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Old October 16, 2013, 11:37 AM
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So I have the following stuff laying about:

Windows 7 Pro 64
SilverStone Sugo Series SG02B-F-USB3.0 Micro ATX
Logitech K400 Wireless Keyboard
SAMSUNG 840 2.5" 120GB SATA III SSD
Samsung TV
HDMI cables


and I was thinking of getting the following and making a HTPC running XBMC. Any suggestions?

Haswell 1150 i3 or i5 $130 to $200 and using the built in graphics
Gigabyte GA-H87M-D3H 1150 Intel Micro ATX board
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
* Corsair RM550 80+ Gold Full modular PSU (added) *

some TB drives (suggestions?)
Blu-Ray player (suggestions?)

anything I'm missing?



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Old October 16, 2013, 12:03 PM
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A powersupply. A 400 - 450W should be sufficient for your needs. Get a 500W if you ever plan on putting a discrete GPU in there. Try to get a modular one in order to cut down on the amount of cable management you need to do.

Also, your Samsung TV is just 'laying about'? lol!

Oh, and how are you planning on connecting this rig to the internet? Do you have CAT5 run to the living room? Are you planning on going wireless? Keep in mind that motherboard doesn't have onboard wireless connectivity, so either find a motherboard that does, or buy a wireless card.
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LOL yes, the 60 inch Samsung is laying around the living room just waiting for a HTPC.

Added the PSU to the above list.

good point on the wire / wireless thing. I believe I have a ASUS USB-AC53 Wireless-AC1200 Adapter laying about as well so that would take care of that.

do you think I need a graphics card or do you think the CPU can handle it?
i3 or i5 or it doesn't matter?
8 GB ram good enough?
on the TB drives - how big is big enough?

I am not going to download my whole DVD collection or anything like that but want to use it as a DVR using XBMC (or something similar). No chance of gaming or anything.
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The onboard should be able to handle general media duty. If you want to play games on it, you will likely need a graphics card. 8GB is lots of RAM. You could get away with a single stick of 4GB for now if you wanted to save a bit of $$.

I was only saying 'IF' you wanted to install a graphics card at a later date to play some games, you'd need to size the powersupply accordingly. I ran a quad core APU and a GTX650Ti Boost off a 450W powersupply, just to give you an idea of sizing requirements, but 500W would be the safest bet. If you never plan on converting it into a gaming machine, then a 400W would do the job just fine.

I was only suggesting, because playing PC games on your TV while sitting on the couch using a controller is a lot of fun. That being said, I removed the GPU from my HTPC, as I found it wasn't getting used nearly often enough to justify its existence. Now the HTPC is purely a media and internet surfing machine.

As far as storage space goes, I have 5TB in my HTPC, and I'm looking for more. BUT, I keep my entire media library in there. I hate mucking around with DVD's. If you're only looking for light PVR duty, start with a 1TB drive, and then if you need more space, go from there.
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thanks for all the help!
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Also, the name of the game with a living room PC is QUIET. You've done a great thing and chosen a powersupply with an active fan controller which will turn off the fan under light load. Now, ditch the stock cooler on the processor, and install a nice big aftermarket cooler. The hyper212+ is a nice, affordable unit. You can then install a decent fan (I've found the stock coolermaster one isn't so great) and run it at very low rpm (The Corsair SP120's come with a resistor that cuts the fan speed in half). I would actually remove any other case fan, and just run with the heatsink fan turning at a nice, low speed. As long as you're not overclocking, and you turn on all the powersaving features of your motherboard, your HTPC should be close to inaudible, and being a nice, low power processor, should still run nice and cool.
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