Well, after reading reviews and googling for about a month I need some pro-hero help in order to build my ultimate quiet HTPC.
I've gathered many components from many sites, all of them should be very quiet (most of them <20db) and most important - get along together in the same case
My HTPC should function as a full multimedia center -
- Very silent (most improtant)
- Full HD movies (attached to a 42" Full HD LCD)
- Compatible to the newset audio codecs (attached to Onkyo 607 receiver)
- Great looking (to get my wife's approval)
- Smooth running of Windows 7 + XBMC ( + photoshop editing)
- Can run mid-level graphic games
My budget is ~1500$-1700$ so It's not very limited
These are the components I've gathered until now, I need your help in to decide which ones can get along together, and if not, which components should I replace and with what ...
(Note - some of the components are not really known so you can google them)
Intel Core i5 750
- Scythe Ninja Mini fanless
- Noctua NH-U9B SE2
- Scythe SCZP-2000 ZIPANG 2 Socket
- Scythe Ninja II Rev.B Heatpipe CPU Cooler, with 120mm fan
- Scythe Kama Angle Rev.B
- Thermalright HR-01 Plus
- NOCTUA NH-U12P SE2
- Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
- Gigabyte H55M-USB3
Memory: (need your help here ...)
Memory DDR III 1600Mhz 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 Dual Channel
- Sapphire ATI HD4670 Ultimate 512MB (fanless)
- HIS HD5670 512MB (fanless)
- WD 1TB/1.5TB Green
- Samsung Spinpoint HD203WI ECO Green F3EG 2TB SATA
DVD Burner (not BlueRay):
? (need your advice)
Case: (many options in order to fit the other components)
- Zalman HD135
- SilverStone GD05
- A-Tech HeatSync 7000
- Moneual MONCASO 312
- silverstone LC20
- silverstone LC04
- silverstone LC17
- origen X10
- origen X11
- Thermaltake DH-101
- Thermaltake DH-202
Case Fans (if need a more quiet replacement)
SCYTHE S-FLEX 120mm 800rpm
Since you want to game and will need a discreet video card, I wouldn't even consider the H55 motherboard which is designed to go with Clarkdale integrated graphics CPU's (but will still work with your chosen CPU). Just go for the P55 if you get the Lynnfield I5-750.
Definitely go for the HD5xxx series card. It can bitstream HD audio while the HD4xxx series cards are limited to LPCM.
Since silence is your goal, can you squeeze in an SSD into the budget for OS/apps? For a media drive either the WD or the Samsung will be fine.
I highly recommend the Enermax. It's quiet, modular, and very high quality. I run a 500W Enermax in my HTPC and it's very silent. I don't have any experience with the other PSU's on your list. Edit- I just read SPCR's review on the Nexus. They said it is the most silent active cooled PSU they've ever tested.
This is what I use. Cheap, good range, trackball works great, small footprint, good battery life: Moneual MK700