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Scaling back from "gaming rig" to "media server"... do wat?

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So pretty much, folding and having a giant, powerful GPU don't work well when you have the hottest room in the house. It has gotten to the point where it is unbearable to be in my bedroom at times. The heat as well as the noise have gotten to me so...

I have realized that I mostly use my comp for net browsing, and listening to music/watching movies. I figure any rig that can run Windows 7 will be fine.

So what would yall recommend I do to get this build rolling? What parts should I keep? I'm debating whether to keep the chip... the i3 is really nice, but prolly overkill if I can go AMD for cheaper. Case has to go, grafx has to go, psu and mobo have to go for sure. (LMK if you're looking)

What I'm thinking for now is something liek... mATX mobo, Athlon x2 or x3, really nice media center case (I have a lot of HiFi stuff so something that looks like a component), no grafx or maybe something without a power cable.

Any suggestions or hints to get the ball rolling on this would be awesome, I ahve never done an mATX or media center build, so this should be interesting.

EDIT: Also, looking to end up with cash in my pocket in the end. Doable?
Edited by LingLing1337 - 5/7/11 at 6:53am
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post #2 of 5
An i3 would be good for a media center, just down-clock it to stock and lower the volts as low as you can and you should be good! Even with the stock cooler it should be very cool so you should sell the CPU cooler as well.

I'd probably buy an matx board and replace what you have. Maybe buy the new silverstone SUGO for an HTPC case (they have diff. versions so take your pick).

As for an HTPC card, maybe a gts 450 or a 5770. I'd probably keep the sound card or if you can find a cheap xi-fi card and sell that it should suffice.

For the ram I'm thinking keep it and just use one and the other for backup.

Definitely sell the PSU and get one of those fanless versions or a 450 watt, though you could still use the 550 watt if you can live with the noise it generates.

Here's a link I used help build an HTPC for my friend, granted it's a little old but it should help you out.

http://www.overclockersclub.com/guides/htpc_guide/
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Isn't the integrated graphics on an i3 acceptable for an HTPC application? You probably wouldn't need any vid card if you use the on chip gpu. That would help with the "cash in pocket" bit and probably noise too.
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post #4 of 5
You should move your post to the HTPC section. I cant see selling your CPU and mobo and making much, just keep them. Your PSU is not worth much. Sell your case, and GPU. You could then use the rest in a full size case like this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-117-_-Product
By the time you buy a BR drive and a case you wont save anything though.
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Can't you just buy an air conditioner?
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