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Please weigh in on an HTPC build

Joshua B

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Hi guys. Would you weigh in on this potential build? It will be my first time with a smaller form factor case and my first time with an SSD.


Most of my content will be streamed from a Windows Home Server via Gigibit Ethernet which is why I'm excited to try an SSD.





Thermaltake Black SECC Japanese steel LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case




ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard




Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3550




G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL




OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)




COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


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Great picks. Only one comment on the case. I have not used this case before but I caution you on the ventilated side cover as these tend to attrack dust depending on how much air is being pulled into the case. The other thing is this uses small and potentially louder fans so you may have to look at a fan controller, and lastly, the gloss finish on this case might be cool for a week but then it might start to look crappy. Not a major thing but a comment. Before you pull the trigger, look at the silverstone and lian li cases as they might be worth the extra $50. Ultimately it comes down to personal choice so this is just some thoughts. The rest looks awesome. Good luck and let us know how you like it.

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I recently did a very similar build with two dual tuners and am very happy with the result. I used a 460W Coolermaster PSU with a built in fan and it is very quiet - you could potentially save a few $$ by not using a silent model. pcdoc is right about the smaller fans - I made the mistake of buying a cheap HTPC case with two 60mm fans and they can be rather noisy. For my build I used a Silverstone GD05 case (see here http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163166&Tpk=gd05) and found that it was extremely quiet despite having three big fans. The fans are all filtered, and with two drawing in and only one pushing out, the positive air pressure is supposed to minimise dust. Only been running for a month, but so far it is very clean and I cannot hear it at all from the couch... Otherwise I think you have a very good build on the way

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Well, it did get me looking at your Lian Li case and strongly considering it again. Unless it sold already. It wasn't the USB version, was it?



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Only Lian cases I have right now up fpr sale (sort of) are my sivler PC60 and my V1000 feel free to PM me.

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