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January 3, 2012 8:11:39 PM

I put this build together to use an an HTPC:

-G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
-ASRock H67M-ITX Socket 1155/ Intel H67/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&V&GbE/ Mini-ITX Motherboard
-Intel Core i3-2100T Processor 2.50 GHz 3 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
-APEX MI-008 Tower Black P4 Chassis with 250W Itx Psu+sata Power Supply
-Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack
-Samsung Spinpoint F4EG 2 TB SATA2 5400rpm 32 MB Hard Drive HD204UI/Z4
-Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s
-Samsung Blu-Ray Combo Internal 12XReadable and DVD-Writable Drive
-SiliconDust HDHR3-CC HDHomeRun PRIME CableCARD (not set up yet)

The fan noise in this build is driving my crazy, initially it was the CPU fan, but that was solved once I changed the fan speed in BIOS. Now the PSU fan sounds like a damn turbine engine (not all the time, usually when running a few difference apps at once).

I'm thinking of replacing the case/PSU with something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GGUAUE/ref=ox_sc_a...

and

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UOR17Y/ref=ox_sc_a...

Hoping this solves my problem. Do you guys have any other recommendation? Different case/PSU?

Also, I'll probably build a budget HTPC for the bedroom with the Apex case since I have additional parts laying around (ie; 8gb RAM, wireless adapter, fans, etc.)

Thanks in advance!

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January 3, 2012 10:08:43 PM

If you are handy with a soldering iron you could open up the PSU (leave it sitting unplugged for a few days to discharge it first) and replace the fan with a Noctua NF-R8
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