[WIP] Antek ISK 300-150 AM4 Build

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Parts:
MB: Asrock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC (shipping)
CPU: 3400G (4000-series later, maybe)
Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a-AM4
RAM: TBD (Likely TEAMGROUP E+ 2x4GB 2400 cl16)
Storage: Corsair 128GB SATA SSD, to be upgraded later.

So far I've got the case and CPU cooler. I've unpacked and disassembled the case. It's a lot heavier than I expected, and assembly is funky – you must remove the HDD and FDD trays, and the power supply assembly in order to remove the fan bracket. You probably can't acces the lower screws on the fans with the motherboard installed either, so removing the bracket is required to remove or rearrange the fans. The fan blanking plate has two tabs holding it in place, along with two screws, and the whole thing is plastic, so you need to be gentle when removing it.

Back to the PSU: It's held in place by two screws and four tabs. It's held very securely by the tabs, but getting it under or off the tabs is a PITA. I don't know if it's the FP cables/housing (plastic box up front, behind FP) or the poor routing/strain relief on the power cable coming out the side, but something prevents it from sitting right on the tabs near the front side of the case, and you can't see them so it's wiggle jiggle until it falls in place, then press down on the left side and slide forward.

The Power/Reset/*LED wires are all on the left side...except one. But they're all the same length! I bundled them together and routed them under the PSU power cable, will tie them to the support bracket above the MB... except the short one.

Here's what it looks like, all said and done:

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Seems like cable management will be a cakewalk. Some wires may have to switch sides depending on board layout, but looks good to me. Undecided on fan placement
 
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Parts:
MB: Asrock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC (shipping)
CPU: TBD (Likely APU, considering the 3200/3000G)
Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a-AM4
RAM: TBD (Likely TEAMGROUP E+ 2x4GB 2400 cl16)
Storage: Crucial 128GB SATA SSD, to be upgraded later.

So far I've got the case and CPU cooler. I've unpacked and disassembled the case. It's a lot heavier than I expected, and assembly is funky – you must remove the HDD and FDD trays, and the power supply assembly in order to remove the fan bracket. You probably can't acces the lower screws on the fans with the motherboard installed either, so removing the bracket is required to remove or rearrange the fans. The fan blanking plate has two tabs holding it in place, along with two screws, and the whole thing is plastic, so you need to be gentle when removing it.

Back to the PSU: It's held in place by two screws and four tabs. It's held very securely by the tabs, but getting it under or off the tabs is a PITA. I don't know if it's the FP cables/housing (plastic box up front, behind FP) or the poor routing/strain relief on the power cable coming out the side, but something prevents it from sitting right on the tabs near the front side of the case, and you can't see them so it's wiggle jiggle until it falls in place, then press down on the left side and slide forward.

The Power/Reset/*LED wires are all on the left side...except one. But they're all the same length! I bundled them together and routed them under the PSU power cable, will tie them to the support bracket above the MB... except the short one.

Here's what it looks like, all said and done:

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Seems like cable management will be a cakewalk. Some wires may have to switch sides depending on board layout, but looks good to me. Undecided on fan placement
I have that case for 5 years now as plex server

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I have that case for 5 years now as plex server

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They must have changed the design. That looks completely different – Mine only has a narrow vent on the wide side where the 1/2 height pcie card goes, and the whole length of the narrow sides are vented. It's longer front to back (about 1/2 the width of the motherboard longer), has a bit more room above the motherboard for a cdrom, 2.5" hdds, and an internal PSU.

Edit: You got the ISK 110 VESA, similar, but much smaller and VESA mountable.
 
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You may or may not want to wait this long, but the new APU's are coming soon and likely much higher end than the 3200g/3600g with zen2 improvements (curse you AMD for labeling APU's with the wrong generation). Looks like a pretty small case to work in, but should be nice when done. What kind of cooling is available for the case itself?
 

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I'm seriously considering it, just I know I'm not going to like the price.

Case has two 80mm fan positions (one occupied by a tri-cool) on one side of the case, with the PSU providing a third. It works kinda like a 1U server, where all the air flows from one side of the case to the other. Wanted a 1U cooler from dynatron, but nobody stocked it for a reasonable price.

If you remove the fan bracket (seen in the background of the photo above) you can barely fit one 92mm fan, but there's no way to secure it to the case without modification (except maybe with zipties). You could fit a second 92mm fan if you remove the power supply, but I don't think a third is possible on that side of the case.

I'm thinking about swapping the PSU with a 160w PicoPSU from mini-box, but they only have 1 molex and 1 sata connector by default, and I'd prefer two sata connectors for this case. There's a header to add another cable, but that would be unnecessary if....

Edit: after measuring, looks like 2.032 92mm fans could fit with the psu still installed, but it'd be really tight.
 
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Purchased an A6-8570E PRO off ebay for $35, will hold me over for now. Will probably get a 3300x and an nvidia 1030 (half-height, or a higher end full size card with a riser if I can find one <75W and single-slot) later on, or something better if I can hold out that long.

Edit: Well, A6-8570E doesn't work...could be because the psu only has a single 4pin 12v plug, but that's supposed to work (according to mb manual) so I'm pretty sure it's just not supported by the firmware.
 
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Third CPU's the charm...got a 3400g, and that one actually works. Currently borrowing half the RAM from my gaming system, will eventually buy a set for this one.

Cable routing is TIGHT – a mini-box pico-psu or hdplex 200w DC PSU would really help clean up the case, although I think I did a half-decent job.
The SSD could only be mounted the "wrong" way, which sorta threw a wrench in my plans wrt the sata power cable routing.
Front usb isn't working, which I can only attribute to the tight bend making it hard to insert in the header properly (thus, it's not).

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You can cut the support bracket so you can still fit 2 drives and slim ODM and this way you have cpu height clearance for larger cooler. I ram mine with a Noctua LP cooler with 4 HPs and 92mm fan
 

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You can cut the support bracket so you can still fit 2 drives and slim ODM and this way you have cpu height clearance for larger cooler. I ram mine with a Noctua LP cooler with 4 HPs and 92mm fan
Yeah, but I think it's fine as is. It can keep it under 80c (according to lmsensors in linux, with `stress -c 8`) with the fans running full blast. If I had a second 92mm fan on the side it'd probably be cooler, and with a pico-psu I could put a third and run them at a lower speed.

Main thing is the vrm are a bit hot and the psu is pumping more heat into the case (it's fan is set to pull air in), so if I solved those two problems heat would be a non-issue.
 

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Yeah, but I think it's fine as is. It can keep it under 80c (according to lmsensors in linux, with `stress -c 8`) with the fans running full blast. If I had a second 92mm fan on the side it'd probably be cooler, and with a pico-psu I could put a third and run them at a lower speed.

Main thing is the vrm are a bit hot and the psu is pumping more heat into the case (it's fan is set to pull air in), so if I solved those two problems heat would be a non-issue.
Yup No worries. Just sharing how ran for 2 years as my main plex server. Sounds like you got a handle on temps.
 
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