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iCore i3-530 New HTPC Build

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Last response: in Systems
February 15, 2010 8:53:05 PM

I would appreciate your comments on my proposed htpc build down below


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month BUDGET RANGE: <$800 Cdn, After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: htpc (mediaportal, web surfing, email, bluray/dvd/cd ripping (no games)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I already have TV (Samsung 52"), Receiver/Amp (Integra Research RDC-7/RDA-7, Speakers 7.2 (Tannoy Saturn), Cablebox (SA8300HD), LogicTech 880 Remote Control, WD 1TB Green drive


PARTS PREFERENCES: good looking htpc, size is not really an issue (the Integra Research amp alone is 115 lbs, so the stand is huge). I would like it quiet and reliable.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but probably not (heat) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like the IR receiver built in to work with the Logictech. I would like a card reader in the chassis.

I am hoping that I can get by with the onboard GPU in the Clarkdale chip and the onboard audio, saving two cards and the associated power and heat. The htpc is served by a home network, so the newer SATA/USB standards in the H57 EVO mb didn't seem all that attractive.


Case: Silverstone Grandia GD01 - SST-GD01B-MXR (black, multimedia, card reader)

PSU: Seasonic X-650 Gold

MB: ASUS P7H55 Pro

CPU: Intel i3-530 Clarkdale 73W

RAM: G-Skill Ripjaws 2 GBx2 DDR3 1600

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Silent 1156 CLP0552 92mm CPU Cooler For Intel Socket LGA1156

or, if a fanless cooler would work, something like

SILVERSTONE NT01-E 2 x 60mm fans (optional) CPU Cooler

thanks for any advice. I'm new to this htpc stuff and am tired of listening to the old HP Vectra that I'm using for now.

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February 15, 2010 10:22:30 PM

thanks. The case is neat, but the style wouldn't fit.