My current PC has a Samsung HD103SJ hard drive in a Growup Japan enclosure. I have it sitting behind the case on a block of foam, connected to an internal SATA header. It's been like that since 2009. After running all day the hard drive is at 26c according to the SMART monitoring. If you don't need to move the computer around much it's one way of getting a heat source out of the case.
That's a nice solution. I like having all the goodies inside the case though, for easy transport in one go. But it'll be something to try if/when I need more storage. Can run the SATA cables out the gap on the rear of the case, on top of the video card.
Another option to consider would be a Western Digital 2TB Green 2.5" hard drive internally. It's much smaller so would take up less space in the case which could help airflow. The 2.5" Western Digital drive might lose some performance compared to the 3.5" drive though. Apparently the 3.5" Western Digital Green drive is a 5,400rpm drive so it could be fairly close in performance to the 2.5" version?Mmm, one day...
Shame about its price at the moment, over twice as much as its 3.5" counterpart.
Very nice! I was thinking of that board in a silverstone case, the SG 08 I think it is. Xeon CPU is interesting. It fits a "real" ATX PSU, super! I happen to have a very nice spare PSU.
140mm max depth PSU, and non-modular only, otherwise the cables would faceplant into the video card.
I do not put CDrom's in anymore so that would be good for airflow I think. I also would only have a single SSD in it. And I wold move over my core i7 as well.
I am getting close. Thanks for the post!
It's an airflow dead zone in the front of the case -- just the PSU at the bottom-front, and above that, all the drives. No vents near the drives. The main airflow happens in the rear section.
Spoon Boy wrote:
It looks like you really squeezed the hardware in
Yep, very tight fit. Took a few goes to get it right. On my first go with the SATA cable right in front of the CPU fan, it would touch the fan blades if I screwed the case cover on too tight (since the heatpipes of the HR-02 stick up through the vents, and putting the cover on drags the HR-02 and its fan forward slightly). Not a problem now that I adjusted the position of the Smart Drive enclosure and put more tension on the SATA cable.
Spoon Boy wrote:
Did you know it was going to fit before buying things?
Sort of. I don't think anyone has done what I did before, so I looked for as many photos and user opinions as possible, and then tried judging whether parts would fit. Here are my early drafts
, it goes over the page too.