GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128503
Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819115077
Intel XMP certified, designed for Intel P67 & Z68 G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231428 (Got 2 for 16GB total)
SeaSonic X series SS-400FL Active PFC F3 400W ATX12V Fanless 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817151097
Very low power consumption when active at 0.38 watts: Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) http://www.newegg.co...=82E16820167042
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136792
Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16823109079
LITE-ON 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner with 3D Playback iHBS212-08 LightScribe Support http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106348
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / 0.8mm SECC Grandia Series GD05B micro-ATX / Mini-DTX / Mini-ITX MB, 1x5.25", 2x3.5"+1x2.5"HDD or 1x3.5"+2x2.5"HDD, 3x120mm golf bladed fan, 11" expansion card capable HTPC Casehttp://www.newegg.co...N82E16811163166
USB 3.0 Module Part Number: 14G000516101 http://us.estore.asus.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=3536
Other Parts that were later incorporated into the setup:
Rosewill WMC Remote control/Rcvr RRC-127 for Win 7 http://www.newegg.co...N82E16880101003
HDHomeRun DUAL - High Definition Digital TV Tuner (Network Attached) HDHR3-US (Black) by SiliconDust http://www.newegg.co...N82E16815345007
References that I used:
Gigabyte Manual http://download.giga...-response_e.pdf
Silverstone Manual http://www.silversto...GD05-Manual.pdf
Silverstone write-up link from Diehard http://legitreviews....article/1348/1/
Arctic Silver Manual for i3 Sandy Bridge http://www.arcticsil...l_line_v1.1.pdf
One issue that raised was how to keep the SSD free of “extra” files etc. – I’d be very curious how others do this – what I ended up doing involved some registry manipulation which I don’t see as an elegant solution but it seemed to work for now http://www.overclock...-secondary.html
Overall, I can’t say enough good thing about this MB and equipment combination. I’ve had it running almost continuously since Friday, September 23rd.
The i3-2120 runs very cool!
At idle I saw temps down to 30c and even after running Prime 95 for several hours I never saw temps get over 63c. The SeaSonic 400 ran very cool which I think is readily apparent by checking the WD_FAEX temps never going over 38c even though the FAEX is mounted directly over the SeaSonic 400.
Windows Performance Index:
SSD Performance Index:
WD 2TB FAEX Black Performance Index:
I’m still running this through it’s paces but have been very encouraged (and amazed) by it’s performance so far and it’s apparent rock stability.
I’ve loaded XP in a Windows Virtual Machine and have loaded Oracle Virtual Machine Box. In VM_Box I’ve loaded and am currently running test set-ups of WHS-V1, WHS 2011, SBS-e 2011. Right now I’m “playing” with moving VM’s between my main Client and the HTPC platform. Seems to work.
Here are some pictures of my build: (well it seemed like a good idea to post some pictures )
This has been a truly trouble free build – I really like this MB and the i3-2120. Very impressive!
Performance wise – I haven’t noticed any problems even when running 3 virtual machines while WMC is recording and a video is playing (obviously I'm not pushing it hard enough). I still continue to push the configuration but I like the idea of having a HTPC that also functions as a VM test bed that with its low power consumption I have no issues with leaving it on 24/7.
Edited by Joe_Miner, 10 October 2011 - 12:11 PM.