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Ok so lets say you have narrowed your search down to the H67 chipset and have chosen to do a micro form factor build. You already have a few components such as:


You would assume since this is strictly an HTPC no secondary HDD would be needed, you have nice file server already going. Also it is safe to assume that you will be satisfied with the IGP of the E3-1235 for starters. You will not need a Blu-ray drive since your whole catalogue is digital.

The only items you really need to buy are an H67 motherboard (preferably MATX unless case permits ATX), and a nice HTPC case with great features. This can be full height or half height, the entertainment center is big enough to hold either.

Really what we are looking for here is what motherboard would you use and why? Was it the features of the board, brand name reputation, friend referal, and in general how happy are you with it overall (if you own it)?

This goes the same with the case... Was it the features of the case, brand name reputation, case sexyness, friend referal, and in general how happy are you with it overall (if you own it)? We must keep in mind room for expansion to a discrete gpu incase we need better than the intel IGP in the future. So no small ITX / Habey cases please.

There is a budget, but I am not going to put this budget out there. Lets just say keep it cheap... But if something is worth it for the $50 more than something else, lets hear why as those are things to consider. Lets keep it real simple, products with nice prices and full of features. No outrageous $300 cases.

Thanks OCN. Have a great day.

-Deeeebs out-
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ASUS P8H67-M PRO
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I never owned this MB before. However, at one point I did own P8H61-M so I have some experiences with ASUS mATX board. The BIOS is polished and user friendly. Has 4 RAM slots, so it allows you to expand should you need more RAM. Keep in mind this board does not support ECC RAM explicitly (which may or may not support it, given that memory controller is on the CPU itself). Has 2 USB 3.0 ports, so you can take advantage of USB 3.0 speed. Has a PCI slot and a PCIe x4 slot, so if you have any expansion card besides video card you can make use of it. Has plenty of USB 2.0 headers and a IDE connector (legacy HDD or ODD).

GA-H67MA-USB3-B3
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Never owned this MB before, but Gigabyte is a reputable MB manufacturer, so what could go wrong? Similar to ASUS P8H67-M PRO in terms of feature. Perhaps the one reason that set this board apart is the use of Realtek ALC889, which is actually superior to 892 and 887. Not that onboard sound cards are amazing, but if you want a better sound experience, this is the board to go with. No PCI conventional slot on this MB. Has 4 RAM slots, so it allows you to expand should you need more RAM. Keep in mind this board does not support ECC RAM explicitly (which may or may not support it, given that memory controller is on the CPU itself).

Intel BOXDH67BLB3
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Never owned this MB before. I put it up here because Newegg is doing a 10% off deal, so that brings it to around $81, not bad. Has Intel Ethernet controller, which is tiny bit better than Realtek. Also has a eSATA port. No PS/2 port. Has 4 RAM slots, so it allows you to expand should you need more RAM. Keep in mind this board does not support ECC RAM explicitly (which may or may not support it, given that memory controller is on the CPU itself). This board does not have PCIe x4 slot, so no CF at all (not that I recommend you doing it on H67 anyway).

As for the case, I do recommend the case that I'm currently using, Rosewill Challenger (based on NZXT M59). Cost around $50 to $60. Has decent amount of room for cable management. Has a cut out on the back allows you to install cooler bracket on the back of the motherboard. Can mount fans on the front, back, top, and side. Has fan holes, rubber pad, and filter for bottom PSU.This is an ATX case. The stock fan does push quite a bit of air (hence noise on full speed), so do get a cheap fan controller or replace the fan.

USB 2.0 Version
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USB 3.0 Version (Cheaper, no idea why).
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Edited by trumpet-205 - 2/2/12 at 11:52am
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Trumps thanks for taking the time to read my post. Those are some decent motherboards for the prices. I will look at them further when i am off work. I did notice one of the board had PCI. Meh! Dont need that. Even if I retire the board to something else i dont think it will be needed.

As for the case. I currently have a tower case (my file server box is my htpc right now) and would prefer something a lot cleaner fo a pure htpc machine.

I built my parents an HTPC not to long ago with an AMD A8, asus bard, some ram, and the Silverstone GD05. Its a nice case. I am just not too fond of the appeal. I am not sure if that was the right move or not. With out being there I cant really see how well the case performs with the stock cpu heatsink and all that.

Great info none the less. Look forward to hearing from more. thumb.gif
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Hmmm in the past i have built a few HTPC's bassed off of the h67/h61 platform, the main emphasis on them was low power usage. That being said in the past ive used: ASUS P8H67-M PRO, ASUS P8H67-M EVO, MSI H61M-P21, MSI H67MA-ED55, and a Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H.

Overall i would recommend ASUS P8H67-M EVO since its full of expandability options (one of every port, tons of usb, usb3, along wi 3 difference video inputs) and it has its asus reputation which has not let me down yet. With their EPU chip i was able to downclock a 2500k on the board buy enabling their power saving futures on the board to 1.6ghz (and it kept it "locked" there most the time, sometimes would bump it up under stress testing) which gave me the lowest power usage over the other companies (it was around 20 watts idle and 60 watts load) used and ended up passively cooling the whole system since it didnt generate enough heat really.

But the ASUS P8H67-M PRO gave me similar results, just has less overall expandability options overall i believe. The MSI h67 board also was very stable with more PCI express options, but lacks in I/o ports in the back comparatively to the rest the boards i tried (expect the h61 board), it did use a bit more energy then the others though i found (about the same as the gigabyte but more then the asus boards).

As for the H61 ... it was kinda .. meh but for $20 it just ... well worked didnt crash, but does not give you any options at all really but its great for super budget builds as it does give you the basics of what you need.
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Anyone have any input on cases?

I was looking at the NMEDIA 5000 and NMEDIA 7000, along with the Antec Black Fusion...
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Anyone have any input on cases?
I was looking at the NMEDIA 5000 and NMEDIA 7000, along with the Antec Black Fusion...

Looks like Black Fusion has more room, so that's probably the one I'm going to pick. On the other hand 5000 has built in USB 2.0 memory card reader.
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Looks like Black Fusion has more room, so that's probably the one I'm going to pick. On the other hand 5000 has built in USB 2.0 memory card reader.

i dont have a digital camera or anything so im not worried about that. just looking for one with the best airflow i can get incase i decide to passivly cool this system
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