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Old 11-15-2012, 06:01 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello.
I´m going to buy a HTPC and I´m having trouble choosing the case.
From all the cases i saw i liked the ANTEC FUSION REMOTE MAX BLACK.

The case will have this components:

Motherboard: GIGABYTE - Z77X-UP4 TH
Power Supply: SEASONIC X-660
CPU: INTEL - Core i7-3770S/3.1GHz 8MB LGA1155 65W 
CPU Fan: CORSAIR - Hydro Series H60 Cooler CPU
SSD: VERTEX 4 SERIES SATA III 2.5Pol 128GB
HDD: 2x WESTERN DIGITAL - Disco 1TB 64Mb, 6Gb/s, Green, SATA -WD10EZRX 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Memory: G.SKILL PC3-12800 1600MHZ RIPJAWSX 16GB CL10 (2X8GB) DDR3
Video Card: ASUS GEFORCE GTX670 DIRECT CU II 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0
Optical drive: Asus BC-12B1ST BLK B AS

I really need your help. Give me your opinion to improve this, please.

Thank you all.
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:50 AM
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You may want to take a look at this article on that CPU cooler. It gets to about 45db
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I'm a fan of tower coolers myself, with two high end fans like Noiseblockers with PWM control. Some CPU radiant towers are quieter than others too with how air movment becoming noise through the fins.

The front of the case looks really nice, but I wonder how well that case will vent air.
You may want to look into M-ATX cases and motherboards or even . The smaller the case, the less fans you need to keep it cool, and with less fans, it's quieter . But if you do go with that case, you should deffinetly go with a video card that pushes it's hot air out the back of the case. Rather than just scattering it around the inside of the case.

Western Digital makes Green and Blue drives. The Blues are the quietest I think. You might want to investigate that one.

Oh and find a motherboard with lots of PWM fan headers to, so your fans can spin down down and keep quiet.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806

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My experience with those video cards that exit air through the back of the case is the fans are super loud. But I've avoided even reading about them since that first one I had, maybe they've fixed that problem.

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Just a thought, but where exactly are you planning on placing your HTPC? Where you place it can make a massive difference in perception. Depending upon your setup, you maybe could isolate it into a cabinet or closet?

I've got mine in an AV closet where it can be as loud as it wants without being distracting. I didn't have to sacrifice on components or spend more for fanless or hushed kit. Until I rebuild the room into a proper home theater, it is a simple closet in the room with a door, nothing fancy. I can barely hear any of the equipment in there.
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Latest configuration:

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD07 ( euros)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT (220 euros)
CPU: INTEL 1155 CORE I7 3770K 3.50GHZ 8MB BOX (296,85 euros)
CPU Cooler: NOCTUA NH-L12 LOW PROFILE. (51,95 euros)
GPU:ASUS GEFORCE GTX660 DIRECT CU II 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E (239,8 5 euros)
Power Supply: SEASONIC X-660 (151,4 0 euros)
SSD: SAMSUNG SERIES 830 128GB 2.5" SATA III (95,85 euros)
HDD: 2X WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GREEN 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA III 3.5 (72,95 X2 euros)
Memory: CORSAIR PC3-12800 1600MHZ 16GB VENGEANCE LP CL10 (2X8GB) DDR3 (73,55 euros)
Optical drive: ASUS BC-12B1ST BLU RAY (63,35 euros)

Total: 1338 euros (without the case...)

I Think it will be something like this.

The case will stay at the cabinet tv, just will have a glass at front, does not isolate the noise.

What you think?

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Old 11-27-2012, 07:41 AM - Thread Starter
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This is the latest config:

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD07…………………………………………………………...........……………………????e uros
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO/THUNDERBOLT………………………………..........……………………220 euros
CPU: INTEL CORE™ I7-3770T……………………………………………………………..…...……………..…….284,95 euros
CPU Cooler:NOCTUA NH-L12 LOW PROFILE........................................... .........................51,95 euros
GPU:ASUS GEFORCE GTX660 DIRECT CU II 2GB GDDR5 PCI-E 3.0...............................239,85 euros
Power Supply: SEASONIC X-660............................................... ...................................151,40 euros
SAMSUNG SERIES 830 128GB 2.5" SATA III............................................... ...................95,85euros
HDD:2X WESTERN DIGITAL CAVIAR GREEN 1TB 7200RPM 64MB SATA III 3.5…......…72,95 X2 euros
Memory: CORSAIR PC3-12800 1600MHZ 16GB VENGEANCE LP CL10 (2X8GB) DDR3…...73,55 euros
Optical drive: ASUS BC-12B1ST BLU RAY………………………………………………………………….........63,35 euros

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This is the latest config:
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V PRO………………………………..........……………………220 euros
CPU: INTEL CORE™ I7-3770T……………………………………………………………..…...……………..…….284,95 euros
CPU Cooler:NOCTUA NH-L12 LOW PROFILE........................................... .........................51,95 euros
SAMSUNG SERIES 830 128GB 2.5" SATA III............................................... ...................95,85euros
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I'm using the above, except the 3770K, and it is truly silent. I will be putting in a finned fanless graphics card to make sure. I know the Asus CUII cards are quiet for what they are so it should work out. I keep hard drives separate on a server, they always have a slight whirring when the room is quiet. Of course, once you start gaming you wont hear anything from the htpc wink.gif

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Yeah, the 3770K doesn't seem like a reasonable CPU if your goal is silence. Any game you play will be limited by the GTX 660, not the CPU. Save some money and get a slower CPU. Less heat so you'll need less airflow to cool it. Just my opinion...
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