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post #1 of 7
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I'm getting a little older, not old yet. Only 26. rolleyes.gif

However, I am transitioning away from computer activity that requires me to actively sit at a desk. I'm no longer as interested in RTS genres that I used to play heavily. I'm more likely to want to get on the computer and watch some anime, read some manga, play visual novels or emulated games.

So I want to move the system to sit more in my living room and output to my 60" Plasma television and a Samsung HT-F5500W

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K
Motherboard: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
Graphics: 1 x 3GB MSI R7950 Twin Frozr 3GD5/OC or 1 x 1 GB MSI N460GTX Hawk
RAM: 2 x 4GB G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage
Hard Drive: 2 x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3
Optical Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
Cooling: CORSAIR Hydro Series H60
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
Power: Seasonic X750 Gold
Case: CM Storm Sniper Black

With my current system, I am fine with the noise it is outputting but the heat can be an issue because I am sitting relatively close to it in the room where I'm sitting.

My initial plan is to:
  1. Change the case to something a little smaller but not too small as the CPU/GPU still put off a decent amount of heat.. (When my sister saw my case, she commented it looked like a space heater). I'm thinking of the Corsair Air 540.
  2. Stick with the 7950 or sell it and stick the 460 in the case
  3. Buy a few larger storage drives
post #2 of 7
What are you emulating? What's the hardest thing you'll be doing with the system?

I mean you could sell just your CPU and get a better HTPC CPU/GPU+mobo+case+PSU!
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post #3 of 7
Id say if you really want that, build something dedicated. use a peice of plywood (or aluminum + standoffs or cut a back plate out of a cheap computer) + MITX board with an APU (A-10, that can likely run everything up to a Wii emulator) then screw it into your TVs versa mounts at the back. another few screws or even some plumber straps (the big long metal strips with holes in em) holds the PSU in place, and maybe a bit of scrap metal (dollar store utensils are great for this) to hold up a wifi card should you need one. add in a wireless keyboard (i have the Logitech K400, perfect for what you want to do) and you have a perfect little PC strapped to the back of your computer. with a little more hacking you could even run a massive USB hub into your coffee table/couch and use that to have all your emulator controllers plugged in.
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post #4 of 7
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The heaviest thing I can expect to emulate would be PS2/Wii games.

For visual novels, the system requirements are really really low. The latest one I have (i.e. released on June of this year)
Quote:
Required CPU: Pentium 4 3.0GHz or higher
Required Memory: 1GB
Required Resolution: 1280×720
Required Graphics: VRAM 256MB
Recommended Graphics: AMD RADEON HD or higher, nVidia GeForce 200 or higher, Intel HD graphics or higher


As for anime, a lot of it will be the 1920x1080 10bit variety.
post #5 of 7
Everything i see makes it look like my plan is a good plan for you.
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post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by roninmedia View Post

The heaviest thing I can expect to emulate would be PS2/Wii games.

For visual novels, the system requirements are really really low. The latest one I have (i.e. released on June of this year)
As for anime, a lot of it will be the 1920x1080 10bit variety.

An AMD APU would be able to handle that easily. You could sell your mobo + CPU +PSU + GPU for profit.

You could buy a new A8/A10 CPU, mATX mobo, PSU for about $200.
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post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

An AMD APU would be able to handle that easily. You could sell your mobo + CPU +PSU + GPU for profit.

You could buy a new A8/A10 CPU, mATX mobo, PSU for about $200.

Then use the rest of the profit to buy all of the USB retro controllers! thumb.gif
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSCase
Samsung 840 Pro Lenovo DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer Windows 7 Professional Lenovo E540 
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E540 UltraNav with FingerPrint Reader Intel Wireless-N 7260 2X2 BGN+Bluetooth 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Pentium G3420 Gigabyte H81M-S2PV G.Skill Value Series 4TB Western Digital Green 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
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