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Recently built a workstation/HTPC rig around an Antec ISK 110 case.

Core i5-3570K + Gigabyte H61N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard (Microcenter combo)
Intel HD 4000 graphics
2x4GB 30nm Samsung DDR3
128GB Samsung 830 SSD
500GB WD Scorpio Blue HDD


This case is a bit of a cable management nightmare, and you can basically forget about neat cable management in this case. There is simply not enough room. The best you can do is keep the wires out of the CPU fan's way, and that's about it. However, the form factor is incredible considering that there is a 3570K and two drives inside.

I initially had some reservations about putting a 3570K into a case with a 90W PSU, but after some extensive research I learned that a 90W PSU would be more than sufficient for a 3570K that was not going to be overclocked. I checked out the PSU that came with the ISK 110, and it comes with a nice power brick made by Delta. The internal DC-DC converter has Nippon Chemi-Con caps and looks well-made. It has no trouble running the hardware in this rig even at full load. Even a 30-minute run of Prime95 was fine without any undervolting.

Exterior:




Assembled:


Back side, showing SSD and 2.5" HDD:


Close-up of DC-DC converter, showing Nippon Chemi-Con capacitors:



Size comparison with a standard 3.5" WD Caviar Black hard drive:



Edited by 996gt2 - 12/3/12 at 3:10pm
     
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Excellent! Glad it worked out with the PSU smile.gif
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Nice! Makes me want to start my sff build. Why can't February come here fast enough? FFFUUUU

EDIT: Wrong month lol
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 996gt2 View Post

Added pics

Wow, very professional looking pics! thumb.gif
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Damn it amazes me how much computing power you can squeeze into such a small form factor, I've seen 3.5" portable HDD bigger than that. 996gt2 your builds are always great with awesome photography too.
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killer, man... very impressive and IMO a lot cleaner execution (wire mgmt) than you're giving yourself credit for.

Any idea if there's a way to get a 200W PSU into that thing? Would be fun to hack the mesh off that panel, run a full-size cooler (Noctua, Megahalems, etc) and crank the volts.
 
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would this SFF be able to do any gaming since it has no GPU. Would it be able to run something along the lines of Dota 2?
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killer, man... very impressive and IMO a lot cleaner execution (wire mgmt) than you're giving yourself credit for.

Any idea if there's a way to get a 200W PSU into that thing? Would be fun to hack the mesh off that panel, run a full-size cooler (Noctua, Megahalems, etc) and crank the volts.

Yes, you can use a Pico-PSU (google it), I think they go up to 150W or perhaps 200W. And the side panel can be removed, there is no cutting required.
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would this SFF be able to do any gaming since it has no GPU. Would it be able to run something along the lines of Dota 2?

The HD4000 graphics on the 3570K can handle quite a few games pretty decently, as long as you're not trying to play at 1080P or higher on max detail settings.
Edited by 996gt2 - 12/2/12 at 8:56am
     
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post #10 of 90

If I wanted to use an A10-5800K with this build and I bought a 150W pico-PSU, how would I plug it in?

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