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Looking for experienced feedback from the forum on this, my 1st HTPC build. Please grab a smoke, soda, or other snack-ables, as I am thorough.

THE TARGET: My Mrs, the <3 of my life.
THE GOAL: The most up-to-date hardware to view video from disk, online, via cable card, and well as record such data. Also, to do web surfing and gaming - plenty of modern games. All without the vertical "tower" style PC case seeming out of place in the room layout.
THE RESTRICTIONS: Not much really? I'm not a brand fanboy, so any brand (if proven) is good w/ me. All is thumb.gif as long as the total cost of the build, right to post, is < or = $2000.00 (including shipping).

There are two obvious paths to choose from: AMD or Intel. I have included a potential build list for either senario below.



AMD Build

CPU: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz 125W 8-Core
[179.99] [NewEgg]

CPU HFS: PhanTeks PH-TC14CS BL 140mm UFB C-Style Cooler
[64.99] [NewEgg]

Motherboard: Asus M5A99FX Pro R2.0 990FX (SATA 6/USB 3, UEFI Bios)
[149.99] [NewEgg]

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 (Low Profile)
[47.99] [NewEgg]

GPU 1: XFX "Double-D" Radeon 7850 2GB (PCI-E 3.0)
[214.99] [NewEgg]

GPU 2: Ceton InfiniTV Quad-Tuner Card (PCI, 4 Ch HD)
[189.99] [NewEgg]

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+Gold Cert. (Full Modular)
[139.99] [NewEgg]

Boot HDD: Crucial M4 CT064M4 2.5" 64GB SATA III SSD
[89.99] [NewEgg]

Storage HDD: WD Green 2TB 3.5" HDD (SATA 6/ 64MB Cache)
[109.99] [x2] [NewEgg]

Optical Drive: LG Black 14x BD-R BluRay / DVD / CD Burner (3D Playback)
[103.99] [NewEgg]

Chassis: SilverStone Grandia GD98 (Simply Amazing, IMO...)
[147.99] [FrozenCPU]

Input 1: Logitech K800 USB RF Wireless Slim Illuminated Keyboard
[89.99] [NewEgg]

Input 2: Logitech Anywhere Moust MX-910 (5 Button, Wireless)
[54.99] [NewEgg]

Input 3: Logitech G930 USB Circumaural Wireless Gaming Headset
[119.99] [NewEgg]

OS: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit, OEM
[99.99] [NewEgg]

Chassis Fan 1: Cooler Master Blade-Master 120mm Fan (600-2000RPM)
[9.99] [x2] [NewEgg]

Chassis Fan 2: MassCool 80mm Fan (Nothing fancy here?)
[2.86] [x2] [NewEgg]

Misc Cable 1: Athena 8" 8pin Extension (see below)
[4.99] [NewEgg]

Misc Cable 2: Gelid Solutions 350mm PWM Y Cable (see below)
[6.27] [x2] [NewEgg]

wackosmiley.gif Wow... that was alot of typing. Today is... Sunday, 01/13/13. I will continue this tomorrow methinks. Perhaps this will become a "from the ground up" build log, with all of You as active members of the build-guild. Any advice on any of the above components, or alternate locations to purchase for a financial advantage, will be greatly appreciated.

More in a bit - Dat hand cramp!
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OCZ Vertex 2 90GB + Samsung F3 1TB Windows 7 64b HP ASUS 24" 1080p Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated 
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post #2 of 17
So, is this just an HTPC?

Just watching stuff and surfing lol?

Edit: Oh wait see gaming now lol, what kiiinda gaming? Modern as in like skyrim?
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post #3 of 17
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Ha - already a reply! TY!

Um.. lately I have been competing for her time against the likes of...

Skyrim * Diablo III * Dem Sims * and, of course, League of Legends.

Half tempted to not build this. If I here one more complaint about the trololol team or that friend that afk'd, so help me.


But yeah, stuff like dat. TY again!
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post #4 of 17
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xtJM

Could probably make cheaper, A hell of a lot cheaper lol. Since you said this was a mild gaming rig 7870 and a fx 8350 much better in the long run (Way better then the 8150)

Kept the case, peripherals and what not as well. Lowered the power supply and its still pretty overkill. Added a h80i to make it a pretty quite htpc with cougars.

All in all like $1700. Those headphones/mouse/keyboard/blu-ray player were expensive as hell lol. (Figured you choose them for a reason though xD)
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post #5 of 17
If it is going to be running 24/7 I would go with an Intel build and do it around a 3570k. It will use less power running 24/7 and be better at gaming. I have both AMD and Intel for my systems, the 8350 for my gaming machine with two HD7970's and a 3770K that I disabled 2 cores running as my server/HTPC in the Home Theater room. The Intel runs nice and quiet and remains pretty cool. You could do a 3225, but for gaming I would go with the 3570k for some extra power. Either way they will run cooler and use less power than a 8150. If you do go AMD, then get the newer piledriver cpu that runs cooler and uses slightly less power. I would also look at a 660TI over the HD7850, will cost a little more depending on the where/when you buy, but it will run cooler and be quieter. The thing about a HTPC is you do not want it to make too much noise, which means you want something that won't get too hot requiring a lot of cooling. I would do a H80 on the chip and I would do a couple of 2Tb drives for storage rather than just one. You would be surprised at how quickly you eat up a 2Tb drive recording and storing video. Just a couple thoughts.
Edited by utnorris - 1/13/13 at 6:06pm
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post #6 of 17
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To both of You, thank You very much!

To Mica, this is news to me. PCPartPicker... Good stuff.. I don't know about those sites that do not accept paypal, as that will be the only method of payment I will have at the build time.
As to the issue of PSU, I was a bit offbeat. I suppose aprox. 600w would be all I need really. I got this one (after lots of pecking around) for its fully modular design. I would look at some semi-modular PSU's, and keep my options more open for slightly less power. Thanks for that head's up.

To Utnorris, I have an Intel build, oh yes I do, centered around the 2600k. Yes, it is the older architecture, but from what limited research I have done, it is still a great performer. I have stumbled across the 3570 on more than one occasion, mind you. 4 core, and 4 core alone. I am a 1366 boy myself, and just had this twitch when it came to HT'ing. I know, I know; "No games out at this time really push more than 4 cores!". But still? I guess I have more research to do.

To Both of You, I am really shaky when it comes to any of those Corsair H-Series coolers. Moreover, if You do a google search of SilverStone case above, You'll see that such a cooler has never been put in that chassis without some fancy dremel work. I will look again, all the same.

Keep this stuff going. Well, by now, with all my typing, I could have had the Intel build put up by now.
Time for Food!!!
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OCZ Vertex 2 90GB + Samsung F3 1TB Windows 7 64b HP ASUS 24" 1080p Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated 
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post #7 of 17
Yeah, after looking at the case you would be hard pressed to do any All in one water coolers. Since the PSU is above the MB you will probably have to do a low profile HS, another reason to go Intel over the AMD. They get hot, even at stock. Also, there is nothing wrong with going SB over IB, I doubt you would notice the difference, so if you can find another 2600K for a good price that might be the way to go for your HT itch you have.
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8120 8150 8350 all use almost same wattage at idle and moderate loads. 8150 might use a hair more at full load.
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Originally Posted by viprk24 View Post

8120 8150 8350 all use almost same wattage at idle and moderate loads. 8150 might use a hair more at full load.

Revive a dead thread much?

OP, have your built your PC yet?
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Your feeble attempts at trolling....
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