This is my first attempt to build something in a non-tower format, and is from a space perspective the smallest build I have done to date. Its job is to Fold, and to stream Pandora, Netflix, etc. The ram, SSD, and GPU are all leftovers from other systems.
The first iteration of this build kept the stock cooler; however, under full load it was running WAY too hot. I attempted to add some extra intake fans; however, the only 120’s I had in stock were high static pressure fans (Corsairs). The system, while some cooler sounded like a jet engine. My better half demanded that she be able to hear herself think in the living room. Long story short, the CPU cooler, and Noctua fans were all added later (not much later).
Now the system runs at full load, and is not noticeable. The Grid is very handy for connecting and controlling all of this fannage, and the wireless NIC has worked flawlessly. I would recommend both to anyone with a need for fan controls and wireless connectivity.
The case has a good feel, and build quality; however, cable management options are limited.
Temps: While folding the CPU will run 59-64C. The GPU will hover between 46, and 58C depending on what work unit types its crunching.
The 7850: I love this GPU from a bang for buck standpoint. This card, and its re-brands are still competitive in their market niche, not bad for a 4 year old GPU.