Ordered the CPU today. Just happened to look on Amazon and it was down to $199, a $30 difference from NewEgg, and $20 down from the lowest I've seen it online so far. Came really close to ordering the motherboard as well, but I'm heading to the hills to go camping this weekend, so I thought better of it as it would bring my funds down pretty low... will take another look on Sunday night or Monday maybe. Ordered some Startech 6" round SATA cables
I'm considering sleeving the PicoPSU and SATA cables. The cost of tools and materials will be high enough that I will likely have someone do it for me, who already has everything, and is experienced at doing it. The PicoPSU only has 14 wires total, and I don't plan on sleeving anything in the future at this point, so I think that would be the best route to take.
I've also been reading some threads about de-lidding Ivy Bridge processors to replace the stock TIM. Seems easy enough, with some big gains to be had in cooling performance, which is pretty critical in a passively cooled case, so I may consider doing this as well. Anyone know if it's best to replace the TIM on a video card as well?
Originally Posted by She loved E
pretty sweet. love that case (never seen it before)
Thanks! I forget how I came across them... just looking through lots and lots of Mini-ITX cases, trying to find something that'd actually look good in a living room. I have an nMediaPC 6000B case which is considered an HTPC case, but it's basically the size of a mid-tower laid down on it's side. It blends well with the rest of the home theater equipment, but it's still a giant, and not nearly as good looking as the Wesena/Streacom/Origen cases.
Originally Posted by armourcore9brker
Looking forward to this. Jealous about that 7750. I want one.
There have been some reviews with the 7750 running next to the wall of a case with almost no ventilation and it was fine. Now that case probably had front to back airflow so I can't be sure.
This should be a good build.
That's good to hear. I've looked into other ways to help cool it, and found the Thermalright HR-11
, but I wonder how effective it would really be in a passive case. Hell I don't know if I'd even have room in there for it...