Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

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Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

Post by Mr_Spork » Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:19 am

This is my first HTPC build and I am quite pleased with the result. Due to budget constraints I could not afford to spend too much on specialized components so I bought this to allow room for future improvements. The components are as follows:

Antec Micro Fusion 350
Intel Pentium Duo Core E5200 2.5GHz
Asus P5QL-CM iG43
1x OCZ 2GB DDR2 800MHz
Seagate Momentus 5400.3 160GB
Samsung SH-223F DVD-RW SATA
Windows Vista x64

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Currently I have disabled the Zalman HSF fan and an exhaust fan as this setup produces very little heat.

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Post by Trav1s » Sun Mar 29, 2009 12:57 pm

Looks nice.

How did the display set-up go for you?

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Post by JamieG » Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:30 pm

Nice set-up!

One thing though, from the picture and the fact that you haven't said anything to the contrary, I'm guessing that you have kept the included Antec Tri-Cools? Can you hear the fans, even on low?

I'm in the process of replacing the remaining Tri-Cool 120mm's left in my HTPC in the bigger version of this case (without the display).

I know you said you're on a budget but you might consider replacing those fans with quieter 80mm fans - Nexus or Noctua with one of their included adapters.
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Post by Namheul » Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:16 pm

How come you didnt use the mini ninja you bought?

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Post by Trav1s » Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:44 pm

Namheul wrote:How come you didnt use the mini ninja you bought?
I doubt it would fit in that case. It is a VERY tight fit in the Veris Remote case which uses 120 mm fans.

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Post by Mr_Spork » Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:54 am

Thanks for the kind comments,

Trav1s - the pc is linked to the TV via the HDMI input, I had to get a DVI to HDMI cable to connect it to the motherboard though, and it works fine at 720p. I couldn't get it to the full 1080p because the TV doesn't support it :(

JamieG - yes I can hear the Antec fans on low even when the exhaust fan and HSF fan have already been disabled, I was quite dissapointed because those fans push out a lot of air on the low setting which is not all that quiet. I might replace with the Nexus/Noctua fans in the future, thanks for the suggestion!

...and yes I bought the mini ninja thinking that it would fit in the case but hell was I wrong, I installed it anyway to test it out and it stuck out by half an inch :( during testing that thing would still be cold to touch! Anyway I had to use my old Zalman cooler instead and it is still good running without the fan switched on.

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Post by jhhoffma » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:31 am

That's unfortunate, considering the Ninja Mini was designed to fit inside the regular Fusion/NSK2480. Gotta double-check those tolerances when using aftermarker coolers!!
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Post by Trav1s » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:40 am

jhhoffma wrote:That's unfortunate, considering the Ninja Mini was designed to fit inside the regular Fusion/NSK2480. Gotta double-check those tolerances when using aftermarker coolers!!
I was close to choosing this very case but the overall height was a concern. After seeing this build I am very happy with my choice. Minja is still a tall cooler!


Mr Spork... thanks for the info on the display. Also I am curious about set-up on the front display on the case. How did that set-up go?

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Post by Mr. B » Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:30 pm

Nice build. That is one sharp-looking case.
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Re: Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

Post by MisterMoleyMole » Wed Aug 03, 2011 2:04 am

Sorry to bring back an old thread. Do you still have this set up? What kind of temperatures are you running at?

I have this case with an msi mobo an amd athlon x2 2.8 proc and its a noisy bugger!

If i set the smart fan temp to 45 my fans are on high constantly :(

Any help much appreciated.

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Re: Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

Post by bozar » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:38 am

You should consider a down-blowing Scythe cooler and swap the fan!

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Re: Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

Post by ces » Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:08 am

bozar wrote:You should consider a down-blowing Scythe cooler and swap the fan!
I basically agree except I would use the Samuel 17 down blowing cooler (similar to the Scythe Big Shurekin but easier to mount) together with a Nexus fan.

I would remove both Antecs and replace one of them with a Nexus.
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Re: Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

Post by cyberspyder » Sat Sep 17, 2011 5:41 pm

You could clip the Minja and clamp/solder the heatpipes shut, but that'd be risky.

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Re: Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

Post by quest_for_silence » Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:52 pm

cyberspyder wrote:You could clip the Minja and clamp/solder the heatpipes shut, but that'd be risky.

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Re: Antec Micro Fusion 350 HTPC

Post by Monkeh16 » Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:59 am

cyberspyder wrote:You could clip the Minja and clamp/solder the heatpipes shut, but that'd be risky.

Brendan
The heatpipes won't work if you open them. They are not at atmospheric pressure inside.

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