I am looking to build my first HTPC. I need 1080p and 3D capabilities and am hoping to keep the system relatively quiet. I have an AMD 6870 in my current gaming PC and I may be able to justify putting that into the HTPC and getting an upgrade for my gaming rig if it makes sense.
I found this build searching through the forums but I am not sure if it fits my needs:
For a quiet, low power system, I'd run something like an ivy bridge Celeron 1610 and a Radeon 6450 or 6570 fanless card. Both of those explicitly state that they can do 1080p 3D bluray and Stereoscopic 3D glasses. And you probably only need 4GB of RAM tops. I'd also run a 5400RPM drive for noise and cooling benefits (and you don't need 7200RPM to play movies).
I bet you can find a more family room friendly case. Maybe something like this:
How about this? SSD is optional, but would provide almost instantaneous boot. I know I'd hate waiting 2-3 minutes for the system to boot so I can watch TV! Could use sleep mode and the HDD only, too. I used a laptop drive because they are quiet and low power.
Thanks Twelve. I really like that case and suggestions for a quite system. I am still going to keep my cable, this is more like a supplement to it. For that reason I am not too worried about boot times and probably wont add an SSD. This is only my second build and I dont know much about processors and motherboards. I appreciate the help.