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Old 05-12-2010, 04:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, after reading reviews and googling for about a month I need some pro-hero help in order to build my ultimate quiet HTPC.

I've gathered many components from many sites, all of them should be very quiet (most of them <20db) and most important - get along together in the same case

My HTPC should function as a full multimedia center -
- Very silent (most improtant)
- Full HD movies (attached to a 42" Full HD LCD)
- Compatible to the newset audio codecs (attached to Onkyo 607 receiver)
- Great looking (to get my wife's approval)
- Smooth running of Windows 7 + XBMC ( + photoshop editing)
- Can run mid-level graphic games

My budget is ~1500$-1700$ so It's not very limited

These are the components I've gathered until now, I need your help in to decide which ones can get along together, and if not, which components should I replace and with what ...

(Note - some of the components are not really known so you can google them)

CPU:
‏Intel Core i5 750

CPU Fan:
- Scythe Ninja Mini fanless
- Noctua NH-U9B SE2
- Scythe SCZP-2000 ZIPANG 2 Socket
- Scythe Ninja II Rev.B Heatpipe CPU Cooler, with 120mm fan
- Scythe Kama Angle Rev.B
- Thermalright HR-01 Plus
- NOCTUA NH-U12P SE2

MB:
- Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2
- Gigabyte H55M-USB3

Memory: (need your help here ...)
Memory DDR III 1600Mhz 2x2GB Corsair XMS3 Dual Channel

Graphic card:
- Sapphire ATI HD4670 Ultimate 512MB (fanless)
- HIS HD5670 512MB (fanless)

HDD:
- WD 1TB/1.5TB Green
- Samsung Spinpoint HD203WI ECO Green F3EG 2TB SATA

DVD Burner (not BlueRay):
? (need your advice)

Case: (many options in order to fit the other components)
- Zalman HD135
- SilverStone GD05
- A-Tech HeatSync 7000
- Moneual MONCASO 312
- silverstone LC20
- silverstone LC04
- silverstone LC17
- origen X10
- origen X11
- Thermaltake DH-101
- Thermaltake DH-202

Case Fans (if need a more quiet replacement)
SCYTHE S-FLEX 120mm 800rpm

PSU:
- Zalman ZM600-HP 600W
- Seasonic X-650
- FSP ZEN 400
- Silverstone Nightjar 300
- Silverstone Nightjar ST45NF
- Nexus Value 430
- Enermax Modu/Pro87+ 500

HTPC Keyboard (with mouse control):
- Need your advice here as well

Well, I guess It's a pretty helpful post for those who are a quiet HTPC lookers as well, so help them to build one as well.

Many thanks for the helpers ...
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Your options look good, the only way to go much quiter is get an SSD (hugely expensive to outfit your PC with the same level of ~1tb storage) and really slow DVD burner..
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Your options look good, the only way to go much quiter is get an SSD (hugely expensive to outfit your PC with the same level of ~1tb storage) and really slow DVD burner..
You're right regarding the SSD, but as you said, it's very expensive (If I'll get one though, I'll buy a SanDisk SSD)

The options are ok, but the problem is that I have to know what will fit inside one of these cases ...
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You could always get a smallish SSD, and just put your priority items and OS on there. Therefor it's quietest for the majority of usage.
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