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OK, I'm about to pull the trigger but I thought I'd run this list by for comments -- thinking of building a HTPC with these components:

I was planning to do some experimenting with this set-up which was why I was looking at the z68 and intel 510.

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I just built an HTPC using that case and PSU, but a core i3 530 and Asus mobo. Love the case; its a bit big for an HTPC but fits in well in a standard home theater environment and gives plenty of room to work in it. Surprisingly little in the way of cable management however. The case fans aren't silent, but they're not noticeable in my bedroom from 10' or so away, plus of course we often have either AC or at least the ceiling fan blowing. Also my mobo only has two extra fan headers besides the CPU, so I only have two fans hooked up, although the case does come with a molex to fan header three way splitter if you don't want to use the motherboard fan controllers. If you modded the molex to 7 volts that might work great; I'll probably do that eventually, but at straight 12 volts of course all the fans then run full speed which is more than I want noise-wise.

 

The PSU is fantastic. Not sure a fanless is any help in this environment, and if it is an enclosed area may even be detrimental, but mine has stayed quite cool and is extremely power efficient. Probably can't find a better PSU manufacturer than SeaSonic (many Corsairs are re-badges SeaSonics which is why I like Corsair PSUs) and the modular cables are great. However, since I'm using an SSD and spindle and BluRay, I had to use two separate SATA power cables. One comes with three SATA power extensions but there is no way to reach all three devices with that one power cable, so I had to use a second one for the BluRay drive. I mounted my SSD straight to the hard drive mounting block instead of using a 2.5 to 3.5 adaptor, and it works great. I ended up removing the rubber zipper-like cable pass through partition because it wasn't needed with the SSD and just caused the cables to bend unnaturally. You'll see the part I mean when you get the case.

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OK, I'm about to pull the trigger but I thought I'd run this list by for comments -- thinking of building a HTPC with these components:

I was planning to do some experimenting with this set-up which was why I was looking at the z68 and intel 510.

 

 

 

Excellent choice in components. Two suggestions. One is for $6 more, go with the DDR3 1600 for that board. Secondly, you are building an HTPC, save you money from the wireless mouse and keyboard and put it toward a Harmony remote. The last thing you want from an HTPC and the 10ft experience is to have to use a keyboard and mouse. If you set it up correctly you should only have to use a keyboard/.mouse once every couple of months and the experience is much more integrated. Just my two cents. Good luck and post some pictures of your build.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

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No arguments from me against the Harmony Remote. The first one I bought did die but, after fighting with Logitech India for a couple of weeks, they did send a new one and it's been great. Plus, I now have 2 batteries for the new one ;)

 

I mostly use an AverMedia WMC remote for WMC, but I have an MS 6000 Mobile keyboard and Logitech Anywhere MX mouse so I can do keyboarding and mousing from 10' away. I'm using it right now to post this. BTW, using 1080p HDMI to my 60" Sony Bravia LCD works fantasticly. Even the small text is clear.

 

If you only want to use your HTPC for WMC then I agree with pcdoc; just get a remote that works well with it. However, if you also want to do surfing and things like forum posting, then I think the wireless kb/mouse is a good idea.

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I just built an HTPC using that case and PSU, but a core i3 530 and Asus mobo. Love the case; its a bit big for an HTPC but fits in well in a standard home theater environment and gives plenty of room to work in it. Surprisingly little in the way of cable management however. The case fans aren't silent, but they're not noticeable in my bedroom from 10' or so away, plus of course we often have either AC or at least the ceiling fan blowing. Also my mobo only has two extra fan headers besides the CPU, so I only have two fans hooked up, although the case does come with a molex to fan header three way splitter if you don't want to use the motherboard fan controllers. If you modded the molex to 7 volts that might work great; I'll probably do that eventually, but at straight 12 volts of course all the fans then run full speed which is more than I want noise-wise.

 

The PSU is fantastic. Not sure a fanless is any help in this environment, and if it is an enclosed area may even be detrimental, but mine has stayed quite cool and is extremely power efficient. Probably can't find a better PSU manufacturer than SeaSonic (many Corsairs are re-badges SeaSonics which is why I like Corsair PSUs) and the modular cables are great. However, since I'm using an SSD and spindle and BluRay, I had to use two separate SATA power cables. One comes with three SATA power extensions but there is no way to reach all three devices with that one power cable, so I had to use a second one for the BluRay drive. I mounted my SSD straight to the hard drive mounting block instead of using a 2.5 to 3.5 adaptor, and it works great. I ended up removing the rubber zipper-like cable pass through partition because it wasn't needed with the SSD and just caused the cables to bend unnaturally. You'll see the part I mean when you get the case.

 

Thanks TimeKills Some great points I hadn't thought of -- maybe a simple reostat would be enough for the fans to cntl voltage/sound(?). Have to see how much space I have for add-ons/mods. Not sure how you mounted the SSD straight to the HD mounting block -- this will probably be obvious when I get the parts but if you happen to have a picture I'd certainly welcome it.

 

Thanks again.

 

 

 

Excellent choice in components. Two suggestions. One is for $6 more, go with the DDR3 1600 for that board. Secondly, you are building an HTPC, save you money from the wireless mouse and keyboard and put it toward a Harmony remote. The last thing you want from an HTPC and the 10ft experience is to have to use a keyboard and mouse. If you set it up correctly you should only have to use a keyboard/.mouse once every couple of months and the experience is much more integrated. Just my two cents. Good luck and post some pictures of your build.

 

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231428

 

Thanks for the great suggestions! Always appreciate your 2 cents.

 

No arguments from me against the Harmony Remote. The first one I bought did die but, after fighting with Logitech India for a couple of weeks, they did send a new one and it's been great. Plus, I now have 2 batteries for the new one ;)

 

I mostly use an AverMedia WMC remote for WMC, but I have an MS 6000 Mobile keyboard and Logitech Anywhere MX mouse so I can do keyboarding and mousing from 10' away. I'm using it right now to post this. BTW, using 1080p HDMI to my 60" Sony Bravia LCD works fantasticly. Even the small text is clear.

 

If you only want to use your HTPC for WMC then I agree with pcdoc; just get a remote that works well with it. However, if you also want to do surfing and things like forum posting, then I think the wireless kb/mouse is a good idea.

 

 

Awwww yes! India tech support is such an enjoyable experience. Good point about the surfing. I've also used our Big Screen for Excel worksheets -- now that is a good time :)

 

Thanks!

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Well the cost of all this free advice will be posting some pictures of your build. Have fun and enjoy the build.

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