Originally Posted by setitheyeti
I actually just came back to say I was probably going to go with this after scouring the internets some more. The 6 SATA looks to be exactly what I need.
I already bought the i5-3570k but got that microcenter deal for 170, which I feel like is still worth keeping even without overclocking it? There aren't any CPU's that would give me better bang for the buck as a non-oc option, right?
Why couldn't they just keep the 6 SATA on the z77 board
. I guess when this build becomes more obsolete and I'd want to oc to squeeze a little more juice out of it, maybe there'll be a wider range of z77 MB's...
Admittedly, I am using a 3570K at stock clocks as well since it was cheap and knocked off a good amount off the cost of my board. So I don't see a problem with leaving it at stock clocks myself.
However, if you are just using it for HTPC purposes, you could very well get away with a significantly cheaper CPU such as a Celeron or Pentium class Sandy Bridge chip, and re-purpose the 3570K for something else. Even an i3 will tend to be overkill for playing the majority of the content you may own as well. Personally, I have used a Celeron G530 in my previous HTPC system, and am still running a Pentium 620 in my file server. Neither of them have given me any problems, and both have kept up admirably with their respective duties, while only costing me $50 or less per chip!
I'm not sure which store you MC at, but any of these will be more than capable, assuming they are in stock at your local store:
As for why the Z77 ITX's don't have 6 SATA ports, my guess is because most of them are trying to jam in as many other features as possible into the tiny space available. In my opinion, I see very little need to have the need to overclock my system for HTPC or file storage purposes. Just about any stock CPU in the last couple of years can handle those duties with relative ease, and requiring very little power to do so at that.