OP has been majorly updated with my fan cooling changes, OCing, temperatures, power consumption, and 3DMark scores with it OCed. I hope you guys enjoy it and thank you all for following my thread and for your contributions.
Originally Posted by ivanlabrie
Have you tried running the pump off a fan controller set at 90% or trhough some paralell diodes (zalman fan-mate)?
That would help with the pump rattling noise...
Looking forward to some pics and screenies
The noise is pretty much a non-issue now with the system on the floor but I might try it just see if it does anything. Thanks for the suggestion.
Originally Posted by Shadow_Foxx
For those of you wondering about the Z77E itx, I have mine and its has been working flawlessly. Cant comment on the OC capabilities yet though. Also, I know there is an EVGA mitx board in the works too, so if you guys can hold off on a mobo purchase, then you might as well
It seems to need a little more volts than my Asrock Z77 Extreme4 but overall I'm very impressed. I didn't know EVGA was coming out with a Mini ITX board, that should be interesting. On Newegg there are only two options for Z77 ITX boards with Asus and Asrock. So I'd welcome some more options.
Originally Posted by bondisdead
I am currently building a very similarly spec'd computer, except that I have the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe mini-itx board. The problem with the ASUS is that there is a daughter-board at the edge of the board which contains additional power-circuitry. By mounting the H50 radiator in a push configuration (case/fan/radiator, blowing cool air in), the hose attachments are blocked by the daughter-board! The only configuration that works with a single 25mm fan is to attach the radiator directly to the case, then the fan to the radiator. The downside to this is that you are stuck with either a pull setup or pushing hot-air across the radiator. I have tried the later, and my temps are 82C on a Core i7-2600k with Prime95 running on all threads. Will also try a pull setup, and see if I can get any better.
But this got me thinking that maybe I could use a push/pull with two of those Scythe 12mm fans, as I think this will put the radiator hose connection away from the daughter-card.
What sort of CPU temps are you getting under load, ie with Prime95? How noisy are those two skinny fans. Some of the reviews at NewEgg indicate they are not quiet.
I was also curious how you managed the fan control. You have effectively three fans wanting control, and likely not that many fan headers.
I came to the same conclusion as well. For my case it was the USB 3.0 header that was interfering with the hose so I attached the radiator directly to the case, like you did. This gave the stiff front USB 3.0 header cable enough room to fit.
The Scythe slim fan config was too loud, at least for an exhaust setup. Maybe if I changed it to intake it would be less whoosy and noisy. For my 3570K at stock I'm getting 53C-62C and when OCed to 4.4GHz 1.2v I'm getting temps of 66C-73C among the cores (load via OCCT). You can see more detail in the OP as temperature testing was part of my update.
The Asrock Z77E-ITX has two 4-pin fan power connectors. With my originally setup I had both Scythe fans connected to the mobo fan headers and front fan and H50 pump connected via 3-pin to molex adapters. With my new setup I have the Noctua top radiator exhaust fan and H50 pump connected to the mobo fan headers. The 230mm fan is already molex so there are no adapters needed for that. The only fan control I have is for the fans connected to the mobo headers which I have set to the way I want in the BIOS.Edited by Ben the OCer - 5/26/12 at 10:24pm