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HTPC with gaming and Design Feedback/Advice PLS

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June 20, 2009 8:07:03 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: under $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MediaCenter Recording/TIVO - CS4 Design - Lite Gaming and everyday burning/Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor? OS Vista64

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com tigerdirect.com - Don't care BEST Price if you guys know any hidden gems let me know.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel on Asus 775/ddr3 mobo in htpc case

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 720 Max on Westinghouse LTV-27w2
Technical Details
27 viewable screen
16.7 million color display
Compatible with 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, PC(1280x720 optimum)
Native Resolution - 1280 x 720 (optimum)
Aspect ratio - 16 - 9, adjusts to 4 - 3

I think i need a new LCD?

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Overall I want the system to be stable 24/7, able to run all my needs efficiently and with the possibility to go to OC/crossfire if I ditched the HTPC case. I know I might be asking too much trying to get design, gaming into an
HTPC but should be fun trying. I have been extensively reading reviews and more reviews. My choices are all based in a happy medium between Performance,Price,Looks and needs,
All Feedback is appreciated.


CASE:
Thermaltake DH101

MOBO:
ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe

CPU:
Intel Core2 Quad Q9550

HEATSINK:
Thermaltake Spin Q

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

RAM:
Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Graphics:
SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

TV TUNER:
Avermedia Combo M780

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

KEYBOARD/Mouse:
Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Black USB Cordless Desktop Standard keyboard & Mouse Kit - Retail
June 20, 2009 9:37:43 PM

The RAM you chose is triple-channel, but the board is a dual channel board. That triple-channel kit is for Intel i7 builds. At your budget that is what you should be using.

DFI X58 mATX MB
i7 920
OCZ 1600 Platinum 6GB
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Corsair 650TX
This is enough for your build and is one of the quietest PSUs made, quieter than the 750TX.
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The Thermaltake case is nice. The Antec Fusion line is rated both quieter and cooler:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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The CPU cooler you chose looks pretty cool, but it's not very efficient. You aren't going to be able to see it anyway, and it probably won't fit in the case.
As long as you aren't overclocking, stick with the stock cooler for now. Get a better cooler when you switch to a bigger case.

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Get this Caviar Green as it will run cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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