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Hi guys,

So my father has decided he wants to purchase a HTPC for storing music and videos on. I've already told him that storing it on a homeserver where it would be central and where the whole family can access it would be a lot easier, but nope, he wants to store about 500gb's of music and some more videos on a computer, so I guess i just have to follow his wish, anyways, I am completely newb on this subject, so I am asking for help on here. C

ould you guys recommend me a few parts which can do this without stuttering or any of those things? He wants to be able to watch the news online, hear music on his home-cinema and view 1080p videos (/stream) from the web and probably write stuff on it too. It would also need to be super-silent, since both my parents hate the low sound from computers.

It would also need to look nice, the case should be black and not too big either. The price of this doesn't matter, but try to make it as cheap as you can. I was thinking AMD (the new ones) was maybe a decent cpu to start off with)

Pretty please?

- Mike
Edited by michael_sj123 - 11/7/11 at 11:07am
post #2 of 8
Silent GPU if the on-board GPU isn't enough: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=2953%3A18921
Z68 motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131786
Low TDP CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115075
Good case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811163158

I'd remove two of the fans and leave just the one pointing at the graphics card. If it's still too loud like this then:
replace the single 120mm fan with a silent one:
Better CPU cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835887023 (should fit, but I can't guarantee it).
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So I've build several HTPCs in the past, the key to a good HTPC is:
- low power
- myriad of display and audio connections
- decent performing
- silent
- small form factor (this is personal preference, if you are gonna stick in a lot of HD's then you may need a bigger case, or external enclosure)

I'd go with an AMD APU build on this, key components I'd pick:
AMD A6-3650 APU
GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1
Thermalright HR-02 Passive Heatsink
Seasonic SS-460FL Fanless PSU
Antec Mini P180, only use the top fan on low

everything else you can pick whatever you like, such as HD or RAM

It will cost you more, but this is a 100% silent, power efficient build for 24/7 media server that'll handle everything, even moderate gaming.
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Thanks a lot both of you! I think we'll go for the one CTRLurself posted, my father seemed to really like Intel for some weird reason.
post #5 of 8
The PSU Captain Han posted is a very good choice for an HTPC too. I was just giving some ideas for a good quiet build.

And a dedicated GPU will be your friend in a low-power/quiet build just because you're distributing the workload out, so each piece produces less heat.
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Would the build you suggested be able to run say MW3 without lag too?
post #7 of 8
No. to do that you'd need a much more powerful graphics card, and those are not silent. They can be quiet, but not silent.

Something like: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127588 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127608 which are amongst the quietest high power GPUs.
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For non gaming I'd try and stick with a 6450.

For light gaming like CTRL said, those are probably your best bets.

I personally wouldn't disable fans. I'd just get better ones like Gentle Typhoons or Enermax Magmas then hook up a simple fan controller to run them at a lower rpm.
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