New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

ITX Help.

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
So, I am really interested in the ITX world of computers, and specifically an ITX as an HTPC. I usually watch reviews on cases and build guides for ITX cases (linus mostly) and the some concerns I have are:

  1. Power supplies. It seems as if companies make ITX PSU's but to me it seems as if the cables are made for mid-towers. Question: Is there ANY way of getting them shorter or somehow making them shorter so they actually fit inside an ITX build?
  2. Graphics: Some small cases don't have room for GPU's. Question: What do you think is better, integrated graphics or GPU? And since the ITX would be an HTPC, which of those would be better for High res TV screens.
  3. Storage. One thing that ITX builds lean towards is the use of SSD's with at least one HD slot for large storage. Question: Is it good to go for that kind of setup? Or would it be better for a cloud based service and streaming?
  4. Cooling. Obvious this would come up and only one question: What is the best way to cool them?
  5. DVD players: Slim, normal, or none?

I guess if I have anymore questions I will ask them later. Thanks.
post #2 of 11
Do you already have a case in mind?
What's the budget for your build?
1. Silverstone 450w sfx psu with Silverstone PP05 / PP05-E short cable kit
2. An APU is usually enough for a budget HTPC
3. There's actually nothing wrong with having hdd/ssd in your htpc as long as it fits your desired chassis
4. Depends on the case again, there are a lot of low profile coolers coming out and some are pretty decent performers
5. This solely depends on your preference. If you use them a lot, get a case that supports it. If I were to build an htpc, I'd honestly still use one (probably the slims).
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I was into the Silverstone ML05 and the ML07. So Whatever works best for those cases.
And probable something cheap $700-1000
Edited by Anonymoos3r - 5/13/14 at 7:10am
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Gonna bump this once. See what happens.
post #5 of 11
jvill already answered the other questions.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.38 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9a 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($31.97 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard ($83.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Best Buy)
Storage: Crucial M500 240GB mSATA Solid State Disk ($119.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Silverstone ML05B HTPC Case ($41.45 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Silverstone Strider Gold 450W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular SFX Power Supply ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-R8 PWM 31.4 CFM 80mm Fan ($15.06 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-R8 PWM 31.4 CFM 80mm Fan ($15.06 @ Amazon)
Other: SilverStone PP05 Short Cable Kit ($24.99)
Total: $518.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-14 16:01 EDT-0400)
post #6 of 11
- You can also check the jonsbo/cubitek/DIYPC V1/V2/V3 cases. These are from one OEM, and are availabel on many colors.
http://jonsbo.com/en/products_14_1.html
To these cases you can put normal ATX PSUs.

- You can also check the SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W. You can use the PP05-E short cable kit with this PSU also.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256065

- For cooling take the: Thermaright axp 100 muscle.

- Use a 120GB SSD for the OS - Samsung EVO 120GB and take a bigger drive for media.

- For GPU I would take an Nvidia EVGA 750ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487024

- For the optical drive: IMHO forget it, everything is on the net. And you can install the OS from a thumb drive.

Here is a partpicker config:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3K1rV
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Alright thanks. I was also looking for specific parts that would be good for an ITX HTPC, and you guys answered.
Edited by Anonymoos3r - 5/14/14 at 1:16pm
post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by xeepsn View Post

- You can also check the jonsbo/cubitek/DIYPC V1/V2/V3 cases. These are from one OEM, and are availabel on many colors.
http://jonsbo.com/en/products_14_1.html
To these cases you can put normal ATX PSUs.

- You can also check the SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W. You can use the PP05-E short cable kit with this PSU also.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256065

- For cooling take the: Thermaright axp 100 muscle.

- Use a 120GB SSD for the OS - Samsung EVO 120GB and take a bigger drive for media.

- For GPU I would take an Nvidia EVGA 750ti
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487024

- For the optical drive: IMHO forget it, everything is on the net. And you can install the OS from a thumb drive.

Here is a partpicker config:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3K1rV
There is close to no reason for getting a 120GB SSD when only ~$50 more gives you double the capacity. Also, a 750Ti is overkill for an HTPC.
post #9 of 11
The 750ti is there for some video encoding and light gaming, you never know. biggrin.gif
post #10 of 11
What will this HTPC be doing? Only video playback? Only streaming video or locally stored video? What resolution "High res TV screens" are you talking about?

If only streaming video and 1080p resolutions, then any current dual core (including latest Atoms) will probably suffice, plus you can get by on a measly 60GB SSD with space to spare.+

Gaming on your TV? That changes a LOT of things.

Lots of local files? HDDs are hitting 6TB now for a single drive. If you are on a hard-wired LAN, you can always do a NAS.

For integrated graphics, 450W is overkill.

One possibility if you know that you won't be gaming and you won't need local storage is to get a NUC/BRIX. Models start under $200 and you just need to add an mSATA SSD and a DDR3 SODIMM to make a complete system possible for around $300.
Main home rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
  hide details  
Reply
Main home rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77E-ITX GeForce GTX 670 8GB Samsung DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Intel 330 240GB SSD, Crucial M4 256GB mSATA SSD... Samsung DVDRW CoolIt Eco Windows 7 Home Premium x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 305T Plus, Dell 2005FPW Cooler Master QuickFire Pro mechanical keyboard Rosewill Capstone 450W Lian Li PC-Q11B 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech MX518 Allsop Metal Onkyo TX-SR505 receiver, Polk bookshelf speaker... 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Small Form Factor Systems