my machine)
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