Howdy good folks!
Not only am I a luddite, I am also a newbie and a fool. I’m going to try to build an HTPC!
My goal is something for the living room that is quiet, great graphics and sound for movies and music.
I have all my DVD’s and CD’s on a pair of Iomega ix2’s and I am just cutting my teeth with XBMC. So far so good, but I’m using a laptops with HDMI outputs; one shows much better video than the other, but won’t play 5.1, the other sounds great but the video is jumpy. All the DVD’s are saved as uncompressed Video_TS copies via DVDFab and the CD’s are all lossless FLAC via dBpoweramp. Anyway, I’d like a dedicated box because I use the laptops for other things.
I’m wondering if the pieces I have my eye on will work together and what else I will need, and, of course, if this is completely stupid.
Antec Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Intel Core i5-2500K Processor
ASUS P8P67-M PRO LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2200 Micro ATX
HIS Radeon HD 6570 2 GB (128bit) DDR3 HDMI DVI-D (HDCP) VGA PCI Express X16 2.1 Video Card (9H657HS2G)
Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2
Is this big enough? I don’t plan on running anything other than XBMC under Windows 7 and as little else as possible. Can I get away with just a SSD or do I need an HDD too?
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
Corsair Builder Series CX V2 430-Watt 80 Plus Certified Power Supply Compatible with Intel and AMD Platforms - CMPSU-430CXV2
This might be overkill in terms of wattage; I was just looking for something that’s quiet.
No optical drive (I’ll use one on another computer to copy stuff I buy and a local Blu-Ray to watch stuff I rent).
Windows 7 Home ok?
Later I plan on adding a TV-adapter-tuner thing.
I think the CPU doesn’t need its own fan (I won’t be doing any of the wild overclocking stuff you folks do) and it can control the case’s fans. Am I even close?
The graphics card is fanless, and I’m thinking I can get away with no fan on the CPU. The case has some big fans but they’re supposed to be quiet. The power-supply also has a fan.
Well, what do you think?
Odds of success?
Or should I just stick to watching TV like normal folks?
Luddite to build HTPC
Joined: Feb 2012
2012-05-16 22:21 Post: #1
Joined: Apr 2012
2012-05-16 22:38 Post: #2
You don't need to go that beefy, nor get separate parts for everything.
A Zotac box will have a chunk of what you need built in - try something like this: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=60545&vpn=...ture=Zotac
and throw that hard drive you picked out in there.
Windows will work fine, though I'd recommend adding more RAM to the Zotac box in that case - I've got a box that does something similar and just starts xbmc on startup.
Then share your media on another PC or NAS (the primary purpose of your HTPC is to be a small quiet box that watches videos - it shouldn't need/want to hold the videos itself, especially since it will have limited local storage)
You can also get a USB remote control (for example, http://ncix.com/products/?sku=58272&vpn=...ure=Others - I'm not endorsing this particular one, but that's just a quick search) so you don't need to worry about keyboard/mouse for your HTPC.
Joined: May 2011
2012-05-16 23:26 Post: #3
You should be able to playback everything with Intel HD3000 in i5-2500K without a discrete HD6570. You'll have a very powerful Windows 7 HTPC for XBMC........
>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!