Ah-ha, and I just saw this video too:
I’ve already got the 25mm fan on the cooler, am currently running the system all exposed on my desk, so I know how quiet it is without any panels, will hear for myself what happens once it’s encased in metal once again 🙂
Yep, those are the numbers I saw, but I’ve also not found anyone mentioning it. I can imagine the fan being so close to the case might cause turbulence/noise issues, but if I get the A4 myself I’ll definitely give it a go, I already have the cooler and fans.
Please let us know the results if you try it, I’m looking to buy a Dan Case A4 in January myself.
They're for fitting a 25mm thick fan in place of the included 14mm fan. I wonder if doing so would remove the need for your fan shroud?
Very nice! The Velka 3 is even smaller and nearly half the price. It would require buying a new PSU, but I may get it if building my own case out of LEGO doesn't work out.
It looks like other people have asked in the past but I asked again too.
As for building my own case, I don't have a 3D printer, but I have considered using LEGO, so may do that at some point.
The Node 202 does look nice, but because of it having space for a graphics card it's over 10L, much too large 😉
I've had an NCASE M1 v5 for the last two years and really liked it, I just sold it (plus the GTX 980 that was inside it) and that's why I'm looking for an even smaller case.
The Dan Case A4 is interesting but its main point is as a tiny gaming PC, and as I'll be using integrated graphics in this machine, it's a little bit overkill.
I'd forgotten about Silverstone, I did buy (and then return) the ML05B earlier this year, maybe I'll give that another try.
And I agree, being able to filter/sort cases by volume would be really useful, do you know if anyone's already requested that feature?
That should fit in the NCASE M1 v6 with ease. I just sold my v5 after two and a half years, it’s a really nice case.
I’d use the two fixed-speed fans as exhaust, the two PWM fans as intake. That way your system can draw in more cool air when it needs it.
Thanks for the HP suggestion, it definitely looks better than either of my original two choices.
Thanks for all the advice guys.
I should have been more clear about really wanting a low capacity SSD. I use two separate SSDs at the moment, a 500GB M.2 Crucial MX200 for the OS, and a 2TB 2.5” Crucial MX500 for my user directory and Steam library.
Both are SATA and both work fine, but since moving my Steam library to the 2TB, I am only using ~50GB of the 500GB SSD, and that seems silly, both because that 500GB would be useful in another machine I have, and because the M.2 slot can do PCIe x4 speeds.
So while it will cost more per GB to buy a smaller NVMe SSD, it will cost less in terms of actual money, I won’t feel bad about letting hundreds of GB sit idle ;)
I know of Transcend as they’re one of the few companies that sell SSDs in Apple’s custom form factors, I’ve upgraded MacBook Airs in the past using their drives.
But anyway, regarding speeds, the Corsair one is PCIe x2 while the Transcend one is PCIe x4. Does doubling the bandwidth affect the read/write speeds in such drives? Or is x2 already not even saturated?
According to this thread, that laptop has an mSATA slot in the same area as the WiFi card, it sounds like you stack the SSD on top of that.
However, from your photo, it looks like the mSATA slot has been moved to the right, which should make it easier to fit one. Whether that slot is wired up or just some redundant part though, I can’t say.
Anyway, as you say, any 2.5” SSD will work in place of the existing hard drive, that would be much simpler.
I have the Gigabyte H170N at the moment and am considering the ASUS H370-I in my next build due to some flakiness with the Gigabyte temperature sensors (the CPU fan speed is no longer reported) and hearing that ASUS have far superior fan speed control software.
However, assuming you want to use your 4K TV at more than 24Hz, you should get the Gigabyte board as that has an HDMI 2.0 port that can go up to 60Hz, while the ASUS one only has HDMI 1.2.
I guess check that your TV supports HDMI 2.0 first, but even if it doesn't, having HDMI 2.0 support on a media center PC would make more sense than not having it,
Nicely done, this shall totally be appearing in an upcoming build this summer ;)
Thank you very much, I've already added it to my old RedToast build.
Bump to bring this back to the first page, though does anyone know if Sharkoon PSUs are just generally not added to the site? I can of course use the Silverstone equivalent, I just prefer to be accurate.
Nicely done, thanks.
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That's what I thought, thanks for the confirmation.
Not for gaming but for running Final Cut Pro on a spare-parts Hackintosh I plan to build when I update my own machine in a few months.
Do you think it's not worth it, the i5-6500's integrated graphics will suffice?
Nevermind, Nvidia's own specs say "Single Link-DVI", I'll need to stick with DisplayPort.
You mentioned the GT 1030 before and I'd not looked it up, but apparently it performs much better than a Quadro P400 and yet costs more than 50€ less? Do you know which wold make more sense?
Thanks for the suggestion. I'd completely forgotten about Quadro cards, but it looks like they should work fine in a Hackintosh too. I'll most likely go with this GTX 1050 equivalent rather than your suggested GT 630 equivalent, but I will check it with integrated graphics first.
It's intended as a low-cost video-editing machine, to run Final Cut Pro under macOS specifically.
I'll try it out using integrated graphics first (either with the i3-8100, or an i5-6500 if I upgrade my current machine to an i5-8400), will look into dedicated graphics if the performance is unsatisfactory.
It looks it!
The case is the "MS-Tech CI-110", I bought it to house a tiny Blu-Ray machine back in 2016, here's a video review of a very similar case:
It's nothing special, but I'm looking for a super tiny graphics card because I have it already, I don't mind the idea of the machine being less than 8L in volume instead of the 13L of my other spare case, the Raijintek Metis.
Whoa, nevermind about that website, they look far too dodgy.
Does anyone know anything more about the card though? And where it might be bought in Germany?
This doesn't look anywhere near as smooth as the Wii, but at least the 8cm disc doesn't get stuck in this GS40N from LG:
To make life harder on myself, I also want it to work in macOS, and LG say it's only compatible with Windows:
So I may just buy it and return it if it doesn't work.
Having just watched that video with sound, I realise the 8cm disc was being ignored rather than read. The search continues!
I got the idea the BX200 was MLC from thus comparison site, but you're correct, it's TLC after all. Thanks for the correction.
I know CeX from when I lived in the UK, I found it very useful for buying old games. Do you know of a German equivalent? I've not found one but I've not looked too hard.
As for SSDs however, I prefer to buy them new, but thanks for the suggestion.
Thanks for the suggestion. The SanDisk Ultra II was one other option but I assumed it would perform worse than either of the other two and it's only 3€ cheaper than the OCZ one.
The MX300 looks good too, I'd certainly not mind the extra 140GB, but unfortunately it costs 30€ more than the OCZ one here in Germany, I'm trying to not spend too much money on this.
As I said to pegotico, I do like the looks and size of that case, it's just a bit too pricy for me.
The 980 arrived yesterday and is a beast, its 274mm dwarves the 193mm GTX 960 & 970 I've used so far.
And then, as it's christmas all of a sudden, I had the idea to ask for a case as a present, hinted heavily in the direction of the Jonsbo C3. So I'll find out in a few days if I'll be moving my computer into there.
I just read through your two builds and see you've built a Hackintosh too. Do you have a particular card you plan to upgrade to? I was originally planning to upgrade from my own 960 to a 1070, but decided to get the 970 and then the 980 instead, as it looks like Nvidia have stopped supporting Mac OS X. Or do you go AMD?
I thought that at first too, but what about having two intake 80mm fans on the side panel?
I really like the look of the NCASE M1, it's a bit expensive for me sadly, but the SG09 is definitely a contender.
I also found/remembered the Jonsbo C3, I may get that too, it would be like going full circle.
Yep, I already have the SFX PSU and adapter, so that would be fine, but I expand my search to tiny Micro ATX cases now, thanks for the suggestion.
Yeah, I realised that now as I look at different possibilities.
I already have a SFX power supply, so I think it would fit in Fractal Design Define Nano S too, do you reckon it would squeeze in any of these:
Fractal Design Core 500
Fractal Design Node 304
Fractal Design's own Support site makes me hopeful.
Thanks, I like it too, though I'm still running El Capitan as I've not taken the time to upgrade to Sierra. Being an old-timer, I've also renamed it "Mac OS X" in the About This Mac window.
Thanks for the compliment! I've not logged into PCPartPicker for a while, so I saw your blue build some time before reading your comment. I like how you've inverted the layout, that Zalman cooler is especially good looking.
Thank you for the link, that looks like a very useful site.
I see a KFA2 1070 for as low as £380 from Overclockers, but that's in UK £, which works out to ~440€ right now.
That is still a bit cheaper than in Germany, where an MSI 1070 can be bought for 470€.
But the PNY GTX 980 is 120€ cheaper than the MSI GTX 1070, or £80 cheaper if you use the KFA2 1070 UK price.
Did you see a 1070 for 399€? Or was it one of the UK ones in £?
If you want complete silence, Arctic's Alpine 11 Passive may interest you. I've not yet used it myself but it's rated at 47W, the same as the i3-6100, and so long as you have some airflow over the fins it should work fine. Of course, if you can't hear the stock cooler over the other sounds in your case then this is unnecessary.
I just learned of Arctic's Alpine M1 Passive and Alpine 11 Passive. While I've found a few reviews of the AMD one, I can find nothing about the Intel one. They're both very low TDP (40W and 47W respectively) and I very much like the idea of not needing a CPU fan at all.
The computer I built back in November has the same motherboard as yours, and because I wanted to test something in Windows 7, I created a USB installer and then plugged that into one of the USB 2.0 headers on the motherboard using this adapter. It's a little late for you now, but in case you need to install Windows 7 on a future Skylake machine, maybe this will help.
Thank you very much. The Noctua NH-L9x65 is only 95x95mm, it doesn't overlap the memory slots at all. So you can use RAM sticks with massive heatsinks if you like, I used lower profile Crucial ones because I prefer the simpler style.
Very nice! Just earlier today I was thinking about this case, it was one I'd considered a few months ago for my own computer. It's a shame the airflow for the graphics card is so constricted, but you've pulled it off nicely, I appreciate preferring the smaller footprint CPU coolers too. Congratulations on being Featured as well.
I've got no equipment to measure such things, no. At idle it's not as quiet as I'd like (I'd like silent) most of the noise is from the 120mm intake fan. It's not loud but it's noticeable. Under load it's not as loud as my old PS3, but it's close ;)
Thank you for all the information. If I had a 3.5" HDD I could have checked it myself but I didn't want to buy one only to find out there's no space.
However, while I'm going to use velcro for the Xbox dongle, I decided to get a 2TB 2.5" HDD instead of a 3.5" one, I want it to be securely attached for when I carry the computer from place to place.
One more funny question; is there a particular brand of velcro tape you'd recommend?
And an assembly sequence sounds like a good idea, so far I've been tearing it all the way down each time I open it up.