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July 24, 2013 7:31:45 PM

Hey Guys,

Here is what I've put together. Any thoughts? It's my first build, so I'm new to this and could use some guidance. I've taken some ideas from previous posts and come up with this.

HTPC/Media Server/Gaming rig for the living room. It will serve as a multitasker for music streaming through the house, videos on the 55"LED, DVR, Video streaming (Netflix) and for some mild gaming from time to time.

That said, am I missing anything.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1km43

Thanks

Bryan
July 24, 2013 7:50:38 PM

I'm trying to keep it mini ITX so that I can stash it away in the AV Cabinet...
I know this is probably overkill, but...
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a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2013 7:55:05 PM

bkloos said:
I'm trying to keep it mini ITX so that I can stash it away in the AV Cabinet...
I know this is probably overkill, but...


It is way too powerful for your needs, I'd recommend spending a lot less and getting an APU, it will handle your everyday stuff, do light games and run much quieter and cooler.
a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2013 8:14:23 PM

bkloos said:
Hey Guys,

Here is what I've put together. Any thoughts? It's my first build, so I'm new to this and could use some guidance. I've taken some ideas from previous posts and come up with this.

HTPC/Media Server/Gaming rig for the living room. It will serve as a multitasker for music streaming through the house, videos on the 55"LED, DVR, Video streaming (Netflix) and for some mild gaming from time to time.

That said, am I missing anything.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1km43

Thanks

Bryan


Hi,

Let me ask you few questions :

1- how much is the size you can accept as smalles for this HTPC ?
2- would you go for a MATX Motherboard if I give you a REALLY small case
3- what is your Maximum budget here for this ? because I cant help without knowing this info :) 

and last , look at this case :) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGOIODEo88U

if you like the size tell me

see this too

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50RJ5dcvZ-8
July 25, 2013 3:23:08 AM

The budget is just at 1K. I have the 4tb drive on hand.
I need the system to fit in the AV rack, so it needs to be a similar size to an AV receiver.
With the above build, should I plan on a cpu cooler as well, and if so which low profile unit is recommended to fit in with elite 120?
Thanks,
Bryan
a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2013 10:25:48 AM

bkloos said:
The budget is just at 1K. I have the 4tb drive on hand.
I need the system to fit in the AV rack, so it needs to be a similar size to an AV receiver.
With the above build, should I plan on a cpu cooler as well, and if so which low profile unit is recommended to fit in with elite 120?
Thanks,
Bryan


can you please give me the dimension of your AV rack ? please measure it.

here is the dimension of your Cooler master case :

15.80" x 9.40" x 8.20"

and the Silver stone :

13.94" x 8.66" x 11.61"

July 25, 2013 10:56:53 AM

The silver stone would fit.
What are you suggesting?
a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2013 11:13:41 AM

bkloos said:
The silver stone would fit.
What are you suggesting?


well the silver stone is Micro ATX , thats GREAT , with 4 Slots you can add a gaming Card even SLI !!! or a Gaming card + sound card + TV Tuner :)  and it is a wonderfull case inside takes standard cooler and 6 harddisks , 2 x3.5 and 4x2.5 ...

here see this movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSOxvwbke9w

and for SUPER HTPC get the Gigabyte Sniper M5 !!!

it has 115 db SNR onboard sound LUS 600ohms amplifier for head fone and it fits there

this mobo :

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

it is only 170$ with combo deal ...

here is the test : took 10/10

www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/gigabyte_g1_s...

the silver stone case is small and it takes normal power supply NOT above the mobo allowing ANY COOLER.

see the movie

Edit : tell me if you like it so I find you the parts. this needs special short cable parts
July 25, 2013 2:41:14 PM

I'd be interested in hearing more...
a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2013 4:14:46 PM

bkloos said:
I'd be interested in hearing more...


Want ITX mother board and smaller case ?

and learn to say Thank you , I am not working for you... I am Helping for free .
July 25, 2013 7:13:50 PM

Sorry if my curiosity comes across as ungrateful. I'd be happy to reciprocate for your help in any way possible down the line.

Thanks

Bryan

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a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2013 7:59:50 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($110.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($77.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Professional (OEM) (64-bit) ($129.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($28.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $1040.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-25 22:59 EDT-0400)
a b 4 Gaming
July 25, 2013 8:09:17 PM

bkloos said:
Sorry if my curiosity comes across as ungrateful. I'd be happy to reciprocate for your help in any way possible down the line.

Thanks

Bryan


Thank you too,

do you want mini itx option ? or you like the MATX ?

there are Tons of options you know .. so you need to decide first ..

there are Cube shaped HTPC , that work with Mini Itx , one slot only , for those , you will need to look for the power supply position . the good ones the power is at front . not ABOVE the mother board.

there are TWO of them

1- The Fractal Design Fractal Design Node 304 , available in white and black and the power is at front , and can take water cooling. and mini its mobo , but cant take any DVD or B-ray , and is very good air flow

This one : http://www.fractal-design.com/?view=product&prod=94

is a VERY GOOD Case.

2- next to it comes the SilverStone Sugo SG08 , can take DVD/Blue ray , and the power is at Front , but the cooling is less than the Fravtal Design one. and it comes with 600WATTS power supply

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=317

another shape

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=261&area=...


those two WITH the MATX I mentioned b4 are your best choices for making a gaming HTPC very fast machine with good cooling.

others are not recommended.


here are all SFF from Silverstone : http://www.silverstonetek.com/product_case.php?tno=1&ar...

please make your choice so we begin loking at good part to fit in , each needs parts different from another.

as for gaming you can go up tp TITAN or GTX 780 in those cases so dont worry.
July 26, 2013 6:47:50 PM

I like the looks of the SG09 and like the idea of MATX with future expansion options.
That said lets build up on this format.

Thanks!

Bryan
a b 4 Gaming
July 26, 2013 9:48:10 PM

bkloos said:
I like the looks of the SG09 and like the idea of MATX with future expansion options.
That said lets build up on this format.

Thanks!

Bryan


ok here is your ultra high end gaming HTPC :

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/sna/saved/22Py

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($207.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card ($388.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone SG09B (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Plus 750W 80 PLUS Silver Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $1086.81
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-27 00:36 EDT-0400)

you will need to add the short cables :

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This system has the following :

1- Gigabyte Sniper M5 mother board, which has GREAT onboard Sound , and a good LAN,

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

and too in tests 10/10

http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews/cpu_mainboard/gigaby...

2- Has GTX 770 from Zotak , this particular card at IDLE and not gaming has VERY LOWE noise !!! you will not hear it , so is a good card for both gaming and HTPC. and its a GTX 770 !!

3- has a silver rated Modular power supply of 750 WATTS that takes short cables ... there is a golden one for 30$ more if you want.

4- Has non overclockable i5 Haswell 4cores at 3.4GHZ , I avoided the "k" version to give you the GTX 770 , thats a better option for your budget.

5- The harddisk is your $ tera .

6- I left it with default cooler , you are not overclocking , can Add cooler if you wish ... tell me if you want water cooling or air cooling.

thats it enjoy your super system.

If you want a WIFI CAED tell me ...

this is your best option :

this is my recommendation for a wifi card NOTHING LESS

ASUS PCE-AC66 AC Dual-Band Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI Express Up to 1750Mbps (450/1300Mbps)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

tell me what you think ..

I can do with GTX760 and add an SSD but I think for starting , GET GTX 770 , you can add SSD later and improve it when more money comes.

whats important comes first.

other thing missed , 2x92 more fans on the side ... but can be added later if the VGA card becomes hot , no rush.
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