System finally build with a nice delay thanks to German postal services sending my ThermalRight HR-01 mounting kit to the wrong country
(and my Dell LCD deciding to give up along the way)
So, this is what I went for in the end:
- case: CoolerMaster Silencio 352 microATX
- PSU: SeaSonic Platinum X-400FL Platinum 400W fanless
- MB: Asus H97M-Plus
- CPU: Intel i7-4790S 65W
- cooling: Thermalright VX BTK II mount kit (reuse HR-01 cooler + nexus 1000RPM fan)
- RAM:2x 8GB DDR3L-1600: crucial BLT2C8G3D1608ET3LX0CEU 8-8-8-24 1.35V
- case fan: re-use nexus 1000RPM (more on that below)
- storage: Crucial 500 M.2 240GB (SSD)
- either the SeaSonic PSU is defective, or it s-u-c-k-s big time. It emits a quite audible and high-pitched electronic buzz. Drives me mad!
(I already contacted SeaSonic support, will see what they say after the weekend)
- I had initially ordered a scythe SY1225SL12M fan, either that was a bad choice or it is fake or equally defective, because I could hear it very well, even at low speed.
- the HR-01 does a great job cooling the i7, under stress things do get hot so I added the nexus fan that was on it in the old system again. Now the CPU is idling at case temp and manages quite quickly to fall back to it after load.
- the Asus fan controller is indeed a bit limited, right now refusing to run the cpu fan at low speed. Good thing the nexus is so quiet it doesn't bother much now (maybe it will when the SeaSonic PSU issue is fixed)
- CoolerMaster Silencio 352 is a nice case, not as cramped as expected. the room at the back was a bit limited for cabling, I ended up stripping the insulation material from the panel to add 1mm of extra room, now the panel closes again.
Will post some pictures and data when I have more time, for now I can say that the whole thing idles at 36W and consumes 116W at full load. Yes I hear you again about that pico PSU