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So, I'm just going to copy paste my posts from Hardforum, since I can't view the images at work. I'll edit it later!

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Guess I'll be holding off on an optical drive... meh, still might buy one, after tonight, I'm going to do some shopping on newegg. First, with my Noctua U9B SE2 tower heatsink, I can't fit a top fan. The cooler is only 125mm high. Second, with the same cooler, I can't fit the PSU in the case, pictures below show the distance from the front of the case to the cooler and to the PSU. It's approximately the same distance, which leaves no room to plug in cables. Sucky. I don't want to see this case getting bigger, so I think I'll opt for the short Nexus PSU. Anyone want an X-650 for cheap?

I used the rubber washers as 'standoffs' for the motherboard mounts, in the end, they don't do much, the board just rests on the Noctua backplate, but it is secure. Taller mounts are necessary. Luckily, I found some extra long screws with the exact same thread as the motherboard mounts require...I had EXACTLY 4 in some random bag of screws at the bottom of my parts box. Also, the USB/phone/mic jack wouldn't mount without using standoffs. I found some motherboard standoffs that work, they're probably 1-2mm too short, but as you can see in the pictures, it seems alright.

I'm going to rig up a piece of cardboard in the PSU cage that's about the same dimensions as the Nexus and see what kind of space I'm left with. I really really want to go to a Thermalright AXP-140 for the heatsink. It's huge, and would need the Nexus length to be pretty exact. Worst case, I have to bend some fins, but it would look ridiculous, and I'm all for that. Anyway, here's some pics.

Oh, I'm considering mounting the 80mm fans on the outside of the case, and route their cables through one of the unused ports on the i/o panel, got one pic below.













and I intend this thing to be whisper quiet, so this thing's going on the video card, those are low speed,2x120mm, 12mm thick Scythe's.




edit- just looked it up, the Noctua is only 95mm wide, so, basically, if you want to air cool, it can't be much taller than the stock heatsink, and it can't be wider, unless it's width extends more toward the rear of the case. With 160mm PSUs, that's all we'll be able to fit, unless the retail product grows. Any word on that Matt? I'm not saying I'd like it to get bigger, just curious.
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So, having some issues with the case. I couldn't get the video card to seat properly with the side bracket in place. picture-



Had to take it out, but once I did that, I had an issue where the top screws on the 5850 were interfering-



Removed them, as they don't seem to be too important, and then went to install. The next issue I was greeted with was the lack of threading on the two screw holes for the video card's i/o bracket. The holes have absolutely no threading to them. I managed to get two screws halfway in, they're typically the smaller diameter/smaller thread screws used for securing the motherboard. So, they're sticking up about halfway, but doing a good enough job at securing the card, since I'm using the machine to write this.

Still contemplating getting the Silverstone PSU, i'll try and make a decision by tonight.

The vga-side bracket for the case seems to not want to line up correctly if the video card is installed. Here's what the front of the case and the bracket look like if I install the video card,



I can't get the front screw holes to line up.


To everyone who has the case, how the heck did you mount the front USB/phone/mic cluster?? I tried it upside down, but I think the screws are causing the traces to short, so none of the usb devices I connect to it are recognized.
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Picture update time! New PSU, slim fans, and fan controller arrived today, finally got to install everything and close the damn cover! Only thing missing is the Thermalright AXP-140, but I've definitely got room for it with the Silverstone PSU, that thing is the perfect size for this case.







Put the T-Balancer on the back of the PSU, perfect/only place for it. I didn't wire the temperature sensors yet since they say to mount them to the heatsinks, and I haven't installed them yet.



This is going on the AXP-140, and that thing on the right is going on the northbridge.


What isn't really visible in the next pictures is that the optical drive is slightly recessed, I'll need to adjust it. I'm not in a rush to do that, since I ordered the wrong SATA adapter for it, so I can't even use it.





So, was I the only one that didn't get mounting hardware for the buttons?



And here's the rear.



Hopefully the AXP-140 will be here tomorrow, and I'll install that, the NB heatsink, and the T-Rad2 GTX when it gets here. Biggest issue I had with the case was getting the front screw holes to line up. Took FOREVER. Also, my USB panel isn't working. Neither the USB or the headphone/mic will work. Not sure why that is, I installed it properly this time.

I'll also install a 120mm fan on top when the AXP gets here, can't fit one in with the Noctua U9B installed.
here's what's inside-
- i5-750 @3.2ghz, Thermalright AXP-140 incoming, will use 140mm Scythe fan
- DFI P55-T36
- Mushkin 2x2gb DDR3-1600 1.35v
- WD 6400AAKS
- HD 5850, soon to have a T-Rad2 GTX w/2xScythe slim slipstreams
- Silverstone ST45SF 450W SFX PSU
- T-Balancer Fan controller
- Slot-Loading DVD-RW drive
- Zalman NB heatsink to be installed soon

In final system I'll have the following fans installed:
2x80mm Enermax Twister for rear intake
4x120mm 12mm Scythe fans on GPU+side exhaust
1x120mm Gentle Typhoon top intake
1x140mm Scythe on AXP-140

Really was hoping I could fit an X-650 in here, but unless I go to water cooling, that wont be possible. The Silverstone is the perfect size, and lets me mount the T-Balancer to it, otherwise I'd have nowhere to put the thing, and a fan controller is definitely necessary to control the noise in this little box.

I can't see the pictures at work, so let me know if there's an issue with them. Here's a link to the Hardforum thread: http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1507180

Special thanks to Lan-Gear!
Edited by ryboto - 8/2/10 at 7:01am
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that is so small and epic .

do you have a link to the original posts?
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that is so small and epic .

do you have a link to the original posts?
Check the thread I linked to, the posts I quoted are from pages 28-31. Also, a user, MassiveOverkill put his up in picture form in his own thread over there:
http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1535164
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Thanks for sharing those awesome impressions. I was kinda sceptic if an H50 could fit but looking at MassiveOverkill's pictures it's possible.
    
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wow! nice case


so whats the noise like with that ? got any scores on benches ?

    
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wow! nice case


so whats the noise like with that ? got any scores on benches ?

Well, my system isn't high end, so you can probably make assumptions as to it's performance. Noise is high now, since all fans are running at full speed. I haven't had time to play with the T-Balanacer. I think the 3-pin Y-splitters I got are probably playing with it, since they appear to use both RPM sensing wires, so it's feeding two RPM sensing signals to the T-Balancer. The Noctua Y-Splitter on the U9B only sends 1.
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what are you talking about ?

its a gaming rig and it is sweet !
there isnt any game it couldn't play great that is out right now. its a purpose driven machine for portability and lan-gaming. and still prob better then 95% of machines that show up @ lan parties

anyways i was wondering on what your experience with that DFI board is?
i had it but had to rma it because i flashed bios through windows like a noob. DFI doesnt like w7/vista flashing.
    
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what are you talking about ?

its a gaming rig and it is sweet !
there isnt any game it couldn't play great that is out right now. its a purpose driven machine for portability and lan-gaming. and still prob better then 95% of machines that show up @ lan parties

anyways i was wondering on what your experience with that DFI board is?
i had it but had to rma it because i flashed bios through windows like a noob. DFI doesnt like w7/vista flashing.
I haven't attempted to flash it yet, I hadn't seen the need. My only gripe with the board is the flaky USB power. If I have my USB wifi adapter, usb mouse, and BT adapter, it's fine. If I ad one more device, to any of the usb slots, the wifi adapter goes crazy and I can't get the system to recognize it unless I unplug it and plug it back in.
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yeah i only flashed it to "properly" support the clarkdale(i5 6XX) chip i had.

you know what? i have been having a similar issue with my mouse being flaky when i connected my external HDD through the USB with my gigabyte board. i would have to move my mouse to a different USB stack to get it to come on again.

i may take off the the H50 Pump off of the mainboard and see how it does.


i wonder if the powered Sata port on your board has the same issues....
    
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yeah i only flashed it to "properly" support the clarkdale(i5 6XX) chip i had.

you know what? i have been having a similar issue with my mouse being flaky when i connected my external HDD through the USB with my gigabyte board. i would have to move my mouse to a different USB stack to get it to come on again.

i may take off the the H50 Pump off of the mainboard and see how it does.


i wonder if the powered Sata port on your board has the same issues....
Well, I "solved" the issue by simply using a powered USB hub. I've got a ton of usb crap plugged in now, zero issues. Before it might crap out while downloading something for an extended period, now I've had the PC up for 4 days, and it's yet to disconnect the wifi adapter.
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