Small update on the build, while the build exceeded what i expected at the time, there were other builds in between that had lower consumption than mine, and while it was quiet build, at 3am i could hear the frontal Scythe 140mm fan, just a small woush but once i saw on my main desktop build where i could drop the noctuas PWM fans, and having such a good experience with my Q67 in terms of able to drop fans way better than anything that i tested at the time, i decided to do some changes on the build to see what would happen.
I wanted to lower the amount of fans, when i read SPCR NoFan CR-95C Copper Fanless CPU Cooler
this build came to mind, while an overkill for a low end i3 sandy bridge dual core, this would practically allow me to run it fanless or with fans barely spinning.... so decided to give a shot. I open the Q08 and place it over the top of the HR02, trying to match the position of the CPU to check for clearance on the sides, bottom and back, and to what i saw, i think its possible, you end up with like 5mm on the bottom and back, the hdd cage still like more than 20mm or more away, so i decided to fully dissemble the build to mount it. To my misfortune, the Intel DH61DL mobo has a small plastic on the back near one of the mounting screws, not an issue with the Thermalright mount (although it does touch but barely), but with the NoFan95 the mounting backplate is widder at the ends of it and different in design... so it does touch a lot and doesn't allow the backplate to be flushed with the motherboard (sorry no pictures but i was very disappointing at the time), the only solution is another motherboard and really i dont have a need, the i3 2100T does everything that i use this PC for, probably will try on skylake to refresh this to see if i can get lower consumption, but for now the mobo and cpu are more than enough. I did take some pictures of the Nofan95 on the DH61DL in case someone is interested and have a similar idea so they can look into a CPU placement on their motherboard they chose.
From the time i did my build there have been many others with similar builds that have achieve lower idles than me, i attributed a lot to the 3 fans that i used to ran, and while i wished the nofan95 would worked out so i could use one or two less fans, i had to go back to the HR02 setup, and at the end wasnt bad either. When i did the build i also had my doubts into the compunctions of the Sandy Bridge, but now i knew, and the builds that i saw had lower idles than me had also used a special picoPSU and better bricks than me, so i decided to change it to PicoPSU 90-XLP (very hard to get), and also saw the Meanwell bricks used on the lowest consumption builds, so went all the way and bought the 80W
bricks (ended using the 60W), maybe in the future, when i refresh this to skylake i'll give a shot to 40W
version to see if it lowers even more. The idle power consumption lower from 13.8W to 10.1W
I had very good experience with Desktop build on Noctua PWM fans, in terms of being able to drop them very low on PWM control, knowing that intel motherboards are pretty good in terms of bios pwm fan control (and have multiple true pwm headers), and while the scythe 140mm fan was decent was not as quiet as the nocuta on very low rpms, so i decided to swap it for Noctua NF-A14 PWm and NF-S12A, and i had a NF-A15 PWM that i was suppose to use on my main desktop but ended choosing the TY150, so decided to mount it also since its so similar to the TY140/1/3/7. The results are very good, cooling is still very good even under 300rpms on the fans, at this RPMs its inaudible even at 3am being less than a feet away.
The main thing that started all this upgrading, was that i needed more space but didn't wanted to add a hdd and increase the consumption, i needed at least 1tb, so i swapped the Hitachi 5k500b for a Hitachi 5k1500
, and to what i have tested very decent noise performance, and still fast enough to saturate a gigabit lan,
I'll leave you some pics and results,