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Hey guys, I caught an idea not so long ago to reuse my poor, barrely used, i5-660 (the poor guy is just rotting in its socket...).
This PC will be mostly used as a media centre, allowing my family to use it for two reasons:
1. watch blu-ray/dvd movies on a (1080p, HD, duuh) tv
2. use one of the monitors I've got lying around here for normal use of a computer (kinda like the normal dual monitor setup, you can still seperate everything how you would want it etcetc)

I prefer to make it a powerful yet quiet build, no one likes some extra noise hanging around in a living room.
My current idea is a mixture of re-using and buying:
  • CPU: i5-660, possibly going to be overclocked. This CPU is more than enough for today's tasks as far as I know.
  • CPU cooling: I might try corsair liquid or something really small or stock (€100 – €50 – none). The problem with the bigger coolers: I prefer a small case...I would like some opinions about: OC-> need of good cooling, no OC-> the stock cooling would actualy be fine, or I could spend €50 buying after-market cooling. Everyone's first thought would be to go for the good cooling, but you should keep in my mind that i'd prefer a small case (looks nice and clean ;p). Any ideas?
  • Mobo: Asus Maximus III GENE-Z ROG (€155) or the one that's holding my i5-660 in my antec 300 right now. The current one cannot overclock, but probably works fine...it's a ga-q57m-s2h.
  • HDD: 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3, (€60-130) I have no idea whether my prices are correct, HDD's have severely gone up in price since those floods... Or I could use a 128Gb SSD and an F3, would probably be better.
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4Gb kit (€80) OR my random ram 2x2Gb kit (none). The corsair set looks really good and I'm pretty sure they won't be blocked by a cooler or anything else, hehe. I could also use the ones I've got in my current build which is getting different RAM in a while anyways. I have no idea how much RAM my family might be using. My big sis studies architecture and her programs run with the smallest effort on my current rig, while multitasking etcetc, so I guess I could just buy myself a new ram kit and use the 4Gb kit in the new computer smile.gif, plan stated: buy my own rig some new ram and use the current in this new computer smile.gif
  • GPU: evga gtx560 2048mb superclocked (€200). A steady card that should not be underestimated. Of course it's nothing like my gtx580...but hey, it's for my family and if I look at architectural purposes again, the 2 gigs of VRAM should be fine. OR I could go with a Sapphire HD6950 2Gb, though that one costs about €30 more than the evga card!
  • Case: mini atx form factor! :3 Here's another part I ask any reader's opinion for. I'm pretty sure some guys can immediatly think of a small case, yet big enough to hold these components I have no idea what's going to happen with my Antec 300, would I still be able to sell it? The case has been left untouched, used, but never has been modded or anything (yeah I had some big ideas, all in vein since I couldn't find spare time). If you're sure you can make my Antec 300 as silent as mice...go ahead and tell me ;D. The more parts I 'recycle', the better.
  • blu-ray player (€120) (slim or normal, about the same price)
  • screen: random screen I've got to use as the standard monitor and a tv that will be used for viewing movies or other media
  • sleeving: not sure if I should, always wanted to try and they sure make it a lot easier for cables to be routed in a small space (small case!)
  • PSU: I've still got a Sweex PSU (650W) sitting in my Antec 300, never harmed any of my components, though it's not a 80+ bronze/gold or whatever... still, never did any harm to my previous components change of plans, selling my sweex for a decent price and going with a corsair non-modular gaming series 600w , for €80.
  • fans: depends on the case probably, preferably silent, while they still perform, small cases still need a good air vent

cheapest case: €350-400
mid case: €550
worst case: €650-€700 (feels like too much)
some guesses I made :d

It would be great to get some advice about this. I've been used too much to high-end products due to my recent build and just can't help it to start looking for high-end stuff every single time...while mid-to-high range components work just fine!
Thanks for your time and if your impression is like 'daaayum, this isn't a very great idea/price for what you get', welcome to pull the alarm bell for me wink.gif

thanks in advance!
Edited by Ollii - 2/13/12 at 4:06am
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I think that Liquid cooling is overkill so is the vengance ram. Lol

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Sorry to doublepost but I can't edit on tapatalk. Also why not save some coin and go amd for a gpu they run cooler (important in that setup) and draw less power.

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I think that Liquid cooling is overkill so is the vengance ram. Lol
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possibly right about that, it's just my urge for bigger systems I guess biggrin.gif. It would reduce my price with about €160 if I kept a stock cooler and the 2x2Gb kit I've got right now. Food for thought smile.gif
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Sorry to doublepost but I can't edit on tapatalk. Also why not save some coin and go amd for a gpu they run cooler (important in that setup) and draw less power.

I've been thinking about AMD, but I'm not sure about it. I would probably go with a 6950 then, since it can be unlocked to a 6970 redface.gif.
Sapphire HD6950 unlocked vs this nvidia card it is then.
EDIT: I noticced that the sapphire HD6950 actually costs more than the evga gtx560 2gb SC.. which I totally didn't expect o:, I still prefer the nvidia card this way.

and no worries about the double post
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why 2 hard drives? raid 0? it'd be faster/cheaper to get a small ssd and 1 smaller hdd
Power Supplies degrade with use..keep that in mind
an h80 should suit your cooling well
get ram..it's cheap
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why 2 hard drives? raid 0? it'd be faster/cheaper to get a small ssd and 1 smaller hdd
Power Supplies degrade with use..keep that in mind
an h80 should suit your cooling well
get ram..it's cheap
gl with build

I guess a family would be able to use 1TB easily, since I already use 1TB on my own, so thought 2TB wouldn't be bad. I've had thoughts about SSD's but realised that LGA1156 boards do not support 6Gb/s unless it's a normal ATX form factor high-end board (no-go for me).

The H80 would be the one I had aimed for, but I'm not sure if those fit in small cases. About the ram: why should I spend on ram while I've got ram myself already that will be replaced soon enough anyway? I think I'll be going with the current ram modules I have right now smile.gif

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possibly right about that, it's just my urge for bigger systems I guess biggrin.gif. It would reduce my price with about €160 if I kept a stock cooler and the 2x2Gb kit I've got right now. Food for thought smile.gif
I've been thinking about AMD, but I'm not sure about it. I would probably go with a 6950 then, since it can be unlocked to a 6970 redface.gif.
Sapphire HD6950 unlocked vs this nvidia card it is then.
EDIT: I noticced that the sapphire HD6950 actually costs more than the evga gtx560 2gb SC.. which I totally didn't expect o:, I still prefer the nvidia card this way.
and no worries about the double post

Its also shorter a really nice thing to have on a semi HTPC rig the nvidia might help with the CAD your sister is doing and you just might want to keep your temps down on the gpu. lol
   
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Its also shorter a really nice thing to have on a semi HTPC rig the nvidia might help with the CAD your sister is doing and you just might want to keep your temps down on the gpu. lol

I'll check with my sister (she isn't sure whether to continue those studies or not) and see what's the best card to get wink.gif. hmmm, I wish I could get some more people in here with to provide me with a very good case for these sorts of things, there are so many choices on the market which makes it very annoying to pick the right case for yourself...
Edited by Ollii - 2/8/12 at 8:49am
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I guess I'll have to bump this :d
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If I knew any HTPC Cases that could fit these part's I'd recommend it I dont lol.
   
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