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January 12, 2012 4:00:53 PM

I am planning on building a HTPC for the enitre family, and would appercaite an feedback on the planned build. I already have a NAS which I plan on using to store recorded TV and Ripped Movies to, so I am thinking about running with just an SSD to reduce noise.


Approximate Purchase Date: End of January 2012

Budget Range: 650-850 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching Bluray Movies, Recording TV, Watching Bluray rips stored on NAS, Surfing Internet

Parts Not Required:

Blu-ray Drive (Sony Optiarc Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA 12X Half Height Tray Blu-ray Writer BD-5300S - OEM)

Windows 7 Professional SP1


Preferred Websites for Parts: newegg.com, buy.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: ASUS and GIGABYTE

Overclocking: No, looking for a cool system to reduce fan noise

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 current (Prephaps 1920x1200 in the future)

Additional Comments: I am planning on storing most of my rips and recoreded TV on a 5TB NAS. I would like to be able to stream TV to the other Windows 7 computers on the Network as we only have one TV. I am looking to keep the htpc as queit and small as possible.

Planned Parts:

CPU - Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I32105

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

SSD - OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-90G 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Hard Drive - Plan on using NAS for storage of large files.

TV Tuner - Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

Case/Power Supply - APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply

Replacement Fan for Case - SilenX EFX-08-12 80mm Case Fan

Win7 Remote - Rosewill RRC-126 Windows 7 Certified Media Center Infrared Remote Control with Netflix Function

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January 13, 2012 12:31:49 AM

Get either 1333MHz or 1600MHz memory, get a cheaper motherboard (get H67 chipset, Z68 and P67 are for overclocking and H61 sucks), get a quiet after-market cooler for the CPU because the stock is probably loud, and you might want a different PSU because PSUs that come with cases are often pretty loud.

Make sure your Windows disc can install 64 bit windows because if not then you be stuck with 32 bit Windows which needs sloppy workarounds to use more than ~3.25GB of RAM.
January 13, 2012 11:29:21 AM

I understand the desire to keep the HTPC small and quiet, but the plain and simple fact is, the Ceton InfiniTV4 card gets very warm (I have one). The last thing you want is for your system to over heat and, at best, shut down in the middle of recording or at worst, fry a component. I would definitely recommend a larger HTPC style case and a quality power supply.

You also mentioned wanting to watch 3D Blu-Ray. I seriously doubt that the on-chip graphics of the Core I3 would provide you with satisfying results. You may want to hold some cash in reserve for a discreet graphic card.

You certainly will not need 8GB of RAM for an HTPC. You can save $20 by going with just 4GB.

Just for reference, my HTPC is based on an AMD Athlon II X2-240, 4GB of RAM, HD4670 graphics card, Ceton InfiniTV4 TV Tuner, LG Blu-Ray drive, and Windows 7. I've had zero problems with this set up.

Also, before you build, google "Ceton Q"

-Wolf sends
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January 13, 2012 2:51:34 PM

They will run Blu-RAy badly. Get a card like the 6450.
January 13, 2012 3:28:18 PM

blazorthon said:
The HD 3000 graphics from Intel's CPUs runs 3D Blu-Ray. This article claims so in the second paragraph:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/220642/inside_intels_nex...

Then here's a page where Intel claims their chips can do 3D Blu-Ray:
http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/quick-referenc...


If you're going to run integrated graphics you're probably better off going with a Llano. Maybe something like this:

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

Quote:

Just for reference, my HTPC is based on an AMD Athlon II X2-240, 4GB of RAM, HD4670 graphics card, Ceton InfiniTV4 TV Tuner, LG Blu-Ray drive, and Windows 7. I've had zero problems with this set up.


I run mine off an old Core 2 Duo build that I have no use for and I bought a cheap PSU (Corsair CX430) and video card (Sapphire Radeon 5450) and it works great.
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