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post #21 of 30
It'd definitely fit within that envelope.

I think I found the power usage of a 35W i3 with a 7750 would fit within the power envelope so an i7 will definitely be fine alone.
     
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Thanks for the info. I guess that those 3rd parties measured the power for the entire machine, while Intel's number (77W ) is for the CPU only.
That said, I suppose that the overall power of an i7-3770K itx would be within 160W, given that I do not use discrete gfx?

Oh yes absolutely! The motherboard itself with all of its doodads will probably only pull 10 watts at the MOST. If you plug in a bunch of USB devices, the most they can possibly pull is 2.5 watts a piece. 160 is (ironically) overkill. thumb.gif
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updates:

I've ordered the M350 case and a 150W pico PSU from mini-box.com. However, their 150W AD-DC is out-of-stock. So I resort to a ebay seller (http://www.ebay.com/itm/150W-12V-12-5A-AC-DC-Power-Adapter-mini-DIN-mini-FIT-JR-/130478987672?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item1e61275998). While I've got my order from mini-box.com, the ebay seller told me that they didn't have the mini DIN to mini-FIT JR adapter. I may have to wait for 2 weeks or more...

This gives me some headache. I am thinking about other case/PSU solutions. I am writing to mini-box.com to ask returning issues (they have no sales phone number).

Will put more updates here...
post #24 of 30
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Called several vendors to look for the right AC-DC converter. But none of them (except an UK seller) has it in stock for the following two weeks. So I have to gave up the minimalist approach.

Received M350 + PicoPSU in package but have to return them. Contacted Mini-box.com to get RMA. They will charge me %15 restocking fee.

Ordered i5 3550, 16gb ram (low profile), Intel DH77DF, and a MI-008 case from Amazon.

I should have ordered them from Newegg; but my payment method has some issues with Newegg...
post #25 of 30
That's too bad.. I was up to my knees as well in my build:
3770k in a m350 case, picoPSU 160 (w/ 200 watt powerbrick), P8Z77-I Deluxe Mobo.
Looking into the clearance and everything and was convinced I was going to mount the
Antec Kuhler 620 radiator on top, and drill holes for the cooling tubes.

The P8Z77-I Deluxe Mobo has a toggle switch between OC modes, I wanted a huge
under-clock mode for running it off my car / solar, and an OC mode, for when I am doing
music production / gaming, I was going to mod this switch to mount it externally case-side..

i'll say this:
It could have worked, but in a bigger case (same price), I could get the m-atx asus mobo for $40 less
add another 16gb ram for $60 more, and save $50 on the PSU. Then I am finding out that
the Khuler 620 is too loud and I would need to invest in fans, so forget quiet overlocking (my goal).
And after hours of searching I was still unable to satisfactorily add up my overclocked system wattage
and determine if a 200 watt psu would cut it (Pump, Fans, Mobo, CPU).

Ah well, it is something to look forward to in the future.

And I would have had to buy displayport-vga & dvi-vga adaptors for my monitors.
Edited by X1Z0R - 5/23/12 at 8:51pm
post #26 of 30
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@X1Z0R: It looks like our builds have a large portion in common: SFF for personal productivity, as small as an M350 and without discrete graphics. That is pretty non-mainstream in this forum biggrin.gif

That said, your goal is far more ambitious than mine - OCing with a very small form factor as well as high scalability.
post #27 of 30
Looks like a nice build for what your doing. I like the mini itx2 like armour suggested because I think having a slot load dvdrw drive just in case might come in handy sometimes. I wonder about the noise level however in such a small case. Is the Intel fan quiet enough, or will it distract you during work?
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post #28 of 30
Why dop you say the only board that could OC would be the Asus?

My Asrock is at 4.6 no problems at all.. and could go higher, just no need to.
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post #30 of 30
Check out the MC500 for another potential case option. Although cooling will still be an issue.
     
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