This is the final build for my small htpc. I hope you like it as much as I do. I had a few challenges but overall I am satisfy.
Casing Initially I wanted the RZ01 but it was to big for my TV cabinet so I decided to use the much smaller and still very neat ML06. It is of course very tight in this casing but it is just the right size for me. The brush aluminum front plate looks good. On the flip side I would have prefer more air filters.
APU I did not want to buy a graphic card and this APU provide very good performance for what I need. However the thermal load is quite high for this casing so I limited this one to 45W.
Motherboard This was my biggest disappointment.
The BIOS of this mother board is very limited
I can hear a high pitch coil noise
the north bridge dissipate a ridiculous amount of heat.
They did not respect the keep out zone for the memory slot locations which makes me buy low profile memory.
Next time I will stick with Asus mother board
Cooling I suppose many people are going to see this build and be surprised by the complexity of the cooling systems. But here are my 2 reasons:
I love air cooling, the big shuriken 2 is an amazing cooler (I used to design heatsink...)
The stock cooler without the case fans would have been ok. But this setup goes into a TV cabinet with no ventilation (at least before I drilled four 50mm holes)
The big shuriken 2 just fit right in the casing (if you don't install the useless top plate) it sucks air from top to bottom. The heat sink fins are properly oriented towards the casing fans. The heat pipe design is really impressive. It is very quite!
I installed the noctua fans using the low noise adaptor that come with it. I noticed that these fan are not that useful with the ultra low noise adaptor and very loud without any. In the hindsight I should have bought PWM fans. They are pushing hot air out of the case and the TV cabinet.
PSU This PSU is very quite and cool. Perfect for this build.
Storage The SSD is doing the job and I have a USB3 storage for media which I hope to replace one day with a big SSD.
I hope you guys liked it.