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My first build (HTPC + ps2 emulation)

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Hi, this is my first post as well as my first build. I did as much research as possible, but if I'm made some amateur mistakes, please call me out on it.

This is what my build will be used for:

• Outputting 1080p video to HDTV
• PS1, PS2 Emulation @ 1080p 60fps
• Internet browsing
• Music

So basically, an HTPC with some gaming. That said, my goal is to make it as quiet and small as possible (I live with my girlfriend who hates extra noise, and I live in a small Tokyo apartment)

I have a feeling it may be slightly over-powered for what I need, but I really just want to make sure I can play my ps2 games in the highest resolution possible.

This is what I've come up with so far:

• Case - bitfenix prodigy
• PSU - silverstone ST45SF-G 450w
• MB- P8Z77-I DELUXE (built in Bluetooth for connecting ps3 controller)
• CPU - Ivy i7 3770T
• RAM - DDR3 8gb
• HDD - crucial 128gb
• Video card - MSI N660GTX Twin Frozr III OC [PCIExp 2GB]
• Fan - CM Hyper 212+ Evo
• Bluray Drive

If you have any recommendations to make it a)smaller (different case.. I heard Abee cases are great) or b)quieter, I am all ears. As long as it is capable of playing 1080p movies and outputting smooth 1080p ps2 emulation, I am willing to change any part of this build.

One last thing to keep in mind is that I live in Japan, so that may limit my choices.


Thanks!
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My only major complaint is the processor, everything else is more personal preference....

From my knowledge and experience, emulators don't use multiple cores very well. For a emulator, you want the highest clock speed you can achieve. For what you are doing, going from a I5 to a I7 will give you no performance advantage. Additionally, processors depreciate in value very fast. K processors have a higher clock speed than T, and can be overclocked.

I feel a Core i5-3570K is a better fit for your application. It will save you $100. I do emulation of Wii games, and sometimes my 4.8 Ghz (I5 2500K, overclocked) still bottlenecks.

Your choice of SSD is good, but i feel a Samsung 830 128Gb is a smidgeon better.

The Asus DCII cards usually outperform the MSI Twin Frozr, but i do not know if this is the case for the GTX 660. My recommendation is for the DCII card, but the MSI Twin Frozr is still a excellent choice.

A 450 Watts PSU is fine. I would feel a little better if you had some "extra" capacity for future upgrades. I would lean towards a 550 watt to make the computer more future proof, but that's more personal preference.
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TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  TOSHIBA MK3256GSYF  DVD-Rom HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU40N Windows 7 Professional 
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Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
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Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
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Well if you want smaller I dont know why youre looking at a Prodigy, those things are big as MATX cases. Id get an sg08 or node 304 for the case. You wouldnt need to buy a psu for the sg08, but if you go for the Fractal Node 304 then you can use an atx power supply, id get this.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182261

Or for 10$ more you can get a 550w. Honestly I dont think you need a bigger wattage psu to "future proof" as things are heading in the lower wattage less power consumption direction. In a few years Id bet we could run high end gaming rigs on 300w psu's. The only thing you would have to check for in the node is if the power supply is too long to comfortably fit video cards in.

Id also go for a 3570k that you can overclock instead of that 3770t. If you live near a microcenter they are cheap, like 190, plus they give u a huge discount if you buy it with the motherboard. With the saved money you can get a 660 ti or even a 670. Ive heard that nvidia performs better than ATI in playstation emulation, but the 256 bit bus on the 7870 might be a little better than the 192 bit on the 660, but im not sure.

Oops nevermind on the microcenter center thing, you live in Japan.
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