First please excuse my inexperience, I'm building my very first PC and wish to make an HTPC. In my eagerness to get started I've ordered a few parts already but need advice on memory, hard drive, power supply and cooling. I purcahsed an Intel i3 540 processor with an ASRock H55M-Pro microATX mobo. I plan on running integrated graphics and sound over HDMI since I hear thats a strong point of the Clarkdale's. I also Bought an nmedia HTPC case, the 1000B model. I wish to run a "green" HDD, and don't plan on using a DVD/BR drive as they are quite noisy IMO.
This brings up the cooling concerns of mine. The case has two 60mm fan openings and one 90mm. I wish to make this as quiet as possible so I wondered approximately how many total CFMs I should require for intake/exhausting case heat?
You're not going to be pushing things very much using the i3-540 for an HTPC. You could see what you think of the stock cooler (I find it kind of "whiny") and then change it out if it annoys you. I have an i3-540 in a mini-ITX desktop and the fan annoys me enough I might replace it with this: