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Old 02-07-2014, 10:27 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi Guys!


I have been using WD Live Hub with NAS and PS3 as my AV setup. I want to change to setup with the HTPC as the focal point. I am using a Pioneer AV receiver with Polk speakers and a Samsung 55 inch LED TV and will continue to use them as well as the PS3 for playing Blu Rays


I am based out of Singapore and am sourcing all my components from Amazon. Its cheaper and they have free delivery to SG on most items. That being said, returning stuff will be very painful and so i wanted your advice on selecting the right components:

I have gone through the threads and assasin's blog have settled on the following components:

CPU -Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz
MOBO -MSI ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Z87-G45 
RAM - 2X 4 GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-19200 2400MHz Trident X Series CL10 (10-12-12-31) Voltage 1.65V
PSU -Corsair CX430M 430 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 384 
CPU Cooler -Noctua NH-U14S U Type, 6 Heatpipe,140mm 
HTPC CASE -Silverstone Tek GD08B Aluminum ATX / SSI-EEB / SSI-CEB 
KB -Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 
SSD -Samsung 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III
HDD -2 X WD30EZRX WD Caviar Green 3 TB SATA III 64 MB Cache 


I wont be using this for live tv or for heavy gaming. I will use the setup for watching movies in 1080P and DTS HD sound. I have a lot of content (around 6.5 TB) which i will consolidate on the two drives). There are are two more 3TB NAS on the network. I might also add another HDD and a Blu Ray Burner in the near future. 

Here come the questions:
-Is this setup adequate ? The current cost is 1050 USD and that's my budget. Any comments on conflicts between components will be really welcome.
- I will use XBMC as the front end. I have an option to get either windows 7 or 8.1 for 20-35 USD (subsidized by my firm). Given that cost is not an issue, what should i go for?
- The HTPC will be almost always on. So heating and noise is a concern. Do i need to change the cooler or the stock fans on the case.


Disclosure:   I have posted the query in another forum (anandtech). Hope it's ok.



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