Looking to build a HTPC Sandy Bridge i5/7 asap

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: 600-1000 (cheaper the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Emulation/Gaming, HTPC, Browsing

Parts Not Required: Mouse, kb, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, (anything else you suggest)

Country of Origin: USA/NJ

Parts Preferences: Intel preferred, im ok with AMD if you really think it better suites me. Looking for a reasonable SSD price/performance

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920/1080

Additional Comments:
-I am heavy into emulation and the reason I am even thinking i7 is to due to the poorly written software on some of the emulators. The better hardware makes up for the poorly coded software.

-Additionally I would prefer an HTPC case but I realize this doesnt go hand and hand with a gaming capable pc. I am ok with a case that lays sideways unlike a tower, ultimately I really just want it to fit into my entertainment center like a DVD player or VCR would.

- As far as media goes, I will make my current system a server to host the 10 of files I have and ill stream everything over a hardwired gigabit network.


If i have to go over 1k for whatever reason (as long as it makes sense) Ill do it.
Thanks for your help and I am open to suggestions!
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  1. What is it exactly that you need to buy?Just the proccesor?Can you make a list.

    In terms of gaming performance their is practicly no difference what so ever between the Sandy Bridge i5 and i7,and still a very slight differnec with other applications.I would reccomend going with the i5 and once you get it safely O.C.ed you should have plenty of power for your needs.I can't justify spending the extra $100 just for an i7 for a small increase in performance when an O.C.'d i5 beats the 980x.
  2. Microcenter has a combo deal: 2100 sandy bridge with msi nvidia board for $119.99; dallas store has ten boards in stock as of 5 minutes ago. Not a great board, but should work fine with a separate video card. This is an old chipset with dx9, so a separate card is preferable.
  3. Ill take your advice on the i5 if thats the case, which one should I get? How much can they overclock?

    I am looking for a quality parts, 4 gigs of ram,

    I need a mobo, chip, psu, ram, and a cpu fan if you think its necessary for overclocking. I dont need to OC now, I just like having the option to.

    Right now I have a GTX 480 I believe. I am rusty on my hardware.
  4. Well the i5 you should choose should definitly be a K version,with an unlocked multiplier it's almost effortless to O.C..I'd reccomend going with the i5 2500k.With proper cooling it's really easy to hit 4.4ghz.With even better cooling people are getting over 5ghz.

    i5 2500k $225+Free Shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&cm_re=i5-_-19-115-072-_-Product

    Hyper212+ $35+$8 Shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper212%2b-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    Thats your basic setup and you should easily get to 4ghz+.The Hyper212+ is a fairly easy cooler to work with and it gets high remarks.If you wanted to push it further than 4.5ghz you would need something a little better.
  5. Can anyone suggest a case or a variety of cases that work well? What about a motherboard to go along with the i5 2500k?
  6. I can suggest a case but not a mobo.I'm not that familair with Intel mobo's enough to suggest one.I can however suggest a case.Whats your budget on the case?
  7. z2akuma said:
    Can anyone suggest a case or a variety of cases that work well? What about a motherboard to go along with the i5 2500k?


    Before anyone can recommend a motherboard, you need to decide what type of case you want to buy.

    If you want to buy a standard medium size desktop or tower case, then you can buy a regular size ATX motherboard.

    If you are looking for a small case, then you limited to smaller m-ATX motherboards. M stands for micro. They have fewer available open slots for you to install various types of cards.
  8. jaguarskx said:
    Before anyone can recommend a motherboard, you need to decide what type of case you want to buy.

    If you want to buy a standard medium size desktop or tower case, then you can buy a regular size ATX motherboard.

    If you are looking for a small case, then you limited to smaller m-ATX motherboards. M stands for micro. They have fewer available open slots for you to install various types of cards.



    Good point, the only thing Ill really need is my video card and possibly a better sound card, nothing else. I guess Micro ATX is good enough?

    These are the cases I am currently looking at..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=3332167&SID=u00000687

    and

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133044&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=4176827&SID=c6a9eje0ws4a

    I am open to more suggestions..

    This is the TV stand I have. I will put the PC on the right or left side w/o a shelf so ill have that entire square area

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Whalen+Furniture+-+TV+Stand+for+Flat-Panel+TVs+Up+to+65%22/8781366.p?id=1205026862859&skuId=8781366

    If you think a normal case will fit, or im better off thats fine too.
  9. I'd say the Thermaltake case looks the best out of them all.Nice glossy shine to it.

    But if your planning on O.C.ing your going to need a good cooler and their are usally way bigger than the stock heatsink.And I would think a mix tower case woudl be better for airflow.
  10. purple stank said:
    I'd say the Thermaltake case looks the best out of them all.Nice glossy shine to it.

    But if your planning on O.C.ing your going to need a good cooler and their are usally way bigger than the stock heatsink.And I would think a mix tower case woudl be better for airflow.



    I definitely want the ability to OC, the other case looks like it may support better airflow overall. Any suggestions?

    A mix case? or a mid case? Any links?
  11. Of the two, I prefer the SilverStone case because of the better cooling potential. Also, the larger 120mm fans as opposed to the 60mm and 90mm fans on the Thermaltake means it is potentially quieter because small fans have to spin faster than large fans to move the same amount of air. That means more noise.

    I generally spend extra money to buy quiet fans since I want my HTPC to as quiet as possible.
  12. z2akuma said:
    I definitely want the ability to OC, the other case looks like it may support better airflow overall. Any suggestions?

    A mix case? or a mid case? Any links?


    I gotta get going, but if you want to OC, then you need to consider what type of heatsink you want to use. The really good ones are too big to fit in the Silverstone case, which make the Thermaltake case better for OCing.

    I use a Tuniq Tower to cool an E6600 CPU in my HTPC. The Tower is around 160mm tall. A current popular large heatsink is the Cooler Master Hyper 212.
  13. I'd say the Hypere212+ is the smallest cooler that provides really good temps.Thats your best bet if your looking for something small but will still perform well.Unless you decide to go with water cooling setup which will generally take up less space than air coolers.
  14. Thanks for your advice. Any way to know if the hyper 212 will fit in the Thermaltake for sure?
  15. The Hyper 212+ is about 130mm~140mm tall so it is possible that it will fit in Silverstone.
  16. Actually nevermind.After I looked it up the Hyper212+ is actually 6.3inches tall so it will not fit in the Silverstone case.
  17. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  18. Can you guy suggest a good SSD for the money? Mostly just going to run the OS, 64gb is ok larger preferred if its a good deal.

    I still need to pick a good motherboard, I am open to anything

    Additionally I am unsure if i should look into a sound card? I want to use optical out my Amp is 7.1 capable although I think im going with 5.
  19. This is my setup, I plan on moving ahead with this asap. Let me know if you think there is anything I should change. Thanks again.

    Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price


    LIAN LI PC-V351B Black Aluminum MicroATX Desktop Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811112222
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant
    $109.99
    $94.99


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152245
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $89.99
    $79.99


    Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817371016
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$15.00 Instant
    $79.99
    $64.99


    ZALMAN ZM-STG2 Thermal Greases
    Item #: N82E16835118055
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $9.99


    ASUS P8P67-M PRO (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131707
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    -$10.00 Instant
    $149.99
    $139.99


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
    Item #: N82E16819115072
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $224.99


    Patriot Xporter XT Boost 8GB Flash Drive (USB 2.0 Portable) Model PEF8GUSB
    Item #: N82E16820220252
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $31.98
    ($15.99 each)


    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $34.99


    Corsair Force Series CSSD-F60GB2-BRKT 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820233124
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    $136.49
    Subtotal: $818.40
  20. You will not be able to fit the Hyper 212 heatsink in that case. Looking at the case, it will be blocked by the drive cage and/or the PSU. If you are going to stick with the Lian Li case, then you need to consider a smaller heatsink like the Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken which I recommended above.
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