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March 18, 2012 4:32:59 AM

Hey guys

Planning to build an HTPC, and ideally i would prefer a i5 2500K build, i know its a bit over kill for HTPC, but, i would like to use the machine for some video editing, blu-ray ripping, encoding/transcoding. Would like winrar to unrar bigger files faster.. etc. Earlier i was planning to build a i7 2600K gaming rig, but pushed the plan for for the new ivy bridge cpu.

This HTPC , i would like to attach it with a NAS server soon. So to say, i have already brought the i5 2500K processor from Microcenter today, and now i am in the quest of collecting other parts. I plan to build this htpc without any moving parts/fanless.

I have shortlisted a couple of other items, but haven't brought them. Seeking your advice to see if they are any good, or i could do better.

CPU : i5 2500K (Already brought it today).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : Seasonic 460W Fanless (is this good or 400W is enough).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB Cas - 7 Timing 7-8-7-24 (i already had this for an i7 gaming build, idea dropped)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB - Fanless (its the fastest passivly cooled/fanless gpu till date, recently released)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Reviews here : http://www.legitreviews.com/news/12532/

SSD : Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : Looking to get a case with a little bit of bling factor, as this goes on my A/V cabinet, and i dont want a plain looking case. Maybe one of the Origen AE cases. So badly want the S21T, but its damn expensive.

Motherboard : now here is the ask, please suggest me a good motherboard. prefer the Z68 for future Ivy Bridge compatibility. There are tons of them in the market, I would like to add a mobo that is an ideal HTPC motherboard.

Anything else i am missing??


March 18, 2012 4:37:09 AM

I recommend 500W.
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March 18, 2012 4:42:59 AM

I recently bought an HTPC, take a look at my specs in my sig.

I bought this case:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=241&area=

Somewhat spacious enough for a decent video card, and it has a nice black finish on it.

Also take a look at the motherboard I got as well. Asus maximus IV GeneZ/Gen 3 Z68. It's been a great mATX mobo so far.
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March 18, 2012 10:02:11 PM

azeem40 said:
I recommend 500W.


I could not find a 500W fanless PSU.
I think the max Seasonic has is 460W

Chainzsaw said:
I recently bought an HTPC, take a look at my specs in my sig.

I bought this case:

http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=241&area=

Somewhat spacious enough for a decent video card, and it has a nice black finish on it.

Also take a look at the motherboard I got as well. Asus maximus IV GeneZ/Gen 3 Z68. It's been a great mATX mobo so far.


I think its a decent case, but i really dont want a plain looking cabinet sitting in my cabinet. Want atleast some sort of lcd display on it, not mega expensive.

Your config is pretty good, i was thinking abt 2550K, but i think for a performance based htpc 2500K is more than enough, and for a faster computer, i am waiting for Ivy Bridge.. which i will be building in few months with the best ivy bridge model.

I love ur Maximus IV motherboard... i might go with that, thanks for the tip.
Does this motherboard have all the trinkets for an ideal HTPC?? I was also looking at ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
They are out of stock at the egg, but other places have them. Was wondering for an HTPC use which is better?

Any more suggestions guys?
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March 19, 2012 6:08:18 PM

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Your build is all good but the 6850 fan less passively cooled GPU is much more powerful than the 7750 - http://i1150.photobucket.com/albums/o607/headspin146/Screenshotat2012-03-18173416-1.jpg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Are you sure about that?? All the other reviews about the Sapphaire HD 7750 Ultimate which released just few days back state that this is the fastest passive GPU till date.
http://www.techpowerup.com/161360/Sapphire-Announces-th...

I am also looking for an ideal CPU cooler for an HTPC. Any suggestions guys?
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March 20, 2012 5:42:40 PM

Ok cool, thats a nice card, i would love to have it, although i am thinking if that little extra power is worth compromising on 500W consuming GPU card. So does it mean the Powercolor GPU you mentioned consumes more power as compared to the Sapphaire Ultimate 7750? I wont be gaming much, but i dont want a electricity bill hogger in my HTPC, as i plan to keep this system running 24/7
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May 3, 2012 3:13:16 PM

Hi Chainzsaw (or Bonjour, I'm writing from Paris)

Looks like you built the perfect htpc, the one I've been dreaming of. May I ask 3 questions ?

1) do you only use fanless pieces ?
2) are you satisfied with the temperature ? How much do the CPU temp reach above ambient temp ?
3) are you satisfied with the noise ? (I guess if everything is fanless you only hear the case fan and the hard disk)

Thanks a lot for your feedback and congratulations for your setup.
Au revoir

i-Moi
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May 3, 2012 6:05:51 PM

I recently built a gaming PC in an HTPC case. It's the size of your typical AVR, but a bit longer in depth.

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C60B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Room for the following:
full ATX motherboard
single bay for 2 ODD (SDD brackets on top of ODD and HDD bays)
2 removable HDD bays (I removed both to fit a bigger PSU and more airflow)
GTX 680 card

The only downside is that you're limited on the CPU coolers. I chose a downward firing CPU cooler fan from cooler master. Standard CPU coolers will typically not fit unless you remove the optional top cover intended for adding a top fan.

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