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Quiet HTPC Build Help Advise Required
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Posted May 17, 2012 at 3:37PM
I am wanting to build my own HTPC that will sit next to the TV in the living room. I want it to be able to have the following: Quiet, Be able to stream full HD content from the internet to the TV, Internet Streaming of Music, Video (access to youTube BBC iPlayer etc, Remote Controlled by Bluetooth keyboard and or mobile android device, such as a tablet or phone, Small about the size of a standard blue ray player, Internal Storage to hold 2 or more TB, Play DVD\Blue Ray, Access Digital TV Signals I do not need gaming capability, Affordable, around £500
I have spec'ed out the following: CPU : AMD A6-3500 MoBo : ASRock A75-M ITX Case : SilverStone ML03B Int.HDD : Spinpoint F4EG 2TB 3.5", 3.0 Gbps, 32 MB, 5400 rpm RAM : Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 2x2GB CL9 SSD : Crucial M4 64GB Power : PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular Cooling : Included in above Blu Ray : ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM OS : OpenElec
The total price, is around £430
How does that sound? Am I missing something, is something too much\little. I want to be able to use DLNA and hook up to a surround sound system and use my phone to select the media.
Any help is much appreciated
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Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:27PM
not overly keen on the case,you can get plenty of air flow through the case, just not quietly, which can mean it The PC is noticeable. You might want to add a TV card have, a look at Hauppauge which is a good brand.
Modular is certainly the way to go but I doubt you need that much power. Crucial M4 is a very decent SSD but as the prices are getting very affordable I would perhaps up the size to 128GB, I much prefer it in my HTPC.
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Posted May 17, 2012 at 7:40PM
Thank you for your input Chronus.
I had considered other case alternatives such as Antec NSK2480B with 380W PSU or FC8 Fanless Chassis, with the fanless one I wouldn't need the PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W - but thats double the price for the case.
For TV, I have a old Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1100 MCE HVR, maybe I could use that?
I will use the SSD for the OS, so I thought 64GB would be sufficient? 128GB would seem an excess that wouldn't get used?
For Power I could drop to 250W with the FSP 250W ATX PSU FSP250-60PNA (PF)?
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