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Hey all, 2nd post.

Putting together the specs for a mini-itx computer, using the lian-li pc-tu200 case for looks and case space.

Processor: i5 2500k.

Gonna use the zotac z68 wifi mini-itx board with the removable mini-pcie card in it. Canadian company called amfeltec makes a mini-pcie to pcie flexible ribbon adapter. Going to use this adapter to mount an HT Omega eClaro PCIE sound card to the floor of the case, circumventing the single expansion card limitation. I will need to do some fairly delicate drilling/cutting on the front face of the case to reroute the (trapped) outputs for the sound card, because it's mounted on the floor of the case underneath the graphics card. Fairly novice with a dremel, this part's scary to me but I'm pretty confident.

Taking the drive cage out of the case completely, cutting a hole in the side of the case (where the drive cage was) for a Corsair H80 cooler's radiator. From what I can tell this eliminates the primary weaknesses of my case choice: The drive bay constricts the front intake on the case, and the cpu area gets hot being underneath the PSU, not having room for a strong cooler.

This leaves me with room for exactly zero 3.5" drives inside the case after everything's said and done. Silverstone makes a 5.25" drive bay unit that simultaneously accommodates 4 2.5" drives and a slim optical drive. Probably going to get a nice, decent size SSD, then get 3 1TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue drives for the remaining bays, so around 3.25TB total storage there. Only thing I'm concerned about is the combined heat of the hard drives and optical drive occupying the same space.

Graphics card: Probably Gigabyte 7970 windforce, chosen for temperatures, overclock potential and power consumption. Great card. The new GTX 680s have me questioning it currently, we'll see. Seems like a lot of increased temperature for not much performance increase overall.

PSU: Probably Enermax platinum rated 600W, great PSU, cold, efficient.

Tricky part: cable management, gonna be pretty tight in there but there's no drive cage to get in the way. Just a matter of feeding everything up past the PSU, should be okay.

I want to pick up one of these currently. Does anyone know if there is an equivalent device that is USB3.0 though? I'm okay with losing USB3 functionality on my front ports but I would really rather keep it intact.

Last thing: As far as cutting the front of the case for the sound card outputs. How tricky is it on a scale of 1 to 10 to cut ports for vga, toslink, and 2pin coaxial? Figured I would just run the card outputs to the case surface, have an adapter port, and connect the actual gear from the front of the case. Is this a total pipe dream or just delicate work?

Did I miss anything? Any thoughts on the build in general? Been planning it for some time, keep changing it here and there, but this is pretty final.
post #2 of 4
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I've been interested in this case for a while. The Anandtech review was extremely discouraging.
     
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i7 6800k Evga Micro2 Evga GTX 1080 FTW Hybrid Corsair Dominator 32GB 3200mhz (one of the stup... 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Intel 750 800gb Samsung 950 Pro 256gb with AngelWing PX1 PCIE h... Lol Corsair H80i v2 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Windows 10 Home 64bit CentOS 7 (in VM) Dell u2311h Dell u2311h 
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Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Black Zalman CNPS10x Performa Windows 7 Ultimate OEM Samsung 223BW 
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post #3 of 4
So glad to see a build with this case. If it had only been an option when I did my build biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 4
Awesome build, man! I was very interested in building a powerful mini-ITX computer in this very case.

Did you try flipping the PSU so that it sucks air from over the CPU, thereby cooling it? I had had a plan to put a starship-enterprise-style cooler (eg Noctua NH-L12) and put the fan underneith blowing upwards through the sink so that the hot air blows straight into the PSU and is blown out the back biggrin.gif

Do you know how much clearance you actually get over the CPU to the PSU? The Lian Li website says its 80mm, but surely its not that little?
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