This thread will detail my build in a Zalman HD501 HTPC case. The entire photostream can be found here
and specific images will be posted into the thread. I will be coming back to the first posts to update them as progress is made.
I will respond to any and all questions regarding any of the hardware used in this build and take measurements/photos per request.
I'd like to pass along thanks to both renethx
as the mass of content in their threads along with their guides is a huge help to this community.
- Case: Zalman HD501
- CPU: Intel Core-i5 2500k SNB 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost)
- Heatsink: Noctua NH-C12P SE14 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
- Mobo: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 LGA1155 Intel Z68 HDMI, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard
- RAM: G.Skill Ripjaw X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC12800) (Model: F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM)
- PSU: Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V, Modular, 80Plus Gold Certified
- Boot: Crucial m4 64GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD (Model: CTO64M4SSD2)
- Media: Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gp/s Bare Drive
- Media: Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD155UI 1.5 TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Bare Drive (2x)
- Control: Logitech Mini Controller, Thumb-sized keyboard controller for Logitech Revue/Google TV
I’ll jump right into the build because you can probably find all the info on the above at Newegg/Amazon etc. If you have any questions though feel free to ask.
Started by taking everything out of the case. The front panel leads for USB/Audio are incredibly long, enough to go out the back of the PSU slot!
Went to remove the plastic side panels which are required to install the fans (unless you have a dual-arrowhead soft-mount from Acousti or similar, then you could mount from the inside of the case). In removing the side panels I broke off one clip as many state they do and THEN found two (2) screws in the back holding the panels on….which of course is in the manual, but who reads those
Test-fitting the heatsink onto the mobo with RAM installed proved one orientation would NOT work. There is not enough clearance between the heatpipes on the C12P and the taller heat spreaders on the X’s.
If you go to the Picasa web album linked above you can see all of the orientations available in images. I selected the following with the heat pipes facing the top of the mobo (also directly in front of a 12cm exhaust fan).
There are alternate angles of this install showing more than ample clearance between RAM heat spreaders and heatsink fins.
Everything went into the empty case easily, as one would expect. PSU slipped in and I mounted it both possible ways; fan facing the outside case intake or fan facing the inside expansion card area. Per one snippet in the PSU instructions (“In some cases proper orientation will result in the top vented cover of the PSU facing the motherboard”) I decided to install it this way. Do you think it's ok facing inward or should I flip it around?
I taped off the intake vents behind the ODD as they would be covered anyway and thought this might help with airflow control. There is a hot-swap drive bay there but with no room for a fan I’m not sure what help this opening would be for that drive anyway.
There is a VERY tight fit for the main 24 pin ATX power connection to the mobo. I had to pre-bend the wires around the connector and then hold them down while I reinserted the ODD/Hot-swap drive cage. There are no sharp edges to worry about but there is a bit more pressure here then I would like to have.
Slapped the cover back on (had to call it a night) and the fan on the Noctua almost perfectly lines up with the top vent in the case, should provide very nice cool air to blow onto CPU and surrounding components
I took the drive cage to work with me today to modify it slightly. The SATA connections on my mobo are in-plane to the mobo itself which makes all of the cables stick out and requires a nasty kink in the cabling to achieve the bend. I did find and order some left-angle
SATA cables which will assist the top-port connection but wanted to allow more room for the bottom which will have to be a straight connector.
That’s it so far, I’m excited to get home and slap a few more things together and install the OS.