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After you pick an ITX MB, check this out 05/02/2013
This review is from: LIAN LI PC-Q03B Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Bright power light - should be tiny led or be tunable by end user - too bright for htpc.....
Is that my only complaint - i think it is and i am right picky...
The Noctua fit like a glove. Ultimately the system went together quite well, easier than i had hoped after seeing the Q03 case. I debated over springing for an SFX PSU but read elsewhere that having an oversized, high quality PSU in the Q03 box was a good idea; this is due to the PSU providing the main chassis fan for the case. So with an oversized PSU, it never works anywhere close to its capacity and therefore the PSU's heat v/s its fans cooling capacity leaves the PSU quite cool with its fan barely spinning up. Between the Anatec PSU and the Noctua PSU cooler the system is all but dead silent from 3' away and my temps at idle range from 38-42 C; under HTPC loads the temps bump up to 40-45 C with no additional noticeable fan noise, though i do note that speed must increase per the increase in moving air. Running Prime95 just as a safety test, temps ranged from 42-48 with the occasional spike over 50C, up to 54C, but these spikes are short lived; as these spikes did occur the fans spun up to audible for the first time since powering the system up and the temps quickly dropped back to the ~45C range with the fans dropping dropping back to near silent almost simultaneously. Following the 120 minute run of Prime95 the box was cool and silent after 3 or 4 minutes.
Final Build Specs:
-Lian Li Q03-B
-Samsung 840 SSD - 120GB
-WD 2.5" HDD - 750GB
-unknown slim optical/BluRay drive
-Anatec 650w 80+ Gold PSU
-Asus p8z77-I deluxe/WD
Lessons learned for the Q03 box:
-I like the oversized, high quality PSU - allows the PSU to double as a chassis fan why remaining practically dead silent during all use other than stress testing
-the Noctua is definitely not a replacement for the radiator on your race car, but on an ITX build in a pretty small box with an SSD, 2.5" HDD, slim optical blu-ray, 6670 graphics card and an efficient PSU overkill doubling as a chassis fan, the Noctua is perfect.
-keep lots of little SATA cables around during this build - every inch of cable you dont use is better cooling in your case and i imagine that if you picked up this board space and cooling are likely to be the two items atop the priorities.
If i hadn't stumbled into most of the parts at no cost to me, i would have built my HTPC a bit more basic; having said that, this is a sweet machine. As a long time Gigabyte builder, i have no regrets with the Asus MB. it is apparently well built, has yielded a very stable system and allowed me to have a powerhouse full of features in a case smaller than my shoe boxes.... Just wish Asus would head comments on color scheme - i could never use their color schemes building a gamer or enthusiast rig for a client, say in a HAF-XB - i would get laughed at! Quite a shame as i really like the Asus BIOS.........
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