My Project: Intel DH57JG w/ i5-650 inside a Mini-Box M350 Case

2010-07-16 / Random / 9 Comments

I am building a new media center PC with an Intel DH57JG w/ i5-650 inside a Mini-BoxM350. I will be updating with more specs, pics, and all the parts used.     

MB:                         Intel DH57JG Socket 1156/ Intel H57/ A&GbE/ Mini-ITX Motherboard, Retail
CPU:                       Intel Core i5 Processor i5-650 3.20GHz 4MB LGA1156 CPU, Retail
HD:                         2x Western Digital Scorpio Blue 500GB (WD5000BEVT) 5400rpm SATA2 8MB 2.5inch Drive
RAM:                     Kingston KHX1333C7D3K2/4G DDR3-1333 4GB(2x 2GB) Memory Kit
Case:             M350 Universal Mini-ITX enclosure
Power:                   picoPSU-160-XT with short-circuit 12.5A 150W AC-DC adapter
Fan #1:                  Low Profile Intel LGA1156 Core i3/i5/i7 Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler
Fans #2:                Noiseblocker NB-BlackSilentFan XM2 40mmx10mm Ultra Quiet Fan (NB-BS4010XM2)
Internal USB:      1 xUSB 2.0 Cable – USB A Female to USB Motherboard 4 Pin Header F/F – 6″ (USBMBADAPT)
Case Mod:             1 xSolid Wall Polyethylene Grommet Edging with Adhesive – Black (GES-BK05)     


Front View


Open Top View


CPU Fan View


PSU Side View


Final Case Mod


Final Resting Point



Before Making Cuts into Case


After Making Cuts into Case



I had to make some modifications to the case due to the i5 CPU and dual hard drive combination. I bought a metal cutter and bastard hand grinder and made the cuts into the case. Since cutting the hole in the top of the case the CPU fan is able to grab cold air. If the additional hard drive was not present this would not be an issue. I installed a small chipset fan in the front fan slot to allow cold air to get pulled in to cool the psu.

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