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post #1 of 96 (permalink) Old 10-08-2012, 12:00 PM - Thread Starter
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Finally getting around to doing this. Streacom recently updated their passive chassis with better heatsinks/heatpipes (and more of them), and now officially support processors with a TDP of up to 95w, putting an undervolted 3570k well below that spec, so I ordered that instead of the Wesena ITX5 I'd originally planned on. The only concern I have is the video card, and I may have some ventilation cut into the left side to give it some air... will do testing first though.

A few skeptics in my original thread regarding running this off a pico-psu, so it will be interesting seeing the numbers after all is said and done.

Here's the list of parts

Case: Streacom FC8WS EVO $186.75 - Delivered
PSU: PicoPSU 160XT + 192w Adapter $86.59 - Delivered
CPU: Intel Core-i5 3570k $199 - Delivered
MB: ASRock Z77E-ITX $149.99 - Delivered
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series - 8GB DDR3 $40.79 - Delivered
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB $121.67 - Delivered
Storage: OCZ Agility 3 - 60GB - owned / OCZ Solid 3 - 60GB - owned

Total: $815.78

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Streacom FC8WS EVO Front:


Streacom FC8WS EVO Interior:


Streacom FC8WS EVO Interior with drive bay removed:


Misc extras for the case, including four copper heat pipes, and mounts for both AMD and Intel:


160w Pico-PSU and 196w power adapter:


3570k:


Low voltage (1.25v) DDR3:


6" round SATA cables


Z77E-ITX:


SSDs:


Testing fitment:


Lookin' good!


Benchmarks: Prime95 - 90 Minute Run (Click to show)
AS SSD (Click to show)
Something is weird here... should be hitting speeds 3x this. I can only assume it's because the drive is now 90% full (damn games...)
Haven: Default Settings (Click to show)
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3DMark06 (Click to show) HL2: Lost Coast (Click to show)
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Skyrim @ 1080p Ultra Detail 8x AA / 16x AF - Whiterun (Click to show)
2012-10-22 20:57:39 - TESV
Frames: 1730 - Time: 61448ms - Avg: 28.154 - Min: 13 - Max: 46
Winterhold (Click to show)
2012-10-22 21:01:14 - TESV
Frames: 1110 - Time: 48314ms - Avg: 22.975 - Min: 19 - Max: 30
Just Cause 2 @ 1080p - The Dark Tower (Click to show)
2012-10-22 21:30:34 - JustCause2
Frames: 3387 - Time: 120323ms - Avg: 28.149 - Min: 20 - Max: 52
Medieval 2: Total War - 1080p Max detail - 8x AA / 16x AF (Click to show)
2012-10-22 21:45:19 - medieval2
Frames: 8705 - Time: 377429ms - Avg: 23.064 - Min: 14 - Max: 38
Civ5 - 1080p - 2xAA - Max Detail (Click to show)
2012-10-22 23:09:48 - CivilizationV_DX11
Frames: 43315 - Time: 706825ms - Avg: 61.281 - Min: 32 - Max: 338
Crysis - 1080p - 8x AA - Very High (Click to show)
2012-10-22 23:57:59 - crysis
Frames: 3789 - Time: 169776ms - Avg: 22.318 - Min: 10 - Max: 41
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post #2 of 96 (permalink) Old 10-08-2012, 12:48 PM
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Looking forward to this. Jealous about that 7750. I want one. tongue.gif

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. biggrin.gif

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pretty sweet. love that case (never seen it before) and really interested how the cooling and wattage will work given the high spec of the rig. thumb.gif


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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 as well.

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?

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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.
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Looking forward to this. Jealous about that 7750. I want one. tongue.gif
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. biggrin.gif
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...
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So this week I've received almost everything, enough to start putting it together at any rate. The only part I'm still waiting on is the 7750, which I'll order tomorrow.

Today I got around to taking pics of everything as well, so here they are...
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Streacom FC8WS EVO Front:


Streacom FC8WS EVO Interior:


Streacom FC8WS EVO Interior with drive bay removed:


Misc extras for the case, including four copper heat pipes, and mounts for both AMD and Intel:


160w Pico-PSU and 196w power adapter:


3570k:


Low voltage (1.25v) DDR3:


6" round SATA cables


Z77E-ITX:


Testing fitment:


Lookin' good!


I receive my Arctic Silver 5 tomorrow, and will be putting everything together on Saturday while at work, as long as there's no work to do *crosses fingers*
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That PSU looks fine to me, I'd say as long as you don't run LinX and furmark together or something you'll stay below 150W in terms of DC power draw. Ivy's 95W TDP is pessimistic anyway so I'd have no qualms running that build on a PSU I knew could deliver 150W.

Looks like an interesting build though, subbing because I'm curious about your power draw. tongue.gif

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Thanks for the subs everyone smile.gif
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That PSU looks fine to me, I'd say as long as you don't run LinX and furmark together or something you'll stay below 150W in terms of DC power draw. Ivy's 95W TDP is pessimistic anyway so I'd have no qualms running that build on a PSU I knew could deliver 150W.
Looks like an interesting build though, subbing because I'm curious about your power draw. tongue.gif
Don't take my word for it, but armourcore9brker had mentioned that the 196w power supply would actually give the computer up to 196w of power, even with the '160w' Pico-PSU... I have no idea how that works, but even if it can only do the 160w, I'm sure I'll be well under that. I saw a review of the same 7750 the other day used with an 4.4GHz overclocked 2600k, and total system usage was well under 150w under load.

Speaking of the 7750, I ordered it this morning, and it'll be here Saturday. I love Amazon Prime biggrin.gif

Ordered the Kill-a-watt as well, but it won't be here til Tuesday. I didn't feel the need to get that early tongue.gif
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It's 192W btw. tongue.gif

It works because the brick provides 192W of 12V power. The Pico-PSU only takes some of that and converts it to the various other voltages needed for the system. The 12V line just gets passed through the Pico with no extra regulation. I've always had a high power Pico-PSU but a close friend of mine was able to use a 200W Xbox brick with an 80W Pico to power a normal mITX board + a discrete GPU.

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