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Building a HTPC/mining rig, suggestions please

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Hi, as thread title says, I'm building a rig that I plan to use for mining and HTPC. So basically, the plan is to run 2, maybe 3 GPUs along with an APU to play movies. Good idea or bad?

Parts I already have:

Case
PSU (650W seasonic gold)
RAM (8 GB g.skill 1600 Mhz)
DVD drive
HDD: 2GB - probably won't need an SSD

Parts needed:
CPU + mobo - I'm thinking a cheap ivy pentium or maybe i3. The iGPU should be more than enough for movie playback. Alternatively, I could look at an A6 or A8, ut I'd need to be convinced that that was the better option
MOBO - suggestions please, should have built in WIFI at a minimum
HTPC remote - suggestions please
GPUs 2x 79X0, probably just pick up whatever I can find
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I'm thinking maybe a bad idea, because if it's in a central location it will heat the area up and make some noise, but it is definitely powerful enough to run the dual 7970's. But honestly maybe just look for a used cpu + mobo combo locally if you're looking to save some cash and maybe get a deal. If you don't want to do that, maybe a cheap Ivy or Sandy i3 to run it, and it'll be a nice rig. thumb.gif
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Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Blackbone 
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Number Cruncher
(16 items)
 
HTPC
(11 items)
 
750TIMINER2
(15 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 2600k ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Sapphire 290 Tri-x 4GB OC CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Intel 520 120 GB SSD Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD LG Blu-Ray Lightscribe Combo Burner 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Swiftech H320 (CPU only) Windows 7 Ultimate 27" Shimian 1440p Monitor 1000W Corsair PSU 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
800D custom painted and fixed up! 15 year old Microsoft Custom Minecraft Mousepad Logitech 2.1 Speakers (wub wubbity wub wub) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 3570k MSI Z68 MA-ED55 MSI GTX 750 Ti 6GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue ASUS DVD Burner Hyper 212+ Windows 8.1 
PowerCase
Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Blackbone 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Sempron 145 Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 4x MSI GTX 750 Ti 6 GB Corsair XMP 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
500 GB Seagate Barracuda Stock Windows 7 LG 20" 900p display 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell generic Rosewill HIVE 750W Rosewill Thor V2 Dell generic 
Other
4x USB Powered Risers 
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Originally Posted by cam51037 View Post

I'm thinking maybe a bad idea, because if it's in a central location it will heat the area up and make some noise, but it is definitely powerful enough to run the dual 7970's. But honestly maybe just look for a used cpu + mobo combo locally if you're looking to save some cash and maybe get a deal. If you don't want to do that, maybe a cheap Ivy or Sandy i3 to run it, and it'll be a nice rig. thumb.gif

I second this, depending on airflow, miners can heat up the entire room. Also both HTPCs and miners don't need the latest and greatest processors, so a pre-owned route is viable.
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The heat and noise just doesn't sound like a great idea for an HTPC.
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My gaming desk
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Miner
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Sapphire 290x Patriot Viper Extreme Division 4 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ Vertex 460 WD 1TB Blue Koolance 380A EK-FC R9-290X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 64-bit Monoprice 27" IPS-Glass Pro Panel DUCKY! Antec HCP 850W 
CaseMouse
Hand built wooden desk Logitech G700S 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD A10 7850K ASUS A88X-Pro Sapphire 280x Sapphire 280x 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Patriot Viper Xtreme Div4 1866mhz 60GB Vertex2 WD Caviar 500AAKS XSPC Rasa 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 64 bit EVGA 1000W G2 Thermaltake Level 10 GTS 
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