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BaK

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Hi guys,

As an SFF builder I am glad to post here, thx Mr FlexATX aka iFreilicht for the invitation and for having helped me out with this build and especially with the choice of the PSU! ;)

My goal is to have a fast and silent rig, with a decent iGPU to work with 3D stuff (i.e. Sketchup) but not especially for gaming.

The components:
- Black Jonsbo case V2 (200 x 200 x 170mm)
- 250W FSP FlexATX PSU 80PLUS Bronze
- Asus Z97I-Plus ITX motherboard
- Intel i5-5675C CPU (3.1-3.6GHz)
- BeQuiet Dark Rock TF CPU cooler
- 2x 8GB Crucial Tactical LP replaced by Crucial Ballistix Sport VLP (heatpipes conflict)
- 128GB Adata Premier Pro SP900 SATA M.2 2280 (read: 550MB/s - write: 530MB/s)
- 480GB PNY Optima 480GB SATA SSD (read: 400MB/s - write: 400MB/s) replaced by KingFast mSata (no room left for a regular SSD)

(My apologies for the pics, good light needed)



Mobo and Cooler inside the already crowded case:


Opened PSU with the small and audible fan:


PSU fan replacement on the bottom left:


Fan duct and PSU cables rerouted where the factory fan was:


First try, it works!


Temp probe and fan control to be sure the new fan is cooling the PSU properly:


Ready for overclocking:


I got 4.3GHz@1.415V 1h OCCT / 3DMark11 / Cinebench passed
T°CPU max: 80°C (ambient 21°C)

The itch was too big, I had to delid this chip!
Vice only method result:


CLP on the dies and thermal pads on the VRMs:


This let me gain 0.1GHz while staying 10°C lower than before delid -> 4.4GHz@1.465V 1h OCCT
T°CPU max: 69°C (ambient 21°C)

Then I realized there was no way to put an 2.5" SSD in there, only room for half of it, so I made one that size!
mSata 500GB (on top of a regular SSD):


Then I cut a casing from an old SSD in two, add an mSATA to SATA adapter in it, and here we go:



Then I had to make back plate for the power cord, so I took the plate from a n old SFX PSU:


Painted it in black added a cover to prevent any contact with the 220V cables/solderings and finally a right angled powercord:


Fan duct final version, plasti dipped:



And then the most demanding task as I had never done that before, sleeving the cables!
I wanted a nice curve:


Heatshrinkless:



As the bottom of the case has holes for attaching drives on it, I took the opportunity to add grommets to both the PSU and the mini SSD:


And the results with the PSU painted in black:




Inside of the case right before adding the other components:


And with everything in:



With the top side on:




Next to his old bro SG05:


Final pics:


This one especially for iFreilicht: :D


Most tight fit build I ever did, I am very happy of the result!
 

Phuncz

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I'm stumped, what an amazing build ! Excellent work all around !
I like how 80% of the space inside is the heatsink and fans, whereas most people's ATX builds are 80% air.
 

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My goal is to have a fast and silent rig, with a decent iGPU to work with 3D stuff (i.e. Sketchup) but not especially for gaming.

The components:
- 480GB PNY Optima 480GB SATA SSD (read: 400MB/s - write: 400MB/s) replaced by KingFast mSata (no room left for a regular SSD)

Then I realized there was no way to put an 2.5" SSD in there, only room for half of it, so I made one that size!
mSata 500GB (on top of a regular SSD):


Then I cut a casing from an old SSD in two, add an mSATA to SATA adapter in it, and here we go:



And the results with the PSU painted in black:



Most tight fit build I ever did, I am very happy of the result!


This is an awesome idea. Take this rig and design an mini-SSD case based on this design and I would buy one quick.

Welcome :thumb:

Mal
 
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BaK

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I'm stumped, what an amazing build ! Excellent work all around !
I like how 80% of the space inside is the heatsink and fans, whereas most people's ATX builds are 80% air.
Thx a lot, glad you like it!
Same here! I started to like it with my previous build, where my Z77 itx mobo was almost completely hidden under the NH-C14, but there was room left in the SG05. So I did it again with the Dark Rock and a smaller case!

+1 cable-lacing jig!
Thx!

This is an awesome idea. Take this rig and design an mini-SSD case based on this design and I would buy one quick.

Welcome :thumb:

Mal
Yep, I was happy to solve this problem like that. Would be cool to find a casing of that size ready to put an mSATA inside it, but couldn't find any.
 
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yoyo55

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Absolutely Incredible! Wow, what a super clean build. One thing that blew my mind was that half size SSD, today you win the internet my friend lol
 

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You definitely took the "If there's air left in it then it's too big"-rule serious! Great work and very inventive solutions, the short SSD is my favourite ;)
 

BaK

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Thanx a lot for the nice comments! :D

I am still fine tuning the case and I am facing a little problem with the PSU 60mm fan. Actually the issue comes from the Asus BIOS/UEFI which doesn't let me set the fan speed lower than 50%.
Do you guys know if there is a way to fix this?
 
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BaK

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Yep that's an option, I must have some Low-noise adapter from Noctua lying around. But that means the fan will not be able to run full speed if needed, that's why I would have preferred to tweak the BIOS somehow... but I guess that is not possible.
I will maybe try to ask Asus directly.
 

MrTiny

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Well thought out, beautifully executed build. Liking how you kept the sleeve colors the same as stock identification colors.
 

BaK

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Heh yeah, for my first sleeving job I've preferred to keep the same colours. With the original 24pin connector and cables on my desk as a template it was the best way to not go wrong. :)
 

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Just saying, 1.465V is generally regarded as unsafe for 14nm.. I keep hearing that 1.4V is the max safe voltage for 24/7 use. Nice delid on the 5675c though :p Breadwell chips are my favourite :p