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December 23, 2012 1:00:55 PM

Its been a few years since my last build and I'm looking to upgrade. I'm currently running a Clarkdale i3-530, so I'm wanting something with a little more pep, quiet things down a bit, and I'm looking to add an SSD as well. So please give me your thoughts on the below items.

Case
Wesena E6
http://www.shop.perfecthometheater.com/HTPC-e6-Black-w-...

CPU
i3-3220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
ASRock H77m
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.Skill Ripjaw 8gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Seasonic SS-400FL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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December 23, 2012 1:48:33 PM

Sorry and I forgot to specify. I only use my setup for watching tv, streaming the occasional Hulu show, and watching movies.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 2:26:08 PM

very good indeed :D 

but i think the silent psu is expensive as hell for your setup
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ Newegg)
this corsair cx430 is plenty enough for i3 without monstrous graphic card

or anyone can suggest cheap silent psu?
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 3:44:16 PM

any of the new seasonic power supplies that have hybrid fan control. At the power consumption you are talking, the fan would NEVER go on :) 

While not at all a bad looking case, I do worry about the restriction of the fan openings. That can lead to poor air flow or worse, louder fan noise. Strange example of this was that i can not use a SilverStone AP 120mm fan on the floor of one of my cases for this reason.

If I trust my UPS my media center(I5 750 with gtx 650 ti) idles at about 40 watts (50 if I trust my power meter.). You should get even better with a newer cpu and no gtx 650 ti in the system.

Antec makes some good HTPC cases as well.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 3:59:55 PM

Usually a tight case like that won't take a PSU longer than 140mm, that one is 160mm. Here's a good alternative.

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

EDIT: It might be worth going for a build based on the A10-5700 as well, much better graphics performance with comparable CPU performance at roughly the same price.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 4:11:43 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Usually a tight case like that won't take a PSU longer than 140mm, that one is 160mm. Here's a good alternative.

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

EDIT: It might be worth going for a build based on the A10-5700 as well, much better graphics performance with comparable CPU performance at roughly the same price.


it is stated from the case spec

Power options: ----- Standard ATX PSU.
December 23, 2012 4:18:18 PM

nukemaster said:
any of the new seasonic power supplies that have hybrid fan control. At the power consumption you are talking, the fan would NEVER go on :) 

While not at all a bad looking case, I do worry about the restriction of the fan openings. That can lead to poor air flow or worse, louder fan noise. Strange example of this was that i can not use a SilverStone AP 120mm fan on the floor of one of my cases for this reason.

If I trust my UPS my media center(I5 750 with gtx 650 ti) idles at about 40 watts (50 if I trust my power meter.). You should get even better with a newer cpu and no gtx 650 ti in the system.

Antec makes some good HTPC cases as well.


I'll have to look at the hybrid psu's too. I'm moving from an Antec Fusion Remote Black. It's a really nice case, just looking for something new.
December 23, 2012 4:20:51 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Usually a tight case like that won't take a PSU longer than 140mm, that one is 160mm. EDIT: It might be worth going for a build based on the A10-5700 as well, much better graphics performance with comparable CPU performance at roughly the same price.


You don't think The HD2500 graphics will be good enough. I could always go with the i3-3225 which has the HD4000 graphics
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 4:27:49 PM

Thundercatz said:
You don't think The HD2500 graphics will be good enough. I could always go with the i3-3225 which has the HD4000 graphics

yes 3225 worths the price if you want to use ondie graphics. btw as already suggested, any intel graphic is underpowered compared to AMD APU. so it is your choice to use intel or AMD
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 5:40:23 PM

AMD Radeon said:
it is stated from the case spec

Power options: ----- Standard ATX PSU.



The ATX specification states a 140mm depth. I realise some PSU's are longer but that's not a problem in tower cases. It might be here.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 5:42:53 PM

I can agree on a long power supply. My HX 850 blocks my fan in the Fractal define R2 case. and it JUST makes it into a FT03 case.

If the case is small(should be listed in the specs) you want a power supply with 120mm fan for sure.

Want to see a real squeezed power supply :)  SFF Media Center, but not "nice" looking like the Antec case.
December 23, 2012 6:05:54 PM

jmsellars1 said:
The ATX specification states a 140mm depth. I realise some PSU's are longer but that's not a problem in tower cases. It might be here.


I'm willing to take the chance on the psu, cause I can always reuse my Antec earthwatts psu.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2012 6:08:48 PM

My EA 430 was very quiet and would power a mid level system with ease.

my EA650 on the other hand is LOUD running a mid end system(i7 920[closer to high end at the time] with 5770[tried to reduce the load and quiet it down].).
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