Like an idiot I posted in the wrong section so this thread is a port to the correct section.
If you would like to give it a read the original thread can be found here:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1400549
But I will copy and paste the main parts over:
I am hoping to build a Gaming HTPC.
I am a little out of the loop with most components as the last time I had a PC built was 2006 so a lot has changed since then.
Here is my idea for what my Gaming HTPC hybrid should be able to do:
1)Running Ubuntu mainly (but will also be installing windows)
2)Plays 1080p (obviously)
3)Plays Blu-Ray discs (maybe burn them)
5)Possibly use for encoding
6)Quiet when not doing demanding tasks such as running games, quiet running during tv/movie playback really is a must
7)Use for gaming (ie Skyrim)
8)I have a 5.1 sound system and ideally I would like it connected straight to the PC (preferably using optical out)
9)Use as a server (so my laptop does not have to be on all the time), will have my external hdd case (with 2x2tb SPANNED hdds in) connected.
10)Remote Control use (may be a problem using ubuntu....)
11)Be able to watch TV shows (so will include a tuner card)
12) Low power usage when not doing demanding things (as I think the pc will be on most, if not all, of the time.Decided components
(this section can very easily be changed and most likely will be changed)Motherboard
Asus P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard (Socket 1155, ATX, DDR3, USB 3.0, HDMI, Bluetooth Module)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Asus-P8Z68-V...pr_product_topProcessor
Intel Core i7-2700K 3.5 GHz Quad Core Processor (Socket 1155, 8MB L3 Cache, HyperThreading Technology, Retail)http://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-i7-270...2072281&sr=1-1RAM
Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kithttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMZ8...omputers_img_cCase
Lian Li PC-C60B Black HTPC Casehttp://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_0929.html
Really unsure about thisGPU:
Asus GeForce GTX 570 ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/info_5329.html
Really unsure about thisPSU
BeQuiet Pure Power L8 730W Power Supply BN183http://www.scan.co.uk/products/730w-...-quiet-fan-atx
OCZ-ZT750W-UK - 750W OCZ ZT Series Fully Modular PSU 80+ Bronze Certified ~85% Efficiency 140mm Fan 5 Year Warrantyhttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/750w-...-year-warranty
After that I am a little hazy on what components would be ideally suited for my task.
I believe the rest of my shopping list is:
Sound Card (is this necessary?)
Wireless keyboard and mouse
As the onboard graphics are decent I think I may hold off on buying the graphics card until a later date.
Any equipment I have already listed is very open to suggestions and changes.
After some research I have found that my options are limited due to the Lian Li case only accomodating GPU cards of 270mm or less, so to find a small, quiet, cool, reliable card is tricky, however this seems to be quite good:
Gainward GeForce GTX 580 "GOOD Edition" 1536MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Cardhttp://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=GX-141-GW
Does anyone have experience with this card and if so, would it be a good choice?
The card is 267mm as stated here:http://www.gainward.com/main/vgapro.php?id=452
Do you think 267mm is too close to 270mm?