I have also built a system based on the FC8 and thought I'd share what I've learned. I use mine as a Windows Media Center box, but also play DVDs and use Media Browser for films.
Overall I'm really pleased - it looks great, does everything I want it too. It's also quietest Media Center I've ever had.My system is as follows:
Optional IR Module
Asus F1A75-I Deluxe
Sony BC-5600S Blu-Ray
BlackGold BGT3650 Quad DVB-T "Freeview/Freeview HD" TV card
OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB SSD
Samsung Spin Point F4EG EcoGreen 2TBTemps
My system runs hotter than Politby's system, probably because I've got my case packed to the rafters. I also used arctic silver and was able to get it into the parts that Politby couldn't without too many problems.
The Nuvoton temps are the same as reported by the Asus utility, so I think they are correct. However only CPU and Aux are real - "Motherboard", "SYSTIN1" and the other entries are definitely red herrings as suspected by Politby. Mine was reading 60 degrees at idle so I stuck my fingers on every component to see what was hot. I found none. My motherboard/SYSTIN temps also drop under load. Whatever they are, they're not real temps.
My system runs at around 40-50 degrees under normal circumstances. With an hour of Prime95 they stabilise at 69 degrees.
This is acceptable in my book... I almost never stress my system, and if I do then this temp is okay for a short while. (Having said that I'll have a go at trying to reduce the temps by improving airflow in the case. I'll report back if I make a difference).
BTW the processor has a theoretical maximum operating temp of 100.Tips on Build
- I initially used the Streacom PicoPSU. However it doesn't fit well with this motherboard - the power connectors are jammed up against the heatpipe. However the brick failed after about 5 minutes of use so I got a chance to try another PSU: I used an Ituner PSU and it fits much better. You won't face this problem if you use a motherboard with a different layout.
- I built my system with 150W power supplies. This looks like overkill. My system has never consumed more than 90W, idles at 30-40W and sleeps at 7W.
- The connectors for the power button confused me - whether you are using the IR module or not, check out the IR module manual on the Streacom website for better instructions on hooking up the power button. (I didn't know this in advance).
- The IR module is nearly but not quite Microsoft remote compatible. A couple of keys don't function correctly. The supplied remote isn't that great, IMHO.
- Get some really short SATA cables, and a SATA to mini-SATA power adapter in advance for your optical drive. (D'oh!)
- The Sony 5600S is a drive with the eject button on the left, so one of the few that will fit the case. I got mine really cheap, but it doesn't have an eject button. Fitting a bezel to the drive after the event doesn't fix this. If you buy a 5600S, make sure to get one with an eject button if this is important to you.
- There aren't enough USB headers on this motherboard to power everything on the FC8. Card reader plus 2x front USB port plus IR module means you need 4... but you only have 2. I'm currently investigating whether I can hook the unused USB3.0 header to these, or whether I'll need a NZXT IU01 or similar to get more USB headers in the case.
I hope you find some of this useful.