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post #31 of 96
Thanks for you reply.

I'm using the one streacom is offering: http://www.streacom.com/products/sc30-usb3-internal-cable/ it is 40cm long. It is available at caseking.de. An alterative german shop is this http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/product/986173/USB-30-Anschluss-Kabel-intern-19pol-40-cm/SHOP_AREA_17130&promotionareaSearchDetail=005# If you can go with 45cm google "DeLock 83124"

I've already cut away the black plastic, but there is some more nasty white plastic underneath it. And even if I would remove it, the space will be very cramped and I guess the cable wil touch the heatpipes.



Removing a heatpipe would't help, because both are completly in the way and also my Core i7-3770S would not be so happy about it biggrin.gif

The thermal riser is perhaps a good idea, but requires heavy bending of the heatpipes And this part is only or FC9 and FC10.

At the moment I'm thinking about to return my ASRock H77-ITX and buy a Z77E-ITX. It will also cost some money, but be the cleanest solution.
Edited by xbmc fan - 12/29/12 at 2:50am
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If you did cut away the plastic, you might be able to bend the wires at a 90 degree (or more) angle away from the CPU socket, and add a very small amount of super glue (do this outside of the case, of course). Once the glue dries, the wires should be permanently bent 90 degrees, hopefully enough so that they do not touch the heatpipes (test this before adding the glue).

Thanks for the link! I live in the US but found a UK/German retailer that ships here for cheap (QuietPC). Their price is also less than half of what Case King charges (€5.27 vs €13.90)

Other than that, I think you are correct that getting the Z77 motherboard would be a good idea. So far it has served me well, and you'll be getting a number of other extras along with it.
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Thanks for the link! I live in the US but found a UK/German retailer that ships here for cheap (QuietPC). Their price is also less than half of what Case King charges (€5.27 vs €13.90)
Nice price. Conrad has also a local store in many german cities, so I can buy it there without shipping smile.gif I think the "twisted pair" design will make it a bit more flexbile than the streacom.
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Other than that, I think you are correct that getting the Z77 motherboard would be a good idea. So far it has served me well, and you'll be getting a number of other extras along with it.
You are right, I ordered the Z77 today.
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You are right, I ordered the Z77 today.
Let me know how it works out! You'll probably receive your board before I get my cable, LOL
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Let me know how it works out! You'll probably receive your board before I get my cable, LOL

Perhaps I should better wait until you get it biggrin.gif No just kidding I will let you know, but it won't be finished before next year nerdsmiley.png
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Ha ha, no worries, Quiet PC said shipping would be something like 5-20 business days sad-smiley-002.gif
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I've already cut away the black plastic, but there is some more nasty white plastic underneath it. And even if I would remove it, the space will be very cramped and I guess the cable wil touch the heatpipes.

I would have tried to use a hot airgun and blow some hot air on the white plastic stuff, and then bend it while still warm...
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I would have tried to use a hot airgun and blow some hot air on the white plastic stuff, and then bend it while still warm...
That's not a bad idea thumb.gif
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post #39 of 96
Another option is to wire it yourself. Just make a small extension cable that is wired as tight as you can possibly make it, perhaps even trimming down the USB header height.
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Just a minor update. Got around to opening up the hole for the power supply to fit. I think I would've preferred the hole be on the left side, rather than the right, to keep cables away from the heat pipes... For now, I've routed the cable that that direction anyways, to pull as much of it away from the heat pipes as possible. I still haven't ordered a laser thermometer to check the temps of the pipes or fins though. Even at load it takes a while for them to warm up though.

Since holes were needed to mount the power cable, I re-drilled into the plastic mount to make sure the holes were precise. Because of this, I couldn't use the screws that came with it... which was fine, cause I lost them. Found some replacements at Ace Hardware.

Full disclosure, I didn't do the actual drilling... a friend did smile.gif
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I drilled the ventilation hole into the side of the 'lid' as well, for the VGA card. Massive difference in temperatures... I haven't looked at exact numbers just yet but I know the card was hitting over 100c when I played Civ5 the other day, pre drill.... just from the fan noise I can tell they're much lower now. Streacom should definitely consider doing this in-house... I'll put pics up of the ventilation hole after I've finished cleaning it up with a file, and I hope to build a shroud of some sort as well to help with the air flow.
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