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I sold my Sig rig, and was just going to build a Nas (Atom + raid card + HDD's) and then buy a SB rig for my primary workstation. However, I've had a change of heart. SB's look very promising, but doesn't look like much of an upgrade really, at least not for the cost. So instead of dropping all the money I made on my sig rig on SB, I'm just going to build a better HTPC. I'll be using this as a primary rig till Ivy Bridge launches most likely, but the primary emphasis remains on Small, Efficient, Cool, and Quiet.


Budget, Sans Case/GPU/PSU (I have spares to use in the meantime): <$400
Here's what I'm considering:
CPU/Mobo: i3 540 + Gigabyte mITX H55 $200
Memory: 2x2GB OCZ DDR3 1066 (already have) $0
System Drive: 1x40GB Mushkin Callisto SSD (already have) $0
Storage Drives: 2x2TB Samsung F4's $160
Case/PSU: Undecided
RUNNING TOTAL: $360

For the interim, I have a Case/PSU/GPU that I can use. Once I get a primary rig up I'll probably just use Intel's IGP in this rig, so I don't quite see the point in dumping any cash into GFX just yet. Maybe a GTS450 for folding?

I had an interesting idea for a case: 1U rackmount case. Large footprint, but very thin. Heck, I could turn it into a drawer, or just put it on my desk. that could be easily tucked away in somewhere convenient. Only 2 concerns I have there is room for a graphics card (if I decide to keep one in there after i build the main rig) and clearance for the CPU cooler. I plan on using the stock cooler, but was wanting to upgrade to a Corsair H50/H70. Any forseable issues cramming one of those in a 1U case?

Any other suggestions?

EDIT: Case I'll be using in the meantime is a biege box, psu is the 700W OCZ in sig, and GPU is a 9600GSO I have laying around. These are just temp parts until I decide on something more final/fitting.
Edited by TheSprunk - 12/30/10 at 5:41am
    
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon L5640 Asus X58 Sabertooth MSI 560Ti 448 Twin Frozr III PE Samsung Green Power LP DDR3 1600  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Western Digital Velociraptor Samsung F1 1TB Corsair H70 CPU Cooling 3xCougar CF-V14H 140mm Case Fans 
CoolingMonitorKeyboardPower
3x Cougar CF-V12H 120mm Case Fans Dell S2440M 21.5" 1080P  Rosewill Mechanical RK-9000BRI Corsair HX750 
CaseMouse
Xigmatek Asgard Logitech M570 Trackball 
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