I've been building my own PCs for years, but last year in a Windows 8 hate fueled rage I went out and bought a Mac, and all was well with the world for a while.....untill I got bored with not being able to tinker and upgrade, and not having decent graphics performance. On top of that OSX Mavericks is "meh...is that all...." and Windows 8.1 is a big improvement.
So, for my first post here I thought I'd post my WIP build here. It's not an n200, but the Silencio 352 is basically the same case with a new front and a bit of sound dampening thrown in.
The basic philosophy behind the build was something smallish (hey, I had a Mac Mini, and this is WAY bigger than that!) but still keep my options open as much as possible when it comes to doing some over clocking, or adding another GPU in SLI, or more RAM etc. And keep the cost reasonable. I also want to keep it as quiet at idle as I can, but don't mind if the fans crank up a bit under load. Used for gaming (although I'm not really into FPS at the moment, more Path of Exile, and Starcraft kind of stuff) running a few VMs now and then, photo editing, and general web surfing etc.
SInce those photos I have removed the lower hard drive cage and screwed the drive to the bottom of the case with some rubber grommets to dampen any vibrations. (The 2TB seagate is by far the loudest thing in the PC at the moment.) I turned it 180 degrees so that the connectors are at the back enabling me to run everything off 1 SATA power cable and remove the other one. But now I need to tidy the cables that were tucked behind the drive cage.
Next I want to upgrade the stock cooling, and maybe get a mild overclock going. Some of the other photos in this thread have inspired me to want to install a Seidon 240M with Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition fans, and AF120 Quiet Edition fans in the back and top positions. I think the red rims would work for my build. (It's kind of dumb, I don't have a window, and never look inside the case, so why does it matter what it looks like? But it does!) Anyone with this kind of setup I'd be interested in hearing how well it works for you. Or maybe more conventional air cooling?
I may have to find a quieter alternative to the hard drive too....either get a quieter drive, or put this one in my server and store all my data there.Edited by DarkSideConvert - 12/12/13 at 8:33am