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 Post subject: What do you think on this?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:05 am 
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I am looking to make an ultra compact machine and wanted to know the best way to proceed.

I am looking at a 77W TDP IvyBridge CPU....will be using the inbuilt GPU. I want my machine to be as quiet as possible whilst remaining small. I want to use the VESA mount to mount it on the back of my monitor.

What I have bought so far:
Crucial M4 SSD (128GB)
PicoPSU 150W + 150W power brick
Zotac 9300 ITX <------- temporary until I get the new bundle.
Intel C2D E6600 <------- temporary until I get the new bundle.
2x2GB DDR2 <------- temporary until I get the new bundle.

Now I am looking at the Mini-ITX M350 case but I was wondering about cooling and sound. Given all the holes in this case there wouldn't be any real air flow as such.

The only fan I want is on the CPU cooler...which aftermarket cooler should I go for as there is only a tiny amount of room in this case.

Is it possible to get what I am after with, keeping things relatively cool whilst quiet aswell?


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 Post subject: Re: What do you think on this?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:51 am 
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Probably. You could try a http://www.silentpcreview.com/scythe-kozuti. Overall external height of the case is 62mm & the Kozuti is 40mm. It'd be tight, but I think it would fit.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you think on this?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:21 am 
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MikeC wrote:
Probably. You could try a http://www.silentpcreview.com/scythe-kozuti. Overall external height of the case is 62mm & the Kozuti is 40mm. It'd be tight, but I think it would fit.


The case claims to be able to fit the stock intel cooler. I have a stock intel cooler that I can measure, but I've no idea where the measurement starts from. I also don't know what revision of intel cooler it is referring too as I am sure they are all different.

How would the Kozuti compare (sound wise) to the stock cooler?

What I was more worried about is the lack of air "flow" through the case because of all the holes. Is that likely to cause me an issue?


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 Post subject: Re: What do you think on this?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:35 am 
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1. Measure from bottom of heatsink base to max height. But there have been many Intel "stock coolers" in the last couple years (for 1155/56). One of the shortest ones I have here measures ~45mm. If that fits, then the height of the Kozuti will not be a problem.

2. Kozuti fan is way nicer sounding, quieter.

3. No, there's no "flow path" as in more conventional ATX case, and I think the vent holes everywhere will help. Way better than no vents or restrictive in/out vents -- which they would be in such a tiny case.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you think on this?
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FWIW, the GPU on that mobo can get pretty hot without adequate airflow.

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