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Budget HTPC Box Build & ?'s

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June 11, 2009 9:45:40 PM

This is my first time using AMD and my 2nd HTPC/Lan Box build.

Parts I'm hoping to reuse:
Antec EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

XFX GeForce 9600 GT Video Card - 512MB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV
Buffalo Firestix 2GB (1GBx2) DDR2 800MHz

Parts I have Ordered:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition


ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard


I need an HTPC case and possibly a Heatsink.

For a case I'm thinking of the Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BNS

Heatsink I'm thinking of the Thermalright SI-128S
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I would like to know if I'm forgetting anything? If the nVidia card will work with the AMD and Motherboard. I would like this HTPC to be quiet and will be using it mainly for iTunes, Bluray, Internet, and light Photoshop and Gaming use. Your thoughts on case and heatsink and anything else that may help or I might need to know about the transition from Intel to Amd.

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June 11, 2009 10:05:19 PM

Looks like a good build but don't buy the Antec PSU unless you already have it. I personally like the Antec Fusion HTPC case.
June 11, 2009 10:06:01 PM

EDIT: Sorry double post by accident.
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June 11, 2009 10:08:36 PM

Already have the PSU, Nice case but I'm loking for something that can hold two DVD drives and my budget is at $100.
June 12, 2009 12:10:03 AM

Everyone has their own threshold for trading cooling vs quiet, but here's a review you might find interesting (coclusion page):

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article719-page4.html

You might find their suggestions for the "suitable fan" there, and some other quiet-for-HTPC solutions.

I have "main" PCs at two locations, and use an HTPC as a "carry-with" so I have two game-capable PCs and my media stuff with me at both locations. I use a Zalman case (holds 5 HDs) that is well out of your budget range. But I needed a case that would support full ATX, the mini's height/shape was a little over my spec, and it wasn't available then anyhow lol. Or I missed it.

Having said all that, I think you'll be happy with the end result. It *will* be a bit noisy when gaming - make sure you get control over fan speeds if you want it quieter when you are not gaming.
June 12, 2009 12:34:15 AM

Thanks for posting the review of the cooler. From what I've heard the CPU doesn't get that hot but I know without proper ventilation things can get a little hot. The thermalright case has 60mm fans wich I could change out for quieter ones and I might endup changing my graphics card cooler or the card itself. I had the 9600 in a Antec 900 and couldn't hear it over the 5 Fans so I'm not sure how loud it is.
June 12, 2009 3:35:05 AM

I did a little more searching and came up with a case I went ahead and orderd through amazon. It's the Antec NSK2480. Nice reviews on it's previous model the 2000 by silentpc. It's a little over my budget but I think it will be worth it, gives me that true HTPC look I wanted and seems to do well with temps and noise. It also comes with a 380PSU but is lacking in SATA connectors but I can do a 4pin to Sata for my Hard drive and use the other two for my BluRay and DVDRW drives.
380W will be enough right? I don't see the current setup using more then 280w.
June 12, 2009 5:42:34 AM

EDIT: nevermind
June 12, 2009 11:24:25 AM

bdc87 said:
I did a little more searching and came up with a case I went ahead and orderd through amazon. It's the Antec NSK2480. Nice reviews on it's previous model the 2000 by silentpc. It's a little over my budget but I think it will be worth it, gives me that true HTPC look I wanted and seems to do well with temps and noise. It also comes with a 380PSU but is lacking in SATA connectors but I can do a 4pin to Sata for my Hard drive and use the other two for my BluRay and DVDRW drives.
380W will be enough right? I don't see the current setup using more then 280w.


That PSU will be enough. I've used a 380w antec PSU to power my 4850 gaming rig with oc'd e5200, 2 hard drives and 6 case fans.

That case itself is awesome, I have one and I love it. Currently running 8600gt with 2180 oc'd at 3.0 on stock cooling in that case.
June 12, 2009 5:00:20 PM

Thanks, looks like I made the right decision on a case. I honestly looked for 5 hours straight trying to pick out a case. Do you happen to know how tall of heatsink can be put into this case?
June 12, 2009 5:24:28 PM

I suggest you consider the Scythe Mini Ninja in your NSK2480. Check this install pic out in an NSK2400:



You could run it without a fan in this setup. The NSK2480 most likely has the same layout as the NSK2400.

The picture was taken from this review:

http://www.silentpcreview.com/article754-page1.html
June 12, 2009 5:32:12 PM

Thank you for that link, I plan on running a fanless heatsink if possible and change out the case fans with either Noctua or Nexus.
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