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Old 11-23-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Help Building a Silent HTPC for 3D Games and Movies

Hello,
I need your help for my htpc build.

I will use the HTPC, for video edition, 3d games but mostly for games like diablo3, world of warcraft, guild wars 2, RPGs in general. I will use it to backup and see all my music and 3d/blu-ray movies. I think I maybe will save tv shows as well.

Im thinking on these components:

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD07 ( euros)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT (220 euros)
CPU: INTEL 1155 CORE I7 3770S 3.10GHZ 8MB BOX (297 euros)
CPU Cooler: NOCTUA NH-L12 LOW PROFILE. (51,95 euros)
GPU:ASUS GEFORCE GTX660 DIRECT CU II 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E (239,8 5 euros)
Power Supply: SEASONIC X-660 (151,4 0 euros)
SSD: SAMSUNG SERIES 830 128GB 2.5" SATA III (95,85 euros)
HDD: 2X WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GREEN 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA III 3.5 (72,95 X2 euros)
Memory: CORSAIR PC3-12800 1600MHZ 16GB VENGEANCE LP CL10 (2X8GB) DDR3 (73,55 euros)
Optical drive: ASUS BC-12B1ST BLU RAY (63,35 euros)

Total: 1336 euros (without the case...)

Tell me, please, wat you think of the components, and what i can do to make it better and silent.

I will need a keyboard and a mouse too. And a TV tuner I think....

Thank you.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:58 AM   #2
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Really nice setup, congratulations! I wouldn't change a bit. Maybe getting a Core i5 and save some money or spend the difference on a GeForce GTX 660 Ti...
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:07 AM   #3
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The price difference of the core i5 and the core i7 is litle. I probably will edit videos so the i7 is better.

The 660ti I think is the 670 with something deactivated, I dont know how to explain, and for the things i read I think the 660 is cooler so i hope it will be more quiet.

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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670 is a 680 with some cpu not working .
your games are not fps , or i am wrong
i think a 650 with 2 go should be enough and it is only using 64 watt max and price is 124 euro with a free game : ASSASSIN'S CREED III
http://www.ldlc.com/fiche/PB00135757.html
for tv card , i have some avermedia that are very good and cheap , i have one having hdmi in that is connected to the sfr-tv box it is very cool and good for 89 euro
http://www.ldlc.com/fiche/PB00095441.html

as the power is low , you can take a fanless psu : http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...ly-Review/1664

i would take slower but bigger hard-drive and one ssd 80 Go without cdrom now but later like after x-mas
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:03 AM   #5
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Hello.
Thank you.
I will play RPGs mostly, like Diablo3, Skyrim, Guild wars 2, World of Warcraft... but I want to play them with all at max, at 1080p.
Do you think the GTX 650 will do it?
->> ASUS GEFORCE GTX650 DIRECT CU 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0 .... 126 euros (and don't have any free game)...
It's to slow: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...0-1gb-review/5

This is the latest config:

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD07…………………………………………………………...........……………………????e uros
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT………………………………..........……………………220 euros
CPU: INTEL CORE™ I7-3770T……………………………………………………………..…...……………..…….284,95 euros
CPU Cooler:NOCTUA NH-L12 LOW PROFILE........................................... .........................51,95 euros
GPU:ASUS GEFORCE GTX660 DIRECT CU II 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0...............................239,85 euros
Power Supply: SEASONIC X-660............................................... ...................................151,40 euros
SAMSUNG SERIES 830 128GB 2.5" SATA III............................................... ...................95,85euros
HDD:2X WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GREEN 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA III 3.5…......…72,95 X2 euros
Memory: CORSAIR PC3-12800 1600MHZ 16GB VENGEANCE LP CL10 (2X8GB) DDR3…...73,55 euros
Optical drive: ASUS BC-12B1ST BLU RAY………………………………………………………………….........63,35 euros

Thank you :-)

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It is a very nice setup.
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i think a 650 with 2 Go should play better , you should try one and add a second in sli , that should be better and more economic that one 660 for the same amount of money
they made a test of it here : http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...-Review/1647/1

for the rest they do their bench at hdmi resolution , that is very big , as you can see in bench only latest and most powerful cards are a little above 60 - 75 fps : so monitors are faster than what cards deliver ....
in games my resolution is 1440x900 or 1280x800 because my 26" is 16/10
with a 16/9 screen i play at 1280x720 .


i would take a bigger cpu than the NOCTUA NH-L12 LOW PROFILE , check the page : http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/page/cooling
the The Phanteks PH-TC14CS has received a golden award and two big fans


the noctua does not look as good


then i think i would use 4 x 4 Go of ram instead of 2 x 8 .
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