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post #761 of 7085
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Originally Posted by CaptainZombie View Post

Any particular hand file that you could recommend which I could pickup at a Menards or Home Depot? Not sure what ASRock engineers were thinking here by placing a tall cap near the CPU socket.

I could always get a cheap dremel and try to cut around this.

I agree, this is an awesome case and very stealthy in a media center. I hope that Silverstone is reading through this thread collecting ideas and thoughts for their next version.

Personally, the AXP-100 or Muscle might be one of the better air coolers to go with due to its size. Looking at picture of the NT06 it engulfs the entire motherboard from users pics and what Jim also posted here.

The difference between the AXP-100 vs. AXP-100 muscle is:

1. There is one less bracket included with the muscle for mounting larger fans. After reading reports that the larger fans do not help, good move by Thermalright to remove this bracket.

2. The Muscle is easier to install, no bracket is used for the back of the mobo. You just use 4 screws and plastic washers through the rear of the motherboard which then the pillars screw on to that. Very easy.

3. There is a bracket not applied to the Muscle that was on the original. Reading from reviews, it didn't make a difference.

4. The fan is black if that makes a difference.

5. No decorative caps on the heat pipe ends, which was there for visual appearance.

6. I've always used Arctic Silver 5 with excellent results.

Crap, forgot about the compound! Thanks for the detailed differences. I wasn't sure if it still had the bracket at the back of the MB, to me thats a plus thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by whoanelly View Post

Crap, forgot about the compound! Thanks for the detailed differences. I wasn't sure if it still had the bracket at the back of the MB, to me thats a plus thumb.gif

Your welcome! Yeah, the bracket is no longer in the back but you still have to place screws through with the rear though which isn't bad.

The Muscle does come with its own thermal compound, but I am not sure if it is any good.

For the price, I would go with the Muscle even to save $10-$15 since this is a updated version.
post #763 of 7085
Thanks guys, I will put my order out in a second! thumb.gif

Unfortunately there are some parts not available at my supplier (including the case), so I will have to wait probably at least 2 weeks. I will post pictures when I have it!

The final system (I swapped to the ASRock mainboard, as it´s proven that the AXP-100 fits and there are also good reviews):

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($227.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone RVZ01B Mini ITX Desktop Case ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply ($69.36 @ Amazon)
Total: $1107.28
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-01 09:15 EDT-0400)
post #764 of 7085
http://www.frostytech.com/top5_lowprofile_heatsinks.cfm

Looks like the zalman cnps8900 is a winner in the shorties.
post #765 of 7085
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http://www.frostytech.com/top5_lowprofile_heatsinks.cfm

Looks like the zalman cnps8900 is a winner in the shorties.

Its not a question of if its capable of cooling, its that there are different reports of the noise level from this cooler. I've heard everything from silent to worse than stock fan.
post #766 of 7085
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Originally Posted by CaptainZombie View Post

Any particular hand file that you could recommend which I could pickup at a Menards or Home Depot? Not sure what ASRock engineers were thinking here by placing a tall cap near the CPU socket.

I could always get a cheap dremel and try to cut around this.

This file set is inexpensive and should work just perfect for that little job http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-File-Set-3-Piece-22103HDN/203243960/

And ASRock followed INTELS exclusion area for the top of the motherboard, it's thermaltakes fault for making the bracket that way unfortunately. You can see the white line on the motherboard that shows the exclusion area as dictated by intel.

An inexpensive dremel would be a good investment for future use also though, biggrin.gif
post #767 of 7085
I am thinking about getting this case. Any suggestions on what I should do? I am noob to computer building.
post #768 of 7085
This review seems to think the original AXP-100 is slightly better:



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Originally Posted by CaptainZombie View Post

2. The Muscle is easier to install, no bracket is used for the back of the mobo. You just use 4 screws and plastic washers through the rear of the motherboard which then the pillars screw on to that. Very easy.
I've heard you didn't have to use it on v1 either.
Edited by OCPG - 4/1/14 at 10:26am
post #769 of 7085
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This file set is inexpensive and should work just perfect for that little job http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-File-Set-3-Piece-22103HDN/203243960/

And ASRock followed INTELS exclusion area for the top of the motherboard, it's thermaltakes fault for making the bracket that way unfortunately. You can see the white line on the motherboard that shows the exclusion area as dictated by intel.

An inexpensive dremel would be a good investment for future use also though, biggrin.gif

God what would I do without my Dremel??? That thing does EVERYTHING! It's like JB Weld, the zip tie, duct tape, and Teflon ribbon!
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post #770 of 7085
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Originally Posted by Jimhans1 View Post

This file set is inexpensive and should work just perfect for that little job http://m.homedepot.com/p/Husky-File-Set-3-Piece-22103HDN/203243960/

And ASRock followed INTELS exclusion area for the top of the motherboard, it's thermaltakes fault for making the bracket that way unfortunately. You can see the white line on the motherboard that shows the exclusion area as dictated by intel.

An inexpensive dremel would be a good investment for future use also though, biggrin.gif

Thanks for your help on the filing tool set. Yeah, an inexpensive dremel would probably help with multiple projects.

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Originally Posted by OCPG View Post

This review seems to think the original AXP-100 is slightly better:


I've heard you didn't have to use it on v1 either.

Yeah, I noticed that too with the charts. Some say its the same temps, some say its better, some say the original is better. Just so all over the place.

I didn't know that about the original not needing the back plate.
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