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post #14491 of 15900
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

We have had this discussion before. The Antec is a better case than the Coolermaster that you prefer --- this coming from numerous professional reviewers. Its made from thicker more expensive metal and has better cooling. I referred you to the review where the Coolermaster case you like (which was about the same price) actually came in last. Its basically still the best and highest professionally reviewed case for $50 or less.
As for the power button it is fine. I can't remember the last time I actually even touched my server's power button. Maybe when I turned it on the first time?
"Quiet black finish"? I have no idea what that means. How is a black color quiet? I could care less what the inside of my server's color is personally.


The black coating is much nicer than the bare metal.

I own both. The reviewers should be questioned then because I disagree with them. If that is the case I would not trust other reviews they have done.

This is my second case... and both Antec's had issues. Issue at the MFG level and many things appear to be designed quickly and simply. There is nothing innovative about this case.

While I agree they use a thicker ply metal and good materials- the result is a heavier... bulkier case that has a rigid square metallic feeling.

While it might be a bit more sturdy - I can not remember the last time I moved my PC let alone throw it from my roof.

I would entirely prefer a lighter- sleeker case. If I need to sacrifice the thickness of the sheet metal ply for that... so be it. And I don't even mind some plastic to replace the metal if needed assuming it won't crack or break.

The black coating really is much nicer. It's no contest compared to bare metal silver. While the thickness of the ply of the metal is thicker on the Antec it lacks reinforcement in key areas.

So in contrast.... the Coolermaster sides and motherboard tray do not flex at all when pushing down to install a memory module. This happens on the Antec. Thicker metal or not.



Your ok to have your opinion but I am sticking to mine on this case. It's merely average IMO. It is perfectly satisfactory and a joy to build inside with tons of room. But it's quality control is suspect and it lacks any significant features or design to separate it from the others.

Not just coolermaster I am talking about. I have built no less than 12 different PC's in the last 12 months. From cheapo $25 cases to my $350 COSMOS II. While I can say there is a certain separation that's obvious from the COSMOS II it's to be expected from a $350 case.

My $120 Thermaltake is pretty nice but far below the COSMOS II and only slightly better than the Antec at $40. But at the sub $50 level most of the Coolermaster, Thermaltake, or Rosewill cases are clearly on par with the Antec 300 at everything that is important to me.

I just don't understand how the thickness of the metal has any bearing on anything. I never move my PC it sits quietly inside a closet. I would exchange some metal ply thickness for some innovative features, a higher level of quality control, or a light weight sleek design any day as they are more important to me.

You can rate it better on metal thickness- but the power button and reset button are lacking. The thick metal sides remove nice- but are flexible and not reinforced. The motherboard tray flexes as much as any case in it's class when pressure it applied. And the bare metal lacks the elegance and finished feel of a coated model. Last and probably most important- the finish on the outside scratches easily... as my nearly new Antec has serious scratches on the outside black finish down to the bare metal. I simply placed on on top of the other... on the floor and build in it taking it apart exactly twice. While I was not very careful about prevention of such... I was not abusive at all. In contrast I had none of these issues with other MFG's. I bet I build inside my Server case 15 times... from LGA 775 all the way to my current LGA1155. I had four different motherboards in that case- with 20 HDD's over 5 years and it looks as good as my 2 month old Antec.

I would be happy to show a video of two side by side to prove my point.


The Antec is perfectly serviceable and acceptable but I can not place it up high on the pedestal that you do. It's merely average. Some good some bad. Had they labeled my wires better, reinforced key areas, and used a better quality power switch I might recommend it more.

Again- This is not my only case. Not my first. Not my last. I feel like my opinion is solid on this matter. I might be a little harsh because I am displeased a tad bit but honestly I consider myself pretty forgiving of most products and that I generally have realistic expectations. It's a good case. But it's on par with others, not clearly above them like you think.
post #14492 of 15900
Thread Starter 
Thickness of metal improves the sound (or lack thereof), vibration dissipation and heat dissipation. Since you don't see the value in these things and instead demand things like unnecessary interior paint, robust and large buttons, etc.

Black paint does nothing and certainly doesn't make it more quiet. I would gladly sacrifice things like tool less design, unnecessary lights, interior paint, etc for better quality metal and material in a $40-$50 server case. But that's just me --- and apparently most other reviewers in the world (as well as the PC community in general).
post #14493 of 15900

This is all BS. Every chart.

As an owner of both I can tell you the sole and only reason that the Antec300 performs better is because it comes standard with two fans. Not one. One on top and one on either back or front. (Back being standard) In stock form it blows more air with twice as many higher speed fans and is slightly larger in size.

It's not a secret this works. But for a HTPC not overclocked it's not a factor. My CPU would never reach a critical temp in such basic duties with any of the cases in that class- even one with a single fan.


The coolermaster you seem to pick on has options for additional fans on top (3) or side (2) or front or rear. Fans costs $2-6 usually. If heat was an issue you could add a fan pretty easy. But like I said- it's not needed for a basic HTPC.

I would certainly do this for a gaming PC. For a normal PC... it's a non issue.

Do I care if my CPU is 44 versus 46 degrees? I am pretty sure I could run any Sandy or IVY over 50 degrees for years without issues so I don't give much credit there. It's like buy a car that goes 150mph versus a car that goes 120mph when the speed limit is 65mph.




On factor of quiet. The Antec is quieter because it has fan speed control switch. On high- it's louder. On Low it's quieter. It's not magic. reduce the fan speed and RPM and it quiets down. It's a nice feature- but almost all motherboards offer this built into them.


First thing I do with my motherboard was BOOT to BIOS and up the Target CPU temp to 50 degrees, lower the setting for Fan RPM target from 9 to 4.... it's a HTPC and I want it quiet. It's never going to overheat running a 3570k to play a movie from my server in that huge case and no mechanical HDD installed.


No HDD. SSD ONLY.
No video cards or add in cards.

Large full size case. Multiple fans. It's overcooled if anything... and I cut down the fan speed knowing this because it's in my climate controlled home that never gets hotter than 75 ambient air temp.

So it if has a small advantage with the fans on high- That means nothing. It's not needed.


If you wanted better cooling- Add a fan to the coolermaster on the top (it comes with only one on the front) and retest. No doubt it would be better. Imagine adding a back fan, a side fan, and a top fan ???? I bet it would easily best the Antec. But again- not needed. Even if a fan only costs $5 if you don't need it you don't need it.

These are full ATX cases- not mini cases. They all cool perfectly fine. Cutting the fan speed will always lower noise.. I wish they cut the fan speed on the coolermaster and tested it. I bet it's quieter.


None of these charts show any superiority for the Antec

More than that- none of those factors are significantly lacking on any of the cases in this class so if anything it shows the importance of other factors like design and MFG reliability/quality control. Antec certainly is lacking in this arena.
post #14494 of 15900
Thread Starter 
I have nothing at all against the Cooler Master. Just pointing out what place it came in and what results were obtained in an unbiased review from a very reputable source.
post #14495 of 15900
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Thickness of metal improves the sound (or lack thereof), vibration dissipation and heat dissipation. Since you don't see the value in these things and instead demand things like unnecessary interior paint, robust and large buttons, etc.
Black paint does nothing and certainly doesn't make it more quiet. I would gladly sacrifice things like tool less design, unnecessary lights, interior paint, etc for better quality metal and material in a $40-$50 server case. But that's just me --- and apparently most other reviewers in the world (as well as the PC community in general).

This antec is not magically quiet. It's normally quiet. There is a difference.

Cut the fan speed control on the motherboard to less than 1000 RPM's an any case in this class is quiet. As quiet as the Antec.

It's not like the Antec uses a magically quiet fan model (which you can buy and add to any case). It just runs a slower RPM on the low fan speed setting switch (same as lowering fan speed in motherboard)

Fan speed switch is nice- My motherboard shows about 900rpm with the switch on low. That's a nice quiet speed for a HTPC.

But don't pretend you can't lower any other cases or fans from 2000rpm to 900rpm and get a nice decrease in sound too. Antec is not special.

And if the thickness of the metal cuts down on the noise, they did a poor job with this case. It flexes more than most, and does not show a very significant decrease in noise when you consider you can lower a fan speed on any other case.


I would love to see a review of the noise with the same fan RPM speeds for this case and most others in the class. It would be interesting. Comparing a case noise reading from a 900rpm fan speed case to a 2000rpm fan speed case seems unfair.
post #14496 of 15900
Thread Starter 
But that's what comes with the case for only $40. Which makes it even that much of a better deal as you don't need to buy any additional fans. This is what the reviewers are saying as well.

You are going to be somewhat on your own here as the 300 is very well respected as a case outright and has been so for multiple years now.
post #14497 of 15900
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

But that's what comes with the case for only $40. Which makes it even that much of a better deal as you don't need to buy any additional fans. This is what the reviewers are saying as well.
You are going to be somewhat on your own here as the 300 is very well respected as a case outright and has been so for multiple years now.

I agree it's pretty good. But it's not head and shoulders superior like your suggesting. It's on par.
post #14498 of 15900
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Comparing a case noise reading from a 900rpm fan speed case to a 2000rpm fan speed case seems unfair.

I stand corrected as I noticed the HIGH speed (same as no speed setting on any other) is louder than the Coolermaster with a Rear Fan (same configuration location as the ANTEC300 ships at)

You can move the back fan to the front on the Antec300, as the Antec does not include a front fan like the coolermaster. But I choose not to do this because I only have SSD drive and would rather run the rear fan to aid in motherboard and CPU cooling- I don't need front HDD bay cooling because I don't have HDD's.

I really think all these are about the same- and can be configured to either cool better or be quieter (these two are often at odds with each other) depending on your individual needs.

In a nut shell, most decent cases in this class cool effectively and are quiet enough. If you require any significant improvement you need to either tweak them, adding super quiet low speed fans- Or purchase a more specific model aimed at either being dead silent (twice price) or high performance gaming case for cooler operation in a more substantial system.

I hate to try to battle with you on this. Your about 90% right and the Antec is a good case. I own it. I like it. I would buy it again (I did)

But- it's a decent value at $50 for what you get and certainly not superior to Rosewill, thermatake or Coolermaster for the same price and category. You can pick your poison they are all basically the same.

Antec got the nod for me because it's plain, with less lights and slightly bigger. I put it in a closest so space is not an issue. Light and noise are.

If I was doing something else with it- I would probably look at a different model.

Had I not received a defective model, and a second replacement model with mislabeled wires creating additional frustration I would be recommending it for sure. But at the end of the day the lack of quality control makes me hesitate. That is the most important to me. My frustration is priceless. The issues I have seen with Antec suggest they just MFG these things and stamp them out with little care for excellence. In contrast every Coolermaster product I have ever used always showed a level of caring and excellence. This is evident in the smallest details often overlooked.

I could not explain how amazing my Coolermaster Cosmos II is- or how much the little details and little things they do impress me. While the cheaper coolermaster's might not have the soft touch buttons and built in fan speed control they still exhibit the same level of caring and excellence. I would recommend a $39 Coolermaster Elite without hesitation for a budget ATX or Micro ATX desktop style build. It could be a HTPC, A home PC, a gaming PC, even a workstation. For $40 it's a great case for generally $10 cheaper than Antec. It's as quiet. For the difference in price between it and the Antec adding a fan makes it just as capable in cooling. It has nicer power and reset button design (not larger just better) and it's coated inside to give it a finished elegant feel. Simple things like breaking off the PCI slot on the back shows the difference between the two. The coolermaster is coated black and pops out and the level of machining is spot on. Antec is just cut plain metal- require bending back and forth bending to remove. Last but certainly not least the motherboard tray and sides are thinner and lighter but they are engineered intelligently and reinforced in key areas. The motherboard tray and sides do not bow or flex like the Antec does. This is noticeable when installing a DDR RAM Stick and watching and hearing the whole motherboard flex.
post #14499 of 15900
Thread Starter 
Please point me to where I said it's head and shoulders better. For $40 you aren't going to get perfection and are going to have to take some tradeoffs. I think antec did a nice job in designing what think is most important (to me) in a server case.
post #14500 of 15900
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

OK,

Here is a snapshot from my phone:

You can see that I have a POWER LED and another split POWER LED with + and -
The back of the two stuck together one also has an arrow on the grey to indicate it's the +
My problem is which do I use for which on my motherboard?

Here is my case: ANTEC 300

BTW Assassin--

Can you tell me if your is labeled the same as mine?


Do you remember or can you tell me if you also had the same labels ????? Or did I just get a strange anomaly ?
post #14501 of 15900
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

Please point me to where I said it's head and shoulders better. For $40 you aren't going to get perfection and are going to have to take some tradeoffs. I think antec did a nice job in designing what think is most important (to me) in a server case.

You make it seem like it is superior. I am not saying it's not as good or on par. I am saying it is. I am saying it's basically a tie with no significant advantage over competitors.
The main advantage would be dual fans with fan speed control. That is a nice feature. But if you don't need it (most motherboards let you control speed and fans are cheap) it's lacking in other areas.

I have continually said it's on par. Not better. Not worse. But you always make it seems like it is the only and best choice 100% of the time. I disagree.
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Oh HOLY crap ! I had no idea this was on the same plane as the . " No one should be allowed to own a computer with out an ssd" OR better yet ... " OCZ makes the bests ssd , hands down , no argument "

Stupid me thought I was sharing a thought about a plug on a case to a mother board . silly boy , when will i learn !! rolleyes.gif

Just for the record . I do like it when a computer case is painted on the inside BUT and I mean BUT , I would not ever use that a prerequisite for purchase in any way shape or form . If it is painted , great a bonus but that is it . I would certainly sacrifice useless paint for a better all around good product .

I own the original Cosmos 1000 . I really like the look of the case but the air flow patterns are TERRIBLE !! That is a prime mistake of playing on looks alone with out proper study wink.gif

Ok , I'm done . guess I will put another thread fight on the list of " do not enter"
post #14503 of 15900
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Originally Posted by flocko View Post

Oh HOLY crap ! I had no idea this was on the same plane as the . " No one should be allowed to own a computer with out an ssd" OR better yet ... " OCZ makes the bests ssd , hands down , no argument "
Stupid me thought I was sharing a thought about a plug on a case to a mother board . silly boy , when will i learn !! rolleyes.gif
Just for the record . I do like it when a computer case is painted on the inside BUT and I mean BUT , I would not ever use that a prerequisite for purchase in any way shape or form . If it is painted , great a bonus but that is it . I would certainly sacrifice useless paint for a better all around good product .
I own the original Cosmos 1000 . I really like the look of the case but the air flow patterns are TERRIBLE !! That is a prime mistake of playing on looks alone with out proper study wink.gif
Ok , I'm done . guess I will put another thread fight on the list of " do not enter"

Lol. I hear ya. I probably got a little frustrated with my Antec mislabels and over stated how terrible it is. It's average. But I am sure Assassin felt my assault on his beloved Antec300 and needed to defend it.

But you know I can't let go .. I have issues with this. smile.gif

I hear what you saying. I certainly have strong opinions. I will never change my stance on SSD. You should not build or purchase a PC today without an SSD. They are so affordable and offer so much performance benefit that it's unacceptable to exclude an SSD. Having an old PC you still use, perhaps. But building or buy a new PC- NO WAY.

I never said OCZ makes the best SSD's BTW. If anything- they are suspect on quality and near middle to upper level of the pack on performance. What they do offer is outstanding value ($59 for a 120GB Vertex3 I saw last week ) that can not be denied by all the haters. And the constant rhetoric about them blowing up or burning down your house is far overstated by the haters IMO. I personally would rather a TOSHIBA Toggle Nand SSD or a new model like the Plextor or Samsung 840- but I am more an enthusiast than normal people. If your looking for a really good deal on a great performer your not going to beat a 59$ 120GB Vertex3.

I had a Cosmos 1000. I hated it. LOL. Coolermaster has come a long way since then. The Cosmos II is head and shoulders above the rest to the point second place is not even close. It's not for everyone, but I doubt anyone could claim any worthwhile attempt at building the ultimate performance PC without including it as your choice- and only choice- for a PC case.

I agree with you 100% on the painting (coating) inside. It's nice. Not worth sacrifice in other important areas- but assuming all factors are even I would take the coated inside. It looks nicer, and it has a finished elegant feel to it.
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I never said OCZ makes the best SSD's BTW. If anything- they are suspect on quality and near middle to upper level of the pack on performance. What they do offer is outstanding value ($59 for a 120GB Vertex3 I saw last week ) that can not be denied by all the haters. And the constant rhetoric about them blowing up or burning down your house is far overstated by the haters IMO. I personally would rather a TOSHIBA Toggle Nand SSD or a new model like the Plextor or Samsung 840- but I am more an enthusiast than normal people. If your looking for a really good deal on a great performer your not going to beat a 59$ 120GB Vertex3.


LOL

Are you going to make me dig to find it ?
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I'm very happy with my budget build from January. However, since I find myself using the HTPC all the time (BD playback, for example), I'm thinking of upgrading the G530 CPU. I've been looking at HD Graphics 3000 (i3 2105), but it doesn't seem to get close to the $100 arbitrary limit I've placed. So I started looking at HD Graphics 2000, and I see a G850 for <$70. 

Would this make any sense, or should I just spring for the 2105?

Or not?

confused.gif

wink.gif

Thanks for opinions.

Michael

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I know u said budget but I would go i3 Ivy with the 4000 graphics if the board will support it . If not then I would go the 2105 route . Upgrading to a G530 is , to be polite.... not an upgrade that I would think would be worth it / major gain

Do you use a tv tuning card ? I had trouble with the G series cpu with my Ceton card . Just sayin
Edited by flocko - 10/5/12 at 7:38pm
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I'm upgrading FROM the G530, but I think you probably meant the 850, anyway.

I've been using the AverMedia Duet, with great success. I've recorded two shows while watching something else several times, and have been amazed that it can actually do such a thing (okay, so I'm easily amazed). Then Comskip runs and (generally) does a good job skipping the commercials on playback.

The board is an ASRock H61M/U3S3 (1155), so I don't think it supports the 4000 option. I guess I'm asking if there is "much" of a difference between HD Graphics (G530), Graphics 2000 (G850), and Graphics 3000 (i3-2105). Benchmarks anywhere? (I got this: http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/62/Intel_Celeron_Dual-Core_G530_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G850.html and this:

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/249/Intel_Core_i3_i3-2105_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G850.html). Does it matter? ($0 / $70 / $135)

Thanks much for your input.

Michael


Edited by LastButNotLeast - 10/5/12 at 8:50pm
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I am thinking about upgrading my 5 year old HTPC system. Right now I have the following:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHZ Processor
4GB Ram
320GB HD
80GB Intel SSD
Radeon HD 6670 1GB DDR3 Video Card
Ceton InfiniTV Cable Card

Would I get a huge benefit upgrading to an i3 processor if I mainly watch TV, record some shows, and play games on emulators?
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Originally Posted by flocko View Post

I never said OCZ makes the best SSD's BTW. If anything- they are suspect on quality and near middle to upper level of the pack on performance. What they do offer is outstanding value ($59 for a 120GB Vertex3 I saw last week ) that can not be denied by all the haters. And the constant rhetoric about them blowing up or burning down your house is far overstated by the haters IMO. I personally would rather a TOSHIBA Toggle Nand SSD or a new model like the Plextor or Samsung 840- but I am more an enthusiast than normal people. If your looking for a really good deal on a great performer your not going to beat a 59$ 120GB Vertex3.
LOL
Are you going to make me dig to find it ?

BEST ?? I never said best. I said it's as good as most for a lower cost and higher value. I said that "haters" tend to bash it more than OCZ deserves IMO.

I just stick up for it because I think it gets an unfair amount of criticism and hate, and really the drives perform really well and have very good prices.

Best is subjective - But I can't see a Vertex3 winning in any category I would measure for that. Speed is probably won on a PCI Card type SSD, and OCZ is certainly not going to win reliability rating.

It probably has a good shot at winning "best value" given a 120GB is $59 on sale and as good a performer as any $80-$140 SSD of the same size. But best value is not best.
post #14510 of 15900
Just to add my two cents. The Antec Nine Hundred was a well-reviewed case, but I hated mine with the fire of a thousand suns. Sure, thermals were great but every time I had to change a hard drive I had to pull the fan assembly from the case -- which required no less than 8 screws to complete the job. CRAZY. Did any reviewers focus on this? Nope.

Cases can be pretty personal things. I haven't recommended an Antec case in ages.
Edited by bznotins - 10/6/12 at 6:38pm
post #14511 of 15900
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

I'm very happy with my budget build from January. However, since I find myself using the HTPC all the time (BD playback, for example), I'm thinking of upgrading the G530 CPU. I've been looking at HD Graphics 3000 (i3 2105), but it doesn't seem to get close to the $100 arbitrary limit I've placed. So I started looking at HD Graphics 2000, and I see a G850 for <$70. 

Would this make any sense, or should I just spring for the 2105?

Or not?

confused.gif

wink.gif

Thanks for opinions.

Michael

And now, to complicate matters further, an i3-2100 for $80.

TigerDirect offers the Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core LGA 1155 Processor, model no. BX80623I32100, for $119.99. Coupon code "UNX72958" cuts it to $79.99.

Thoughts?

 

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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

And now, to complicate matters further, an i3-2100 for $80.
TigerDirect offers the Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core LGA 1155 Processor, model no. BX80623I32100, for $119.99. Coupon code "UNX72958" cuts it to $79.99.
Thoughts?

I think from a G540/530 to say a 850 is not worth it. Your going from say 2.4 to 2.9 ... not a significant increase to bother IMO

if you already own the 530- And it works it won't help you any to go with the 850

I think something with HD4000 level graphics above i3 would be where I would consider the upgrade worth it.

I just doubt you will notice any significant differences with less.


I just upgraded my G630 to a 3570k. I can tell a difference but for pure HTPC it's not a big deal. My jump was bigger than yours,, and I feel any jump too small is just a waste of time and $$$ with no benefit.

Difference between a 530 and a 850 is smaller than you think.
post #14513 of 15900

Thank you very much.

Money saved is money saved, after all.

post #14514 of 15900
Thread Starter 
I bit at the i3 2100 $80 deal.

Looking to do some testing on a server project that I am doing. For $80 that is one hell of a deal for that beast of a CPU.
post #14515 of 15900
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

I bit at the i3 2100 $80 deal.
Looking to do some testing on a server project that I am doing. For $80 that is one hell of a deal for that beast of a CPU.

I agree.

In my mind the value spots are: $49 G630 $79 i3 2100 and $139 i5 3570k.

Depending on the level or performance you need/want the above options are the best value going.
post #14516 of 15900
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

I bit at the i3 2100 $80 deal.
Looking to do some testing on a server project that I am doing. For $80 that is one hell of a deal for that beast of a CPU.

I've decided to build a HTPC having never built a PC before. I'm just starting to read this thread and the Hardware Guide at your blog. This processor seems like a good place to start at $80 through tomorrow but it seems most of the motherboards you recommend for it in your hardware guide are discontinued. Is the guide just in need of an update to include boards with newer chipsets (Z75 or Z77 for instance) or will I need to find one with the Z68 or H67 chipsets?
post #14517 of 15900
Quote:
Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

And now, to complicate matters further, an i3-2100 for $80.

TigerDirect offers the Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core LGA 1155 Processor, model no. BX80623I32100, for $119.99. Coupon code "UNX72958" cuts it to $79.99.

Thoughts?

 

I think it's funny that everyone's buying it but ME!

But, thanks to your good advise, the $80 will be better spent elsewhere.

Michael

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by shawne11 View Post

I've decided to build a HTPC having never built a PC before. I'm just starting to read this thread and the Hardware Guide at your blog. This processor seems like a good place to start at $80 through tomorrow but it seems most of the motherboards you recommend for it in your hardware guide are discontinued. Is the guide just in need of an update to include boards with newer chipsets (Z75 or Z77 for instance) or will I need to find one with the Z68 or H67 chipsets?

Please read the disclaimer at the top of my guide here at avs.
post #14519 of 15900
Newegg has some deals on random HTPC parts - HD, PS, HTPC Cases by Lian Li, memory
post #14520 of 15900
I need some help with MCE Buddy (using 2.3) conversion parameters. The wtv files from my HD HomeRun generate files that are 1080x1920. I am experimenting with various mp4 and mkv conversion profiles, trying to get the best compromise of quality and speed of conversion (I have tried some that take 8 hours mad.gif). From the documentation:
]FixedResolution=true (v2.1.4+)
This tells MCEBUddy not to change source video resolution while converting (keep source resolution). When this paramter is set, MCEBuddy ignores the resolution slider on the conversion profile page.

As best I can tell from inspecting the profiles.conf file, the conversions I am using do not specify FixedResolution=true. So, the resolution slider should apply.

  1. Assassin's Guide only references v1.1 Is it better to back down to 1.1?
  2. I am not completely sure I know what the resolution slider is. Is it the conversion task parameter named "Max Width"?
  3. If that's it, the default is 720. Doesn't that mean I am giving up a lot of resolution from the recorded resolution of 1920 width?
  4. Am I missing the whole idea here?

Thanks for any help.
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