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Hey All,

 

Thanks to PCDoc and mrossco in this forum, http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1221-low-power-high-spec/ I now have my WHS specced, and so with this information went looking for my case and motherboard.

 

Which I belive I have found.

 

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTE0Nw== (Case)

 

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3455#sp (Motherboard)

 

But one thing is confusing me, the board has a lot more items on it, then the case has for holes e.g HDMI

 

Is this important? Could do with some explanations please.

 

A.

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The board you picked is a great board as I have this particular one. I also like the case but be careful of the power supply. This PS says it is quiet but very few with 80mm are really quiet. Check more reviews otherwise it looks great.

 

Keep us posted.

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Hey All,

 

Thanks to PCDoc and mrossco in this forum, http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1221-low-power-high-spec/ I now have my WHS specced, and so with this information went looking for my case and motherboard.

 

Which I belive I have found.

 

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MTE0Nw== (Case)

 

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3455#sp (Motherboard)

 

But one thing is confusing me, the board has a lot more items on it, then the case has for holes e.g HDMI

 

Is this important? Could do with some explanations please.

 

A.

 

 

 

Your Motherboard will come with an I/O backplate that will match the connectors on your board. Simply pop the stock one out of the case and pop in the new backplate before you install your motherboard.

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Yea, most motherboard vendors don't strictly adhear to the old ATX standard rear-port layout and will ship replacement backplates with their products. You should be fine. Just follow the quick start guides that come with your case and motherboard to put it all together.

 

To elaborate on pcdoc's comment, PSUs will either have an 80mm fan in the rear (as pictured in your case), or they will have a bottom-mounted 120mm fan. Many prefer the bottom-mounted PSUs simply because the larger fan spins slower to generate the same level of cooling and is therefore quieter. From the pictures, I can't tell if your case supports a bottom mounted PSU fan.

 

From experience, that particular PSU is pretty quiet, and should work fine in an HTPC setup. Otherwise, I know Silverstone makes a few good HTPC cases that allow you to use bottom-mounted PSU fans.

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Thanks mrossco for the clarification. As mrossco said, as long as the PS is quiet the 300 W should be OK. When I see an older design like this it raises the red flags for me so I brought it up.

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When I see an older design like this it raises the red flags for me so I brought it up.

 

As well you should. Most of the PSUs I buy are bottom-mounted and higher wattage. These Antec Earthwatt series PSUs have been great in those situations where I have to have a rear-mounted fan because of the case, or I specifically wanted something at a lower wattage. They're not AS quiet as the True Power series or some of the Seasonics, but they do the job nicely and should be fine for an HTPC. I can't speak to the Corsair or Cooler Master as I haven't tried them yet.

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Thanks. At you have a testimonial of actual experience so the purchase can be made with some level of confidence.

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