Originally Posted by C17chief
Very nice machine...but yeah, WAY overkill for htpc. Since you built that bit lesser one as well, I would use the nice i7 one for desktop and make that lesser one HTPC as it would work every bit as good.
I actually built (5) LGA1155 machines in last 30 days. The lesser 2500k CPU machine is for the office. (My partner and I game at work some times)
I built a very nice Asrock H61 with a G620 for the office I was super impressed with. It totally owns EXCEL, WORD and PDF's. (We do lots with this) Our book keeper runs it with dual monitors. The best PC I think possible for under $300. Totally a nice machine.
The set up in my home just allows me to use my main daily driver PC as a HTCP. It's not in the same room- but the range of the wireless keyboard and mouse remote operates it just fine. Since all the storage is on this machine anyways it just makes sense in my set up. It's not about using another PC. I even have a spare PC if I needed a HTPC in that room- but reality is that performance is just best using the BIGBOY. All it requires is the HDMI cable to the Onkyo receiver.
I will be building a $300 budget HTPC on LGA1155 very soon- but this will be for the living room.
I don't use this PC because I have to do it. I use it for HTPC because it performs best and my set up just makes it make sense. I can't justify another PC to replace it- even if it is overkill. I spend lots of time on it in the office using it for PC duties so it's on double duty
Originally Posted by C17chief
1) Holy thermal grease! that comment is exactly what I thought too! haha. You do have WAY to much on there. Thermal grease is one of those things that just enough is best and more is def not better, but actually worse. Just a SMALL grain of rice sized dab is all you need, and with the thinner stuff like AS5, no need to even spread it as it will do it on its own when you attach the HS. If you ever take the HS off for anything thus need to re-apply, dont use so much next time!
Yup. I know. I said earlier I cleaned it up and thinned it before I installed the cooler after that photo was taken. The clump in the middle kinda squirted out by accident. I removed it and just spread what was left around. It came out ok.
I actually scraped it off and put it on the other CPU as I did not want to waste it.... lol.
2) All the fans....for HTPC, my aim would be using the fewest fans possible and make the cooling as passive as you can....even if it meant running the rig on the warm side. Unlike a desktop where you may want to run it as cool as possible, an HTPC I want as quiet as I could possibly get it. I dont care how much higher the temps are vs how low you could get them, so long as the temps are kept within the spec.
First- again it is not in the same room. So sound is not an issue. If this was right next to me, overclocked, with all the Fans on HIGH speed I can totally see what your saying. I would make the same assumption you are; and I totally agree with what your saying. It's just a non factor in my set up being in a different room. Basically the PC has a room and closet all to itself
Second- I said earlier it's not really a HTPC. It's an enthusiast level PC and daily driver- that just also does HTPC duties. I did not build it just for HTPC. I built it cause I like PC's and I use it for encoding, ripping, gaming, and just about everything a PC enthusiast would use a PC for. For HTPC alone it's way more than you need. It's probably more than you need for the other stuff I do... lol.
I currently have two G620's, a 2500k and a 2600k, as well as an LGA775 E8500 core2Duo, and two Socket 939's X2's. I could use any of them for HTPC but it just makes sense to use my main machine because of it's location.
I don't mind the extra OOMPH and power
Last, This PC has fan controls. I can turn off every fan and turn down the CPU fan to almost nothing in BIOS. The case is pretty sweet with integrated fan controllers. On Low- it is honestly the quietest PC I have ever owned. The case does and excellent job of sound absorbing and isolation. It's a massive case.
I only crank it up to high setting when I am overclocked- or doing some intensive stuff. I have different profiles set up- and the PC restarts in about 8 seconds-
When I am in quiet mode (if I choose it) it's the quietest PC I have every owned. It's quieter than the 2500K machine I posted up top with only SSD, one fan and on energy mode setting in BIOS. I will SPL meter a youtube video because honestly no one would believe me unless they see it.
3) I call this a maybe since it's a highly subjective personal preference thing...the lit PSU, lit fans, etc. I want my TV as the focus, not all the purty lights on the computer.
Again not in the same room. And not on display. Once the case is closed you can't see much of anything. I just had those so I installed them to mess around because it was fun.
This PC lives in a dedicated PC closet of sorts. It's in a ventilated cabinet under my side desk- easy to access but out of the way. It's totally hidden and quiet most of the time. The back is open.. but the front and sides are closed.
I really can't hear or see this PC ever unless I take it out. I am putting it on a small roller platform for ease of use in this. This PC weights 100 pounds!