My little powerhouse project (mini-ITX performance)

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  1. Statts

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    Hi all.

    just thought I would make a thread on the progress of building my mini-ITX desktop system. The system will be used for gaming, Uni work (including CAD), browsing, burning, you know, usual shit.

    So the system comprises of:

    Zotac 9300-ITX WiFi motherboard
    Intel Q9450 CPU
    4GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2-800
    Gainward HD4870 Golden Sample
    Silverstone SG05B case

    So here's some pics so far.

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    So that's where it is up to at the moment.

    Next steps are:

    Fit slim DVD burner

    Fit Coolermaster Gemini II CPU heatsink without fans (passive) as per HERE

    Shorten, tidy and sleeve all cables once the heatsink is in and I know where I am at.

    Get an SSD to fill the 2.5" drive bay

    Anyway, discuss, criticise, whatever :)
     
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  2. Pipster

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    nice!!! looks quite good, whats the performance like?
     
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    That's sweet, is the IGP an nvidia one or an ati one?
     
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    Installing Windows at the moment

    nVidia GeForce 9300
     
  5. Robinho_Skills

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    Im thinking of doing the same thing but with a Phenom II 810 will this still be fine ??
    Also are you using the stock 300w power supply? Is it possible to swap this out for a Thermaltake 550w power supply
     
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    How much components can the 300W SFX in the case support?

    The TFX 300W unit used in the SG05/SG06 was selected and tuned by SilverStone engineers for improved quietness and performance (300W continuous power at 50C). It has dedicated +12V rail for graphics card (16A, peak 19A) to provide more than enough power for any 9" long dual slot graphics cards. We actually do not recommend using off the shelf SFX PSUs at this time as they may not be designed to work well in the SG05/SG06 environment as we have done with the included unit.

    As a reference, here is a list of components used in the SG05 development system´╝Ü
    Intel Core 2 Quad 9550 95W CPU
    MSI IM-Q35 DO Industrial Mini-ITX motherboard
    Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C5DX DDR2 memory
    *AMD Radeon HD4850 graphics card*
    WD Raptor 150GB + VelociRaptor 300GB 10,000rpm hard drives
    Slim Blu-ray drive

    *The Radeon HD4850 was the highest powered card that can fit inside the SG05 at the time of development (more than NVIDIA GTS 250, which is a dual slot design.)

    http://www.silverstonetek.com/qa/qa_contents.php?pno=SG05&area=usa
     
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    hm is the 4870 the best card you can get to fit in this?

    the best nvidia i can find is 250 :(
     
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    nevermind, fallout_man's post answered my question.
     
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    wow. that is the most awesome little pc ive ever seen!

    how much did the mobo set you back?

    edit: nvm, 291 from mwave. pricey but you're making me tempted to sell my lanbox and build something smaller like that T__T
     
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    The only reason it is not listing some of the better cards is the PSU's lack of a second 6pin PCI-E power cable. Molex to PCI-E fixes that.

    You can fit anything up to 9.5" with power connectors on top, or 9" with power connectors on the end of the card. Other than that, there is a really easy mode involving cutting out the front of the metal section of the case (on the left of the 120mm fan) behind the front panel which gives you nearly another inch of space length-wise.

    Have read of a GTX285 installed this way.
     
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    holy hell statts, upgrading again! looks sweet man.
     
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    Wow, very impressive. Would be excellent for LANs I'd imagine. Could you post some temps when you get it together please?
     
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    More of a sidegrade LOL. mostly same components.

    Will do....
     
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    OK, update time!

    Just finished putting it back together after installing the slim optical drive and the new heatsink. Didnt get around to shortening or sleeving any cables yet, will have to do that when I do the GPU heatsink.

    Anyway, pictures beat talking.

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    The Gemini II installed on the board. Poor little thing gets dwarfed!

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    Top view of the heatsink on the board.

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    Really tight clearance between RAM and heatpipes. Forget changing RAM with heatsink in place. :lol:

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    Installed in the case, you can see how big this thing is, but the best is yet to come.

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    Clearance between HDD (left) and PSU (right) is minimal, but good news is the PSU has a 92mm fan sucking air through the heatsink.

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    Reasonably happy with the cabling so far. At least everything is out of the way of airflow through the heatsink.

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    Slim DVD burner installed. And home to where I hid all the wiring :lol:

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    New front view with DVD burner.

    Next step is getting a cooler for the 4870 and undervolting the CPU in preparation for Summer (just to be safe).
     
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    Don't be hatin' :lol:
     
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    Awesome PC. How hot does the HDD get?
     
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    Nice and compact:thumbup: will be keen to see what temps it runs?:confused:
     
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    that is awesome. I can't believe how well that Gemini II fits - it's like it was made for it.
     
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    lol. you've inspired me to sell my current lanbox (TT lanbox lite) and put something like that together :thumbup:

    Fantastic pics and lol @ the cooler, bigger than the mobo!
     

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