Originally Posted by RaduZ
Hey guys, I also have a 5350 paired with that AsRock board with the dc plug. What can I do with the pc? I need a few ideas. I use it as a htpc now but since I have a smart tv it's not that usefull :-?
This I copied (with a few edits) from a review I posted on newegg:
What I used:
Gelid Slim Hero cpu cooler
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
Silverstone MILO Series ML06B HTPC case
2 sticks of low profile ram I had sitting around
Old laptop charger
How I did it:
I used the intel mounting brackets and snipped one end off of each leg and drilled holes in the proper location to match the holes in the motherboard. Then used some small nylon nuts, bolts and washers to attach it. I tossed the fan that came with it into a drawer.
Note: low profile ram MUST be used and, believe me, you need to install it prior to mounting the heatsink if you use both ram slots.
If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the electrons bumping into each other.
Tests were made running with NO FANS, with the case closed and with an ambient air temp of 27c. (I live in the desert)
Running prime 95 I got the following temps;
It took 5 minutes to reach 50c
10 minutes to reach 55c
20 minutes to reach 61c
It never went beyond 61c while running for 90 minutes.
The motherboard temp maxed out at 55c
These temps were from the BIOS and SpeedFan
Since, as far as I can tell, this CPU is rated for up to 90c, I'm very satisfied with the results.
It's intended purpose is to run XBMC (now KODI), watch a few on line videos, listen to music, web surfing and a few very low end kids games (the boys are 8 and 6 so no hard core games). All encoding, ripping etc is handled by a different machine and files are stored on a dedicated file server.
It plays videos like a champ while at 13% cpu load.
My Kill-A-Watt meter reads roughly 19 watts while watching videos and 13 watts while idle.
It has run 24/7 without a single hiccup the entire time.
With no fans, it doesn't suck in any dust (desert and I have a Husky) and the heat rising keeps dust from settling down from the top vents. I've opened it a couple of times and gave it a quick blast of canned air just to make myself feel better, but it really wasn't needed.
While watching videos, I've never noticed the cpu temp going beyond 51c.Edited by Jack13 - 1/28/16 at 5:29pm