Originally Posted by vkirienko
I'm doing my second HTPC build in one month. First one was huge success and second build goes to parents. They will be doing primarily online streaming so I'm trying to build cheap as possible. I'm looking at Apex MI-008 Tower
case and it looks perfect price wise but some reviews point that standard 1155 CPU fan does not fit under PSU. At the same time assassin in his guides has a picture where fan barely but fits.
Does it depend on motherboard or fan definetelly fits? If I decide to go with ITX I'll probably order this one
. Does anybody know for sure if fan is going to fit under PSU with this motherboard?
If it worked for Asassin , it will work for you . He does not say the fan is very close . What he say's is that the psu will slightly touch the standard fan( 60 mm height) and cannot "fully recommend" this approach . However , if you get the Intel low profile fan( 38mm height) you should be fine . The motherboard stand offs determine the height of the board in the case and depending on how high the rear connections cut out is in the case will determine which height standoff screws u will use as the case will come with the correct ones . You should be fine . It is the fan that determines the height . Watch what ram you use as tall heat spreaders will not work .
OOOHHH ! Foxconn for the MB ... really ? Where in the guides is this a recommendation ? There are much better mini itx Intel boards as I have never used Foxconn but have also never heard anything good either . I got the fact that u want cheap as u can but I suggest picking another area to be cheap in ... not the MB .
Just my $ .02
BTW ... there is a rumor that there may be a build that would fit you in the next few weeks if you can hold out a bit
Look at post # 13657
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1302559/assassins-simple-beginner-htpc-buying-guide/13650Edited by flocko - 7/19/12 at 7:11pm