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Habey EMC-600 HTPC w/ Simple Mods

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Habey is mainly a server OEM but they make some nice/cheap mITX case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006519%2050012730%2040000412%20600265855&IsNodeId=1&name=Less%20than%20100W

An thick aluminum mITX case with a 60w PSU for $50-65 shipped. The 800 line supports a slot-load disk drive while the thinner 600 line does not. Also, EMC-600B is matte while EMC-600BL is brushed.

So with such a simple case, there are design issue that are relative simple to solve. I'm running an AMD E-350 APU (18w TDP) in this case. The idle temperature of the GPU is 75C and the load temperature was hitting 100C! This was causing the system to shutdown. My HDD's temperature was at 57C which is much higher than what I consider acceptable. With the minor tweaks below, I got the GPU down to 65C idle and 85C loaded while the HDD is a much more comfortable 40C.

I was considering cutting out a 120mm hole on the side panel and making it look nice with a fan grill. However, I don't think I have to anymore with temps under control.


Components
Habey EMC-600S with 60w PSU
GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard. I replaced the stock 15x40mm fan with a thicker 25mm one.
500GB Momentus XT
2x2GB Samsung "Wonder RAM"


Everything is nice and tight fit:


The biggest problem is the HDD mounting bracket which spans almost the entire case. This thing is suppose to fit two 2.5" HDDs but on most motherboards it will sit directly above the heatsink. The HDD gets hot and the HSF gets even less airflow... this is in any configuration. I wish Habey realized this massive design fail... it's a mITX case and the CPU/GPU is the hottest thing in the case so why place any obstructions near it to make things worse!? (NOTE: The HDD is actually mounted under the bracket. I placed it on top for demonstration purposes.)





Since I am using a slightly thicker fan, this is the only way my HDD would fit with the bracket without modification.


The solution is actually quite simple..... move the HDD location away from the CPU area. The HDD actually fits fine over the PSU. DUH to Habey engineers! In fact, you can just mount the HDD to the side panel with relative ease.


There are air vents in the case and they just about fit. I had to shave less than 1mm so the HDD's screw hole would line. It's barely noticeable.


Another annoying thing about cases these days are the ultra-intensive LEDs. This is especially annoying as a HTPC as it is quite distracting in a dark room. My simple fix is to place a folded piece of white paper in front of the LEDs to reduce the light.


The PSU also has a very bright blue LED which is pretty unnecessary. I just placed a piece of electrical tape over it.


Since there's not much airflow, I took the motherboard's original fan and zipped tied to the case.


Edited by DuckieHo - 9/13/13 at 7:20pm
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Awesome little build thumb.gif
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Very nice! I like how the mods were so simple and cost effective (what, couple pennies for the cable ties?) yet had real impact on temperatures without going to extremes and putting gaping holes all over the case. thumb.gif
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Cut a hole in the panel for better airflow.


Moved the power plug from the side of the case to the back.... don't understand why this isn't the standard design...

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I agree, small modifications to suit your needs (and fix Habey's mistakes) much better!
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