Just finished my new bedroom build using the Antec ISK110 case with i5 4570S, 8gigs if ram, 60gb SSD, 250gig 5200rpm drive from old laptop. Did a few little mods to improve cooling efficiency too. Icy Diamond Tim for one thing.
Thanks for the advice I received in this thread. In the end I went for a 4570S 65w to play it safe with the OEM PSU seeing as I would be fitting a HDD as well as SSD. Given that I am coming from a D525 Atom powered Arctic MC001 mini PC and 8 year old Dell before that, the 2.9ghz 4570S is still a revelation in the bedroom.........a bit like myself really
I'd read about concerns about excessive heat on the rear mounted 2.5" drives in reviews. I was removing the HDD from the old Arctic and installing an SSD in that machine for win7 & XBMC use for my father when I realised that the HDD thermal pad and thick metal foil 'heatsink' that is fitted to every Arctic is exactly what I needed to help keep my drives cool in the ISK110. Luckily I have another 5 Arctic MC001 xbmc machines in the house (got them in February during the €99 Amazon sell off). These other machine run Openelec off USB thumb drives and so the drive enclosure thermal pads and heat foil are not used. I took 4 of the Thermal pads and 1 heat foil and covered the exposed parts of both the SSD and HDD with the pads and then adhered the foil on top. The foil is thick enough to stand when held in a corner so its not like the stuff you roast your Thanksgiving Turkey in
the foil is self adhesive and is stuck to the chassis, thus transferring heat to the chassis as well ensuring lots of surface area to absorb the heat and conduct it to the sides of the case where the CPU cooler can help move it out of the case. Last thing I did on this side was to use the dense compressible foam pad that came inside my 4570S tray box between the back of the CPU socket and the HDD mounted right behind it. This was to insulate the HDD from the heat from the back of the socket.
Here's my cable management such as it is!
Heres a fan cowling I made from some black kydex plastic I had lying around. The reason I did this was because of something I observed with another little tech ghetto mod I did for my new ASUS RT-N66U router and ISP router its bridged from. Both get very very hot so I used an old sandy bridge i5 stock cooler without heatsink that happened to fit snugly within the plastic frame of the ASUS' upright stand. Powered off a 12v phone charger, it blows right in the rear vents of the ASUS keeping it cool to the touch. I noticed that a ton of air was flung off the tips of the fan blades as there is no cowling on these fans unlike conventional PC fans. There was more than enough flow and pressure to the side of the blades to also blow in the vents of my ISP' cable modem and keep it cool too.
I figure there was a ton of wasted airflow just coming straight back out the full cover mesh top of the ISK110. The cowling forces all the air to pass through the heatsink instead.
I then made a cover with fan cutout for under the mesh from another piece if black kydex. This prevents the warm air from the heatsink from merely deflecting off the motherboard and back out the top mesh only to be recycled by the fan. The air is forced to pass other components requiring some cooling on its way out its only escape routes out the side vents.
End result before I robbed a pair of my GF's black pantyhose to use as a dust filter under the mesh
Photos of the unconventional bedroom workstation this PC is mounted to, to follow......Edited by Calibos - 9/6/13 at 1:43pm