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First HTPC Gaming Media Server Build, Help Appreciated

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September 6, 2013 5:49:06 PM

Hello. I'm building a Gaming Media HTPC to play Civ 5 (or 6) and Heroes of M&M; not a lo of FPS though. I want it as quiet as possible. I've got some starting hardware: 1 Sapphire HD 7850 and 2 WD10EZEX Hard Drives. I already own this hardware; I need help with the rest. I want to use this on a 55% LCD TV at hi-def. Big deal is: I want it QUIET and to fit in my Media Center. I'd appreciate any and all help. Here's what I built on my own:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/FredCDobbs/saved/2kOq


Thank you!
a b 4 Gaming
September 6, 2013 8:25:02 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($126.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($153.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($107.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Adorama)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Samsung 460DX-3 46.0" Monitor ($1599.00 @ Adorama)
Total: $2531.74
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-06 23:24 EDT-0400)
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September 7, 2013 3:59:35 AM

Thank you for responding.

Can you clarify your changes?

Is your proposal quieter or ?

thanks...
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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2013 1:06:22 PM

The changes I made were only minor. I upgraded to Haswell because the price was very close to IB. I swapped the RAM for a cheaper yet faster pair. I also changed the PSU as 850 watts is extremely overkill for a 7850.
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September 7, 2013 1:13:48 PM

Thank you, I truly appreciate your help. One last question; will all of this fit in the case?

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a b 4 Gaming
September 7, 2013 1:43:40 PM

It should fit nicely. There wont be much room leftover, however, this is true for most SFF PCs
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September 7, 2013 7:01:59 PM

Thanks again
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