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m0pelley99 October 5, 2012 10:27 PM

Desktop and HTPC
 
Hey there guys. I built my desktop back in April, shortly after starting work in the oil field. It was mostly second hand parts and a few new ones. I think now though it's time to retire the old ones and look into building it up some more.

So far my desktop consists of:
MSI 870A-G54
AMD Phenom II B73 (new)
Coolermaster 212+ Evo (new)
Antec High Current Gamer 520W (new)
2x2GB G.SKILL DDR3-1600 (new)
EVGA GeForce GTX 280
Patriot Pyro SE 60GB (new)
Western Digital Blue 1TB
Lancool K62WB
Creative Soundblaster Audigy 2 ZS

This kept me going up until I started playing Skyrim again. My framerates aren't too bad but something tells me my video card is being choked out by my processor. The little tiny B73 (based on a X3 720) can't even unlock or overclock to anything up over 3.1GHz. I even tried maxing out the vCore at 1.65v, but nope, won't boot up over 223 clocks on the FSB.

Anyhow, over the last few weeks I've been doing some research on parts to purchase for it.

Here's what I've come up with:
MSI Z77A-GD55
Intel Core i5 3570K
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 2X4GB DDR3-1600 (putting the 2x2GB DDR3-1600 into my HTPC)
Antec Kuhler H2O 620
Netis by Azio WF-2113 (to replace my Wireless-N USB dongle)
Startech 5.25IN Trayless Hot Swap Mobile Rack (always wanted one of these)
Cougar Vortex 140MM Hydro Dynamic Bearing Fan 1200RPM (two of these to replace the noisy K62WB fans)
Zalman Fan Mate 2 3-PIN Fan Speed Controller (to make the new front fan more quiet, while still maintaining negative air pressure)

All in all it should be a fairly decent upgrade. I'll lose the ability to house a sound card, no big deal though, I'll end up using my PCI sound card in my HTPC once it is built.

Here's the list of parts I purchased for my HTPC:
Gigabyte H77N-WIFI
Intel Core i3 2120
Antec Kuhler H2O 620
Scythe KAZE-JYUNI Slip Stream Slim 120MM 12MM Cooling Fan 2000RPM (two of these for a push-pull config for the Kuhler 620)
Lian Li PC-Q08R
Seasonic SS-350ET
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 2X2GB DDR3-1600 (from my desktop)
Samsung SH-222BB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Intel 520 120GB

This is somewhat of a new concept for me, building an HTPC. I never thought I would ever be able to afford to build another PC just for my 42" LCD :haha:. I think I might turn this into a watercooled mini-pc when I go to upgrade my dekstop next time. It's a great place to start with the ITX H77/i5 3570k.

I think I might upgrade my video card next. What are the chances of a 350W Seasonic PSU handling a Core i3 and a GTX 280? :ph34r:

frontier204 October 6, 2012 05:18 AM

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Originally Posted by m0pelley99 (Post 660127)
Cougar Vortex 140MM Hydro Dynamic Bearing Fan 1200RPM (two of these to replace the noisy K62WB fans)
Zalman Fan Mate 2 3-PIN Fan Speed Controller (to make the new front fan more quiet, while still maintaining negative air pressure)

I have 2 of those Cougar fans in my Lancool PC-K62, and I don't find them much quieter than the stock fans. I have my fans set to undervolt to 9.0V (linear regulator) and the noise is still quite noticeable. I'd try a lower voltage but I've installed such a loud CPU fan it wouldn't matter :blarg:

You'd have to ask someone who's played with many more 140mm fans than me to find something better though.

Quote:

Originally Posted by m0pelley99 (Post 660127)
Here's the list of parts I purchased for my HTPC:
Gigabyte H77N-WIFI
Intel Core i3 2120
Antec Kuhler H2O 620
Scythe KAZE-JYUNI Slip Stream Slim 120MM 12MM Cooling Fan 2000RPM (two of these for a push-pull config for the Kuhler 620)
Lian Li PC-Q08R
Seasonic SS-350ET
G.SKILL Ripjaws X 2X2GB DDR3-1600 (from my desktop)
Samsung SH-222BB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB
Intel 520 120GB

(...)

I think I might upgrade my video card next. What are the chances of a 350W Seasonic PSU handling a Core i3 and a GTX 280? :ph34r:

Sealed liquid cooler on a 65W CPU that can't overclock because of the choice of H77 motherboard? I like the way you think :haha:
You may want to compare price/performance vs an AMD A-series at that price point, especially if you're actually using as an HTPC which would make the GPU part a lot busier than the CPU part.

A 350W PSU doesn't have a chance at powering a GTX 280 (properly):
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages...ew_test,5.html
With ~230W on the GPU + ~60W on everything else that gets you to 290W, which will probably cause one of the rails to go into overcurrent protection.

m0pelley99 October 6, 2012 07:42 AM

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Originally Posted by frontier204 (Post 660166)
Sealed liquid cooler on a 65W CPU that can't overclock because of the choice of H77 motherboard? I like the way you think :haha:

I meant to get the Z77 version of this board, but kind of jumped the gun. On the NCIX website they advertise the H77N-WIFI as "Z77", but obviously that's not the case. And I've never done any liquid cooling before so this is my idea of experimenting. lol


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