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I got tired of the issues with streaming to my bluray player in my bedroom so I decided to build a HTPC for it. I wanted to try my hand at a Mini ITX system but I still wanted to have room to fit a decent GPU as I had a 4850 that was not being used.

Overall I'm very happy with it. The mobo does receive false CPUTIN readings so I'm going to RMA it but aside from that it works great. The fans are not overly loud, you can hear the GPU fan but not with a video playing. I'm going to use MSI Afterburner to control the GPU's fan speed myself. For the CPU fan speed I'm using Speedfan.

While idling the CPU temps are typically 32-34c at 20% fan speed and the HSF set to quiet (has a performance mode as well). The GPU idles at 40c and I believe the fan speed is around 30-40% but I'm not 100% on that yet. While watching a movie the CPU temp goes up to 40-42c at 20% which is still plenty cool for this CPU. The GPU remains around 42c with video playback.

SilverStone claims this case will hold up to a 9" GPU but I believe you could use one up to 10" if it has the power connections on top. For reference the 4850 that I used is 8.25".

The TV in my bedroom is only a 32" 720p so this little htpc should be fine for years to come.

Anyway, the parts list and pics:

SILVERSTONE Sugo Series SG05BB-450

Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core

ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Sapphire 4850 1GB HDMI (already own)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM

SILVERSTONE NT07-1156 90mm CPU Cooler

SAMSUNG 8X Slim Internal DVD Burner

Cisco AE1000 Wireless-N USB Adapter

Windows 7 Vista XP Media Center MCE PC Remote Control




















Equipment - 47" Vizio 120hz 1080p SV470XVT - Onkyo TX-NR809 - Pioneer BDP-150 - HTPC, Xbox 360, Wii - Turtle Beach X41 7.1 Headset - Sennheiser RS170 Headphones
Speakers - Polk Audio CS2, Monitor 70's, Monitor 30's, BIC F12 12" Sub
HTPC - Intel Core i3-3220, 8GB DDR3 1600, 560ti 1GB, 7TB of HDD's, LG Bluray
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Even though you already have the 4850, did you try using just the iGPU? You are just using this for watching HD video, right? If you can measure the power consumption, I'd be curious the difference. Even though you already own the dGPU, you'd probably save yourself a good amount of electric bill w/ just the iGPU.

 

 

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Even though you already have the 4850, did you try using just the iGPU? You are just using this for watching HD video, right? If you can measure the power consumption, I'd be curious the difference. Even though you already own the dGPU, you'd probably save yourself a good amount of electric bill w/ just the iGPU.

I will do a little bit of lite gaming.. NFS, DMC4, Darksiders, etc.. This will also double as a take along PC for vacations so the kids can play some games in the hotel.

Unfortunately I don't have any way of testing the power consumption or I would when I swap the motherboard out.

Equipment - 47" Vizio 120hz 1080p SV470XVT - Onkyo TX-NR809 - Pioneer BDP-150 - HTPC, Xbox 360, Wii - Turtle Beach X41 7.1 Headset - Sennheiser RS170 Headphones
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HTPC - Intel Core i3-3220, 8GB DDR3 1600, 560ti 1GB, 7TB of HDD's, LG Bluray
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Ah, gaming. Gotcha. I was going to ask if that was the motivation. That looks like a great case for it, especially how the dGPU fan is right there at that vent. Nice build.

I have a Kill-a-Watt meter. It was pretty cheap. I picked it up on sale at my local big-box hardware place (Lowes). I've learned a lot about where my electric bill goes .

 

 

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I might have to look into that meter. I'm curious how much this build is pulling compared to my main HTPC and gaming rig.

Equipment - 47" Vizio 120hz 1080p SV470XVT - Onkyo TX-NR809 - Pioneer BDP-150 - HTPC, Xbox 360, Wii - Turtle Beach X41 7.1 Headset - Sennheiser RS170 Headphones
Speakers - Polk Audio CS2, Monitor 70's, Monitor 30's, BIC F12 12" Sub
HTPC - Intel Core i3-3220, 8GB DDR3 1600, 560ti 1GB, 7TB of HDD's, LG Bluray
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Keep an eye on NewEgg, they have it on sale quite often. I paid $16.95 with free shipping for mine.
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