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Last few components for HTPC/Mid-level gaming system

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February 15, 2011 1:51:24 PM

Need your help guys in buying few more components for my new HTPC ...

Already bought: (won't be changed)

CPU
Intel Core i5-2400S 2.50GHz - 65W (yes ... I know ...)

CPU Cooler
Scythe Big Shuriken Low Profile CPU Cooler SCBSK-1000

SSD
OCZ VERTEX 30GB

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA x 2

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 CL8

Need to buy:

- Motherboard
yes ... you've guessed right, going to buy a H67 with the Intel flaw but I'll get a replacement here in my country when the new MOBs will arrive - might be mATX or ATX (is there any benefit for ATX Vs. mATX?)

- PSU
I'll probably buy Enermax Modu87+ 600W

- Case
this is my worst nightmare here ... I'm searching for the most quiet, sleek and clean design case that will fit my needs for a HTPC/mid-level gaming system. there are limited models of good cases here in my country, so the components above should all fit in the following available cases:

Antec NSK2400
Thermaltake DH101 (VF7000BNS)
Thermaltake DH101 (VF7001BNS)
Thermaltake DH202 (VJ80001N2Z)
Thermaltake DH103 (VH3001BNS)
Antec Fusion remote max
Silverstone LC17B
Lian Li PC-C31
Silverstone LC16MR or LC16BM or LC16BMR
Zalman HD160
Alutek ALU750B
Alutek ALU7510BS
Zalman HD503
Zalman HD501
Origen X11-B

Please help me ...

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February 15, 2011 1:53:28 PM

Since we can't advise you on parts bought:

We have to know what 'gamer profile' you fit in/plan to fit in with this machine i.e

a. No compromises 1920 x 1080 very high/ultra + AA/AF or bust
b. As long as u get a playable experience it's all good. Compromises in resolution/setting is doable with the tradeoff being lower power and possibly silent ops

Answer a and b then it's rather straight forward for PSU/discrete GPU from there ^^
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February 15, 2011 5:02:20 PM

Well, for now I'm playing America's Army, Fifa 2011, so my demends on the playing part is not that huge ...
I currently have a 42" Full HD LCD (and a connection to Onkyo 608 reciever) but I can do some compromises because 80% of this system use is for watching movies, using the net, music, photo editing etc... gaming might be ~5-10% of the use.

I thought about also adding a passive ATI HD5670 to this system.
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February 15, 2011 5:05:05 PM

Ok based on feedback that's a decent choice and a HD 5670 merely sips power ^^
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February 15, 2011 5:07:24 PM

Well i would suggest a gts 450 or atleast a 5750 or 5770 for decent gaming.
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February 15, 2011 6:01:04 PM

ok, thank you both for the tips for gpu, any recommendations about a case? It's my main problem ... or motherboard?
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February 22, 2011 3:06:02 AM

Best answer selected by lirsch.
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