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Should I go with e-350 or ION for HTPC?

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April 2, 2011 11:55:25 PM

Also, will this case do?
This seems to be the case with the lowest PSU.

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April 3, 2011 1:23:11 PM

I'd get the e350. if you are adding an SSD, the 65W PSU will manage. I'd suggest at least an 80W

the Antec you linked with a 150 should be fine
April 3, 2011 5:28:12 PM

My concern was that 150w would make a louder noise than the 60w case - reason why I'd like to stick with the 60w, but if you don't think so I'll go with the 150w.
April 3, 2011 11:11:35 PM

shouldn't be too noisy
April 4, 2011 4:23:20 AM

May1, welcome to the HTPC crowd here at Tom's.

I think I can give you the most detailed insight to your question. I recently built an E-350 system using the twin brother to the case you are looking at (ISK 310-150) AND I have a kill-a-watt meter hooked up to it.

My case has the 150W PSU. It draws a max of 59.1W while running Prime95 and Furmark simultaneously, which is more stressful than anything it will ever see in real use. I have the case fully loaded:

Asus E35M1-I Deluxe
1x 2.5" 5400rpm HDD
1x 2.5" SSD
1x blu-ray drive
1x TV tuner
2x sticks DDR3-1333 RAM
2x 80mm fans

Using a picoPSU will result in a bit lower wattage draw because they are so much more efficient than standard PSU's (the bundled 150W isn't even 80+ rated). The 65W bundled ISK PSU does not have a fan, but the 150W bundled ISK PSU does have a fan. I can give you some subjective ratings on PSU fan noise if you want. The bundled 80mm case fan I can't comment on... I didn't use it.

Anyway, check the link in my sig for full details on the build, including power consumption.