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Old October 28, 2010, 03:56 PM
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Sheesh my HTPC idles at 54Watts. Maybe 150Watt with HD movies playing.
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Old October 28, 2010, 04:15 PM
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Ok. I found a case that uses a full ATX psu...

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

I don't have a link (on the bb atm) but it's on newegg's website for about 3x the price.

As far as your rig, Lionred: What are you running? Is it comparable to mine?
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Old October 28, 2010, 05:41 PM
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I'd go with a 880G or 890GX motherboard instead personally. Shouldn't cost too much more either.

You can drop the CPU down to a Athlon II series instead. Things like the 240, 250, 255, etc. No need for the Phenom series.

Don't really need DDR3-1600, but it probably won't net much savings. DDR-1333 is more than sufficient.

PSU wise, I wouldn't trust Thermaltake to be absolutely silent. Stick to Corsair or Seasonic I'd say.
Or go with 3.0charlie's recommended case (Newegg.com - Antec MicroFusion Remote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case) as it has a solid Antec PSU which should be silent, along with a remote so you can scrap that from your list.

And I highly doubt any combination of dual-core AMD + motherboard w/ integrated graphics would ever exceed 200W. I'd be surprised if it exceeded 100W in normal usage.
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Old October 29, 2010, 03:25 AM
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The processor chosen is 80W. I wanted to go with a decent processor but not one of those 125W quad cores.

That case is ok but I'm looking for 100% black. I guess you can say I'm a racist. ;). And that remote is like the remote you get for a car stereo.

The case can be 4.5" tall max and that limits my selection.
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Old October 29, 2010, 05:24 AM
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I would stick with the X2 555 you selected if you plan to do CPU intensive stuff like encoding video/music, since it has a pretty good chance of being unlocked to a quad. A 80w quad is pretty sweet!

If you only plan on doing media playback on your HTPC, an Athlon II (like an x2 250) will be more than sufficient though.
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Old October 31, 2010, 11:18 AM
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Components ordered.
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Old November 7, 2010, 11:00 PM
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your missing the most important thing to HTPC........audio

you have av receiver that will handle fiber optic/coxial digital and a good sub woofer, some models offer dual stations (play tuner in another room while watch movie)
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