HTPC

Hello, I need some help with a HTPC build I'm considering. I like what I've read about the Silverstone ML03B case. Here's what I am looking at:

Mobo - ASRock 880g (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157199)
CPU - Athlon II X2 250
PS - Rosewill RV350 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182006)

Three issues:
1. I'm trying to find a decent heatsink/fan combo under 70mm that will fit the AM3 socket. The Arctic Cooler 64 Pro (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186035) looks okay, but on their site, the height is at 77mm.

2. If anyone out there has some experience with this case and/or PS, can you tell me if I am going to have a problem with getting the SATA cables to both the optical drive and the hard drive? I was trying to find a layout that shows the hard drive in relation to the optical and I'm having some trouble.

3. It looks pretty difficult to get a full ATX power supply in along with a standard sized optical drive. For anyone who has used this setup, thought or advice?

This is my first build in a while and I'm trying to do this all on a tight budget of around $500. Any help/guidance would be very much appreciated.
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  1. Saw some good deals on Newegg for complete systems for under $500 running atom CPU. Just a thought.
  2. For the heatsink, have you considered using one of the Zalman "flower-type" coolers? They're only about 60mm tall. Like this one:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118126

    For the PSU, I've read people having success using the Antec Earthwatts PSU's in the MILO. Another PSU to consider is Silverstones own 450W SFX power supply. It is smaller than a standard ATX PSU, but it comes with an adapter plate so you can install it in a standard ATX PSU slot.
  3. have you considered an APU? they are very good choices for a cheap htpc because of the decent integrated video and pretty low power consumption.
  4. esrever said:
    have you considered an APU? they are very good choices for a cheap htpc because of the decent integrated video and pretty low power consumption.


    Esrever makes a good point. Look into that as you'll get much better price/performance over the atom someone suggested or the igp on the 880g board.
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