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Was planning on building a new rig for a year now as my monster is aging. I already use my main computer as a gaming rig with my tv and have tons of movies on external drives. Needless to say its slightly a pain as my tv is 65 ft away from the comp but having a haf 932 case and build is cumbersome to say the least so I can't move it around. Is now the right time to build a new rig (htpc) or is there any new tech coming out later this year that I should consider when planning my new rig? Also how small can I keep my htpc with a full sized graphics card and would water cooling be overkill? Whats a good guide to start reading (if any) about high performace gaming htpc. Thanks for the help
    
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There will always be new tech right around the corner. biggrin.gif
As for size, and depending on the cooling setup, you can keep it very very small. With a mini-ITX motherboard and a GPU like the 970 (which has a very short pcb, if you get one of the aftermarket cards that don't have coolers that extend the card's length), the system will fit in some of the smaller mini-ITX cases.

As for water cooling, it's always overkill but that's the fun. Though it will require a case with somewhat more room. How much more depends on what size/ how many rads you put in.
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My main rig in sig (cable box) is a HTPC and full blown custom water gaming rig.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
128GB sandisk extreme SSD 2 tb Western digital media intel 530 128 gb SSD External LG BD RW 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Coolstream 360mm PE Rad  Gentle typhoon AP-15 X 3 Fractal Design 140mm 1000RPM X3 Fractal Design Venturi High Flow Series 140mm F... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Bitspower DDC Heatsink Black EK Coolstream XTC 140mm Rad EK Supremecy MX  EK FC980 Strix Water Block 
CoolingCoolingOSKeyboard
swiftech MCP-35X EK XRES 140 DDC Top WIN 7 ULTIMATE smk link 
PowerCaseMouseOther
Seasonic G-750  Fractal Design R5 G700s HDHOMERUN 3 TUNER CABLE CARD 
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4770k 4.5ghz @1.29v asus z87-A EVGA 4gb GTX 970 FTW 1510mhz 8000mem 1.23v Adata XPG 8GB @ 2400mhz 11-13-13-35-1 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
OCZ VERTEX 3 90GB 1tb 7200 Seagate hybrid  D5 vario Primo chill 120mm D5 Compression Res 
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Swiftech MCR-320 XP 360mm rad Swiftech MCR-320 XP 120mm rad EK Supreme LTX Cpu block Biitspower ACX GTX 970 Water block 
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So ive been doing research for a couple days now and I see my options are either to go with a larger case (looking at Carbide Series Air 540) which won't fit with my tv stand and build an all-out future proof haswell E system or smaller case like a Silverstone Tek GD05B which would hinder my build but would fit better and be easier to move around. So now Im trying to decide whats better, form factor or specs. My current pc weighs a ton and I avoid lifting it at all costs.
    
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I recently chased after the smallest gaming HTPC with Little Mac 4.2L


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4.2L was as small as I could get while still keeping it powerful (i5 GTX 970) and quiet. Required a case mod, but thin enough (60mm) to fit behind most wall-mounted TVs. There is a video in the build log which shows it mounted. If Qnix can pull it off, he's got an even smaller 3L build in progress here.
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Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
Crucial m4 Corsair H100 5x Cougar Vortex PWM BitFenix Spectre Pro 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic Cooling f8 Windows 7 64 Samsung 55" HDTV Seasonic X750 
Case
Siverstone Lascala 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel I5 4690K Asus H97I Plus Gigabyte Gtx 970 Mini ITX - GV-N970IXOC-4GD  8GB Crucial Ballistix Very Low Profile DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Transcend MTS800 256GB Cougar Vortex 120mm PWM Windows 8.1 Vizio 55 Inch 
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Logitech K830 HDPLEX 250W Logic Supply MC600 Yate Loon D12SM-12C 
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