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January 11, 2013 2:26:56 PM

Afternoon all,

I'm planning on building a home media center (XBMCbuntu) and have a few questions for the wise minds of Tom's Hardware

I have a Gigabyte GA-G41MT-S2PT (micro ATX), and the Intel Q8300 quad 2.5/RAM from my old PC.

Is the Q8300 too powerful/energy consuming for a home media center?
What is the weakest/most efficient PSU I would need?
Any advice for a fanless GPU capable of outputting 1080p video? Nvidia is preferable

Would I run in to any problems using these components with a tiny micro ATX case?

Cheers for any help/advice

a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2013 3:19:25 PM

PSU -> corsair cx430/500 cheap and good quality
for media center, no need for dedicated GPU

get an intel i3 3225, it comes with intel HD4000 graphic
a b B Homebuilt system
January 11, 2013 3:24:13 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $249.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-11 12:23 EST-0500)

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use your old RAM, and even better if you already had microatx case
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January 11, 2013 8:58:28 PM

Is there are a reason I can't use my existing processor/ram? Seems a shame to waste it, and I don't really have the coin for another. The reason I have this spare is because I've just shelled out for a new rig.

January 11, 2013 9:31:19 PM

You can use that mobo and CPU if you want to. It's a 95W part, so it's not out of control thermally. Just make sure you have decent case airflow. For a fanless GPU, honestly the best I can think of is the Radeon HD 7750. Toms approved for HTPC's.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-7770-7750...

They're not all fanless, but there are a few vendors that do fanless.
January 11, 2013 9:40:24 PM

Also, I know you said nvidia, but I can't think of any fanless nvidia cards that will be nearly as good. Here are two Radeon HD 7750 fanless on newegg.

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

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

For power supply, I would go with one of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you don't fee like you need a gold rated PSU, the corsair will do great and is a great price.
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