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Old 07-16-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Decided on a scratch build for HTPC system

I asked this over at CV and wanted to see what you guys thought.
Keep in mind it's a Home Theater, not a gaming system. And the items will be picked up at those two places when I hit Atlanta this weekend. (On vacation for 10 days)

Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0294695
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0301083
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0293422

Ram
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0245599
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0256691
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0298081

Hard Drive
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0235235
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0292091

Optical Drive
http://www.compusa.com/applications/...461&CatId=3634
http://www.compusa.com/applications/...308&CatId=3634

PSU
Need one with 4 rails and at the least 25amps per rail.
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Old 07-16-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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Out of the MBs, I'd just get the P5Q SE2. It'd be just fine for what you are using it for. Are you buying a CPU or do you have one you are throwing in there?

RAM:
IMHO, the stuff from microcenter that you listed didn't seem that great for the price. Here's some stuff from the egg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145184

No rebates ^^. If you do wanna mess with them, then your Corsair you picked out from MC looks just fine.

HDD: You are paying a lot for a 1TB drive. They should all be under $100 now, but they aren't. I've got one of these for data storage for movies and music and it works greats:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152102

Blu-Ray much cheaper at the egg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136155

PSU: Can I ask why you need 4 rails? What are you putting in this thing at 25A/rail?! Would one single large rail work?

I assume you have a case and graphics card since you didn't list it?
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Old 07-16-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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Case
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...ut-t12542.html
Case Review
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...0d-t12618.html

Vid card
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...ia-t12521.html

Getting organized
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...al-t12614.html

I saw a core2duo 2.55ghz at one of those for right around $100.00USD. I'm either getting the Nvidia 260 or the ATI 4780. Both compared out to be pretty neck and neck so it's just a matter of brand loyality. (Just for watching hi-def movies not taking over the world.)

As for the PSU it really doesn't have to be four rails but has to be modular. I thought this one was neat but only has 36amps to push all the goodies in the build.
http://www.ultraproducts.com/product...&productID=637
http://www.xoxide.com/ultrax3-600w-modular-psu.html

I'm taken by the main power connector being modular itself. You could get 24pin extenders just the length you need, sheath or wrap them to tidy them up, and use that to jump straight over the the socket on the motherboard. In this case it's a closed box sitting in a rack so no one is going to be oggling at the inards of the build. It to me would improve the air flow and make it less of a pain to route/stealth those long ass main power connector cables.
I have an eye out for a deal on an Antec or Cooler Master PSU. I have one of each in my current rigs and am very please with how well they perform.
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Why on earth do you need a PSU that supplies 25A on each 12V rail?

You really don't need anything over 500W for that setup.

Here's a great deal on a modular PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
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Case
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...ut-t12542.html
Case Review
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...0d-t12618.html

Vid card
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...ia-t12521.html

Getting organized
http://www.computervitals.com/forum/...al-t12614.html

I saw a core2duo 2.55ghz at one of those for right around $100.00USD. I'm either getting the Nvidia 260 or the ATI 4780. Both compared out to be pretty neck and neck so it's just a matter of brand loyality. (Just for watching hi-def movies not taking over the world.)

As for the PSU it really doesn't have to be four rails but has to be modular. I thought this one was neat but only has 36amps to push all the goodies in the build.
http://www.ultraproducts.com/product...&productID=637
http://www.xoxide.com/ultrax3-600w-modular-psu.html

I'm taken by the main power connector being modular itself. You could get 24pin extenders just the length you need, sheath or wrap them to tidy them up, and use that to jump straight over the the socket on the motherboard. In this case it's a closed box sitting in a rack so no one is going to be oggling at the inards of the build. It to me would improve the air flow and make it less of a pain to route/stealth those long ass main power connector cables.
I have an eye out for a deal on an Antec or Cooler Master PSU. I have one of each in my current rigs and am very please with how well they perform.
Looks good. I'd say for video cards, just get what ever is cheaper. Though, last I checked, nVidia didn't do HDMI audio out (but the last models I was checking on that was the 9800s I think..so they may have included that now), so if you want to do that, get the ATI. Either will be fine.

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Why on earth do you need a PSU that supplies 25A on each 12V rail?

You really don't need anything over 500W for that setup.

Here's a great deal on a modular PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
He's right Seti. It won't be a screaming rig; just a very high quality HTPC. You shouldn't need more than 500W. I've been reading reviews all day on the Corsair 550VX 550W non modular PSU and this OCZ that AR has linked. I'm getting the OCZ because a few tests on sites confirmed a small 12V droop than the Corsair (surprised me!) but other than that they are almost identical..and the modular is cheaper. BTW I was comparing to see which I should throw in my parents rig. I'm glad the OCZ faired well from what I read because my parents' rig needs a modular PSU badly in their stuffed Raidmax Sagitta case. Anywho, I think you'd like it, but if you want it ORDER IT TONIGHT the rebate ends TODAY! So I'll be ordering well before midnight...hopefully here in just a bit.
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