First mini-itx build

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First mini-itx build

Post by zerosleep » Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:21 pm

Looking for opinions on my first mini-itx build. I'm hoping it'll be super quiet. Looking for opinions on use of just one fan (cpu). Will I be overheating? Main functions:

* HD movie playback (.mkv).
* Some HD disc playback (HD-DVD/BR).
* 10-foot surfing
* Light video encoding
* Dual boot xbmc/windows 7.

Shopping Cart:
  • LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Case
  • GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 Motherboard
  • Seasonic SS-460FL Active PFC F3, 460W Fanless
  • Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core
  • G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
  • G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-120GBP2 120GB SATA II MLC (SSD)
  • LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L
  • Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 120mm CPU Cooler
  • Rosewill WMC Remote control/Rcvr RRC-127 for Win 7
  • VisionTek Candyboard Black USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard
Thanks for looking.

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Re: First mini-itx build

Post by Fire-Flare » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:20 pm

I'm concerned about the a vertical fanless PSU, but the Shuriken is definitely the cooler you want in a small case.
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Re: First mini-itx build

Post by JamieG » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:21 pm

Another option would be a picoPSU and a large tower heatsink, which will fit in the space that the ATX PSU would have occupied. See the system in my signature for an example.

Since you haven't got a discrete graphics card, a 150W picoPSU would be more than enough headroom.
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Re: First mini-itx build

Post by zerosleep » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:44 pm

I saw that mentioned somewhere and would have done that, but I already had this CPU fan and thought I'd save the money. I don't mind the overpowered PSU if I won't be overheating.

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