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Small side project.

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by Bradley8988, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. chipps101

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    the build turned out very well, it looks amazing, great work :)
     
  2. Bradley8988

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Sunny Wales.

    Yea i wouldn't mind a few black thumb screws. May order some now :)


    Thanks.
     
  3. tankskun

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    Wheres the vented bay gone?? in the end did you prefer the standard cover?
     
  4. ~>Dg<~

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    very tidy :cool:
     
  5. ellingham

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    How quiet does this run? Also whats the cooling like?
     
  6. Skeng

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    Where's the power Supply?
     
  7. Jayster

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  8. Bradley8988

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    In the end I added a 2TB Samsung F3 Eco in the top drive bay so you would see it through the vent. It also would allow any light inside and maybe alittle more noise than the plane face would. I actually prefer it blanked off as it just looks sleeker.

    Thanks :)

    Its loudest part is the 1TB Sammy F3 but even thats pretty quiet. The second drive powers down when not in use (which is 90% of the time as its just storage) so the only other moving part is the CPU fan which you cannot hear in a totally silent room at night. I would say my mates LG plasma TV muted gives off more sound than this. Its very very quiet. The cooling seems to handle it all fine but tbh iv not really looked into it as iv not had any problems.

    Its a inline power supply like a laptop uses.
     
  9. Stuff

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    Love it, excellent build :) Maybe a 5400 HDD will be quieter?
     
  10. whipitrnd

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    thats an awesome little spec pc there mate.
     
  11. Bradley8988

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    Location: Sunny Wales.

    Thanks im very happy with it. Although using a 5400 drive would make it quieter it would also make it slower which as I got annoyed with the heat/power/noise of my i7 rig I sold it and this is my only pc now. An SSD would be ideal but iv just sold 4 outa my other rig as I couldn't be bothered to reinstall windows.

    Cheers mate its doing me well now I dont really game. I will probably pick up a cheap quadcore in the near future as without OCing the little E5200 can struggle at times.
     
  12. macfanuk

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    very impressed with the build. Brilliant idea re the PSU!
     
  13. powelly

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    nice build you got there ive been planning on uploading some pics of my computer case/mod/disaster/build for quite some time now lol
     
  14. MSTRBKR

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    Sorry to bump the thread but I can't work out this external power supply thing at all. Where does it plug into the motherboard and how does it power the hard drive and DVD drive?

    Really nice build by the way, really nice.
     
  15. paradigm

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    Google "Pico PSU".

    Essentially you end up with a device that plugs directly into the ATX connector on the mobo and offers a few ancillary connections (floppy, sata, molex, etc).

    The Pico PSU then takes DC 12-18V input from a power brick like a laptop PSU.

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  16. Sgt Tackleberry

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    looks really cool, i like this :)
     
  17. CrixxzeH

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    so neat, i bet that little beast kicks a punch tho xD!
     
  18. domthecondom

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    I never saw this on chilled :O
     
  19. Bradley8988

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    Ok bit of an update.

    I wanted to update the hardware of the system and while it was empty do alittle modding to the case.

    The new specs are:

    i3-2120 3.3Ghz running the Noctua heatsink still. (Not sure on fan yet)
    Zotac Z68-ITX Supreme with onboard GT430
    2x4GB Corsair Sodimm DDR3
    aData S510 120GB SSD
    Asus Xonar D2X
    150w Pico PSU

    The above should allow for light gaming while been near silent and pretty power efficient.

    There were a few things iv always wanted to do to the case since i got it. One was to mod a window into it and 2 was to install some noise blocking foam inside to cut down noise even further.

    Today i started the window mod. I think theres plenty of vents for air to enter the case so am going to replace the side panel vent for a clear window.

    All marked up.

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    I prefer round corners rather than a 90 degree cut so first it needed to be drilled.

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    Then cut out. Looks like crap as i sold my demel but will get a little grinder to tidy it up before i file it perfectly to the markings.

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    Thats as far as I got today before getting cold and returning to in front of the wood burner.

    More Tomorrow.
     
  20. Bradley8988

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    Window filed down to the markings.

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    Tape removed looks pretty close but still needs a light sanding and the silver edge colored black so not to stand out.

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    Should get the acrylic in the post tomorrow.