1. #6821
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    Haven't been around in a while, but I recently took a swing at the MiniITX platform. Primary function will be HTPC, but it will double as a small travel friendly workstation. I'm going to Vancouver in a couple of weeks, so I figured now was a good time to build something like this!



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    Silverstone Sugo SG05B Chassis w/ basic 350W PSU
    Asus P8H61-I
    Intel Core i3 2100
    2x2GiB Corsair Value DDR3-1333
    500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12

    When I go to Vancouver, I am nabbing the GeForce GTS250 from my office workstation to use in it, moving my GTX 560Ti from home to the office in case anyone needs to use that machine, and leaving my home tower off, I guess. I'm kind of regretting not going for the 450W version of the Sugo, but at the same time, fitting the 560Ti in that little case might be more trouble than it's worth.

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    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_motherboard1.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_motherboard2.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_motherboard3.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_build1.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_build2.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_build3.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_build4.jpg
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/30058556/exc_build5.jpg

    I'll have more pictures later, when I nab the GTS250 this weekend to test fit it and get it running.
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  2. #6822
    Quote Originally Posted by got3n View Post

    My PC is located behind the wall in my over size walk in closet,that small box is my 12" sub woofer for my surround system, all my wiring feed through the wall down below and hookup to the pc that is on a tv stand along with my stereo receiver, which is also my speaker system for my room/PC. This way any heat that is given off is in the closet, not my room. PS I have an AC vent in the closet so it does still stay cool.
    lol, how do you keep your PC dust free, 2 weeks and i get so much dust in my PC, desk, monitors, everywhere. sucks

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  3. #6823
    Quote Originally Posted by Alka View Post
    lol, how do you keep your PC dust free, 2 weeks and i get so much dust in my PC, desk, monitors, everywhere. sucks
    Well I do clean my room/house on a weekly basis so dust isnt really an issue. I just dust the PC and my entertainment equipment and it stays pretty clean. I have filters on my intake fans so the inside of the pc is semi dust free, and when I do need to clean it out I have a PC vacuum I bought and works very well.

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    Friendly "stay on topic" reminder. If you wanna talk about dust filtering/PC cleaning, feel free to move the discussion to the Computer Forum Chat thread or make a thread.

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    edit: woops went off topic.

    Nice mini-ITX build you've got there Asera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asera View Post
    Haven't been around in a while, but I recently took a swing at the MiniITX platform. Primary function will be HTPC, but it will double as a small travel friendly workstation. I'm going to Vancouver in a couple of weeks, so I figured now was a good time to build something like this!

    <snip picture>

    Stats:
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    Asus P8H61-I
    Intel Core i3 2100
    2x2GiB Corsair Value DDR3-1333
    500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
    Yay another Mini ITX builder. Though for different reasons. Looks like a nice build you have there.
    I went with the 600w SG07 for mine (Thread in Sig) and it worked out perfectly, I wish you luck on your GTS 250 travels

  7. #6827
    So I finally finished my build yay \o/

    Fairly happy with it so far and no real major fuck ups seemed to have shown up ^^

    Specs:

    i5 2500k @ 4.8GHz
    H100 in push/pull (4x Arctic Cooling F12's , 2 PWM)
    ASRock z77 Extreme4
    Gigabyte Windforce x3 GTX 680 OC (Boost on 1180MHz for now)
    1.5TB WD Caviar Black
    128GB Crucial M4
    4x 4GB Corsair Vengeance LP White
    850w NZXT Hale90
    NZXT Sentry Mix
    Asus XONAR DG 5.1 (Not in pics)
    And of course the precious Arc Midi to hold it all! With some painted mesh


    And the pics o/ (Excuse the general mess )













    And an old pic of my kip of a desk, but the layout hasn't changed unfortunately ^^



    Thinking about maybe putting one of the spare H100 corsair fans in the floor, but airflow seems fine for the minute, kept shivering all day sitting next to this thing! With my headset on today I couldn't hear the 680 with it's fan on 90% so I don't think the noise should be an issue at least, we'll see

    I think I'll have to make a sig now =]

    Cheers everyone for all the help over the last 6 months or so with general queries and planning, couldn't have done it without you!

    //Resi
    Last edited by Resinderate; 2012-07-14 at 01:59 AM.

  8. #6828
    Ordered myself an Antec P280 case today, going to pick it up tomorrow along with a Z77 board. I will be even closer to my final build, minus the liquid cooling of course, as I decided I am going to stick with air cooling so long as I get the right GPU, my H80 is cooling nicely anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Resinderate View Post
    So I finally finished my build yay \o/
    I love the white painted mesh. Nice white/black build. Is that fan control on the front?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resinderate View Post
    So I finally finished my build yay \o/

    Fairly happy with it so far and no real major fuck ups seemed to have shown up ^^
    I really like the paint job on the mesh, really gives the Midi a nice depth, makes it look more costly than it really is. xD


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    I nabbed my GTS250 from my office workstation for the weekend to fit in and try, here's how it looks in this little case, with a couple better overall views:





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    Very nice Asera, I'll be plugging in the power connection for that graphics card was a pain... looks like a tight fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adappy View Post
    Very nice Asera, I'll be plugging in the power connection for that graphics card was a pain... looks like a tight fit
    It helps to have small hands.

    I need to figure out what card to buy to stick in this machine though, the GTS250 is way too loud. I didn't realize it was because of the noise pollution where I work...

    Time to make a thread...

    I got a Define XL case for my server this week too, I'll have pictures of that beast tomorrow most likely. <3
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  13. #6833
    The focusing isn't the best, but what can I say, I have a shitty phone











    Could have turned the fans around 180° so you see less of the cables, could have been a bit tidier down the bottom, but all in all I am quite happy. And it absolutely blitzes my old computer. I'm going to let it "settle in" for a week before overclocking anything though.
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  14. #6834
    Quote Originally Posted by Notarget View Post
    I love the white painted mesh. Nice white/black build. Is that fan control on the front?
    Yep it's the Sentry Mix. It fits in neatly with the white LED's for numbers. Its controlling the 2 in the front, 1 in the back, and then the 2 on pull on the H100 atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Log View Post

    Could have turned the fans around 180° so you see less of the cables, could have been a bit tidier down the bottom, but all in all I am quite happy. And it absolutely blitzes my old computer. I'm going to let it "settle in" for a week before overclocking anything though.
    Your heatsink fans and exhaust fan are working against each other and both end up having less localized air pressure to work with...
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  17. #6837
    How do you tell which way a fan will blow when it is switched on when it has no arrows marked?
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  18. #6838
    Quote Originally Posted by Butler Log View Post
    How do you tell which way a fan will blow when it is switched on when it has no arrows marked?
    Air goes with the "swoop". I don't really know how to explain it better than that, so I made this quick image:


  19. #6839
    So the fan at the back is acting as an exhaust?

    I had to put the top fan on the middle mounting point because it was in the way. Should I make sure that is an intake, make the heatsink blow to the back and have air being exhausted out the back? Life would be so much easier if people could just mark an arrow on the fan >.>
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  20. #6840
    I wound up redoing my loop when I got my new motherboard. Among the things that came about as a result was me replacing the gold-plated barbs on the cooler with the "silver" 45 degree fittings I had. This time I also added concentrated antifreeze though.


    I also did a new approach to the tubing from my res given the pump's new place... I'm gonna have to redo that when I actually get a GPU in there though, since it currently blocks the PCIe slot.

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