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Old 09-09-2008, 02:35 AM   #1
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Default My mATX/LAN Box build

So, after hearing a friend wet his pants about building a SFF (small form factor) mATX computer build, I've decided to embark on my own mATX adventure. It will be an mATX gaming computer that WILL be overclocked. My goal is to take all of the power of a full sized overclocked fast dual core and throw all of it into a cube case. I have all the parts I need except for my Lian-Li V350B case, which should be here tomorrow. Here's a start of what's to come.

I didn't expect the Zalman heatsink I chose to be so big... I hope it's not too tall to clear the PSU and the motherboard tray/rear panel.






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The E8400 CPU that i will be using, hopefully I can run 450x9 on this sucker 24/7 in the mATX box. That's my ultimate goal


G.Skill F2-6400PHU2-2GBHZ RAM DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 Micron D9GMH ICs


2x74gb Western Digital Raptors,10,000rpm 16mb cache in RAID 0


XFX GeForce 8800GS Alpha Dog Overclocked Edition 384mb


check out the solid copper heatsink on this thing.
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OCZ Powerstream 520w PSU, very reliable and will support everything I need until a new PSU comes in.




The case it will all be going in.


All in all this should be one SICKKK little mATX box, I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 09-09-2008, 03:18 AM   #4
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here's the heatsink mounted on the board... i've got to say, zalman has a GREAT mount other than the fact that you have to remove the board to remove the back/front plates for the heatsink. if this heatsink clears the case/psu, i doubt i will ever take it apart.


look how much further the board extends!


north bridge and ram clearance... i was concerned before the test fit.


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Awesome, I can't wait to see this done.
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Hey Cabbs. $5.00 says the heat sink doesn't let the board fit the case.
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You're on!
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Hey Cabbs. $5.00 says the heat sink doesn't let the board fit the case.
if it doesn't, then i'll go down to the 92mm version of the Zalman cooler. i've heard that the scythe mini ninja, thermalright xp-90 and other very good coolers will work. i will not let something so trivial as a heatsink keep me from attaining my goal.
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But in order us to settle our bet you have to show either way.

At any rate could you post a link to the case, please?
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of course i'm going to post my results. that's what this thread is for... here's the case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2151&Tpk=v350b
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