Sssh! Small Silent Strong Hardware Specs: Case Aplus Blockbuster Storm Processor i5 – 750 CPU cooler Corsair H70 with 2 x 120mm Noctua 120mm NF-P12 fans (push & pull) Memory 8 GB Corsair 1600Mhz DDR3 Hard Drive 1TB WD Black Caviar Case Fans 2 x 80mm Noctua NF-R8 fans 1 x 220mm Yate Loon D22BL-12H case fan PSU Cooler Master Silent Pro M500 Motherboard Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 GPU Sapphire Radeon 5850 Planning Stage: I had a thermaltake lanbox lite, and although it was a great solid case, it had way too many fans. The case had 11 case fans, and it was still cooking inside, with cpu load temps of 66, GPU load temps of 60, and hard drive at 40. Plus the thing was noisy, not from the specific fans but the air turbulence of 11 fans ploughing air into each other. So the plan was to transplant my current hardware with some additions from the lanbox lite to a new home that would be much quieter, and crucially fit the shelf under my desk which had a height of 30cm and width of 29cm, depth was not a problem. Here’s a picture of my desk. I already have Sssh! assembled sitting there as a tease. (Actually too lazy to take a picture without it there.) Researching the net, I went through tons of cases until I managed to find the one that looked perfect. And here we have the Aplus Blockbuster Storm, if it looks familiar it’s a clone of the microfly ultra but with a truly blockbuster 22cm fan on the top. Now the planning of the build, since I was going for silent yet strong, I figured why not go all Noctua fans and an H70 to cool the cpu. So an H70 in the rear 12cm fan with 2 Noctua fans in a push and pull, with an 8cm in the front. After a bit of thought, I decided I needed another 8cm fan in the front to really get the case breathing, and finally came up with a solution. Fit an Evercool Armor HDD Cooling Box into the two 5.25” bays, since all my games come from steam, and if I ever needed an optical device I could use an external one. Looking at the front of the case, it is virtually impossible for the 8cm front bottom fan to breathe, it only breathed in fresh air from tiny vents hidden under the handle, that wouldn’t do for Sssh!, so the idea is to permanently remove the handle and cutting the plastic and adding a mesh grille to allow that 8cm fan to bring in fresh cool air. Building Stage: Having decided what I was going to put in the case, now came the part of actually installing it in the case. Removing the front fascia revealed that it’s composed of 2 panels, separating them allowed the handle to be removed very easily without any cutting. Now came the cutting part. So after measuring and scoring with a safety blade, out came the handy handsaw and away we go. Voila, that 8cm fan can breathe much easier now. Heavy duty mesh, “borrowed” from the office supplies, hehe. And here’s a pic after installing the mesh. And the last one with the outside of the case, you can see that adding the bezel to the front fascia makes it cleaner with the added logo “A+” Now to add the Noctua 8cm fans. And from the front the Evercool armor looks great. The case is starting to come together, and I’m loving the look. Next up is installing the H70. The first cuts are made to the case itself in order for the h70 coolant pipes to enter the case. And then the next the next cuts are made to the motherboard tray in order for the same pipes to clear. All the cuts were made using my trusty handsaw and tin snips when I got lazy (do not use tin snips if you want a clean look, I got lazy as time wore on, still happy with the results although could have been cleaner) Now with the motherboard tray and case ready to accept the H70, a new problem arises, how to slide in the top of the case with H70 installed. After much thought the solution is to cut the guides in the side panels so that the top panel is placed right on top without having to slide as shown here. With that done, the top panel is placed on top of the case and Shhh! Is born. GPU side of the case. Front with the 2 Noctua 8cm fans and the massive 22cm top fan blowing cold air quietly into the case cooling everything. CPU side with the H70 pipes visible and the 12cm Noctua fan on the radiator, surprisingly spacious in there. With plenty of space above the CPU, clear airflow from the front intakes fans to the exhaust fans. On my desk Here’s Sssh! On my desk with an overclocked 5850 and CPU running silently with a slightly sinister purr from the Noctua fans rather than the loud roar of my late lanbox lite.