I wanted a fast desktop machine for general-purpose use, dictation with Dragon, and image processing with Lightroom.
Of course I also wanted a small, nice-looking, and very quiet machine.
For Dragon, it Is desirable to have a core i7 machine with 8 MB of cache, so this is the Intel core i7 - 3770. I am not doing any gaming on this machine.
Here is the completed quiet PC.
A Streacom FC-8 Evo Chassis provides heat pipe cooling in a stylish case. This is a beautiful, and well-designed case.
Asus H77 mini ITXmotherboard, SSD, and Windows 8.
I did have to add washers to the CPU mounting screws.
I also added a small heatsink to pull heat from the Northbridge heatsink and connect it to the external heatsink.
I left off the top mounting plate and crosspiece.
For insurance, a single silent 80 mm Noctua at 800 RPM is directed at the nano power converter. This may be replaced later.
All runs cool.