Hi everyone, I'm Fritzou and new here in the forum.
Last time I opened a PC was a very long time ago and now it tickles in my fingers. I want to start again buy building my own HTPC, for which I have already bought the Moneual Moncaso 312 case. Planned environment is Win7 Pro 64 bit (for remote access) with XBMC. I'll see later for other applications, like skype, voice control or maybe even leap motion... We'll see once the machine is up and running.
I found some very good information in this thread, but I think the hardware market has a bit changed since some of the posts and wanted to have your thoughts on the build I plan:
PSU: Seasonic X-400 Platinum Modular Fanless
MoBo: MSI FM2-A85XMA-E35
CPU/APU: AMD A6-5400K (with Radeon HD 7540D)
CPU cooler: Scythe SCBSK-2100 Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B
RAM: Patriot Intel Extreme Masters, DDR3-1866, CL9 - 8 GB Kit
SDD: Samsung SSD 840 Pro Series 256GB
ODD: no clue whether to choose a slimline or a normal one, but I think a normal one is right. I was thinking of the LG BH16NS40 5,25" SATA, but don't know if it fits and isn't to noisy. It really just has to read BluRay.
case fans: 2x Noiseblocker BlackSilent XM1 - 40mm fans
+some noise cancelling material and screws, rubber cable binders
I really haven't got any equipment at home anymore. Is there anything I'm forgetting to get started (e.g. do I have to buy separate paste or does it come with the CPU cooler or additional power supply cables)?
I have a few specific questions on this planned build:
- Does the RAM and the motherboard go together or would they conflict?
- Scythe doesn't specifically say that that cooler is compatible with FM2 socket. But if it fits on FM1, it should also fit on an FM2 socket, right?
- the case is pretty low, will the Skythe CPU cooler fit in?
- Does it still make sense to partition an SSD? I suppose not and I always had the impression of wasting space when creating partitions.
Thanks in advance for your expert opinion on my planned setup.