I'm looking to build my first HTPC shortly and had a few questions. First let me preface this by saying in addition to this being my HTPC / Media server, it will also serve as my main PC (basically replacing my current PC with a HTPC). I don't play games, but am looking to build something that is powerful enough so it will be plenty fast for years to come.
Here are the main components I'm looking to buy:
Curious what your thoughts are for this setup? This may be overkill, and I was looking at the i5 3450 ($149 at Micro Center), but Micro Center has the 3570 on sale right now for $189, and with that processor I can get $50 off the motherboard, so it ends up being $10 cheaper then just getting the 3450 without the bundle deal. The P8Z77-V LX is on sale for $124.99, or $74.99 with bundle deal. Main thing I like is having true quad core rather then multi thread 2 core. Plus it can handle the 1600 mhz ram, where Sandy Bridge i3's won't. So my thought is I'm getting more then I need, but with 1600 mhz ram, a true quad core processor, and with Windows 8 supposed to be able to fully utilize multiple cores, I should have something that won't be outdated from a performance perspective and I'll be happy with in the long run. My current Dell I want to hurl out the window (no pun intended) most days.
One thing I noticed is the case has 4 x 120mm 4 Pin MOLEX fans (one with blue LED), and the mb has 2 x 4-pin chassis fan leads (in addition to the CPU fan lead and a 3-pin power fan). I've read there are a few options in this situation (more fans then mb leads) and was wondering what your experience is or what you recommend?
- Wire them to the PSU, they will run 100% all the time (not what I want)
- Buy Molex - 4 pin converters and connect 2 fans to the mb leads, then if i want to connect other 2 they would need to go to the PSU
- Can you connect multiple 4 pin fans to a single mb lead? 2 per lead would support all 4 case fans
- I thought I read where there is an adaptor that connects the fans to the PSU, and some lead wire also goes to the mb, so the mb can control and monitor the fan speed, but the power is supplied by the PSU. Is this true? Any one do this? Following is a link: http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10350/cab-183/Akasa_PWM_Splitter_-_Smart_Fan_Cable_AK-CB002.html
- Buy fan controller (again, would like to avoid this)
Ideally I don't want to have to buy a fan controller, and don't want them running 100% all the time either. Like having the mb be able to monitor and control speed of the fans. I'm not sure what power the mb 4-pin chassis fan leads are, however what i've read is most should be plenty powerful enough to power 2 (prob not more then 2 though) fans per lead. Any ideas/suggestions or knowledge you can share with me would be greatly helpful.
Thanks for your help, I appreciate all the helpful knowledge and answers this forum and all its members provide!!Edited by bobby2478 - 7/16/12 at 3:48pm