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Here is the build I'm working on presently for an optimal silent HTPC... (NOT for gaming!)

Seasonic SS-560KM Active PFC F3, 560W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91, 80Plus Gold Certified PSU - $120

Intel Core i3-661 - $215

XIGMATEK Thor's hammer HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler - $70

MSI H55M-E23 LGA 1156 Intel H55 - $80

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $45

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner - $130

Seagate 1.5 TB HDD 7200 RPM - $70

Lite-On DVD/CD Burner - $16

Antec Dark Fleet DF-10 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $80 (I'm going to take this and Mod it & then enclose it)

Total Cost = $826

Please make any other suggestions below too..

(REVISED: To make the system more affordable & to use better selections as suggested..)


Edited by _GTech - 2/8/11 at 9:59pm
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Overkill much ?
    
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Originally Posted by Somenamehere View Post
Overkill much ?
Yeah it is overkill, big time too, I could get away with an i5-660/661 probably..

However power draw & GPU in the CPU was a major consideration here..

Sandy Bridge = Low Heat & Decent Graphics...

I could probably throw out the SSD though..

I suppose I could whittle this down to $1,000 with an i5 & no SSD, but I don't want to be cheap, not really...

Unless of course there is an AMD Alternative?

Or a SB i5 2500k, which is about $100 cheaper than the i7 SB...



Suggestions?
Edited by _GTech - 2/7/11 at 9:31pm
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For reference, a pentium D/E2200 speed CPU can max out 1080P videos with a GPU, like 3450 etc.

Just sayin.
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If you seriously want overkill, get the i5 2500k. You don't need four threads, let alone eight.

Or, better yet - wait for the i3's, if you're set on sandy bridge.


I'd personally advise an i3 on the 1156 socket with a cheap dedicated GPU (if you really want overkill), but even that isn't necessary. The low-powered i3's are still pretty good, even if not as efficient performance-per-watt as the current gen processors, they do everything that you'll need for max TDP than the i5 will, and will be much, much cheaper.

Edit: Random passive cpu heatsink:
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/...tsink_review/1
Edited by Korlus - 2/8/11 at 3:00am
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Samsung Eco Green Samsung F3 Sony DVD+-RW Writer CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ 
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OCZ StealthXStream II 600W NZXT Vulcan Logitech MX518 
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Don't go with Sandy Bridge for HTPC at all - the integrated GPU won't do 23.976fps (aka BluRay native framerate). Without the GPU being used Core is a waste of money - go with a C2D or AMD setup instead. You will save money on the initial build and get better movie performance.
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Why the Revodrive? Seems as though there would be cheaper options to be had that would give you more silent storage. It isn't as though throughput is going to be an issue.

Perhaps consider just some raid 0 SSDs instead of the PCIE raid?
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I find it rather sad that the Power Supply & TV Tuner card are so expensive, I mean look at the cheap H55 Motherboards that are out there, they have much more than either of these two devices have in parts & cost to manufacture them is probably more expensive too, but they still want too much for these higher quality parts!

I will be happy with 80+ Rated Power Supplies are more affordable, I can't wait to see those horrible low grade PSUs to get off the shelves!!!

I think they put too much emphasis on the need for a TV, obviously a TV tuner shouldn't cost more that $70 AT BEST...
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You still want a fan in your system even if you have a fanless PSU.

I would recommend you get a PSU with a quiet 120mm fan to provide airflow for the entire system.

I also recommend not getting that tuner. Get the SiliconDust Prime when it comes out for $250. It is a CableCard networked triple tuner!
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You still want a fan in your system even if you have a fanless PSU.

I would recommend you get a PSU with a quiet 120mm fan to provide airflow for the entire system.

I also recommend not getting that tuner. Get the SiliconDust Prime when it comes out for $250. It is a CableCard networked triple tuner!
Awaiting the SiliconDust Prime myself. Here's hoping we see it this year.

I agree that he'll need a fan if using a fanless PSU. I too, can't advise a fanless PSU unless the rest of the machine is wicked quiet. Considering the hardware in there, your PSU is triple over powered.

The fans in PSUs are very silent compared to HDDs and HSF's.
    
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