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    Building htpc

    Building a htpc but i dunno wat to get,thinking of recycling some of the hardware from my previous pc.Will be used for mostly movies and some gaming
    My requirements are:
    - Small form factor, able to put on top/next to my amp
    - Enough processing power to play back video and some gaming
    - able to support my 42" hdtv(planning to upgrade to 50"++)
    - Good video playback
    - Optical out to my hts
    - Quiet and low temp
    - Easy software interface and input

    My Pc current spec are:
    EP45-UD3P (confirm nid to change,too huge)
    xeon x3550
    HIS 4890 1GB
    Corsair 1066-4gkit
    Cooler master v8 (confirm nid to change,too huge)
    Cooler master 600w igreen psu (confirm nid to change,too huge)
    3.5" 500gb seagate hdd

    Any help would be appreciated
    thanks

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    CM 101 for ur CPU cooler or Shuriken Rev. B. Both low enough to fit into a petit casing.
    This HTPC purpose built MB looks good:ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
    Maybe use a passive cooling Gfx card such as 43XX instead.
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    - Quiet and low temp <<<

    HIS 4890 1GB <<<

    EPIC FAIL ! he he he he,

    you would wanna add a silent htpc system cause who wants a jet plane cooling system ontop of your amp when you watching your movies...

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    thx for the reply

    The HTPC purpose built MB looks good but i`m thinking of reusing my x3550.So i can only stick LGA775 MB for nw
    might consider on Shuriken Rev. B or just stick to stock hsf
    if i dun use 4890 wat else do u suggests?
    if dwngrade it scare cannot support my hdtv,like last time my 8800gt cannot support my hdtv.
    nw tat u mention it 4890 do look kinda big

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    For Gfx the XFX5450 512MB@90 is passively cooled,so no noise. But if ur afraid u need the juice to play games maybe a 5670? I'm building a HTPC from my parts too and so far from my search the best price for a small single slot card with enough power would be 5670 512MB@149. But if you can squeeze it in a Sapphire 5750@179 is a steal. These cards are future proof if you think of using DirectX 11,but if not the 45XX and 46XX cards are more than enough.
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    Wat is the minimum requirement for gfx tat can support 42" with 1080 resolution?
    4890 would seem too big if i were to choose a small casing.
    is there any nice casing to recommend?nid a black colour casing to suit my amp colour

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    For casing,go here
    http://forums.vr-zone.com/hardware-a...-360-club.html
    Nice pics of fellow VrZoners PC/HTPC. Maybe it'll give you some idea.

    I myself got this WTS : Casing

    There are other cases out there to choose from,go shopping at SLS and maybe you'll find the one ur looking for...
    Last edited by normoh; Mar 18th, 10 at 08:43 PM.
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    wait for bro batuchka
    he expert in HTPC

    btw if u wan those small case (shoebox), they are not cheap

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    Quote Originally Posted by tengjj2000 View Post
    POISON!
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    Quote Originally Posted by normoh View Post
    POISON!
    haha.. time to move on to better quality casing! not very expensive too

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    go daiso buy some legs? $2 x 4 = $8
    why do u need the legs for?

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    Silverstone was having this offer at the last IT fair.
    http://forums.vr-zone.com/it-show-20...nal-ssd-d.html
    Nice but not for the budget conscious...
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