Having read other threads on this part of the forum, I've started thinking about building my next PC using an SG01. I want to go SFF but most other cases look cheap & nasty.
I would also like to build something that's quiet and power efficient, but has some grunt there when I need it.
One of my main decisions is Dual or Quad core. At the moment I'm not much into gaming or video work, just general stuff, but want to keep my options open.
Anyway, here's the e-mail I sent to Silverstone tech support:
I have a question about SST NT06 Lite cooler.
Your website suggests use of this cooler in SG01 enclosure, with a PSU that has a 12cm fan, such as ST50EF-PLUS:http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_spec.php?pno=nt06-lite&area=usa
My question is, what CPUs would be suitable for this set-up?
For example, would an Intel Core2Quad Q6600 be suitable, or would it get too hot? If not, what if the Q6600 were to be overclocked to 3.0GHz, would this overheat?
If the above would overheat, would a lower power CPU like Core2Duo E8400 be more suitable?
Can you give a Thermal Design Power figure which would be the maximum in this set-up?
And here's the response I got:
Thank you very much for your interest in SilverStone.
Want over clock to propose using PSU of the above fan of 13.5cm size (such as ST85F, ST1000)
C2D E8400 will not be hotter, but I propose , E8400 is too expensive at present, not so good as using Q9300
SilverStone Technology Co., Ltd.
I would describe that response as somewhat enigmatic... What do you think?
Both the PSUs he recommends seem far too powerful for the setup I was thinking of! The power usage is likely to be less than 100W at idle, maybe twice that under full load, especially because at first I will just use the integrated video on the motherboard.
Both the PSUs are 80% efficient, but the 80% figure only applies above 20% load. So for example, with the ST1000, you only get 80% efficiency above 200W - who know's how much less eficient if only drawing 100W?