First of all thanks for the great amount of feedback.
You guys are awesome!
bmcclure937 Wrote:... that PSU and case alone is probably about the price I paid for my whole build.
I already have the case and absolutely love it. So that's not gonna change.
The materials, quality and overall look are amazing.
I know it's very expensive, but in my opinion it's worth it.
maxinc Wrote:[...]my concern would be with the fanles PSU and the relatively small case. By the looks of it, with such component the case will get very hot inside.
Yah, I do have my concerns about that too.
But then again, the CPU and the GPU together have a TDP of 95W + 49W = 144W, and the average CPU power should be well below that, so that the whole system doesn't need more power and cooling than say, a PS3.
Of course I might be wrong, but I guess there's no other way than trying it out. In the worst case I'll send the PSU back and get a semi-passive one instead.
After all I want to keep fan noise down to a minimum.
eskro Wrote:and also, you say you wanna use XBMC Live and play Emulators...
looks like a WIndows7 job.... anyways,
you could start by having a look at these...
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bmcclure937 Wrote:You could also save about $60 (or more) on the motherboard.
I actually might end up using Windows after all, but I want to try XBMC Live first because of the appliance feel.
If things don't work out the way I intended I'll most likely switch to Windows.
About your build: While the current AMD processor's offer great value they're lacking feature-wise.
I definitely want a UEFI motherboard for the way faster boot times and better features, which effectively forces me to go Intel.
I would love to save some money on the motherboard, but there is no cheaper µATX board with UEFI and FireWire support.
grantd Wrote:1. Is this the only computer you intend to store media on or could the storage be put into another computer on the network which is always on anyway?
2. What are your future plans for this box, DVR recording? Heavy Gaming?
3. Do you intend to be running a lot of other services on this box? Torrents? sabnzbd? sickberd? couch potato? video ripping and compression?
4. What type of media are you generally playing? SD .avi's, HD .Mkv's, blu ray disks?
5. How tech savvy are the people in the house that are going to be using it.
1. Yes, this is the only computer I intend to store media on. At least for now.
It needs a HDD as I want to be able to take it with me when I visit friends or family.
2. DVR recording maybe, gaming no.
3. No, no services. I might do my video ripping on this PC though once I have it.
4. Mainly HD .mkv's, Blu-Rays and some DVDs.
5. The people that are going to use it are quite tech savvy, I'd say.
Let me clarify the whole emulator thing.
When I said I wanted to emulate older games I had the Playstation 2, Gamecube and Dreamcast in mind.
And unfortunately these emulators do require quite beefy hardware.