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Clarkdale HTPC/Gaming/Network Storage system

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January 10, 2010 1:03:14 PM

Hi everyone,

i want to build a PC based on a HTPC case and the new clarkdale chipset and mainboards.
It will mostly be used for streaming music and playing HD264, but I'd also like to be able to play games on it (5 year old shooters, some MMORPGs on 1920 x 1080).

OrigenAE S14V
ASUS P7H55-M Pro
BE Quiet! Pure Power 300 Watt
Intel Core i3-530 Box
Scythe Shuriken
4GB-Kit G-Skill Ripjaws PC3-10667U CL9
Club3D HD4650 512MB, ATI Radeon HD4650, PCI-Express
Intel X25-M Postville 80GB
Samsung HD103SI 1TB SATA II EcoGreen, 32MB
Hauppauge WinTV HVR-4000 DVB-T/DVB-S2/Analog, PCI

I'm wondering if i should take a H57 mainboard instead of H55. Also I'm not sure if the HD4650 can be quietly cooled in that case.
So, what are your opinions on that build?

Thanks!
January 11, 2010 2:41:12 PM

I think you should go with your specs minus the GPU to see whether the IGP in i3 can handle 1080p. If not, you can always order the HD 4650. Don't worry about it being warm. It ain't. Not even HD 4670. Your games are very ancient. Yes, i3 has graphics built in:

Graphics Specifications
Integrated Graphics Yes
Graphics Base Frequency 733 MHz
Intel® Clear Video Technology Yes
Dual Display Capable Yes

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=46472
January 11, 2010 6:48:45 PM

Thanks, that's definately the safe way and pretty much what i had in mind.

I've found a nice case now which brought up a whole bunch of new questions since it's cooled passively with heatpipes.

So now i wonder if i should take the OrigenAE S14V or the mCubed HFX classic.
Any thoughts on that?
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January 12, 2010 11:51:32 PM

I've decided to go with none of the two cases listed above. I'll settle for something (much) cheaper and keep searching for the perfect case.
But if you're interested in the specs of the hfx classic (and other hfx cases) check out their official store: www.mcubed-store.com.

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