But I've got a 3 year old, noisy desktop that I want to make into a HTPC/NAS. From that build I think I want to reuse the two WD 1TB Caviar Greens that I have, and am willing to buy whatever else I need.
Ideally this PC will be on all the time, accessible by the net, but should the need arise, function as a HTPC. The desktop now streams to the ipad/iphone and would like to keep that function if at all possible. Recording TV isn't necessary.
I'm in love with the Zotac Mini ITX NVIDIA ION mobos but not sure if that's what I really should be looking at, knowing that I've got at least two HDDs, probably a third for OS.
I'm also stuck looking for a case that would hold all this (plus most likely a BluRay or DVDRW).
Am I trying to do too much, and still have it energy efficient? Obviously a pico psu wouldn't be my best bet - neweggs calculator puts me needing 300W.
Am I doomed to have a noisy ass PC that kicks into high gear the minute Firefox seems to get a memory leak? Or an oversize desktop in the middle of my living room? Or are there other options that people have tried, and or built themselves?
Yeah, cost is a factor, but I'd rather see the top end and have stuff to choose from instead of just scraping by. Any more suggestions out there? So definitely scrap the mini itx aspect, and concentrate on quiet/htpc.
Ok so here's my ignorance - I've got a crappy intel dual core now. Between the x4 athlon and the x2 regor - which would I get the better bang for my buck (in terms of both speed and energy efficiency). Or anoer way to reveal my lack of knowledge in this - do i need quad core?
Nope no encode/rip the X2 would serve u fine While Proxi picked out a fine Seasonic for HTPC/SFFs i would go modular PSU as it allows neater cable management and promotes better airflow and u did say $$ was tight (and combos are your best frens) ^^
The programs that get a huge boost in multiple cores is the encoding/transcoding applications. Handbrake is a popular one, for example. These are the programs that take a DVD or blu-ray movie and shrink them down into a single video file to be played back on the HTPC. The encoding scales very linear with each core you add (quad core is 2x faster than dual core).