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 Post subject: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:01 am 
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Hi, Ive been putting together a list for a HTPC i would like to build, i think what i have selected will be preform good, but i would like to hear others opinions on the matter and what i need(or dont need) as far as specs for a HTPC.

I will be using this on a Sony Bravia 55'' LCD

Here's the build:
Case: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD07B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Power Supply: ORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650M 650W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
Motherboard: ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77
CPU: Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155
GPU: GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 650 2GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16
RAM: CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III
HDD: Seagate STBD4000400 4TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 x2
Optical Drive: LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal 12X Blu-ray Combo

One thing i really want advice on is the HDD, the one i have listed is the cheapest per TB HDD that i could find, but would i be better to go with a lower capacity, more drives setup?
What ever i do, i will be running them in atleast RAID 1, if i go with more drives maybe RAID 10.


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:13 am 
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If all this is is playing media, then some of this stuff is overkill.

For one, the case I'm finding too big and too inconvenient... I don't know why SilverStone thought it was a good idea to have the front panel covered and with the option of a lock in an HTPC case. You won't need a GPU, Intel's chips handle video decoding very well. The power supply is overkill. The most I could expect this system to drawn is no more than 100W on a bad day.

Other things of note... I'd probably get another SSD and something of smaller size. 60/64GB is enough for Windows and your media playing applications. The hard dive is good, but you won't need to RAID it, unless this is meant to be a backup solution in which case I would recommend that for another build, not this one.


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:51 am 
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LatiosXT wrote:
If all this is is playing media, then some of this stuff is overkill.

For one, the case I'm finding too big and too inconvenient... I don't know why SilverStone thought it was a good idea to have the front panel covered and with the option of a lock in an HTPC case. You won't need a GPU, Intel's chips handle video decoding very well. The power supply is overkill. The most I could expect this system to drawn is no more than 100W on a bad day.

If i dont use a GPU, then yes the power supply is overkill, but i would rather have it be overkill then not enough.


Other things of note... I'd probably get another SSD and something of smaller size. 60/64GB is enough for Windows and your media playing applications. The hard dive is good, but you won't need to RAID it, unless this is meant to be a backup solution in which case I would recommend that for another build, not this one.

For the SSD, i picked the one i had listed because it wasnt that much more expensive then one that was half the capacity.
It was only going to back its self up, (i have a home server that could do that) if i use the home server, then i will probably only use 1 HDD in the HTPC.


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:43 pm 
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The only reason to get a discrete graphics card is to play 3D games. If you're not playing games, don't get a discrete graphics card.


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:50 am 
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I probably wont wanna play games on it.

I did some more looking around and this is what i came up with:

Case: SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Power Supply: CORSAIR CX500M 500W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996573
SSD: SanDisk SDSSDP-064G-G25 2.5" 64GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

And i found this HDD that is even cheaper per TB

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:59 am 
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I'd swap the power supply for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817151077

You should also consider a TV tuner, you'd have a DVR then.


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:56 am 
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wow.

maximumPC members:saving money since 2000

the original build was ~$900 and now its down to around $550


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:55 am 
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LatiosXT wrote:
I'd swap the power supply for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817151077

You should also consider a TV tuner, you'd have a DVR then.


I actually think im gonna go with this power suppy: CORSAIR CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
I want it to be modular since the case is small.

I thought about that but we can't get cable where we live.


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:56 am 
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phillyj wrote:
wow.

maximumPC members:saving money since 2000

the original build was ~$900 and now its down to around $550


They really know how to save some money!


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 Post subject: Re: HTPC Build
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:24 am 
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UnfadingPYRO wrote:
LatiosXT wrote:
I'd swap the power supply for this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817151077

You should also consider a TV tuner, you'd have a DVR then.


I actually think im gonna go with this power suppy: CORSAIR CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
I want it to be modular since the case is small.

I thought about that but we can't get cable where we live.


I think that PSU will do well also. You probably will only use 4 or 5 of the cables.

Can't you use the tuner with whatever else you get TV with?


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