Silverstone TJ08-E Review

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  1. 3th4n

    3th4n Member

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    Damn! And this case looks soo great too!

    O well, thanks for looking :).
     
  2. doodz

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    Are you sure you cant remove the bottom 3.5" ??
    I removed mine easy..


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    This is an awesome little case. For the price $105 it is packed WITH many features!
    Removeable mobon tray, 180mm fan, lot's of cable tie mounts, CPU support, Filters and many more!
     
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  3. Fire&Ice

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    Water Cooled TJ08-E

    Hi,

    I have just bought this case a week ago, it was the last item for a new build
    and am currently fitting it out. Its a squeeze for the water cooling and am taking my time to do it properly and so far so good. I have evrything I need and have planned this ever since I found out this great little case was coming. I will post some photos as I progress. I completely stripped the case, when I first got it, so if there are questions you may have, I can help with them. I will list the components soon as well. hopefully inspire some interesting builds in this case.

    I may need a day or two to get photos on here, but they are coming soon.
    cheers
     
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  4. KiwiShamoo

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    Just not sure about the noise level of that 180mm fan...
     
  5. OhFoRkMe

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    Just built up my housemates computer with this case. Best case I have used for a long time, made cable management very easy. The 180mm fan makes no noise, fairly sure its temp controlled and I have only seen it spinning once so far.
     
  6. doodz

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    Have had the case for a few days now.

    The 180mm fan is silent as! It has a switch on the right hand side which you can make it 'normal' speed or "super quiet" speed.

    I can sleep with the normal speed.

    For watercooling I placed a H80 into the case. Had troubles with mounting it inside the case as the CPU location on my mobo made it impossible to mount. So I decided to mount one of the fans externally.

    Pics to come tonight.
     
  7. Ignignort

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    For those worried about ram clearance like I was

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    If anyone has any questions or need any pictures taking feel free to ask
     
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  8. ouzoholic

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    Thought I'd share with you some pics of my work mates build.

    Sorry for the crappy phone pics...


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    He's removed the HDD cage and mounted one 3.5" at the bottom. The SSD is wedged under the front fan and held down with a bit of double sided tape.

    Specs are: i5 2500k cooled by a Corsair H80 @ stock for now, 8gb Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz C9, 60gb OCZ Solid 3, 1TB WD Black, 2 x XFX 6870 Black Edition, Silverstone 850w.


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    Squeezed the H80 with both fans inside the case. The water pipes are pointing down almost 90 degrees and come out underneath the block.
     
  9. monkeyboy24_7

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    Just built a new sb system with this case.

    Thoughts:
    • I really like the size. It's a little big by mATX standards, but I think it's the perfect size. A good step down from mid towers.
    • Cable management is a breeze. The extra space for hiding cables on non modular PSUs is a very nice feature.
    • Stock 180mm fan isn't quiet on default speed. Make sure you plug it into a chassis/system fan header so you can control via bios.
    • I frequently knocked the fan grill/dust filter off on top. Clips instead of the flimsy magnetic system would have been better.
    • With a default Hyper 212+ installed, there is a clearance of just 5-10 mm between the fan and 3.5" hdds. Possible solutions are to move the fan to the rear of the Hyper 212+ or in my case, mount a single 3.5" in the bottom, where the fdd goes.
    • The bracket jutting out from the rear may look strange at first, but you'll soon realise why. Silverstone have made the entire case a cm or two shorter in depth, because the expansion slot screws are lined up flat with the rear of the case, at the expense of an odd looking cage thingy.
    • Top mounted PSU with instake means your PSU will never suffer heat problems.

    I'd say it's main competitor is the Lian Li A04/05.
     
  10. Fire&Ice

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    Work in progress

    Hi,
    Once I have finished this build I will swing over to Water cooling threads, but
    couldn't wait just to show progress so far.
    It has been a pleasure to work with this case so far, I have removed a few bits and added a few. I would like to share the build in full review soon and heres a snapshot so far.....first time to upload images hope it works ok

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  11. Calroth

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    Definite interest in your build :thumbup:

    I have a SFF setup (Silverstone SG-03) and a regular watercooling setup... next project is going to be SFF+watercooling. So I'm relying on you to build something cool to motivate me :leet:
     
  12. Fire&Ice

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    Motivating Build

    Hello Calroth,

    Wow the SG-03 looks good and is certainly small for 3.5kg
    Are you going to rebuild or looking for a new case ?

    I am working on a speel in detail regarding the TJ08-E build so far
    and some more pics
    keep watching this space ....should have something for you soon
    It is coming together very nicely and encouraged I do not have any leaks

    Have a look at this as a starter

    Case - Silverstone TJ08-E
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=303&area=usa
    Motherboard - GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3855#ov
    CPU - Intel i72600K
    http://ark.intel.com/products/52214/Intel-Core-i7-2600K-Processor-(8M-Cache-3_40-GHz)
    Ram - Kingston Hyper X- KHX2133C9AD3X2K2/4GX (pair)
    http://www.kingston.com/hyperx/products/khx_ddr3.asp
    SSD Hard Drive - Ocz Revo PCI-Express interface (x4)
    http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-revodrive-x2-pci-express-ssd.html
    SSD Cache Drive - Intel X25 Extreme SLC 32Gb
    http://www.intel.com/design/flash/nand/extreme/index.htm
    SSD Misc Drive - Gskill Falcon 128Gb
    http://www.gskill.com/products.php?index=124
    Optical Drive - Asus DRW-24B1ST
    http://www.asus.com/Optical_Storage/Internal_DVD_Drive/DRW24B1ST/
    PSU - Seasonic - Silent 'X' series 400w (fanless)
    http://www.seasonicusa.com/NEW_X-series_Fanless.htm
    Lian Li CR-36 Card Reader
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=105&products_id=12080
    Waterblock - XSPC RASA Black
    http://www.xs-pc.com/products/waterblocks/cpu-waterblocks/rasa-cpu-black/
    Reservoir - XSPC Acrylic Single 5.25” Bay
    http://www.xs-pc.com/products/reservoirs/single-5-25-bay-reservoir/
    Radiator - EK Coolstream Rad XT (120mm)
    http://www.ekwaterblocks.com/shop/radiators-fans-accessories/radiators/ek-coolstram-xt/ek-coolstream-rad-xt-120.html
    Radiator Fan - Silverstone Penetrator 120x25mm with 12mm spacer
    http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=257&area=usa
    Pump - Aquacomputer Aquastream - Ultra
    http://thekoolroom.com/product.php?id_product=203
    Hose Fittings - Enzo-Tech Compression
    http://thekoolroom.com/product.php?id_product=328
    Hose - Primo-flex 3/8-5/8
    http://thekoolroom.com/product.php?id_product=257

    Here I'll try and give a brief summary about the above products and the reason for the choices.
    The above links are mostly the Manufacturer of the items installed and can be bought at a multitude of suppliers, just takes time to needle out the most economical places to purchase, for example the Radiator was an Ebay purchase. (to be continued.....with pics....will go over to water cooling threads)
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  13. Calroth

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    Undecided. I do like the SG-03, but it's not very well suited for watercooling (well, there are compromises, like all SFF). The reason I'm keeping an eye on this is, perhaps the TJ-08 is better suited to watercooling!

    Really, I am just looking for options at this point.

    I noticed that in your parts list, you don't have a GPU (or GPU cooling) and you are using a single 120mm to cool your CPU?
     
  14. Fire&Ice

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    Hello Calroth
    Not being a Gamer I have opted to run with onboard graphics as it will suit me for what I use pc for, mostly internet and play with some photography.

    The deliberation over what components to use was intense enough to have a good long hard think about making the right choices as there is 'little' room for error. It is paying off so far. I would have enjoyed to have a 2 bay res but can't do without a DVD. The compliment of a little extra water in the sytem does make a difference to temps only ever slightly and reassures a little that if water diminishes for any reason that the pump doesn't breathe air.

    I have almost finished my speel and with a few more photos in detail I think I should be able to post around Sunday and probably need to go over to water cooling threads.

    Yes just a single 120mm fan. There could be a challenging positive result if take the plunge to remove the 180mm fan in front and install a 140mm radiator and fan in the front , but I just couldn't get my head around air direction choice suck/blow ? and removing the fan that attracted me to the case in the first place to give a real constant low noise generous air flow into the case and getting forced up into the fanless power supply. A 180mm radiator will not fit. I will probably block off the rear vented card slots with solid slot fillers so the air will be direct throgh the radiator and the rest of positive pressure will vent out upwards through the holes in the bottom of the power supply. I current run a i7920 around 3.4gb with a single 120mm black ice and with ambients of say 20'C I run about 26'C. Not looking to stress the 2600k just a comfortable overclock and the 120mm rad will stand up just fine.

    If you contemplate the TJ08-E it lends itself to a miriad of options and am very very happy with it.
    It looks good, its small,it has great air flow across the memory, mosfets, and power area of the motherboard with the upside down mounting, even talking about it make me even more sure it is a great choice......
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  15. OhFoRkMe

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    Finally got my build nearly complete with the TJ08-E.

    Ended up getting the following:

    i5-2500K
    Asus Maximus Gene-Z
    Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R 8GB Kit
    OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPs
    Corsair F120 (from old machine)
    2x Lian Li HD-520
    2x WD Black 500GB 2.5" in Raid0
    Asus HD5870 + Accelero Extreme (from old machine and temp card)
    Corsair HX-620 (from old machine)
    Antec Kuhler 620

    Waiting for HD6950 to arrive from the forums to replace HD5870 and the Lian Li HD-520's.

    and of course

    Silverstone TJ08-E


    Soon as I got everything, stripped down the case to make everything much easier to install and do some (very) simple cable management to allow for easier cable management later.

    I removed the Hard drive bays and also the bottom 3.5" bay to give me more room. As you might have seen, have purchased 2 drive mounting kits for the 5.25" bays to allow for 2x 2.5" drives in each. As I will not be running a DVD Drive, both bays will be taken up by the two SSD's and two WD Blacks.

    Vertex 3 drive will be used for OS
    F120 drive will be used for Steam
    2x WD Black Drives will be in Raid 0 for non important data and a little extra space.

    The Antec Kuhler 620 was mounted on the rear 120mm fan hole and fits quite nicely. Was a little worried about the amount of twisting to get it sitting nice though it didnt feel unnatural to bend it like I did. Temps are looking very nice too :)

    Will get some pictures once everything arrives and is installed. Very happy with the case and the build so far.
     
  16. MoultoMan

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    Could someone with this case do me a huge favour and measure a few things for me?
    What I want to know is the length from the back of the case to the fan, then from the bottom of the case to the start of the back fan grill and also from the bottom 3.5" bay to the 5.25" bays.
    Thanks :)
     
  17. Fire&Ice

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    Measurements for you are in the pics

    Keep an eye out for detailed review which I will hopefully paste today in the water cooling area as I have completed my water cooled TJ08-E build and I will post a link from here as well

    If you are going to invert (fitting at the bottom) a radiator at the back, I would be cautious as it will promote airlocks. I could have done it with the room available but if you read review that's coming, I have conveyed my thoughts about inverted radiators. Reserviors should be at the top of everything. Bubbles rise...... anyway hope this helps

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  18. Domokun

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    Have any of you guys had any issues with the 180mm fan not running at full speed? Mine only runs between 350-450RPM (instead of 1200RPM) on the highest setting and on the lowest setting it doesn't run at all. I'm running it off the motherboard, so maybe it needs to run directly off the PSU (via molex) instead. I'm pondering whether it needs to be returned or not.
     
  19. MoultoMan

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    Thanks for that, its going to be very helpful
     
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