I am here to make a build log of my HTPC, using a brand new HDPLEX H5 and the components which I have already in my existing HTPC.
Before I start, here is a list of components I want to put in, as well as an outline of the issues around this build:
- silent PC
- low power (will be ON 24/7)
- using existing components as much as possible
Existing components list:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4570T (35W TDP)
MB: Gigabyte GA-Z97MX Gaming 5
RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
SSD: 128GB Samsung 840EVO
HDD: 2 x WD RED 3GB (WD30EFRX)
WiFi card: Asus PCE-AC68
SoundCard: SoundBlaster ZxR
Video Card: Gigabyte GV-N730D5-2GI (rev 2)
HDPLEX H5 rev 2 case
160W AC-DC module
250W HiFi DC-ATX module
2 x HDPLEX GPU cooler
2 x HDPLEX PCI-X 3.0 X16 riser
The GPU location issue
- Looking at the case layout I want to have, one can see that the video card is in the top slot, which is against the intention of the H5 case design. However, by placing the video card in the top slot I avoid any heat generation below a potential top slot SoundCard. In this way, I can put the sound card in the low slot (no direct heat source below it) and put the DaughterBoard (DB) in the slot near the CPU (if I were to place the MainBoard in that slot, the CPU would heat the MB);
- However, this raises 2 problems:
1. The heat pipes will have to be reshaped to accommodate the different position of the GPU relative to the heatsink; - we will see if I can really do that without destroying them
2. The top fins of the GPU radiator will not clear the top plate of the case.
- Therefore I ordered 2 GPU Heatsinks: I will use the bottom plate of one GPU cooler to place on the actual GPU, and the bottom plate of the second GPU cooler as the top plate of the actual GPU cooler, thus replacing the top Al fins with a "massive" copper piece, which will clear the top plate of the case. Of course, this also allows me to fail in reshaping several heat pipes
- This whole thing will mean some fabrication on my side:
1. the reshaping of the heat pipes
2. the drilling and screw forming of appropriate holes in the top GPU copper plate (since it was not intended to be used in this way it does not have the required holes)
3. the drilling and screw forming GPU mounting holes on the bottom copper plate (the GPU cooler does not support the mounting layout of my GPU)
The sound card issue:
- the ribbon cable connection between the MB and DB which comes with the SoundCard is not long enough; therefore I have bought a longer standard ribbon cable from a local supplier and used it; so, for anyone interested if there is anything special about the ribbon cable of this card: there's nothing special about it
. any standard one will do.
Having said that, I start the build and post pictures as much as possible; please let me know what you think; what you like, don't like...
PS: I only have an iPhone to take pictures, so.... don't expect marvels... sorry.