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post #1 of 11
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Hey guys

Planning to build an HTPC, and ideally i would prefer a i5 2500K build, i know its a bit over kill for HTPC, but, i would like to use the machine for some video editing, blu-ray ripping, encoding/transcoding. Earlier i was planning to build a i7 2600K gaming rig, but pushed the plan for the new ivy bridge cpu until few months later, in no hurry for that as i use xbox primarily.

This HTPC , i would like to attach it with a NAS server soon. So to say, i have already brought the i5 2500K processor from Microcenter today, and now i am in the quest of collecting other parts. I plan to build this htpc without any moving parts/fanless.

I have shortlisted a couple of other items, but haven't brought them. Seeking your advice to see if they are any good, or i could do better.

CPU : i5 2500K (Already brought it today).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

PSU : Seasonic 460W Fanless (is this good or 400W is enough).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151099

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB Cas - 7 Timing 7-8-7-24 (i already had this for an i7 gaming build, idea dropped)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231446

GPU : SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB - Fanless (its the fastest passivly cooled/fanless gpu till date, recently released)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102980
Reviews here : http://www.legitreviews.com/news/12532/

SSD : Crucial M4 128GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148448

Case : Looking to get a case with a little bit of bling factor, as this goes on my A/V cabinet, and i dont want a plain looking case. Would be great if i could manage to add a 7" LCD based case for 300 dollars or so. But i think there is none.

Motherboard : now here is the ask, please suggest me a good motherboard. prefer the Z68 for future Ivy Bridge compatibility. There are tons of them in the market, I would like to add a mobo that is an ideal HTPC motherboard.

Anything else i am missing??
post #2 of 11
It's OCN, no such thing as overkill biggrin.gif

I recently built a similar system as you with an Intel i5 2500k, 16gb ram, 128gb SSD. I use mine as a multimedia/gaming/adobe cs 5 workhorse. I'm currently awaiting the new Nvidia/AMD GPU's to arrive to finalize my setup. I kinda went backwards in my setup and started out with the Silverstone Grandia GD05 HTPC case because it was really sturdy and well built; and everything kinda jut fell in place afterwards.

Here are a couple classy and well built options for HTPC cases that can accommodate an LCD screen:

Silverstone

Origen

As far as Motherboards you can never go wrong with the ASUS Maximus line gives you room to grow: Z68, or even the new Ivy Bridge Z77.

I personally went with an Intel h67GD h67, not thinking about overclocking for some reason... doh.gif

Look forward to your build thumb.gif
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post #3 of 11
http://www.zotacusa.com/zotac-z68-itx-wifi-z68itx-a-e.html

I think this one's the best out there for now.
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post #4 of 11
I know it's late but the best CPU for HTPC would be 2400 dollar per dollar. I don't think HTPC is overclockable temparature-wise.
post #5 of 11
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After a lot of research in the HTPC community, i have decided to go with the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 M-ATX motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

I guess this MB has all the bells and whistles required for an HTPC and more. Future proof to a level going to the next gen Ivy Bridge.

I am still lost with the CPU cooler. What is a good CPU cooler for an HTPC. As i said earlier, i prefer least moving parts or going fanless.
I know most ppl use the stock fan for the CPU, but i really want to add a decent cpu cooler.. that is considered ideal for the HTPC world.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by holyindian View Post

I am still lost with the CPU cooler. What is a good CPU cooler for an HTPC. As i said earlier, i prefer least moving parts or going fanless.
I know most ppl use the stock fan for the CPU, but i really want to add a decent cpu cooler.. that is considered ideal for the HTPC world.

The stock cooler is fine if you don't OC and don't expect to push it.

If you want aftermarket, you need to choose a case first, then figure out what height restrictions there are if any. Doubt you'll be able to go fanless since there's probably not going to be enough moving air in a HTPC, just set the fan to low in BIOS or replace with a low RPM fan.
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Originally Posted by holyindian View Post

After a lot of research in the HTPC community, i have decided to go with the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 M-ATX motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806
I guess this MB has all the bells and whistles required for an HTPC and more. Future proof to a level going to the next gen Ivy Bridge.
I am still lost with the CPU cooler. What is a good CPU cooler for an HTPC. As i said earlier, i prefer least moving parts or going fanless.
I know most ppl use the stock fan for the CPU, but i really want to add a decent cpu cooler.. that is considered ideal for the HTPC world.

This board is too big for the HTPC. if you buy it it'll be an ordinary PC nothing else.
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post #8 of 11
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I am considering this for the motherboard.
ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271

Lot of features for the money... and i am sure a lot of them look good for an HTPC
http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z68%20Extreme3%20Gen3
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You can't go wrong with either motherboard. I'm kind of confuse. You already bought 2500K? So no IB?
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post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

You can't go wrong with either motherboard. I'm kind of confuse. You already bought 2500K? So no IB?

True, i was thinking about the same if should be waititing for the Ivy Bridge processor for the HTPC build. But an i5 itself is an overkill for an HTPC, an Ivy Bridge would be a serial killer for an HTPC biggrin.gif
I am anyways planning to build a high performance PC as and when the IB arrives... I guess i could not wait to get the HTPC build ready and get it into my Theater. Maybe in a year or two i might upgrade to IB for the HTPC, if they offer anything better.. i still got the Z68 Motherboard. smile.gif
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