kmote, thanks for the feedback.
your right about the case being a little large for a HTPC but that's not all I use the unit for and next to all the other black components stacked up it doesn't appear out of place. Just bought http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/televisi...model=46sv670u
so the case doesn't look so big.
I read you should double your psu needs so I figured my needs would be around 400w if I ever add a graphics card later on and 750w gives me room to add on since the price diff. wasn't that much.
your right about pcu being overkill, I prob could have went smaller but my old PC cpu was always at 100% and I swore this was not going to happen this time around. guess I over compensated huh Win 7 system rating shows cpu at 7.3 and everything else at 4.6 to 6. (wonder how much a graphics card would change my graphics rating ? graphics 4.6 and gaming graphics 5.6 / memory 5.9 ) must take one heck of a machine to hit top numbers.
I considered noise and went with larger 120mm fans. Actually I can't hear any noise unless I put my ear beside vents. DVD spinning up was the only thing I really hear.
This was my first build and wanted to make sure I didn't underbuild or build myself into a corner if I wanted to upgrade /add on in future.
Originally Posted by kmote
Well it's only two days, which in the grand scheme of things isn't very long. But the main reason I'm guessing you got no replies so far is the length of the post (which you acknowledge). Anyway, the build looks OK with a few minor things that I would change:
1) the centurion 534, while fairly good, is an old design and a little on the large side for an HTPC IMO.
2) 750W is overkill by a long shot. 350W or even less would do the job nicely.
3) the 955 is very powerful, it's up to you but I would go cheaper.
4) To keep the noise down, I would use a single, smaller HDD and store most of my media remotely - but this depends on your setup, if you can't store remotely then you might well need the space locally.