Case: Antec ISK 300
mobo: ZOTAC GF9300-D-E
CPU: C2D E8400 (underclocked & undervolted, already own)
CPU cooler: Thermalright AXP-140
MEM: 2x2GB Super Talent DDR2-800
(underclocked & undervolted)
SSD: MTRON Pro 7000 16GB
DVD: Samsung slot-load DVD
So that is the upcoming build. I thought about the ION platform, but I have been pretty disapointed by the performance of the Atom, even just surfing the web is pathetic on my netbook...so a E8400 which is running in my existing HTPC is just the ticket. Of course power is an issue with only 65W on tap, and I don't need 3GHz for HTPC duties...plus I want this build to be fanless, so undervolting is going to be called for. I think I'd be happy with 2GHz or more and the lowest VID the mobo can provide
Hopefully I can scale back the FSB & GPU a bit and undervolt to match...we'll see what the mobo will allow for.
Would anybody who has messed with it care to comment:?:
The memory will have to be run at the lowest vMEM the mobo will support, and the speed will have to be adjusted accordingly.
The SSD will be recycled from my existing HTPC, and I store all my media files in another room on a Drobo...so 16GB is plenty. I'll be doing a fresh install of Win7 for this build, and I'm hoping to be as impressed with the new Media Center as many reviewers have been. I've been pretty impressed with Win7 on my main rig.
The only mechanical parts in this build will be in the DVD drive, but it will not be used 99% of the time, so I'm not too worried about that.
All the parts are on the way except the AXP-140...I'm wondering if it will even fit...I've looked at all the pictures/dimensions I can find, and I think I'll be able to squeeze it in if it's passive. If anyone can assist me in finding out for sure, that would be very helpful. If anybody has a suggestion for a different cooler that would be better for passive use...please let me know. But keep in mind, I think I only have about 70mm of height above the CPU.
My other question is: do you think this setup will be sufficiently cooled completely passive? Or am I going to NEED a fan? I'm hoping I won't and time will tell for sure, but I'm curious to other's opinions.
I'm expecting the parts within the next week or so, so I will report back my results! Thanks for reading and for any comments