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post #1 of 15
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I want to build an HTPC. Not only to watch tv and DVR but also to watch blu rays that I back up. I have over 200 blu rays so storage size is important.

Let me know what you guys think of this list?

Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 - I was thinking of getting 4 of these in raid 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148844

Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815706001

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145296

ASUS P8Z68-M Pro LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131786R

Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115090

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 6000B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204037

SeaSonic X series SS-400FL Active PFC F3 400W ATX12V Fanless 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151097
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post #2 of 15
There has to be a cheaper power supply for that low of power. Nearly $140 for a 400W PSU? It may be modular, but look harder. I've never been sold on a SSD for a computer that will probably stay on forever, but it's your call. For ram, you don't need gaming ram, it's a HTPC, you won't notice the difference. Also, what CPU cooler are you going to use? Make sure that the ram you choose won't be too tall and hit your CPU cooler. The corsair A50 in my gaming machine literally sits within a couple millimeters over the top of my ram. You didn't include a blu ray burner for playing/ripping future blu rays.
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I was thnking of using the stock cooler. And for blurays I would be ripping them on my main desktop and transferring them over.

For the PSU any suggestion? How big do you think is needed? I chose that one mainly because its fanless.
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post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by konga056 View Post

I was thnking of using the stock cooler. And for blurays I would be ripping them on my main desktop and transferring them over.
For the PSU any suggestion? How big do you think is needed? I chose that one mainly because its fanless.

I have heard that one is a great one if sound is a priority but I could never do it for the price and power. If you want low noise and dont mind the price tag, it would work for you.
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post #5 of 15
The i3-2105 isn't as good as an AMD FX Processor for a HTPC, you will be happier with the FX Processor due to better graphics...

I hear a lot of people complain about AMD Performance, but truth of the matter is, AMD processors are good enough for most computer needs!

Seasonic makes a really good Fanless PSU, it's not cheap, but it's top notch!
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If you are going to go that far and get a Fanless PSU, you better change out the stock Intel cooler. I would just go with a normal PSU, considering that you can get tons of higher Wattage PSU units for cheaper, you can get a decent for much less than the fanless one.
And quality PSUs arent very loud, unless you are going to press your ear against the case.
400W is enough, if you are running iGPU.

Then get a good silent CPU cooler. The Noctua C12, is a good low-profile cooler with very silent and quality fans. And I am pretty sure it will fit into that case of yours.
    
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by _GTech View Post

The i3-2105 isn't as good as an AMD FX Processor for a HTPC, you will be happier with the FX Processor due to better graphics...
I hear a lot of people complain about AMD Performance, but truth of the matter is, AMD processors are good enough for most computer needs!
Seasonic makes a really good Fanless PSU, it's not cheap, but it's top notch!

AMD's FX CPUs have an integrated GPU? confused.gif

The HD3k on the i3 should be more than adequate for video playback.
    
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post #8 of 15
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What do you guys think about the storage? It sucks hard drives costs so much now.
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post #9 of 15
I'm pretty sure HD3000 graphics won't handle 1080p playback so well, you might want to cut on the power supply (some 50$ psu would do the job) and buy a cheap dedicated graphics card.

For the psu, the 400w Antec Neo Eco is 38.29$ after instant discount and coupon (EMCYTZT1327) and it has a 10$ MIR also, at that price it's a steal. Link

And get a cheap dedicated gpu like a 6670: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102952
You could also choose the 2gb version if you ever had to use a higher resolution screen or something.

Other than that, the build looks good, lots and lots of storage xD. On a side note, I bought that ram a year and a half ago for 99.99$....lol (works well though)

Hope this helps, good luck smile.gif
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post #10 of 15
HD3000 can handle HD playback fine... but the an AMD APU would provide better image quality.


Personally, I am waiting for Trinity for a HTPC rebuild.
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