APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week or two BUDGET RANGE: Between $250-$400
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HTPC using XBMC Live (custom Ubuntu build)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: hard drive (will boot OS off flash drive)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Zotac
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Want a small footprint, quiet and cool.
Ok, so here is my question... I'm building an HTPC and want to stay with a mini-ITX motherboard and form factor for size reasons. But I don't want to go with an Intel Atom processor, I'd rather go with something more powerful for futureproofing and for more functionality should I decide to go that route. Here is what I had in mind for my build. The motorboard has a built in Nvidia geforce 9300 video card, so that'll handle my video needs. Mostly, I want a beefier processor than the atom for things the Nvidia can't process (flash video) and if i ever decide to throw windows on it, i'll be ready for it
My questions are - do I need the 250W case, or is 150W sufficient? What will I need fan wise for cooling? Is it not a good idea to pair the Zotac mobo with the E5300? I haven't seen much talk of people doing it, but it seems as though it should work. Basically, does this build make sense? I'm willing to spend more money than listed here, but again, would really like to keep the mini ITX form factor. Am also open to other case ideas
That board is going to pull a good amount of juice also... so I would say at least a PSU rated for 250W continuous (Not MAX as that one is). Yes you will only pull around 100W. you need margin with PSUs for safety and efficiency. Don't save a penny here and spend it in next months power bill.
Hm, alright. Thanks for the info. Definitely makes sense about spending more on a PSU/Case now than paying for it later in power usage. Cases and PSUs is definitely my weak link as far as my knowledge on building a computer goes. I guess having a 300W efficient PSU is better than a 150-200W non efficient PSU, as far as power bill costs and all go...
We are pretty fanatical about quality power around here. If I could find a good ITX case without a PSU and a good PSU from say Seasonic that would fit it, I would point you to that. There isn't anything quite like that though. Probably will be in a year or so.
My reason for going ITX was not only size, but also for low heat output and power consumption. Could I get a more efficient power supply and a machine that wont' create as much heat if I went with microATX instead? From what it sounds like you're saying, ITX limits me from the best build.
That would be better, and a study was done last year that concluded just as you have... there aren't really any major powers savings with the ITX build, perhaps in part because of the PSUs. (it was done here at TH, I think, if you want to search for it.)
I would use AMD however. There would be less heat with the new 785G chipset and good performance, about equal to the 9300.