looking for a low power full 3d HTPC, will function as a 24/7 download server

Hi,
I want to build an HTPC system which will also fuction as a download server, will work 24/7 (don't care if linux or windows).
As such, I need it to be power efficient, and quiet, and avcourse, cost effective...
I thought about the i3-3225 processor (with the graphic process Intel® HD Graphics 4000), and a low voltage ram. I want it to support full 3d bluray (not HSBS).
Which case should I use?
All the HTPC cases I've seen has a 300-400W Power supply. too much for a 24/7 server. I'm looking for a 30-60W system.
Which MB should I get? I want a micro ATX which will support low voltage ram for a low power consumption.
Can you recommend?
Thanks!
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  1. Overall 60w max? That processor alone is a 55w. This processor has a much lower power draw

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115094
  2. Hmmm.... is that an idle consumption or just when viewing HD 1080p movies?
    Any other ideas for low consumption CPU which will support real 3d 1080p movies?
  3. roymesi2 said:
    Hmmm.... is that an idle consumption or just when viewing HD 1080p movies?
    Any other ideas for low consumption CPU which will support real 3d 1080p movies?


    That rated wattage on any cpu is the MAX power usage, so yes while viewing movies.

    The processor I linked can handle 1080p movies, as all the reviews seem to indicated

    here is the link again:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115094

    I would recemmend this motherboard:

    ASRock H77M - $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

    It's micro atx, which is excellent because almost all htpc cases are compatible with this format.
  4. Ok, thank you very much.
    Will this be able to play full frame 3d movies? not the usual HSBS that run around the net...
    What about a case?
    I'm more intereseted in the power supply of the case, because of what I've seen, they're all about 300W-400W, too much for me.
    Thanks!
  5. roymesi2 said:
    Ok, thank you very much.
    Will this be able to play full frame 3d movies? not the usual HSBS that run around the net...
    What about a case?
    I'm more intereseted in the power supply of the case, because of what I've seen, they're all about 300W-400W, too much for me.
    Thanks!


    Ya know what it may lag a bit. I've been reading up on amd fusion build and it seems they are quite liberal with their TPD.
    It seems that while playing a movie, they draw about 20w, which is awesome so I think we are going to switch to a fusion build. I am surprised, I thought intel had better power consumption but that's not the case with these new procs.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113288

    feel free to browse the reviews, even much higher end builds are claiming only 55w total consumption.

    Now on to the case, just pick one you like from below

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=690&Description=htpc&Type=&N=100006644+40000690&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&PropertyCodeValue=5499%3A36685

    You can't find any reliable low wattage power supplies anymore, so it shouldn't drive away your purchase.

    Here is a good motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130680
    and ram: (On the motherboard's compadiblity list and low voltage)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    Any other questions, feel free to ask!
  6. Ok, Thank you very much for all your help.
    One question, though..
    Does Low Voltage Ram supported by any regular MB?

    thor220 said:
    roymesi2 said:
    Ok, thank you very much.
    Will this be able to play full frame 3d movies? not the usual HSBS that run around the net...
    What about a case?
    I'm more intereseted in the power supply of the case, because of what I've seen, they're all about 300W-400W, too much for me.
    Thanks!


    Ya know what it may lag a bit. I've been reading up on amd fusion build and it seems they are quite liberal with their TPD.
    It seems that while playing a movie, they draw about 20w, which is awesome so I think we are going to switch to a fusion build. I am surprised, I thought intel had better power consumption but that's not the case with these new procs.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113288

    feel free to browse the reviews, even much higher end builds are claiming only 55w total consumption.

    Now on to the case, just pick one you like from below

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Property&Subcategory=690&Description=htpc&Type=&N=100006644+40000690&IsNodeId=1&IsPowerSearch=1&srchInDesc=&MinPrice=&MaxPrice=&PropertyCodeValue=5499%3A36685

    You can't find any reliable low wattage power supplies anymore, so it shouldn't drive away your purchase.

    Here is a good motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130680
    and ram: (On the motherboard's compadiblity list and low voltage)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461

    Any other questions, feel free to ask!
  7. Typically yes, although I always check the memory compatibility list. Any memory module on the list is going to work with the motherboard. You don't have to worry about that, the ram selected is already on the list for your motherboard.
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