Description

Built this machine for the in-laws for general web browsing and some minor video encoding. He had some specific requirements:

Requirement --------- My solution 1. Easy to clean - Positive pressure, and all intake fans are filtered 2. Upgradeable - fm2 socket is supposedly going to be supported into the near future. Also has 2 empty ram slots. 3. Power efficient - 80+ gold PSU 4. Fast video encoding - APU and software that can take advantage of it 5. Resilient against hard drive failure - Two storage drives in raid1 6. Small-ish foot print - mATX 7. $800 budget

I think I met all of the requirements. He was thrilled with the build.

The SSD is mounted under the bottom HDD. The second HDD is mounted in the 5.25" slot under the DVD drive. This gave the huge front fan a clear path to the system.

The PSU cables were stiff, and hard to work with in the area behind the DVD drive. Not a lot of distance to make the bend to go out the cut-out with the cables. It all worked out in the end.

I absolutely love this case for a mATX build. One giant fan in the front with a built in filter.

Comments

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Loved how you took the time to make the build nice and not just rushed the cabling. Great build!

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this by any chance double as an HTPC? I thought it might, since you went with 5400 RPM instead of 7200 and people supposedly say they're quieter (I doubt it makes that much of a difference).

  • 85 months ago
  • 1 point

I went with the WD Green drives because they were on sale. Speed wasn't an issue since they are simply storage drives. The OS and apps live on the SSD.

I do have an HTPC build though that uses a 500 gb WD green drive. I never really hear it except during boot-up