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Old 12-10-2012, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Quiet mini-ITX? SSD + 2x3.5" + full-size DVD

Hi all,

I'm thinking of making a combination LAN storage and music jukebox PC.

I don't need a ton of storage and FLAC playback isn't very demnading, so I'm thinking:
- dual-core intel CPU, Pentium or i3
- Small SSD boot drive for fast booting and quiet OS
- 2 x 3.5" HDD for storage in RAID-1 (will also use USB drives for backups)
- full-size DVD drive for ripping music CDs (laptop drives seem to have a shorter lifespan)

Low-noise is important since this will be near me in my home office. Price isn't much of an issue, any case under $200 is fine.

If there is a nice, quiet case that only has room for 1 x 2.5" plus 1 x 3.5" I might also consider skipping the RAID-1 since "RAID isn't a backup strategy"
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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i used this one for an itx build
"only" room for 1 x 3.5" (i put the 4TB there), and i just laid the 2.5" on the bottom of the case

300w should be plenty for your purposes
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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Here is another and takes full size DVD.

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Old 12-10-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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2+ 3.5" with 5.25" drive


1 3.5", 1 2.5" with 5.25" drive

A bunch of GHz folding/crunching...
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:42 AM   #5
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BitFenix Prodigy? Super quiet with the 230mm fan on the lower speed but still keeps cool.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:36 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by ND40oz View Post
This Lian Li PC-Q07 would be a good choice.

A cheaper option is Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced for $50 shipped.

Both cases use normal desktop ATX PSUs and optical drives. The Elite 120 can hold 3x3.5" HDDs (comes with 2.5" holder that takes one of the 3.5" spots).

Airflow in both cases suck, but your needs aren't very demanding.

I would actually go with the Lian Li, because aluminum.

This motherboard/CPU/RAM combo costs $97 shipped. RAM is 8GB G.Skill Sniper. CPU is a mobile ULV Celeron that is a 17W dual core Sandy Bridge 1.1GHz. Faster than Atom/Brazos, but with similar power draw. Only "problem" is the noisy CPU fan but you can probably replace it with a larger offset fan. Motherboard has one SATA 6Gbps port for your SSD, and three SATA 3Gbps ports. It also has a PCIe x16 slot (electrically PCIe 2.0 x8). Only thing missing is no USB 3.0.

Such a setup with that motherboard and one each HDD/SSD/ODD would probably hit 30W under max load. Go with a Pico PSU.
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