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I've been looking to format a sff build using this i3 2100 I have sitting around.

Newegg has the PC-Q08b in sale for $90 shipped right now. I'm just wondering If it's a good deal or not.

I plan on using it for a backup storage and htpc build. The hdd capacity is what interests me the most.

I'm also wondering if it's possible to fit an h60 in it.

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Originally Posted by Droogie View Post

I've been looking to format a sff build using this i3 2100 I have sitting around.

Newegg has the PC-Q08b in sale for $90 shipped right now. I'm just wondering If it's a good deal or not.

I plan on using it for a backup storage and htpc build. The hdd capacity is what interests me the most.

I'm also wondering if it's possible to fit an h60 in it.

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Well, merely guessing but you might be able to fit an H60 is you remove the HDD cages but that leaves you without the storage you want.
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correct me if im wrong but

i3 2100 cannot be overclocked

u wish to use the pc as a htpc/storage

therefore shouldnt a stock cooler suffice...
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correct me if im wrong but

i3 2100 cannot be overclocked

u wish to use the pc as a htpc/storage

therefore shouldnt a stock cooler suffice...

Not really. They're garbage. I like keeping my stuff really cool.

Worse comes to worse, I'll get a low profile heatsink. I would just rather have a closed loop cooler.

I did find out an h50 will fit up top, but it doesn't give much clearance between it and the psu.

Nobody has answered the main question yet. How is the case overall?

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Originally Posted by Droogie View Post

Not really. They're garbage. I like keeping my stuff really cool.

Worse comes to worse, I'll get a low profile heatsink. I would just rather have a closed loop cooler.

I did find out an h50 will fit up top, but it doesn't give much clearance between it and the psu.

Nobody has answered the main question yet. How is the case overall?

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Stock coolers are not "garbage." They are "sufficient." Keeping the CPU cooler (unless under extreme circumstances) does absolutely nothing for stability or longevity. It only helps appease the OCD in you. I've done some testing and with a quiet fan profile in BIOS, the stock Intel cooler usually runs around 1000-1200RPM, which you can't hear unless you are almost pressing your ear to the PC. Also, unless you like to mine for Bitcoins using your CPU or do Folding or whatever to run the CPU 100% loaded 100% of the time, temperatures will probably be around 35-45°C. Yes, that is stock cooler with silent fan profile. That is, unless you botch the mounting. Oh yeah, and the stock thermal compound already on the bottom of the cooler works great the first time you use it, so no need to use aftermarket TIMs unless you remove/remount the stock cooler.

A closed loop cooler will fit at the top 120mm case fan location, with these caveats.
1) Use a slim 120mm fan. EXAMPLES
2) Use one with a slim radiator. The H60 has a slim radiator. The H80 does not. Those are just examples.
If you really, really want to use a closed loop cooler (understanding fully that it is 100% money wasted with a Core i3) you should keep an eye out for deals. When using the same fan, there is probably not much performance difference among the various closed loop coolers with similarly thin radiators. For instance I've seen deals on the Antec Kuhler H20 620, and the Zalman LQ-310. Heck, the LQ-310 was available a few times for $30 after rebate. Also, the Corsair Hydro H50 is pretty similar to the "new" H60 in that it uses similar tubing and radiator, just a different pump. Also, the "new" H60 (and above) cost more because of the upgraded fan which you won't use if you buy a slim fan. Those pumps on all these that I've mentioned use a twist-on mounting style, meaning they are probably all from the same Asetek factory (in China? tongue.gif ). The good thing about these is that they are so ubiquitous that you can buy pre-made mounting kits to use them on other products or sockets. For instance, oh look, a $6 GPU bracket! This gives you the potential to re-purpose the cooler.

I do not have a Lian Li PC-Q08B. I do have, however, a Lian Li PC-Q11B and Lian Li PC-Q07B within arms reach of me right now, and have owned numerous larger Lian Li cases in the past. In general they are pretty nice. Not the most feature filled (no HDD dock at the top, no crazy toolless HDD trays, etc.) but they are decent quality and look fabulous (hear it in your mind in an effeminate voice - more entertaining that way). If you have the need/desire for that many HDD bays, then you are pretty much limited to the PC-Q08, PC-Q25, TU200 and similar Lian Li cases, or the Fractal Design ITX cases. Can't go wrong with any of them.

As to "is it a good deal?" Normal price is $130, so $90 is decent. I see it bottoming out at $80 but that may have been a Shellshocker special. $90 is very close to historic low. Go forth and prosper, my son. thumb.gif

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Yeah. I don't like my cpu to idle anywhere near that, especially considering the case will be sitting in an entertainment center. Not a lot of air in it. There is one shelf that will JUST fit something like this. Plus, I already have the h60 from a previous build that never happened.
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Originally Posted by Droogie View Post

Yeah. I don't like my cpu to idle anywhere near that, especially considering the case will be sitting in an entertainment center. Not a lot of air in it. There is one shelf that will JUST fit something like this. Plus, I already have the h60 from a previous build that never happened.

If you already have the H60, then just buy a slim fan and you are good with the PC-Q08B. thumb.gif

Intel 1155 Stock Cooler Comparison

The all-aluminum stock cooler (what comes with Core i3) idles at around 9° over ambient temperatures and loads at 32° over. Hardly hot, for a free and miniscule HSF that is nearly inaudible idling.
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Eh. I opted to go mATX instead. I have an Antec Minuet sitting here, so all I need is a cheap board for it. Might just put the h60 on Craigslist or something. Just couldn't justify that much money into a case for this kind of purpose
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My i3 2100 sat on a stock cooler for a year and never broke 50c. I mean... It's an i3...

The only reason I have a different cooler on it is because it's an ASETEK 760GC
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