A few more photos, for the heck of it! This case is absolutely gorgeous. I can't get over how clean it looks and the quality of the finishes. Small things like the pressed-in stainless threaded holes for bolts (rather than the cheaper tapped holes) make it a delight to work in. Counter-sunk screws help bring everything into perfect alignment as it goes together.
Having previously mucked about in the DA2
, I'm relieved to follow it up with a simple, passive build:
- 8500T, 35W
- Gigabyte Z370n Mainboard
- Alpine 12 Passive CPU cooler
- 32GB LPX @ 3200MHz
- 1TB Intel NVMe SSD
- 2 x Noctua NF-R8 fans, front-intake
- 130W Dell brick, unsure of model
Still considering a discrete GPU, but at the moment, it's a working Hackintosh with Intel 630 integrated graphics.
Found the power brick at Goodwill bins for 99¢, which spurred the idea for the low-TDP chip! Got a good deal on the mainboard + CPU combo via Craigslist a few days later—Odd combo, but I may use the board for an upgrade to my DA2 (7700K + z270n) if I can find a good deal on another 8th/9th gen chip.
Once I find some time to fix up some of the sleep issues with macOS, I'll be making this my main workstation. My wife and I own/operate a design + web development studio, and we work from home, so my ~2016 MacBook Pro is closed and plugged in 99.9% of the time. ?
Will update with interior photos when it's open next. I got a little thermal pad for the cooler, but it came with compound pre-applied, so I figured I'd just install it and replace the next time it comes apart. Fun coincidence: the Alpine 12 is 90x90mm, which is exactly the LGA1151 keep out zone dimensions, meaning it just kisses the VRM + M.2 heatsinks. ?