I want to build my first media centre which will be build mainly for streaming the web, watching FullHd films and XBMC software.
The system will be connected to a Full HD TV "50 by a good receiver and 7 speaker bose system.I
I got a few suggestions to take the i3 2100 sandy bridge coz its cooler than the ivy bridge ? is that so ?, im not gonna overclock it !
Im not sure about the case as well, ive got some limitation about the size, the max would be (44x16x36)
I thoght about that system.
Intel core i3 3225
Gigabyte H77-d3h mATX
8gb ram corsair xms3
2tb seagate 7200rpm sata 3
schyte shuriken low profile rev b OR SilverStone NT01-E (Passive)
silverstone grandia GD04
corsair 430w builder or seasonic s12 430w
liteon blueray reader
logitech dinovo mini
Thanks for your comment, The problem is that the media centre is not for my self, its for my brother which doesnt have any knowledge of computer hardware and etc'.
Also i would like the system to be intel based, im pretty confident about all the components except the case and cpu cooler.
which htpc case and cpu cooler would you say is the best at this price (around £150)
the criteria will be
1.max size (W x H x D) 44x20x36
4.easy to assemble
1: Most HTPC cases are going to be smaller than that, this shouldn't be an issue.
2: All but the very smallest of cases should be able to deal with a 55W CPU fine.
3: This one is hard to judge, just make sure you have at least 40mm room for a CPU cooler and not too many fans and you should be OK. A single 60-80mm (or bigger) fan should be OK with this kind of build. A fanless PSU would be a bonus.
4: Generally any really small case is going to be fairly difficult to build into. By difficult I just mean time consuming and it will take some thought. You shouldn't need any special knowledge as such.
If you must go with Intel, the i3-3225 is definitely the best choice. Here's another good suggestion in a slightly bigger case. Still has a nice fanless PSU and looks great but the extra room helps with ease of building and cooling.
2x4GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600Mhz 1.5v
Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI (There are cheaper boards but this has wifi and surround sound etc.)
Intel 330 Series 60GB
Sony BC-5550H-01 Slim Internal Blu Ray Drive
Scythe Kozuti 40mm height CPU cooler Lian-Li PC-Q09B with 110W fanless PSU
Total - £433.87 on Scan
You will notice that only has 60GB of storage and the case has no more room for drives but this is a good thing in my opinion. No mechanical drive keeps the system incredibly quiet and the SSD will be way faster. For storage you could get a cheap NAS, that way the whole network can access the data and it also cuts down on noise as previously mentioned.