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Old August 26, 2010, 08:07 AM
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I don't know if a GTX480 would actually fit in that case you are talking about NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Grandia GD04B Black HTPC mATX Desktop Case 1X5.25 2X3.5INT 1X2.5INT 3X120MM Fan No PS - GD04B In Canada.

I have that running an htpc/server and there isn't a lot of space or a lot of air flow (your GTX cards would run hot due in part to the limited air flow design and the stock fans it has). I would not recommend it as a gaming case.

Here is a picture of it with 3 hard drives installed and a 3650 in it
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Old August 26, 2010, 08:24 AM
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Picking up the parts for this today...I hope to have it built soon. Maybe tonight, hehe. Still unsure about the RAM and PSU, I am leaning towards G.Skill ripjaws for ram and perhaps a Silverstone strider psu. Probably a 750W, should do the job and it's modular. Will post pics in a few days. Then gonna sell off my old E6850 computer for parts
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Old August 26, 2010, 06:00 PM
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Not SLI but I previously used 2x5770 on a Silverstone LC20B-M, 1xQ9550, 1xSSD, 3X2TB, 1x1.5TB, 1xOD, 3x80mm exhaust, 2x90mm intake + ATX MB + N520 cooler. Everything fitted well enough, just that the wiring was a pain. I spent a god awful time cabling the thing so that it wouldn't heat up like an oven. In the end it all worked out fine. The Grandia seems shorter but it seems to have better clearance for the GPU cards which was hell to install in the lascala because the hdd drive bays get in the way. I had to move one of the HDD's below the OD. In the end I donated my other 5770 to my other PC because it was total overkill even for casual-normal gaming. Overall both the CPU and GPU(s) hover around ~65C when gaming on a hot sunny day. Both GPU and CPU are UNDERvolted though.

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Old August 26, 2010, 07:58 PM
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So I ended up with the P55 V SLi, G.Skill Ripjaws (4GB), Silverstone 750W PSU, Silverstone case, Intel i3-530, WD 640GB HDD, Intel SSD x40-V and 2xgtx 260's (used evga's). Putting it together now, then going to play some BF BC2 and see it fly....hopefully.
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very nice. if im not mistaken those boards come in two revisions...lets see...

yup..

120-LF-E650-TR

and120-LF-E651-TR

although the difference escapes me for the moment. which one did you get?

regardless, for the 530 they are quite the match. good luck with the clocks maite!

if you ever have time, pick u pa kill a watt, not super uber precise but for the do it yourself kinda dude is perfect. the moment you see a big jump at the wall(given you got a good psu) is the moment you start watching out :)
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So I got it working last night. It absolutely flies while playing BF BC2 on my Sharp LCD at 1920x1080 with everything maxed; it's overkill as an HTPC, but what's really surprising is how fast it is with BF BC2. I really have to recommend the i3-530 as an awesome little processor -- absolutely amazing for the price. Hope to post pictures this weekend. And as another poster had noted, wiring is crazy tight...hard to get everything looking decent and have good airflow.
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Hey,

I got the 120-LF-E650, I don't know the difference either :)

I will definitely pick up the kill a watt. Make sure everything is running alright. Now I want to add an SSD or two :)
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cool. ok so thats the older revision, it seems.

refresh our minds pretty plz with the components you did it in with just in case some were last minute changes.

and do take piccies :)
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Old August 30, 2010, 11:12 PM
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So here is the list of items so far:

- Silverstone Grandia GD04B HTPC Case
- Silverstone Strider 750W PSU
- Evga P55 V SLi motherboard
- 2xEvga GTX 260 video cards
- 4gb G.Skill Ripjaws (12800 i think)
- Western Digital 640GB Caviar 32MB hdd
- Asus DVD Writer (22x i think)

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Old August 31, 2010, 05:27 AM
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I'm curious as to how hot that system runs as you have a lot thrown into there and well the stock case fans don't really push that much air in as much as they could. Would recommend swapping them out for some S4s.
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