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December 14, 2011 3:35:50 PM

Hello everyone. I am preparing to build my first HTPC, but I'm looking for some suggestions on cases and PSUs. I plan on using the ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM LGA 1155 as my motherboard, and a sandy bridge i3 as my CPU. I welcome any recommendations and suggestions for cases and power supplies. I don't need anything too fancy as it will be kept in a closed cabinet. Also, integrated remote is not necessary as I will be using my own USB receiver and remote to control the software. Thanks for any help!

Carl

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a c 1669 ) Power supply
December 14, 2011 3:44:48 PM

Are you using just the Intel IGP or are you using a discrete graphics card?

Are there going to be any hard disk drives? If yes then how many?

Any SSD(s)?

Any Optical drives?

Fanless power suppy?

Budget?
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December 14, 2011 3:51:50 PM

ko888 said:
Are you using just the Intel IGP or are you using a discrete graphics card?

Are there going to be any hard disk drives? If yes then how many?

Any SSD(s)?

Any Optical drives?

Fanless power suppy?

Budget?


IGP for now, will add discrete card later on down the road.

2 HDD

Might add a SSD later.

Blu-ray drive

I am alright with the power supply having a fan as it will all be kept inside a closed cabinet. Fan noise should not be an issue.

Budget $150-$170

Thanks!
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a c 1669 ) Power supply
December 14, 2011 4:03:18 PM

Any idea of which discrete graphics card?

Will it be used for gaming?

Graphics cards used for gaming will consume a lot more power than ones used just for displaying movies and needs to be taken into account when sizing the power supply unit.

Are there any size restrictions that need to be taken into consideration when you place this HTPC into your closed cabinet?

Hopefully your cabinet has adequate ventilation or the HTPC is going overheat and shut itself down.
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December 14, 2011 4:11:35 PM

ko888 said:
Any idea of which discrete graphics card?

Will it be used for gaming?

Graphics cards used for gaming will consume a lot more power than ones used just for displaying movies and needs to be taken into account when sizing the power supply unit.

Are there any size restrictions that need to be taken into consideration when you place this HTPC into your closed cabinet?

Hopefully your cabinet has adequate ventilation or the HTPC is going overheat and shut itself down.


No, it will not be used for gaming at all. Only watching HD video and the occasional encode.

I've got about 10-12" of height clearance, and plenty of depth and width. I have 4 120mm fans pulling air out of the cabinet, and 2 120mm fans inside pushing air towards the outtake fans.

Thanks again!
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a c 1669 ) Power supply
December 14, 2011 4:59:39 PM

The Antec NSK1380 SFF (Small Form Factor) Case for $114.99 has the required number of external and internal drive bays.

It also includes an Antec EarthWatts 350 Watt Active PFC 80%+ efficient power supply unit with the following cabling:
1- 20+4 Pin Main Mobo Lead
1- 4 Pin ATX 12V Mobo Lead
4- 4 Pin Accessory Lead (Molex)
3- SATA Power Leads
1- Fan RPM Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are HTPC specific cases available that fit your component requirements but they're beyond your maximum budget limit and don't include a power supply unit.
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December 14, 2011 5:26:16 PM

ko888 said:
The Antec NSK1380 SFF (Small Form Factor) Case for $114.99 has the required number of external and internal drive bays.

It also includes an Antec EarthWatts 350 Watt Active PFC 80%+ efficient power supply unit with the following cabling:
1- 20+4 Pin Main Mobo Lead
1- 4 Pin ATX 12V Mobo Lead
4- 4 Pin Accessory Lead (Molex)
3- SATA Power Leads
1- Fan RPM Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There are HTPC specific cases available that fit your component requirements but they're beyond your maximum budget limit and don't include a power supply unit.


Hello again. The $150-170 budget is for just the case. I will pay additional for the power supply. If it means the difference between a very good case or just a mediocre one I will be willing to pay a little more than what I stated.

Thanks
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a c 1669 ) Power supply
December 14, 2011 7:19:48 PM

Case:
LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case for $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply Unit:
FSP Group AURUM GOLD 400W (AU-400) for $76.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic X series SS-400FL for $126.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic SS-460FL for $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III PPCMK3S400 for $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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