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Have you seen my HTPC build. This computer is in my living room, maybe 8 - 10 feet away from where we sit. Despite the crazy number of fans, it is quiet enough we don't notice it — our Wii, when turned on, is noisier. :)

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@Pcdoc - I will do a final websearch for reviwes and comparisons and then decide, both on box, cpu cooler and fans. Also, just to be sure, with PS you mean the PSU, or?

 

@Ikon - Yes, I have tried that to and that ended up in destroyed HDDs and damge components.

 

@ all - Actually this is a wall mounted cupboard and the doors are a little old and skewed sp they can not close properly, leaving room for air to vent. However, noice is an issue, so I want to find the most quiet set of CPU cooler and vent fans.

 

Yes, PSU. I used the short version.

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OK, decided on a preliminary shoping list:

  • Case: Lian.li pc-q08a
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W overkill, maybe - but I could not find any Corsiar lower than this in Sweden at the moment
  • CPU Cooler: Scythe Orochi (will have to re-check that it fits in case) - does not fit have to be: Scythe Shuriken or any other suggestions?
  • Top fan: Scythe Slip Stream 120mm 800rpm or 500rpm? Question: Is 500 rpm enough or should I go with 800 rpm
  • Front fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX (could not find 140mm Scythe)
  • MB: Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-(B3)? 850-1200 SEK Question: There are tw MB:s with same name except a sufix of "B3", whic should I choose?
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 PC10666/1333MHz CL9 4GB or G.Skill NT DDR3 PC10666/1333MHz CL9 4GB - Need help to choose
  • CPU: i5-2500K
  • Storage HDD: WD Green Drive 2TB ca 800 SEK
  • System drive: SSD - But whicwhich one?

Need help with questions above and suggestions on undecided parts

 

 

In addition I intend to use:

sound absorption mats and blocks to dampen ecos

HDD silencers for WD-drive

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OK, decided on a preliminary shoping list:

  • Case: Lian.li pc-q08a
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W overkill, maybe - but I could not find any Corsiar lower than this in Sweden at the moment
  • CPU Cooler: Scythe Orochi (will have to re-check that it fits in case) - does not fit have to be: Scythe Shuriken or any other suggestions?
  • Top fan: Scythe Slip Stream 120mm 800rpm or 500rpm? Question: Is 500 rpm enough or should I go with 800 rpm
  • Front fan: Noctua NF-P14 FLX (could not find 140mm Scythe)
  • MB: Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-(B3)? 850-1200 SEK Question: There are tw MB:s with same name except a sufix of "B3", whic should I choose?
  • RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 PC10666/1333MHz CL9 4GB or G.Skill NT DDR3 PC10666/1333MHz CL9 4GB - Need help to choose
  • CPU: i5-2500K
  • Storage HDD: WD Green Drive 2TB ca 800 SEK
  • System drive: SSD - But whicwhich one?

Need help with questions above and suggestions on undecided parts

 

 

 

In addition I intend to use:

sound absorption mats and blocks to dampen ecos

HDD silencers for WD-drive

 

You want the MB with the B3. It was the update after the Intel chipset issues and it had some improvement tweaks.

 

Server Grunt,

I'm glad to see you're talking about having at least some fans in the box. I would be concerned about heat inside a closet. We had to do that for one particular situation at work and it was not pretty. Basically, it ended up we had to leave the closet doors open whenever the computer was powered up. Even then, it was pretty warm. If there is anything you can do to provide ventilation for the closet, I would do it. Just my 2 cents.

 

I put my server in my wife's closet because she is cold natured and it adds about 4 degrees compared to the rest of the house. I am still getting brownie points for that decision.

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