As I have been saying around here for a while I need a new computer. Mostly for HTPC use, but I video edit and game too. There is a hole in my rack where the old disk-jukebox used to be. Plenty of space, but the rack is only 15" deep to the mounting post for my pull-up projector screen. After several weeks of thinking about parts, everything is now on order. I figured a good old-fashioned build thread could be fun, because whether it turns out well or is a complete failure, it isn't going to be a typical HTPC. So, watch this space...
I was looking to do a performance-value build, but not an economy build. Every new computer is cheaper than the last, and my last was a Thinkpad T with upgrades. My ballpark budget was $1,200, and when I’m done it will probably go over that, but I am letting sales tailor the choices. I have a Mediasonic 4 bay media server, so internal storage is not the first priority.
I probably should have come and asked advice first, but too late for that. Let me start with the guts list:
- GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H (it has firewire)
- Intel Core i5-3570K
- G.SKILL Sniper Gaming Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
- SanDisk Extreme 240GB
- Pioneer Electronics USA Blu Ray Computer Drive, BDR-2207B
- Rosewill RNX-N250PCe (RNWD-11005) Wireless Adapter
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I’ve grabbed a few quiet fans and a small tower heatsink (Coolermaster TX3, hope it fits) as well. [It didn't fit, final build is with a ZALMAN CNPS8900]
I’m going to leave you hanging on the case until I have photos…
Now, my build is also going to need a graphics card. I’m thinking an HD7870 for the good price and fine quality at 1920x1200. I’ll add a 2 or 3 TB WD green as well when I hit a sale. I’ll probably get a PCIe to express card adapter and move the AverMedia card from the laptop for OTA HD. Keyboard, mouse, and remote will move over. I’m going to need a load of cables (HDMI to projector about 30’, DVI to monitor, about 15 feet, I’ll figure the rest out later) but that is what monoprice is for once I test everything on the desktop.