UberGerbil wrote:Nothing wrong with the Lian Li for such a build, but did you look at the Silverstone SG04-F? The one gotcha with that line is that the PSU doubles as the exhaust fan (unless you also get their "crossflow" fan), and it's positioned over the mobo, so you need a fairly low-profile CPU cooler. On the other hand, it is classy and very petite (for a mATX case). Or what about one of the compact Antec cases, (Mini P180, etc)?
UberGerbil wrote:Is Gigabyte still not on the EFI train?
flip-mode wrote:I sorted your list by total volume. This old thread may help in visualizing the size differences.Here are some collected data:
- 47.8 L - fractal design define r3 (w) 207.40 x (h) 442 x (d) 521.2mm
- 40.6 L - fractal design define mini: (w) 210 x (h) 395 x (d) 490mm
- 40.2 L - antec mini p180 212mm(W) x 435mm(H) x 436mm(D)
- 39.2 L - lian li pc-a05 (w) 210mm x (h) 381mm x (d) 490mm
- 33.4 L - lian li pc-a04 (W) 188mm x (H) 386mm x (D) 460mm
- 32.9 L - lian li pc v354 (W) 245mm x (H) 320mm x (D) 420mm
- 32.5 L - Silverstone FT03 235 x 487 x 284
- 29.5 L - CoolerMaster RC-541 180 x 390 x 420
- 27.0 L - CoolerMaster RC-341 185 x 365 x 400
- 25.0 L - Silverstone SG04-F 200 x 360 x 347
- 24.4 L - Antec NSK3480 197 x 349 x 356
- 23.8 L - Asus TM-21 170 x 395 x 355
- 22.5 L - Silverstone SG02-F 270 x 212 x 393
- 21.3 L - Silverstone GD04 440 x 150 x 323
- 14.8 L - mini-ITX silverstone sg07 (w) 222mm x (h) 190mm x (d) 350mm
flip-mode wrote:I'm now thinking the NSK 3480 or else just accepting the 8 GB limit and going with the mini ITX - the circumstances under which we'd run out of 8GB are extremely rare.
FuturePastNow wrote:That system won't tax the PSU that comes with the NSK3480.
morphine wrote:What else could we do with the $179.30 saved? Four 92mm Kama PWM fans would cost only $32 + shipping from CoolerGuys.If they end up going back you may eventually find the money for good/better case fans and a passive GPU cooler.
JustAnEngineer wrote:morphine wrote:What else could we do with the $179.30 saved? Four 92mm Kama PWM fans would cost only $32 + shipping from CoolerGuys.If they end up going back you may eventually find the money for good/better case fans and a passive GPU cooler.
Jigar wrote:Why 2500K and not the 2500 ? I am don't know the price difference in US, but here, it's some where around $50.
flip-mode wrote:Plus those side vents are never filtered -- even on most cases that have nice removable filters at the front -- so they're just an invitation for dust to wander into everything inside the case. Stupid.The NSA 3480 is a very sturdy case. I have to say its construction quality is above expectation. The steel is heavy gauge and not flimsy at all. It is an interesting case. The top must be removed first and then the sides lift off vertically. Also, the sides are interchangeable. This ended up being useful because, sadly, the Firepro V3800 heatsink fan ended up being more noticeable that hoped (not bad, but it can actually be heard and I was hoping for something undetectable like the fan on the HD 2400), and so swapping the side panels so the panel without any vent closed off the active side of the case did indeed reduce the noticeability of the Firepro's fan. The case has excellent ventilation so I'm not worried about losing the side vent at all.
You know adapters are like $5, right? Probably not a big deal for an SSD in a case that isn't likely to get kicked or moved, but still -- at least bungie the thing in place with some elastic or something.The one thing that Antec needs to do with this case is provide mounts for 2.5" drives - SSDs in other words. Still, it's not much of a worry since SSD's aren't highly susceptible to damage from minor movement. I put the SSD in the bottom 5.25" bay, the optical drive in the top 5.25" bay, and then stuffed extra PSU leads under the optical bay which essentially ends up holding the SSD in place.
Installs/updates can be surprisingly CPU-intensive (decompression, etc) so you might not be seeing the full value of the SSD in that system because the CPU is bottlenecking. Or, like you said, there could be something wrong.Core 2 Duo E8500, 8GB, Vertex 2 160 GB - doing the same takes me about 4 hours.
If you do go ahead with overclocking, you'll have to report back how far you get.The Scythe Rasetsu is a BEAST and is totally awesome. It fit in the case no problem after removing the side duct (and then that vented panel got put on the other side of the case anyway). It is a totally sweet heatsink unit. A manual fan speed controller is hard wired to the fan. The thing is frickin gorgeous. It installs easily. It's not the number one performer out there but it's certainly a top-tier heatsink. And the good news is that it is shorter than a tower-style heatsink.
Yeah, that's a stupid oversight. Having the right-angle at the drive end must've at least helped with the tight fit on the optical though. Again, right-angle SATA cables in both orientations are available for like $3. I even once saw a SATA cable with connectors that pivoted through 270° -- I forget where, I wish I'd bought one just to try it.Too bad as it would have been very useful if Asus had considered that more carefully and shipped the board with cables designed for it.