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Originally Posted by Six-Strings View Post

Screw the tiny, sleek design. I would literally tape a 3.5mm HDD to it with duct tape. Not being able to use two drives internally is the Alpha's stupidest design decision.
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Originally Posted by kandiman View Post

Don't want put a h50 cooler. I will drill some holes and let everyone know if temps have dropped
You might as well go with small form desktop instead of alpha.
post #1352 of 2134
Thanks for the replies!

What 1150 cpu would you recommend for doing quite heavy work (video and photo editing, as well as development)? The gaming performance with my current i3 is good enough for me. I'm just curious as to what performance boosts I would get out of upgrading the cpu.

PS I am already dual booting linux mint 17.3 and windows 10. Would the performance boosts be evident in linux as well?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by GruzzlyBear View Post

Thanks for the replies!

What 1150 cpu would you recommend for doing quite heavy work (video and photo editing, as well as development)? The gaming performance with my current i3 is good enough for me. I'm just curious as to what performance boosts I would get out of upgrading the cpu.

PS I am already dual booting linux mint 17.3 and windows 10. Would the performance boosts be evident in linux as well?

Thanks!

I received a nice all around boost from upgrading to my i5 4690T. Its a Quad Core, 2.5ghz Base, 3.5ghz Boost, 45W TDP CPU. I was able to pick it up for $195 but for some crazy reason the same site is now charging $275...

In theory, if you want to comply and stick with the Alphas power and thermal constraints, the i7 4790T is the best processor you can put in the Alpha. It is a Quad Core, Hypethreaded CPU. 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.7ghz base, 3.9ghz boost, 45w TDP. You won't find one of these for less than $300 though...

You can install an S, Base, or even K series i5/i7 CPU if you want, but it will throttle due to power and heat. So it is a waste and pointless in my opinion. I almost went for the i5 4690S but the 64w TDP is almost double stock CPUs that come in Alphas. Then I seen the 4690T at Star Micro for $195 so I ordered it instantly. It went up to $215 two days later, now a month or so down the line they are asking $275....
post #1354 of 2134
Anyone try a E3-1265L V3?
post #1355 of 2134
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Originally Posted by imyg View Post


You might as well go with small form desktop instead of alpha.

I was going to get a small form factor desktop or build an itx system but i like the alpha form factor.

My plan is to drill some holes and put a dust filter on the top of the case.

Just wanted for one of these filters to be delivered.

www.demcifilter.com/p0008/200mm-Square-Computer-Dust-Filter.aspx
post #1356 of 2134
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Originally Posted by imyg View Post


You might as well go with small form desktop instead of alpha.

Surely if they had enough room to hide that dongle a slot for a 2.5" drive wouldn't have made the device much bigger...
Or even an mSata drive, as the board is basically a laptop board.
post #1357 of 2134
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Originally Posted by kandiman View Post

I was going to get a small form factor desktop or build an itx system but i like the alpha form factor.

My plan is to drill some holes and put a dust filter on the top of the case.

Just wanted for one of these filters to be delivered.

www.demcifilter.com/p0008/200mm-Square-Computer-Dust-Filter.aspx

That filter is too big. I just measured the Alpha. It is a little over 20cm wide. The vent you linked it 200mm, which is 20cm. It is wider than the Alpha.

However, I looked around at the site you linked and measured up the Alpha. If you were to purchase this one, it would work perfect.

http://www.demcifilter.com/p0027/Double-80mm-ID-Computer-Dust-Filter.aspx

This could be placed directly over the top of the fans in the Alpha. Just cut a perfect rectangle out of the lid of the Alpha above the fans, the size of the mesh on this filter, and drop it on top. The black lip around the outside would sit around your hole. I'm thinking about doing this now... lol. The rear vents on the Alpha are just for exhaust. The only real air flow the Alpha's fans get is from the vents on the bottom / bottom sides.
Edited by Rektifying - 1/21/16 at 3:32pm
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Hey Rektifying I actually made a custom order through their website I measured 199mm so I ordered a square filter 199x199. So I hope this is the perfect size for the top. Now i am just waiting to receive the filter in the mail.

I can be the initial tester if you like saves you cutting up your case in case temps do not drop.

I have noticed it's very warm on the top case at the back where the air blows out.
Edited by kandiman - 1/21/16 at 4:23pm
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If the 199x199 is the outside measurements you are golden. This will vent the entire top of the Alpha... haha. I hope it works out for you, but I am more so looking at the rectangular vents. I feel that some pressure/positive air flow is needed in the Alpha as well. I myself, would ideally want a rectangular hole cut out directly above the intakes on the fans. That way they can pull air in from the outside and feed it through the heatsinks and out the back.

Shipping is INSANE though. Not only the price, but did you read the time it takes? I am looking at their products on frozencpu.com. There is obviously not nearly as big of a selection, but they do have one that would work perfectly on the top of the Alpha, directly over the fans. It is only $6.99 too.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/19329/ffi-141/DEMCiflex_Dual_Front_Bay_Filter_85mm_x_153mm_OD_Rectangle_Magnetic_Dust_Fan_Filter.html

Also, my uncle manages / works in a tool and die shop. I sent him a picture of the heatsinks in the Alpha and asked him if I gave them to him, if he could clone them using solid copper instead, making the "fins" thinner but more of them. He said he could do it for me. My Alpha being my only computer though, I don't want to be without it for a couple days... haha. I am going to have him do it though! I will update my temps after I have it done. After he is done with his machining skills, the face that sits flush with the CPU and GPU will be so smooth / polished I will be able to see my reflection. I will end up with dead on flush heat sink mounts made of dense copper, which will conduct / pull heat much better than whatever they are made out of now. Aluminum?
Edited by Rektifying - 1/21/16 at 4:34pm
post #1360 of 2134
Oh dear, Dell's customer support!

I received a defective Alpha from Ebay, which had the GPU fan pins on the mainboard broken off.
Contacted DELL, described the troubleshooting I did, had a quick back and a forth with the sales rep.
Two days later, UPS picks up the Alpha, a week later the mainboard is replaced, free of charge, no questions asked and on its way back to me. Now THAT is much better than I ever expected!

Also got an almost full refund from eBay, the refunded everything but the shipping, so now I have an Alpha (i3, 8 GB, 1 TB) for 21 Euro. Good deal! smile.gif
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