A while back I built an HTPC. In the process, I realized I rather enjoy having 46" comp monitor. So, I've decided to replace my desktop and move my HTPC upstairs. Anyway, I was very pleased with the help I received in building the HTPC, so I'm back for more.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 months
BUDGET RANGE: $2,000 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: video/photo editing, HTPC (1080p), multitasking, music, surfing, gaming... well rounded
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: storage & OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe Later
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need this to be as quiet as possible
Case - 2 80mm fans and one 140mm fan? Nope. Loud little whiney 80mm fans and poor cooling. If you are going to hide an i7-930 in a cabinet along with a 5850 you had better have VERY good ventilation in that cabinet.
You also need 120mm or larger fans exclusively. Then there is card length in the case.
No, you are better off re-thinking how this will be placed. It can look very nice, but you need internal space and good cooling.
Ya, i'm really stuck on this case thing. I like HTPC cases because they are already "on their side." I'm totally fine with getting a different case as long as I can lay it on its side without doing any damage. As long as there aren't any fans on the side facing down, wouldn't it be alright? GPU... lol. As I said, I'm at a loss here. If I'm not doing any hardcore gaming (I'm old school CS and COD), do I really need that beefy of a GPU??
I'd go with the gtx 460 the 1gb version is close to 5850 if not on par with. ANd can overclock beyond an overclocked 5850. If you don't need that much power I'd get the 0.7gb version. It's by far the best bang for buck on the market.