Since I haven't found many builds involving this case and the overall lack of love for it (albeit it being a great layout IMO and lots of room for quiet, air-cooled OC), here is my most recent build, completed just this week.
My build goals were
- Less than 35cm deep, high and wide, smaller is better while still achieving the other goals
- Comfortable layout to enable clean cable management
- VR ready performance and IO
- <20 dBA idle, <30 dBA load
- Can potentially run OS X (hence no Skylake)
- Good value
- Classy outside appearance
- High-quality components
For the most part everything worked out nicely, however my goal of flashing the GPU-Bios and making the card stop its fan while idle sadly failed, as such, the system does not quite manage to stay < 20 dBA, however it is still inaudible or rather indistinguishable from the unavoidable background noise on/off, at roughly 1m distance. (The room has a 34 dB noise level when all controllable noise-sources are shut off).Notes:
The PSU is mounted upside down for additional negative pressure. The oversized CPU-cooler theoretically enables overclocking (which i decided against in favour of silence) and can passively keep the CPU below 60°C most of the time. Even under load the fan is practically inaudible. The strong airflow in the case also handles the exhaust heat of the GPU beautifully, keeping it at 80°C with just 45-50% fan speed (at 22°C ambient temperature). The mainboard came with an external WiFi antenna that I didn't want dangling around, so I routed the cable inside the case and tied the antenna down at one of the HDD mounting holes, which still gives me sufficient signal quality for acceptable 802.11ac speeds.
Caveat: I expect dust to be an issue as the case has no filters... will have to see how that turns out in practice... possibly requiring some modding to add some low profile filters.
Windows 10 runs without issue. The test-install of OSX went without major problems, just the normal driver hassle, no WiFi (can be fixed by swapping the stock PCIe wifi card).
Benchmarks, noise and power measurements are still forthcoming.
Anyway, here is the spec and some pictures for those generally interested or also considering a build in this case.Spec:Case:
Lian Li PC-Q33BGPU:
Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU MiniHDD 1:
Seagate NAS HDD ST3000VN000 3TBHDD 2:
Samsung 850 Evo 500GBMainboard:
16GB HyperX FURY DDR3-1866 CL10 KitCPU:
Intel Core i5 4590 3.30GHzCPU Cooling:
be quiet! Dark Rock 3System Fan:
be quiet! Silent Wings 2 PWM 120x120x25mmATX Cables: