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Hi all, long-time reader here, and first-time poster.

I'd like to get some feedback on a silent ITX build I'm considering, built on Lian Li's PC-Q11R.

Components as follows:

* ZOTAC H67 ITX Motherboard

* Intel i5 3.1 GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge Processor

* SPARKLE Nvidia GTS 450 1GB Fanless Graphics Card

* Corsair 4GB XMS 1333 (x2) - 8GB Memory

* Crucial RealSSD 128GB Sata III SSD

* Sony Black SATA DVD Burner

And for Case/Cooling:

* Lian Lis PC-Q11R ITX Micro Tower

* SeaSonic 400W Modular Fanless PSU

* Thermalright AXP-140 RT Fanless CPU Heatsink


I guess my main question is whether there will be enough airflow from the single 140mm fan to keep everything cool?

Thoughts? Suggestions? Critiques?
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By the looks of the pics in the link, that case seems well designed to draw air in well and at strategic points.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImage=11-112-298-Z02&ISList=11-112-298-Z01%2c11-112-298-Z02%2c11-112-298-Z03%2c11-112-298-Z04%2c11-112-298-Z05%2c11-112-298-Z06%2c11-112-298-Z07%2c11-112-298-Z08&S7ImageFlag=1&Item=N82E16811112298&Depa=0&WaterMark=1&Description=LIAN%20LI%20PC-Q11R%20Red%20Aluminum%20Mini-ITX%20Tower%20Computer%20Case

IMHO, I'd look at a PS with a quiet fan to help out.
    
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I'd probably worry the most about the graphics card keeping cool enough. BFG (I used to work for them) had a passive 9800 GT that had a really high failure rate because people were using them with near zero airflow trying to build near completely passive systems like what you are trying to do. I've also seen Gigabyte passive cards have the same problem. Somehow I don't think the Sparkle passive card is immune to overheating due to too little airflow.

You want to double check that the heatsink fits the board without bumping into the graphics card.
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Great, thanks for the input.

I'll change the graphics card to an actively cooled one instead. I looked into getting an after-market cooler, but it looks like most of them will be too big.

Cheers!
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I think you might be able to get a scythe shuriken in there. Might measure and see. It would be a great cpu cooler.

Since you mentioned it would be for gaming, I'd suggest going with a 6870 with the dual fan coolers. Its a good GPU that tends to run cool (for gaming hardware) and the dual fans will help. (or for about $50 more, you can go to a 6950 dual fan).

Like this one from gigabyte (actually, it's a three fan) $209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357&cm_re=6870-_-14-125-357-_-Product

Edit: an additional thought, it might wreck your concept of the build, but what do you think of an external radiator for cooling (WC that is)?
Edited by beldecca - 5/5/11 at 7:25am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beldecca;13390487 
I think you might be able to get a scythe shuriken in there. Might measure and see. It would be a great cpu cooler.

Since you mentioned it would be for gaming, I'd suggest going with a 6870 with the dual fan coolers. Its a good GPU that tends to run cool (for gaming hardware) and the dual fans will help. (or for about $50 more, you can go to a 6950 dual fan).

Like this one from gigabyte (actually, it's a three fan) $209
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125357&cm_re=6870-_-14-125-357-_-Product

A highly doubt that 6870 would fit in that case due to its length. You would probably be looking at a card about the length of 5770 to put in there.

Edit: 5770 is around 8 inches.
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Hi,

I'm running the Thermalright AXP-140 RT with the stock fan on another rig, and its an excellent low profile cooler.

I looked around for something for quite a while and found this was the best low profile cooler around. I really, really tried to convince myself the Noctua NH-C14 would work for me, but in the end the AXP-140 RT won!

Even with the fan strapped to the top, its very quite. I would suggest you use the fan at a very RPM. Something like the Noctua NF-P12 with the ULNA cable, you get 64cfm @ 12.6dBa.

I'm still deciding on the case design right now, still have the cardboard box sitting there waiting for me to be bothered.
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Hmm, the SSD is around 220$ with up to 355MB/s, right?
The OCZ Agility 3 120GB has read speeds up to 500MB/s + and about the same write speed. AND its cheaper.
Here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227726
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just dont get 60gb drives they are SLOW for ssd drives...
a friend got the vertex 3 60gb and its not faster than a WD black edition 1TB in writing speeds, sure its faster in random reading but , hard to justify those SSD prices...

how are the marvel controller of the crucial drive you are checking out?
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Scythe Shuriken is a must for an ITX build
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