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Thanks for the posts guys! I have convinced myself to build a htpc. For the record this isn't my first htpc build. That is why im treading cautiously. I actually have an openelec plex build on an Intel nuc that I use for a lot of media. All my streaming and ota stuff I do on my xb1. I'm all set on a nice surround sound and dennon reciever. This build is strictly for steam big picture. I avoid doing **** on a Windows box as much as possible due to all the problems that can come along with it. Just that Windows offers the best gaming compatability.

I am not going to go with a tiny case. I have enough room behind my tv stand to put the case.

Here's what I am stuck on. Fractal design s or fractal design r5. Or looking for other recommendations.

Air cooled or closed loop. Looking for the most silent and efficient cooler.

And kinda stuck do I go i5 skylake 6600k or go with the more mature i5 4690k. Although. I don't plan on over clocking at all.
post #12 of 16
Go overkill on the cooling.

Maybe get a fan controller.




The biggest question is, what monitor or TV do you plan on using and how far are you sitting from it?
    
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63 inch Samsung plasma. Pn63c8000. Sit about 8 ft back. Not upgrading my tv until OLED drops in price.

Can you be more specific as to what you recommend for cooling? Going to go gtx970. An ssd and a one other data drive.
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63 inch Samsung plasma. Pn63c8000. Sit about 8 ft back. Not upgrading my tv until OLED drops in price.

Can you be more specific as to what you recommend for cooling? Going to go gtx970. An ssd and a one other data drive.


Whatever you choose (AIO or Air cooling), get amazing static pressure fans. Preferably, Gentle typhoons.

Another alternatives are Phobya/eLoops fans, Corsair SP quiet edition, Noctua fans. Or the new Phantek and Fractal SP's fans.
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Thanks. Decided on fractal r5. And air cooling. Not sure what cooler. Any research or benchmarks you can provide would be great. Having a hard time finding a good resource for the latest cooling product benchmarks.
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Thanks. Decided on fractal r5. And air cooling. Not sure what cooler. Any research or benchmarks you can provide would be great. Having a hard time finding a good resource for the latest cooling product benchmarks.

What CPU? What kind of case cooling will you have? Are you populating all fan positions incl the top ones? Are you overclocking? I'm a die hard Noctua fan. Their mounting hardware is unmatched and installing even the big clunky stuff like D14/D15 is easy as can be. Also, Noctua has your back at EVGA-like levels. I have 4 Noctua fans in my case. One of them, a 140mm, died on me after 4 years. It was running wonky and making clicking sounds. I did NOT have the receipt. I emailed Noctua. They said "sorry, we are sending a new fan". ONE email. I didn't even request a replacement, I just emailed to ask if there was anything I could do to fix it. They didn't even ask for a receipt, just a picture of the fan in my case. I received the new fan within a week.
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