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1/14/11 at 6:12am
Assassin, will this PSU be enough for the following HTPC build? I can get it for half the price it is listed for:
Gigabyte GA-H55M-UD2H Intel H55 Express 1156
Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9 XMP Dual Channel Desktop
1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ, OEM
Sony AD-5260S-0B 24x DVD-SM Internal SATA Drive / Black
Silverstone Grandia GD04B, Black, HTPC/Desktop, Micro ATX, w/o PSU
You think you could give me advice on improving the HTPC or do you think I chose the parts wisely? I was thinking of building a Sandy Bridge based HTPC but the parts are so costly, especially CPU.
I'm located in the UK BTW so there are many HTPC cases that are unavailable for me.
This is a great post - what is a compatible PC off the rack say from Dell?
Does anybody have any ideas on recording live TV? I have Directv which it seems from what I have read and investigated that I can't record from Directv. I do have an Over-the-air antenna which I could use to record Super Bowls and other sporting events on my HTPC. Does anybody have any suggestions on what type of card to buy or whether you can successfully record HD from Directv?
I installed 3 HDDs. I was able to get my 1st further in than you did. Mine did not not extend over the mb. Were you able to screw all 4 screws in? I'll see if I can get pics later.
|Completely agree. The case has it flaws but is still the best "HTPC" case for the money, imo. There are better cases out there but most cost about twice as much.|
|Most motherboards I have worked with only come with 2 sata cables. I know this is true for gigabyte and ASUS. If you need extra just be sure to purchase them.|
So it looks like going this route (miniATX) would save approx $50-60 compared the the microATX build I was considering. Anyone care to comment on pro/con of mini vs micro?
In my case, the only things I can really see adding down the road might be a dedicated video card and/or a tuner card. If I wanted to add a tuner, there are always external options like HDHomerun, so that's not a big deal.
Would a graphics card still fit in that Antec ISK case? Looks like there is one expansion slot on the miniATX board, but what about height? Would the included PSU need to be upgraded for a graphics card?
Other downsides to the smaller case - noise? Anything else?