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Does anyone have a better suggestion on motherboard for this build?


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Just cant seem to decide on if it will do everything Im needing of it. Bitstream music/movies to AVR. I get lost on all the info of getting the best possible signal sent to my AVR. All the different quality levels of flac files etc. Will be using it to run Plex hometheater, possibly transcoding to several devices at once, send OTR TV signal to 4-5 TV using homerun network tuners, use as DVR to record shows, etc etc etc. I have a NAS on my network with huge amounts of storage, therefore only added the one drive (not counting the ssd drive). Do I need a video card? Read that the Haswell processors did an excellent job on video. Any help would be appreciated, and any other suggestions.

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What model AVR? I expect you'll want to render on your PC, hence use HDMI to your AVR. Any decent video card should be able to handle that, probably even the on-board one. My PC was $50 on eBay, and my video card was $15. It handles everything you mentioned easily. Your build is overkill for HTPC duty by a factor of 3 at least. It will work just fine.
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It looks like you don't use any expansion card (yup integrated graphics is good enough for most people). Then do you really need an ATX mb/case with 7 expansion slots? When transcoding videos, CPU gets hot. In GD09 you can't install a large CPU cooler because the drive cage is almost over the CPU socket (the red rectanlge below).


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For that HTPC build, the processor seems well beyond overkill (unless you have specific uses for it...or just want it :P). An i3 would be more than sufficient since I do not see a gaming graphics card anywhere...Just my .02. renethx is also right about the cooler situation on that case. Silverstone 1155 cooler is great and quiet...best of all, LP. Looks like a good build to me overall though.

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Will be using it to run Plex hometheater, possibly transcoding to several devices at once

Then Core i7 is a safe choice. Core i3 or below may struggle, depending on the sources and devices.

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I must have missed the plex server part with multiple concurrent transcoding streams.

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Then Core i7 is a safe choice. Core i3 or below may struggle, depending on the sources and devices.
stock i5 can handle 3 transcodes in my experience. Two over 4g with one to a 1st gen Nexus 7 over single band 2.4 N wifi, all three transcodes were full blu ray source

I've never tried to push an i3

Current devices with dual band wifi lower the requirement further unless the multiple streams are outside the lan
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Thanks for ty he replies. I realize the i7 is a bit overkill but trying to future proof it for a while and who knows what else this machine may end up doing.
So I need to look for a different case.
What about the motherboard? Would I be better off getting a graphics card as well instead of the onboard?

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I suggest:

- CPU: Core i5-4590 3.3GHz-3.7GHz, $199, is a good choice if you think i7 is overkill. Or go for the upscoming (June 20th) Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz-3.9GHz, $240, or Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz-4.4GHz, $340, if you want the best processor available today.
- SSD: 840 Pro 256GB $200 for a HTPC is a waste of money, IMO. I recommend Crucial MX100 256GB, $108, or 128GB, $75 (128GB is enough for HTPC) instead, the latest greatest budget SSD.
- OS: Windows 8.1 (Pro) System Builder OEM 64-bit, $95 ($133) (with StartIsBack, $3, or Start8, $5, and possibly with WMC, $10). Pro version is required if you are going to use WMC.
- MB: GIGABYTE GA-H97N-WIFI, $112 or GA-Z97N-WIFI, $121 (mini-ITX; 1 slot), MSI, H97M-G43, $111, or Z97M-G43, $119 (microATX; 4 slot), ASRock Z97 Pro4, $119 (ATX; 7 slot). If you buy a Haswell K processor and are interested in overclocking, you need to buy a Z97 mb. If you want to spend more money (more features and/or better OC), then check ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac or ASUS Z97I-PLUS (mini-ITX), ASUS GRYPHON Z97 (microATX), ASUS Z97-PRO (ATX).
- GPU: Try iGPU first. If you want a discrete card for better upscaling (e.g. DVD in a 1080p display), then ASUS or XFX R7 260X (dual fan) is a good choice.
- Case: Fractal Design Node 605 is little bit expensive, but great. Only slim ODD is supported (e.g. Panasonic UJ-240, $55), and microATX (with ODD) / ATX (without ODD) motherboard. Noctual NH-L12 CPU cooler, $62, fits in the case nicely. Or SilverStone SG08-LITE / Fractal Design Node 304 mini-ITX case (with a SFX PSU such as SiverStone ST45SF-G 450W Gold) if you don't need expansion card except for a graphics card.

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