Approximate Purchase Date: The next 7-10 days
Budget Range: $150-200 (for the parts I need)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Hulu, Youtube, Netflix, etc from the couch; Internet browsing; casual gaming, someday streaming personal media from not yet envisioned home server
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No, Would like to try a Linux based option but would go with Windows if I get too overwhelmed.
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com
Location: Pullman, WA
Overclocking: Maybe, underclocking more likely
SLI or Crossfire: No
Additional Comments: This is my second PC build. I would like to cut the cable cord and enjoyed building my first PC. I have been thinking about building an HTPC and recently ran into some deals that I couldn't pass up.
I'd like to hear the community's thoughts and advice on case, cooler, Blu-ray drive and PSU. I am considering the following:
SILVERSTONE ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case: I found a build guide with this case that recommended a PSU of 140mm depth or less. Any experience with this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
While I like the smaller cases, it makes cable management a nightmare. True, you're probably only going to have three cables from the power supply (20+4-pin power, 8-pin CPU, and 1 SATA for the optical and SSD), but you still need to find space for them. Otherwise, my only concern would be the RAM modules having enough clearance from the CPU cooler. Depending on the width of the cooler, you may not be able to install the RAM into the A1/A2 slots.
I would use a Silverstone GD 05 case. Decent height and a lot easier build
There are few reasons to use a m-ATX motherboard with an A85 chipset in an HTPC . Probably a cheaper board with an A75 chipset will be have all the features you need and be cheaper .
Unless you have some heavy processing work to run on this computer consider UNDERclocking it . Limit the top end to about 3.2 Ghz and then drop the voltage till it becomes unstable and then add a touch back . That will cut power use further
Thanks for the advice. I would not have even considered the A85 chipset and that RAM with the tall heatsinks were it not for the $40 Craigslist ad and a run of good luck on one of the online penny auction sites. I will look into the GD 05 case and will plan on underclocking.