Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › HTPC › HTPC Build, Hardware Advice?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

HTPC Build, Hardware Advice?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Originally i had thought about using moving my SigRig into the living room and using that as my HTPC but i think ill be building one from scratch anyways i got some hardware down that I'm looking at but I'm not sure if its any good or if i can cut the price anywhere so this is where i need help the most right now.

The List:
Fractal Design Node 304 - pretty set on using this case
Intel i3 3220 CPU
ASRock H77M Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB or something smaller but an SSD

The one thing I'm not so sure about is the PSU which is why i don't have one listed definitely need some help picking one out, another thing to note is that I'll also be playing games off this system (steam) and I'll likely be moving the 7870 from my current rig into the HTPC.
I already have plenty of HDD's so that's also something I'm not looking to get right now, last but not least im looking at Canadian prices with a current budget of 500-650(max at 700, would prefer not hitting the max)

Any advice, comments on the part's I've listed would be appreciated.

[EDIT]
One thing i failed to ask is about the CPU cooling; taking into account I'll also be gaming with this build, should i be looking at after market coolers? if so which should i be looking at (air cooling of course)?
Edited by mrsmiles - 9/22/13 at 8:24pm
post #2 of 9
The two HTPCs that I recently built had similar specs to yours though put the i3 3225 4000HD in. I get a great picture. I also needed an optical drive because of a lot of DVDs in my library. Otherwise I chose some different brands than you have listed but that's just personal preference (I like the Gigabyte H77N - WiFi for the wireless feature). I put a Seasonic G 360 PSU in each one and that's enough power for HTPC since I don't use a separate graphics card. Can't help you regarding gaming as that's not my bag.
Photo Editing PC
(11 items)
 
HTPC
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k  ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256 GB Samsung 850 PRO WD 2TB Caviar Black Noctua NH U12S Win8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
NEC MultiSynch P221W SeaSonic G 650 Fractal Design Define R5 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel i3-3225 Gigabyte H77N-WiFi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 120 GB Samsung EVO 840 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue LG Blue Ray DVD Reader Noctua NH-L9i Win7 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K-400 Seasonic G360 Lian Li PC Q-27B 
  hide details  
Reply
Photo Editing PC
(11 items)
 
HTPC
(11 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k  ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256 GB Samsung 850 PRO WD 2TB Caviar Black Noctua NH U12S Win8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
NEC MultiSynch P221W SeaSonic G 650 Fractal Design Define R5 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel i3-3225 Gigabyte H77N-WiFi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 120 GB Samsung EVO 840 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue LG Blue Ray DVD Reader Noctua NH-L9i Win7 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K-400 Seasonic G360 Lian Li PC Q-27B 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 9
This seems like kind of a budget build, excepting the case, and there's so little power needed here. Just about any PSU with a pwm fan will be silent, or near enough, because you won't even be drawing 50% power.. This may be a "cheapest PSU you can find" situation.
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 9
Main rig.
(15 items)
 
 
AMD Rig.
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4670k 4.4ghz MSI Z87 G45 EVGA GTX 570 SLI  Crucial Ballstix Tactical Tracer 8gb 1866mhz  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128gb x2 in raid 0 & 1tb storage Corsair h100i  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Asus VG278HE / AOC 917SW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair k90 Antec Gamer 900watt Silverstone Raven RV02 Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudio
XTRAC PADS Ripper XXL Asus Xonar DX with sennheiser pc 350 SE 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630QM GTX 570M 1.536MB 6GB DDR3 1333mhz Dual Channel 64gb M4 crucial SSD & 750gb 7200rpm HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitor
Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive Windows 7 64bit Ultimate. 1920 x 1080 17.3inch 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 920 Biostar TA790gx 128m ATI Sapphire 5870 1gb DDR2 800 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
1tb spinpoint. 1 blueray. Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Corsair TX650 
CaseMouse
Custom CM storm sniper. MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
Main rig.
(15 items)
 
 
AMD Rig.
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 4670k 4.4ghz MSI Z87 G45 EVGA GTX 570 SLI  Crucial Ballstix Tactical Tracer 8gb 1866mhz  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 830 128gb x2 in raid 0 & 1tb storage Corsair h100i  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Asus VG278HE / AOC 917SW 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair k90 Antec Gamer 900watt Silverstone Raven RV02 Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudio
XTRAC PADS Ripper XXL Asus Xonar DX with sennheiser pc 350 SE 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 2630QM GTX 570M 1.536MB 6GB DDR3 1333mhz Dual Channel 64gb M4 crucial SSD & 750gb 7200rpm HDD 
Optical DriveOSMonitor
Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive Windows 7 64bit Ultimate. 1920 x 1080 17.3inch 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II x4 920 Biostar TA790gx 128m ATI Sapphire 5870 1gb DDR2 800 4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
1tb spinpoint. 1 blueray. Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Corsair TX650 
CaseMouse
Custom CM storm sniper. MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 9
Oh one more thought: if you don't already have this stuff on hand, you can save some money and get better internal video by going with something like an amd trinity. Chip is a third the price, and has 2-3x the graphics capability of that HD2500, and is able to drive 2k video, giving you some future proofing. It's 10 watts more power, but any psu you get will be able to handle it. It is less capable transcoding than the intel, so it will depend on how mch of that you plan to do. I haven't seen anything under 400w in a long time. Even the fanless stuff is all 400+w these days.
Edited by bombastinator - 9/22/13 at 7:09pm
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bombastinator View Post

Oh one more thought: if you don't already have this stuff on hand, you can save some money and get better internal video by going with something like an amd trinity. Chip is a third the price, and has 2-3x the graphics capability of that HD2500, and is able to drive 2k video, giving you some future proofing. It's 10 watts more power, but any psu you get will be able to handle it. It is less capable transcoding than the intel, so it will depend on how mch of that you plan to do. I haven't seen anything under 400w in a long time. Even the fanless stuff is all 400+w these days.

I'm also going to be using the build to play steam games, the 7870 i have in my current rig is going into this build, which is why I'm not really looking at the integrated graphics, although i might consider going AMD CPU if it wont have much of an impact when gaming.

Quote:
Originally Posted by xion View Post

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

already have one but i need more then what a RPi is capable of..

[edit]
made a quick update to op concerning cpu cooling
Edited by mrsmiles - 9/22/13 at 8:24pm
post #7 of 9
Games are vastly more hardware intensive than HTPC, That kind of changes the equation. Not sure how well the AMD 65w 4 cores play games. Steam games aren't any less processor intensive than any other game, so you have all the regular issues. Possibly a question for the AMD forum. You might be able to save a few dollars. Definitely can if you;re willing to move up to a 100w chip, but I suspect that defeats the purpose. The big amd advantage is integrated graphics anyway, so if you're not going there it doesn't matter.

Considering your low system requirements you have the opportunity to go fanless here. That i3 is one of the few chips that zalmann fanless cooler plays nice with, and it would sit like an inch from your main case fan. they're not cheap though.

If we're playing budget games, theres a good argument for an i7 stock cooler. because the heat output is so low, The fan will likely never get above 800rpm, and you'll never hear it (unless of course you're going to overclock the snot out of it,,, What website is this again?
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
just realized the case is miniITX, so the motherboard isnt compatible with this case, any other suggestions?
post #9 of 9
well a different case will allow a larger cooler. At that point the hyper t4 becoes very interesting. It;s super cheap, only $20, and while it is basically a cheaper h212, it It;s so much overkill, and will run at minimum fan speed so close to all the time, that it just doesn't matter. Even if you overclock it. Prepare for 5c above ambient idle temps.

As cheap htpc cases go, iirc there's one in the marketplace atm for $20 not sure if it's atx or not. if you go with that one we;re back to low profile cooling again though. There are a couple great little sinlenxes that would work well, but they're all 3 pin fan. There's are also a couple very similar zalman flower coolers, but I don't know how quiet they are.

ebay has this one for $33 http://www.overclock.net/f/14779/video but there is very little fan space. Assume the zalman, unless you want to go i7 cooler, or alpine 11 or something. There are good . nocturnus and scythe low profile coolers but they;re more money.
Edited by bombastinator - 9/24/13 at 2:53pm
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
New gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770k some mid range asrock. extreme 4 maybe? 2x gigabyte windforce 7950 2 x 8 corsair balistix sport 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
crucial ct960 LG blu-ray used venamous x win 8.1 pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Crossover 30Q5 PRO 30" 2560X1600  cheapest piece of crud I could find antec HCG 750 some thermaltake microcenter blue-light-special... 
MouseMouse PadAudio
came with the cheapass keyboard who cares? some $30 no name 2+sub speakers I bought at mic... 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: HTPC
Overclock.net › Forums › Specialty Builds › HTPC › HTPC Build, Hardware Advice?