Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › HTPC › Streacom Passive HTPC Build
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Streacom Passive HTPC Build

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
A teaser for now, haven't gone through all of my pictures yet.

Case - Streacom FC5-OD
Mobo - Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 (got a pretty good deal on it, needed the features over power savings)
Proc - i3 3225 (mainly because of the HD4000 graphics)
Ram - 8GB Samsung Low Voltage
Storage - Intel 330 Series 120GB SSD
PSU - Standard 150W PicoPSU

r00269652.jpg

Brendan
i5
(15 items)
 
P4
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K Asus MAXIMUS IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 (GT2) MSI 7770 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 32GB (4 x 8GB) Intel 330 180GB Pioneer DVR219 Scythe Ninja 3 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling S1 Plus Windows 7 Professional Dell U2412M KBC Poker X 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX650W Lian Li PC-A04B Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
P4 3.0Ghz Skt478 Some Asus P4 POS Destroyed ATi 9600XT Mismatched set of Corsair DDR Valueram 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Some WD 80GB PATA drive Pioneer something XP Pro Samsun 941BW with vertical lines 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Bundled Delta Asus barebone case Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL 
  hide details  
Reply
i5
(15 items)
 
P4
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K Asus MAXIMUS IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 (GT2) MSI 7770 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 32GB (4 x 8GB) Intel 330 180GB Pioneer DVR219 Scythe Ninja 3 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling S1 Plus Windows 7 Professional Dell U2412M KBC Poker X 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX650W Lian Li PC-A04B Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
P4 3.0Ghz Skt478 Some Asus P4 POS Destroyed ATi 9600XT Mismatched set of Corsair DDR Valueram 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Some WD 80GB PATA drive Pioneer something XP Pro Samsun 941BW with vertical lines 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Bundled Delta Asus barebone case Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 7
Love it so far wink.gif
post #3 of 7
That case looks pretty nice, looking forward to the rest.
Gaming Rig
(14 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 2500k Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 XFX Radeon HD6970 XFX Radeon HD6970 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator Corsair Caviar Green LG CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate LG D2342P Logitech G510 Corsair HX850W 
CaseMouse
Thermaltake V4 A4 Tech 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2467M Samsung Ultrabook 13" Standard Intel HD3000 Stock 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung SSD Windows 7 Stock  Stock  
Case
Stock  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 720QM 230M GSkill Seagate 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Stock Custom Windows 7 Professional  Stock 
Case
Stock 
  hide details  
Reply
Gaming Rig
(14 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 2500k Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3 XFX Radeon HD6970 XFX Radeon HD6970 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Dominator Corsair Caviar Green LG CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate LG D2342P Logitech G510 Corsair HX850W 
CaseMouse
Thermaltake V4 A4 Tech 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2467M Samsung Ultrabook 13" Standard Intel HD3000 Stock 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung SSD Windows 7 Stock  Stock  
Case
Stock  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 720QM 230M GSkill Seagate 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Stock Custom Windows 7 Professional  Stock 
Case
Stock 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 7
So thin

Orgasmic
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Oops, forgot I started this thread here LOL

Here are more pics:









PicoPSU and the AC/DC converter.



Thiiiiiiiick front panel.



Parts (aside from the Blu-Ray burner which is on a ship heading here from China).



Mock fitting.



Lapped all the thermal coupling blocks flat (I know, it's not a mirror finish, went up to 2000 grit).



Installed! Arguably the hardest part of the build, used up my entire tube of IC Diamond. Had to scrounge up some Arctic Silver to complete the jobby, no clue why Streacom did not include any thermal paste...



Power and SATA3 cables in place for future 3.5" hard drive expansion. Still waiting on the slim SATA adapter cable to plug the Blu-Ray burner in, allocated a molex connector on the bottom right.











3.5" hard drive mocked in place.









Now for the stress testing portions, sure an i3 doesn't put out that much heat, but the heatsinks still got plenty hot. Ran Prime95 + MSE full antivirus scan for a day just to be safe (partially because I wanted to cure the thermal paste) and found that the temps maxed out at around 70C, which is impressive for a completely fanless case.





Not bad for a consumer SSD.

Some of my opinions after buttoning up the system:

PROS
+Looks amazing
+Passive cooling system works pretty well
+Can fit a surprisingly amount of hardware inside
+Solid construction

MINUSES

-Too many parts make up the case, introduces flex because there are a lot of screw joints, would be better if the sinks were one piece
-Top and bottom panels could be thicker
-Finish could be better, but I understand the 'EVO' edition fixes this
-Cost!
-Unused heatsinks on the left of the case, would be better of the heatpipes were split between the two banks of heatsinks

So far I'm quite satisfied with the system. The SSD definitely speed things up a lot. My boot times were in the 15 second range with the standard installation of Windows 7 before any optimization. It has obviously slowed down a tad bit due to the programs I installed. The HD4000 graphics are amazing and effortless, I do not understand why anyone would pay for a more expensive i5 for HTPC duties (or even i7's) - the i3 is PLENTY.

HOWEVER, the best part of it all? 100% WAF AND its absolutely SILENT.

Brendan
i5
(15 items)
 
P4
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K Asus MAXIMUS IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 (GT2) MSI 7770 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 32GB (4 x 8GB) Intel 330 180GB Pioneer DVR219 Scythe Ninja 3 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling S1 Plus Windows 7 Professional Dell U2412M KBC Poker X 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX650W Lian Li PC-A04B Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
P4 3.0Ghz Skt478 Some Asus P4 POS Destroyed ATi 9600XT Mismatched set of Corsair DDR Valueram 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Some WD 80GB PATA drive Pioneer something XP Pro Samsun 941BW with vertical lines 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Bundled Delta Asus barebone case Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL 
  hide details  
Reply
i5
(15 items)
 
P4
(13 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K Asus MAXIMUS IV GENE-Z/GEN3 Intel HD Graphics 3000 (GT2) MSI 7770 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 32GB (4 x 8GB) Intel 330 180GB Pioneer DVR219 Scythe Ninja 3 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Arctic Cooling S1 Plus Windows 7 Professional Dell U2412M KBC Poker X 
PowerCaseMouse
Corsair HX650W Lian Li PC-A04B Logitech MX518 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
P4 3.0Ghz Skt478 Some Asus P4 POS Destroyed ATi 9600XT Mismatched set of Corsair DDR Valueram 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Some WD 80GB PATA drive Pioneer something XP Pro Samsun 941BW with vertical lines 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Apple Wireless Bundled Delta Asus barebone case Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac Pads Ripper XXL 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 7
That's a dam nice htpc case. drool.gif
Fearless~
(20 items)
 
The Intel Side
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8 Asus Sabertooth 990FX EVGA GrillForce GTX 465 SLI Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb 1600mhz [1.5v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DX Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Bose Triport/Klipsch S3 Blue Snowball 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X-25V 40GB Synology DS210j (4tb) Seagate Barracuda 120gb LG CH12LS28 Blu Ray  
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermalright X-Silent 120 Mac OS X 10.8.2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Toshiba 46VX700VU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 XFX 450w Core Edition Silverstone ML03B Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 
AudioAudio
Realtek Onboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz Apple Logic Board Nvidia Geforce 9400m 4gb @1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320gb Synology DS210j (4tb) Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.4/Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
13" 1280x800 Glossy Backlit Apple Keyboard/OCN Ducky Tenkeyless [MX... 65w Magsafe Aluminium Unibody 
MouseAudioAudio
Apple Trackpad/Logitech MX310 Fiio A1 + Sony Bookshelf Blue Snowball 
  hide details  
Reply
Fearless~
(20 items)
 
The Intel Side
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T @ 3.8 Asus Sabertooth 990FX EVGA GrillForce GTX 465 SLI Mushkin Blackline 2x4gb 1600mhz [1.5v] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB WD Caviar Black (1002FAEX)1TB Synology DS210J (4tb) Lite-on DVD Rewriter 16x IDE External 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Samsung Syncmaster E2320 Metadot Das Professional S Silent 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair TX 850 V1 [Original PSH] NZXT Gamma Classic Series Mid-Tower Logitech VX Revolution Razer Sphex 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Asus Xonar DX Klipsch Promedia 2.1 Bose Triport/Klipsch S3 Blue Snowball 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 2100 Gigabyte H61M-S2PV Asus GT430 Corsair XMS3 2x2gb 1333mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel X-25V 40GB Synology DS210j (4tb) Seagate Barracuda 120gb LG CH12LS28 Blu Ray  
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Thermalright X-Silent 120 Mac OS X 10.8.2 Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Toshiba 46VX700VU 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 XFX 450w Core Edition Silverstone ML03B Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 700 
AudioAudio
Realtek Onboard Klipsch Promedia 2.1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53ghz Apple Logic Board Nvidia Geforce 9400m 4gb @1066 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital Scorpio Black 320gb Synology DS210j (4tb) Apple SuperDrive Mac OS X 10.8.4/Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
13" 1280x800 Glossy Backlit Apple Keyboard/OCN Ducky Tenkeyless [MX... 65w Magsafe Aluminium Unibody 
MouseAudioAudio
Apple Trackpad/Logitech MX310 Fiio A1 + Sony Bookshelf Blue Snowball 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 7
Wow. Amazing work! I'm definitely jealous.
Main Rig
(23 items)
 
HTPC
(13 items)
 
File Server
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 Extreme 980X Asus P6X58-E Pro Asus GTX 670 DCII TOP Asus GTX 670 DCII 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung DDR3 WD 500gig Black Samsung 830 Pro SSD Western Digital 1TB Blue 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Pioneer Blu-Ray reader Apogee XT EK CSQ Full Cover 670 Swiftech 655b 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Swiftech 320mm Rad w/ Switchtech 240mm Rad Windows 8.1 N x64 Qnix QX2710 Acer S231HL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Zero DK2108s ABS 900w Gold Cooler Master Haf X Logitech G400s 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
X-Trac Ripper XXL Audio Technics ATH-M50s Fiio E10 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 8400 Intel DG33TL Gigabyte ATI HD5450 (4) 2gb Kingston DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue Samsung 24x DVD Burner  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Sharp LC60LE640U 
PowerCaseAudioOther
Antec 600w Modded Sony Viao case Xonar DX 7.1 Surround Sound PCIE Card Wireless Xbox 360 Controller 
Other
Windows Media Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
Main Rig
(23 items)
 
HTPC
(13 items)
 
File Server
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel i7 Extreme 980X Asus P6X58-E Pro Asus GTX 670 DCII TOP Asus GTX 670 DCII 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung DDR3 WD 500gig Black Samsung 830 Pro SSD Western Digital 1TB Blue 
Optical DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Pioneer Blu-Ray reader Apogee XT EK CSQ Full Cover 670 Swiftech 655b 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
Swiftech 320mm Rad w/ Switchtech 240mm Rad Windows 8.1 N x64 Qnix QX2710 Acer S231HL 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Ducky Zero DK2108s ABS 900w Gold Cooler Master Haf X Logitech G400s 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
X-Trac Ripper XXL Audio Technics ATH-M50s Fiio E10 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Duo 8400 Intel DG33TL Gigabyte ATI HD5450 (4) 2gb Kingston DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue Samsung 24x DVD Burner  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Sharp LC60LE640U 
PowerCaseAudioOther
Antec 600w Modded Sony Viao case Xonar DX 7.1 Surround Sound PCIE Card Wireless Xbox 360 Controller 
Other
Windows Media Remote 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: HTPC
Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › HTPC › Streacom Passive HTPC Build