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 Post subject: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:10 pm 
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Corsair Obsidian 250D mITX
Asus Z87I-PRO WiFi Socket 1150 miITX
Intel Core I5-4770S TDP 65W
Noctua NH-L9i LP
Seasonic Platinum 660W Modular
Corsair Vengeance low profile DDR3 2x4GB
Sandisk Ultra Plus 2 x 250GB
XFX Radeon R7 250 GDDR5 Passive
Windows 8.1 64bit

VGA-card can easily cope with World of Warcraft 1900x1200 high settings

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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:52 pm 
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Congrats. That is one seriously awesome build. One of the few that meets all my criteria. Small. Cool. Silent. Powerful.

Nicely done.


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 10:03 pm 
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capecodbackup wrote:
One of the few that meets all my criteria. Small. Cool. Silent. Powerful.


"Small"?

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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 11:10 pm 
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quest_for_silence wrote:
capecodbackup wrote:
One of the few that meets all my criteria. Small. Cool. Silent. Powerful.


"Small"?


Well, kind of small :) Definitely not micro sized, like say the Intel NUC.


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 7:50 am 
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capecodbackup:
Thanks!

quest_for_silence:
Depends what you compare with. It sure is smaller than a Fractal R4 and can still house a rather powerfull system :)
Speaking mITX, depth (important for me) is a bit less compared with Fractal Node 304 and in this case you can use almost any combination of PSU / VGA-card.


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:23 am 
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Wow that is absolutely beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 8:45 am 
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Very nice! I've seen this case before and I just read over some Newegg reviews one person was talking about mobo warping. Have you had any issues? And in your completed shot with the OS running, what is that little device on top of the rig? Wifi?


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 3:44 pm 
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Jackal5 wrote:
Very nice! I've seen this case before and I just read over some Newegg reviews one person was talking about mobo warping. Have you had any issues? And in your completed shot with the OS running, what is that little device on top of the rig? Wifi?

Then you mentioned warping I got a bit worried, because seen from the back my motherboard isn't completely in line with the case as you can see in the picture below.
However, I found another picture showing mobo before mounted in the case and it is a bit bent there too, and everything works fine, so I can't say I had any issues.

Yes, the little device is the antenna for the build in WiFi.

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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 12:21 am 
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LongJan wrote:
quest_for_silence:
Depends what you compare with. It sure is smaller than a Fractal R4 and can still house a rather powerfull system :)
Speaking mITX, depth (important for me) is a bit less compared with Fractal Node 304 and in this case you can use almost any combination of PSU / VGA-card.


I use the overall volume as main parameter and the relevant footprint as a secondary one: and at more than 28 litres, that otherwise gorgeous looking 250D isn't small at all, even if it's aimed at mITX boards (even better, like several similar cases, such as either the Bitfenix Prodigy/Phenom or the Jonsbo W1, it's actually "larger" than some mATX tower enclosures).

Anyway, if depth was your main requirement, I agree that there aren't shorter than 290mm quality "compact" enclosures in the market: at least, I'm not aware of, so enjoy it!

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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 5:41 am 
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I like the build, congrats, the only thing that i would have changed is a bigger CPU cooler since the case allows it.

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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 8:36 am 
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Thanks for the info. I'm guessing that you had no need for an optical drive.


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 4:50 pm 
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Abula:
I have used the big boys in my previous builds, usually Noctua NH-U12P fanless, but that one didn't fit in this case, so after reading SPCR review of Noctua NH-L9i LP I decided to give it a try. So far I have no reason to regret that, because at practically inaudible fanspeed it keps my CPU well below 50C, even then playing (light) games. And it is so easy to work in the case with all that space :D

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During last years I have only used optical drive to install Windows and I have an external device for that purpose.


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:16 am 
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Do you think it would be possible to maintain your configuration but inside a BitFenix Prodigy? Maybe plus some noise isolation...?


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 Post subject: Re: Corsair 250D MiniITX - Spacious - Silent
PostPosted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:53 am 
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Not quite, but I think noise and temperatures would be about the same if you mount one exhaust fan at the back and one at the top.

However, there might be a problem with the power supply. AnandTech speaks better english than me, so I will let them explain the issue:
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Our testbed power supply is 160mm, but the modular connectors make it impossible to actually fit inside the power supply bay, and I suspect even a non-modular 160mm PSU would be a tight fit at best. As a result I wound up re-using the SFX power supply from the SilverStone FT03 Mini with an adapter plate, and the much smaller power supply made cabling worlds easier. I feel like if anything about the Prodigy is going to hang up end users, this will be it, so buyer beware: if you're planning a build in this case, get a 140mm power supply. Honestly even going the route I did and using an SFX power supply with an adaptor couldn't be a bad idea.

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Fractal Node 304 has a similar problem. This was the main reason I ended up with the Corsair case.


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