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Supercharged HTPC build help

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August 5, 2012 3:03:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sept '12

Budget Range: under US$2000 for remaining parts

System Usage from Most to Least Important: A/V playback & storage (HTPC), video transcoding from bluray, DLNA streaming, web surfing, frequently multitasking

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, mobo, ram, system drive, video card if necessary

Do you need to buy OS: No (Own Win 7 premium full)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

Parts Preferences: high quality, high performance/price ratio. Leaning toward Ivy Bridge/Z77 at the moment.

Overclocking: Probably, but not required.

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080 via HDMI

Additional Comments: high energy efficiency and low noise during video playback. when transcoding, all bets off...just get it done...

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want faster, MUCH faster, video encoding.

What I have already:

nMedia HTPC-6000B ATX case

Antec EA-650 platinum PSU

Noctua NH-C14 cooler

Noctua NF-F12 PWM drive bay fan (x2)

Noctua NF-R8 PWM case fan (x2)

Prolimatech PK-3 thermal paste

PNY nVidia GT-430 1GB (willing to abandon)

Seagate barracuda green 2TB 5900rpm storage drive

Asus bluray drive
August 5, 2012 6:22:20 PM

What are the feelings on SSD caching using an on-board mpcie socket?

What if the OS drive is also SSD?

Use the mpcie as a scratch drive and cache at the same time?
August 5, 2012 11:50:56 PM

How's this sound?

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH motherboard
Crucial M4 128GB boot drive
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) 1866Mhz RAM
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August 15, 2012 5:48:47 PM

OK... The parts are in the mail.

Here's what I decided on:

Intel i5-3570k
Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
Crucial Ballistix Tactical PC-14900 2x 4 GB (9-9-9-26 @ 1.5v)
Crucial M4 128GB SATA 3 boot drive
Seagate Barricuda Green 5900RPM 2TB storage drive
Sapphire Ultimate HD6670 GDDR5 video card
Noctua NH-C14 cooler
Noctua NF-F12 PWM drive bay fans (x2)
Noctua NF-R8 PWM case exhaust (x2)
Prolimatech PK-3 thermal paste
Antec EA-650W Platinum power supply
nMediaPC HTPC-6000B case (with LED display option)
August 15, 2012 6:04:25 PM

Should have told us, cuz there are two things wrong with that build. One, 650W is only needed if you CF that GPU, and that is only for extra extra headroom. You really only need 550W to CF/SLI and a 450W for a single 6670. Could have gotten the XFX 450W or Corsair VX450.

That motherboard is too expensive for your needs. Could have gotten away with a motherboard for half the price.
August 15, 2012 7:04:10 PM

What The build list doesn't show is the other four storage drives, the efficiency curve of the PS, or the level of OC I'll run. Having plenty of power headroom was planned.

I know I could have stuck with the UD5H or P8Z77-V and met my requirements, but the Deluxe offers me dual LAN, BT 4.0, a better power stage, more room for expansion (more PCIe lanes), and no stupid legacy ports on the IO. I actually struggled for a long time with mobo choice. To the point that I had to make a spreadsheet to help...

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