REVIEW: CAPS pipeline on budget

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REVIEW: CAPS pipeline on budget

Post by weshky » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:47 pm

first of all, i wuold like to thank everYone who has contributed by advice or suggestions in this and various forums.
the goal off this build was to create a silent pc that was suited for general use (browsing, text editing, photoshop) and at the same time had to serve as an htpc system. below you can find my chosen parts and why.

case: streacom silver fc10 ( large, flexible to future updrages with hdd, larger mb,...) + it can dissipate 95W of heat
mb: gigabyte H81N ( simple mb with standard connections and a dedicated DAC usb port
cpu: intel i5 4590s with a TDP of 65W (powerfull enough for photo editing and heavy multi tasking
ram: 8GB crucial ballistix sport 1600 ( standard value ram)
hdd: intel 120GB ssd + 500GB 2.5" spinning hdd
disc drive: apple macbook pro 2012 slim cd/DVD drive (for ripping my cd collection)
psu: dell 240w laptop adapter (from alienware m17x R4 laptop) + HDPLEX 250W Hi-Fi DC-ATX Power Supply
accessories: arctic silver 5 thermal paste + slim sata to sata adapter + arctic silver thermal paste remover
total cost: +-800 euro

the packaging of the products were very good. the installation was not as easy as i thought, it would be. i had a difficult time setting the heatpipes correctly and applying the paste correctly. with 2 people it is a lot easier.
the thermal paste that was included with the streacom case was really bad, the temps were reaching 90°C during stress test. by replacing the paste with the hi quality paste from arctic silver the temps droped dramaticly. 35-37°C during dle and 66-70°C during full load.

the performance is great, no lag in hd and blue ray playback with red october enabled. the audio qualty is EXCELLENT with uncompressed wave and AIFF playback. it is connected with a usb dac (chord chordette) via the dedicated usb dac port.
The placement of the 250W DC convertor is optional, there is plenty of romm with a itx mb. although i have trouble with mounting the psu input to the case. (the screw holes of the psu inpu don't match the holes of the plates from streacom.

everything works perfectly and i am really happy with the end result. future upgrades could be a linear psu, intel wireless card, a mini pcie to internal usb 3.0 port, and maybe a GPU

i hope it was a ok review, (it's my first one ) , if you have any questions, please don't hesitate

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Re: REVIEW: CAPS pipeline on budget

Post by CA_Steve » Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:41 am

Congrats on your build. Looks great.

By the way, it's more likely it was the initial fit of the cpu/cooler/heatpipes rather than the thermal paste causing the high temps. You can get several degrees C of improvement paste to paste - but not 25C.
1080p Gaming build: i5-4670K, Mugen 4, Asrock Z97 Anniversary, MSI GTX 1660 Gaming X, 8GB 1866 RAM, Samsung 860 Evo 500GB, Crucial MX100 256GB, WD Red 2TB, Samsung DVD burner, Fractal Define R4, Antec True Quiet 140 (2 front + rear) case fans, Seasonic SSR-550FX. 35W idle, 45-55W video streaming, 170-200W WoW, 318W stress test (Prime95 + Furmark)

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Re: REVIEW: CAPS pipeline on budget

Post by necbot » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:16 am

I was thinking of doing a build similar to this. Do you have a Kill-a-watt meter? What is the power consumption of this build at idle? Thanks!

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