Hi Sensible Systems,
GPUs are definitely more difficult to cool passively, though an Arctic Accelero would do well in this case. HDPlex's H5 case is one of the few cooling solutions I've found that can handle up to a GTX 1070 passively. HDPlex's passive GPU cooler is very efficient: a 1070 could throttle itself if pushed to its max, but under normal use it can safely be cooled passively by the H5. I would stick to a 1060 or less with any other case.
What do you plan to use to cool the CPU? The stock Intel cooler might be a bit loud, an aftermarket cooler like a Noctua NH-D15 would be a big help. Of course if silence is your main concern, you would need a fanless PC, something like the HDPlex H5 case can cool an i5 processor and an Nvidia GTX 1060 without any fans.
The power supply is split into two. A 330 W laptop power adapter is used with an HDPlex 400 W DC-ATX converter. The DC-ATX converter splits the power from the laptop brick into the voltages and connectors that the components need.
Here's what I used: https://m.ebay.com/itm/90W-AC-Adapter-Power-Charger-for-HP-Compaq-nx9420-2510p-2530p-2710p-2730p-6510b-/130708965702
It uses the same kind of power adapter that a laptop uses, with a 7.4 mm connector on the I/O.
You would have to paint it, it's a good idea.
Yes, Intel's modern integrated graphics is good for simpler games like that.
Info here: http://www.akasa.com.tw/update.php?tpl=product/product.detail.tpl&no=181&type=Fanless%20Chassis&type_sub=Fanless%20Thin%20Mini%20ITX&model=AK-ITX09-BK
Purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Akasa-Galileo-Ultra-Slim-Aluminum-Mini-ITX/dp/B00KDG32VK
What kind of fan are you thinking of? I don't think any fans can really compare to a fully passive computer, and I think the CPU is cooled quite efficiently by this heatsink-case. Temperatures are generally in the 40s and drop down to the 50s within seconds after stress testing.
I'm not sure there's a name for it, but the connector has to be 7.4mm x 5.1mm, which is the largest available connector. If you search for a 7.4mm AC Adapter then you should be able to find one.
It would make it easier to temporarily connect an internal drive without opening the case, I'm not sure what else it would be useful for.
It allows you to power a device externally with the internal power supply using a molex connector.
Yes, I bought a copper plate and heatpipes from HDPlex to connect the graphics card to the case. I had to remove the stock heatsink and case of the 1050. It didn't fit at first though, I had to drill new holes in the copper plate to make it fit. http://www.hd-plex.com/HDPLEX-Passive-Video-Card-GPU-Heatsink-System-for-HDPLEX-H5.html
I didn't know about the passively cooled RX 460, but I'm not sure how well a passively cooled GPU would perform in a case like that without airflow. I would want to see someone else try it first. Tom's Hardware tested a passive GTX 1050 with and without case airflow: http://media.bestofmicro.com/H/9/626589/original/01-Temperatures.png.
Yes, it is through the aluminum fins on the sides of the case. It's not grounded. The case acts as a radiator.
I do think this card is one of the better sound cards available. I bought this card years ago and haven't had a need to upgrade. I haven't tried an external dac before, don't have anything against them.
Yes, I've seen that, the downside with that case is that it can't passively cool a GPU. It is nice though and I considered it.
+1 for The Mollusk!
Yes! An i7-7700T would be ideal.
I was surprised too, it's a very efficient card. If you look at other builds with the same gpu, 50 is not out of the ordinary. I tested it with the stock heatsink/fan first and got a max of 60 C.
I think the soundcard sitting right above the CPU affects the temperature. During normal use the CPU is in the 40s or 50s C. 88 was after a lengthy stress test. I would recommend a lower TDP CPU for this case though.
It was a challenge, you have to connect everything in a certain order to make sure you can access what you need when you need it.
Thanks, I also noticed a lack of passively cooled builds here, that's one of the reasons I wanted to add my own.
Thanks, you can use different power supplies with the case. I went with a 330W laptop AC-DC adapter and HDPlex's 300W DC-ATX converter to keep it fanless. The HDPlex unit is available separately from the case. It connects to the laptop adapter and has outputs for each component.
It might be good to see what fanless cases are available when it comes time to replace your current computer, they might continue to get better and better, and maybe cheaper and cheaper.
It's my main computer, I use it for general web browsing, as a music player, and for occasional gaming. Yes, I think the 5775C would work well, though the GPU side of the case would go unutilized. The 6600 and 1050ti together are close to the same price as the 5775C. The 5775C would be great with a miniITX board in HDPlex's H1 case, which is a lot more compact and uses both sides of the case to cool the CPU.
Thanks. Temps are between 30 and 35 °C when idle, and up to 75 °C after half an hour of Prime95 stress testing. I've read concerns about heat not being able to dissipate quickly in passive PCs, but the temperature seemed to fall rather quickly after testing.
The integrated GPU does actually support 4K, so I imagine it can!
Almost, the DVD drive makes a good amount of noise when in use, and I notice that there are some electrical sounds that you can hear if you put your head close to the case.