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Sandy bridge, they use dual channel , X58 is the only architecture that uses triple channel ram with Intel.
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I wasn't too happy with the sound profile of the fans (given its a media pc)

I grabbed an NZXT Sentry 2 fan controller.

Quite pleased with it. 5 channels at up to 10w per channel, touchscreen, temp sensors. And it looks quite nice as well.

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In my house the HTPC sometimes gets used as "the other computer" for general computing purposes when someone needs one. It's hard to regret overbuilding as long as your budget allows. Now you can fold on it, game at a high level, etc if you need to.
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The enermax doesn't have a good +12v rail as this one (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139031). Corsair has the highest quality and many people should agree with me. We don't want a electric surge damaging your rig, or a faulty capacitor. If it can only support 3.25 GB, then only get 3.25 GB . Or you could opt for 64bit windows XP and still have 4GB of RAM.
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500w is more than sufficient for this rig. I agree that the Corsair is an excellent unit but I'm also a big proponent of Enermax (at least most of their stuff). Also I would be hard pressed to justify spending $100 on a power supply when I have a perfectly decent unit on hand.

Also, XP64 (which I would have to buy) would only give me slightly more RAM to access. Not really worth it.
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I see...that's why you didn't want to buy XP64. Do you prefer modular that much?
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I see...that's why you didn't want to buy XP64. Do you prefer modular that much?
Not really. Sure it's better for wire management but I would take a quality non modular power supply over an average one any day. Fortunately, there are many good modular units to choose from. I remember a few years back the only choices were Ultra (shudder...) or OCZ (who actually made a decent unit in the modxstream pro).
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At least get a PSU with a better +12v with at least 30amps on that rail
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I kindda agree with the guys on being overkill not so much what u forked out for but these
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Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG
Speakers: CREATIVE I-TRIGUE 3400 2.1
For a simple 2.0/2.1 HTPC i would think a USB/external DAC and some nice stereophile standard active/passive bookshelves would net one far sweeter sound hehe I would really tone down on the PC portion and pump a lot more on the HT side in summary Either way gratz on your project ^^
Edited by trog - 7/30/11 at 6:16am
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I kindda agree with the guys on being overkill not so much what u forked out for but these


For a simple 2.0/2.1 HTPC i would think a USB/external DAC and some nice stereophile standard active/passive bookshelves would net one far sweeter sound hehe I would really tone down on the PC portion and pump a lot more on the HT side in summary Either way gratz on your project ^^

i thought about it but I had the 2.1 system on hand (and the sound card for that matter). Plus I have a 5.1 system for my main rig for gaming.

I use the HDMI out when I connect the media pc to my various recievers and tv's but in my home office I usually use my Sennheiser headphones (my office is right beside the master bedroom and my wife isn't fond of loud movies playing 20 feet away).

I'm thinking of mounting a 40" LCD up over top of my two monitors on a mount arm. If I go that route, I'll look into some serious sound to go with it.
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