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The ultimate quiet HTPC

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May 12, 2010 7:54:14 AM

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)

CPU:
‏Intel Core i5 750

CPU Fan:
- 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

MB:
- Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
- Gigabyte H55M-USB3

Memory: (need your help here ...)
Memory DDR III 1600Mhz 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 Dual Channel

Graphic card:
- Sapphire ATI HD4670 Ultimate 512MB (fanless)
- HIS HD5670 512MB (fanless)

HDD:
- 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

PSU:
- Zalman ZM600-HP 600W
- Seasonic X-650
- FSP ZEN 400
- Silverstone Nightjar 300
- Silverstone Nightjar ST45NF
- Nexus Value 430
- Enermax Modu/Pro87+ 500

HTPC Keyboard (with mouse control):
- Need your advice here as well

Well, I guess It's a pretty helpful post for those who are a quiet HTPC lookers as well, so help them to build one as well.

Many thanks for the helpers ...

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May 12, 2010 3:15:41 PM

Here's my 2¢:

CPU:
You've selected a very strong processor. If you can keep it cool, good choice.

CPU Fan:
Check out frostytech's top 5 quiet heatsink lists. Be sure to choose one that is s1156 compatible.

MB:
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.

Graphic Card:
Definitely go for the HD5xxx series card. It can bitstream HD audio while the HD4xxx series cards are limited to LPCM.

HDD:
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.

ODD:
Aw come on, it's 2010. Get a $60 blu-ray drive.

Case:
Whatever has the best WAF

PSU:
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.

HTPC Keyboard:
This is what I use. Cheap, good range, trackball works great, small footprint, good battery life: Moneual MK700

Hope this helps.
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