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NAS/HTPC build advice with nmediapc htcp 6000 case

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming movie/music library to multiple devices, backup from multiple pc's, internet browsing, possible DVR functionality in the future

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg and Amazon but I'm open to reputable sites

Location: Augusta, Georgia

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: This box will be in my entertainment center so quiet and cool are a priority. Low energy usage is also a plus. It's primary function will be streaming movies and music to multiple locations in the house.

I already own these components:

Case - Nmediapc htpc6000
HHD - 3 x 3tb Western Digital Red NAS

I'm looking for suggestions for everything else. Thanks.
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    you don't have to go with the cpu cooler cause you could use the stock cooler, but it is to loud for my liking. so i recommended the cooler i use.
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vjYg
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vjYg/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2vjYg/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($159.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet CPU Cooler ($34.91 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $402.86
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-04 00:44 EST-0500)
  2. Thank you for the suggestions. Another question - What are the pros and cons of a micro atx motherboard vs a full size atx motherboard?
  3. pbd1978 said:
    Thank you for the suggestions. Another question - What are the pros and cons of a micro atx motherboard vs a full size atx motherboard?


    t's mainly a question of size. mATX is smaller. The draw back is that it contains less slots (quite often it's 4 slots, 2 PCI and 1 of each PCI Express).
    For a HTPC you can usually get2 tuners, 1 graphics and 1 sound card into a mATX (though some graphic cards are wider and occupy 2 slots). Most people with mATX usually go for onboard sound and/or graphics.
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