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Hello I'm looking to build a HTPC for gaming

I would like to have an SLI configuration happening...like 2xGTX 580's with a i7 920 or something higher if it's possible on an mATX motherboard? What's the best kind of PSU for something like this? I saw some awesome looking Silverstone cases already on Amazon. Is this type of build possible?
    
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Do you simply mean a small gaming machine and not a HTPC?
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uh yea but u do realize thea heat generated by such components would be too much for most htpc cases to just "throw" in... if u want to game ur gonna need some extensive water loops to stay around decent levels...
    
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Do you simply mean a small gaming machine and not a HTPC?
Yes I would say that's what I'm looking for. I want to keep this machine near my entertainment area with my big 1080p tv.
    
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Ok would I even need 2x GTX 580's to run games like BFBC2 at 120 FPS on a 1920x1080 tv?
    
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That's going to be one loud mutha...
    
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Any reccomendations for a mATX/ATX HTPC style case for a HTPC Gaming machine please.
Budget $80-$200. Willing to look at any crazy ones over $200 also.
    
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If You're not opposed to going with a mATX board, the Silverstone GD04 or GD05 can handle 10.5" cards. With 3 120's + PSU fan it has better [air] cooling than just about any other HTPC case that can handle those cards. No room for radiators without serious mods/sacrifices.

Not sure about PSU length limitations, but it seems like it will handle anything.

My only beefs with the case: limited HDD mounting/quantity/cooling. It's great with 1 3.5 and a SSD, but the 2nd 3.5" mounting location has limited cooling (and I don't go crazy about cooling my HDD's).
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post #9 of 10
Call me crazy but I don't really know of any 1366 matx units with multiple x16 slots. I would suggest going full atx and looking at silverstone cases. They make some nice full size enclosures for htpc. I know there are asus rog matx boards but I believe they are P55 boards.

I have a silverstone LC-013B. Works great and I'm using a Radeon HD 6850 with a P45 board with a q9300 and 8Gb of ram and run most games well above 40 fps without a hitch. Still debating if I'm going to crossfire for better performance than a gtx 580.
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Originally Posted by AllLeafs View Post
Any reccomendations for a mATX/ATX HTPC style case for a HTPC Gaming machine please.
Budget $80-$200. Willing to look at any crazy ones over $200 also.
I do not recall a dual PCI2 SLI mATX MB since the days of the AMD 939 socket so I did a little digging and ...

Price $200-210
Out of stock at the Egg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188051

Available in Canada through...
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?s...nufacture=eVGA
or
http://www.directcanada.com/products...nufacture=EVGA

So, unless you set on an mATX small form factor box, you might want to bail on the mATX MB concept sue to MB cost.

Here are some other mATX dual PCIe 16x (8x) MBs to consider though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=
Edited by The Duke - 12/27/10 at 8:52am
    
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