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post #31 of 76
We are now in "Gold" era even in the low-end section (not yet in US? smile.gif). PSU usually lasts the longest (> 10y), personally I would choose one of the best quality.
Edited by renethx - 11/20/12 at 3:22pm
post #32 of 76
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

We are now in "Gold" era even in the low-end section (not yet in US? smile.gif). PSU usually lasts the longest (> 10y), personally I would choose one of the best quality.

So you recommend the Seasonic? Wish there was a comparison of the actual amount of sound from each.
post #33 of 76
I have compared Essential 400W, Seasonic G 350W, and Rosewill Capstone 450W (= Super Flower, not the one you listed) (and lots more) with my ears. smile.gif Seasonic is the quietest (not every Seasonic PSU is quiet, however, in particular OEM models).
post #34 of 76
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Is the Seasonic G 360 more or less the same as the Seasonic G 350W I am unable to find?
post #35 of 76
You are right, not 350W but 360W.
post #36 of 76
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Originally Posted by elliscs View Post

I'm building a HTPC for my living room that I want to be nearly silent. I've read through the forums and I think I've settled on my build. Would be glad to have feedback on it. I wanted it to be support 1080p, 3D video, BlueRay disc, look like an AV equipment, and be nearly silent. I will mainly be streaming online content, and video from another computer.

So I'm closing in on my build with all the help from you guys. Here it is with the changes listed:

Case:
SilverStone Aluminum/Steel Micro ATX Media Center/HTPC Case ML03B (Black) - $53.99
Motherboard:
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $59.99
Power Supply:
SeaSonic SSR-360GP 360W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $59.99
Processor:
Intel Core i3-3225 Dual-Core Processor 3.3 GHz 3 MB Cache LGA 1155 - BX80637i33225 - $136.99
SSD:
Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2 - $72.99
RAM:
Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX 8GB Desktop Memory Kit - DDR3, (2 x 4GB), PC3-12800, 1600MHz, CL9, Intel XMP Ready - $35.59
Optical Drive:
LG Electronics 10X Blu-Ray SATA Writer Drive with Software WH10LS30K (Black) - $74.99
Grand Total - $488.02

Which is about $50 cheaper than before. Still haven't found ~128 GB SSD for same price. The case doesn't include fans either so I'll have to find some of those.
post #37 of 76
Compare:

- WH14NS40: the latest model, 165mm deep
- WH10LS30K: 3-year old, 172mm deep

I strongly recommend WH14NS40 (OEM) or BH14NS40 (retail, that comes with a bunch of software including PowerDVD 10 [not the latest version]).

The space between PSU and ODD is small and sleeved cables may be difficult to handle. But don't complain to me. smile.gif

I don't think you need case fans. The system runs pretty cool.
post #38 of 76
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Originally Posted by renethx View Post

Compare:
- WH14NS40: the latest model, 165mm deep
- WH10LS30K: 3-year old, 172mm deep
I strongly recommend WH14NS40 (OEM) or BH14NS40 (retail, that comes with a bunch of software including PowerDVD 10 [not the latest version]).
The space between PSU and ODD is small and sleeved cables may be difficult to handle. But don't complain to me. smile.gif
I don't think you need case fans. The system runs pretty cool.

Is there anything I can do to make the cables easier? Do you watch 3d movies with yours? What temperatures is your system running at in idle, 1080p and 3d?
post #39 of 76
Just use any empty space of the case to store unused cables. Storing all unused "sleeved" cables between PSU and ODD may be a bit tough, though.

Nothing special about 3D. The video decoder (a tiny block of the CPU die) decodes MVC (BR 3D codec) easily. The power consumption at video playback (2D / 3D, SD / HD) is ~60W, the CPU temperature is pretty normal.
post #40 of 76
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Originally Posted by elliscs View Post

Is there anything I can do to make the cables easier? .....................?

You can store excess cables under the ODD mount, there is a reasonable gap under there providing you don't use the space for an HDD. The SSD can be mounted on the plastic drive mount just behind the case front panel.

+1 on not needing any case fans, there is loads of ventilation in the case, mine runs cool even with a discrete, passive GPU.

David
post #41 of 76
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You can store excess cables under the ODD mount, there is a reasonable gap under there providing you don't use the space for an HDD. The SSD can be mounted on the plastic drive mount just behind the case front panel.
+1 on not needing any case fans, there is loads of ventilation in the case, mine runs cool even with a discrete, passive GPU.
David

Thanks David and Renethx. So I will forego the fans. For this system, what would a typical temperature be? For my old HTPC/Gaming PC, I was worried about 60C.
post #42 of 76
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Once you get it set up right, it works great and is much simpler than HMA because it doesn't mess with any network settings. THIS guy has everything already set up, so it's super easy. I only stream BBC, but I always get full HD.

Instruction video was removed because it violated the Youtube terms of service.
post #43 of 76
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Instruction video was removed because it violated the Youtube terms of service.
I'm not surprised. But there's no need to watch the video.
post #44 of 76
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Originally Posted by elliscs View Post

Thanks David and Renethx. So I will forego the fans. For this system, what would a typical temperature be? For my old HTPC/Gaming PC, I was worried about 60C.

Typically you should expect 40C "CPU" temperature / 60C "Core" temperatures with IVB at video playback.

BTW CPU is safe up until 105C core temperatures, beyond that CPU will automatically throttle down or even shut down to avoid damage to CPU.
post #45 of 76
If OP hasn't pulled the trigger I've got one more change:

128GB OCZ Vertex 4 for $75

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791

A great drive and only a couple bucks more for double the capacity.
post #46 of 76
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Originally Posted by ljo000 View Post

If OP hasn't pulled the trigger I've got one more change:
128GB OCZ Vertex 4 for $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791
A great drive and only a couple bucks more for double the capacity.

Literally sold out as I was checking out. I was retrieving my Newegg account password and I got a message saying it was removed from my account as it had just sold out. FML
post #47 of 76
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There's this, but no the same. Any ideas which is better between Agility and Vertex?
OCZ Agility 128 gig
post #48 of 76
Vertex is their better line but I have an Agility 3 and a Vertex 4 and practically speaking, the performance is the same. You will be able to find a good drive for $80 or less though if you watch slickdeals for a few days.
post #49 of 76
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Originally Posted by elliscs View Post

There's this, but no the same. Any ideas which is better between Agility and Vertex?
OCZ Agility 128 gig


Vertex is faster. Uses better NAND chips inside.
post #50 of 76
post #51 of 76
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
$49 SSD 120GB Vertex 3

And sold out again. Lol. I'm not winning at this game.
post #52 of 76
Lol check tiger direct at midnight
post #53 of 76
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Lol check tiger direct at midnight

Its up now again!
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post #55 of 76

Can't check out. Looks like TigerDirect's payment server is getting hammered.
post #56 of 76
Yeah I was able to sneak an order in... but I had to use google check out and Paypal checkout.

It would error out otherwise.
post #57 of 76
the 256GB Agility 4 is $99.

Thats a lot of SSD storage for that price.
post #58 of 76
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

the 256GB Agility 4 is $99.
Thats a lot of SSD storage for that price.

Yeah. That's very good pricing for that capacity. At that price point, who cares if the Agility 4 uses async NAND. Too bad TigerDirect's website doesn't seem like it wants me to buy from them. rolleyes.gif
post #59 of 76
It's a mess tonight.

Server getting pounded
post #60 of 76
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Originally Posted by ilovejedd View Post

Yeah. That's very good pricing for that capacity. At that price point, who cares if the Agility 4 uses async NAND. Too bad TigerDirect's website doesn't seem like it wants me to buy from them. rolleyes.gif

Look what just showed up on Amazon! biggrin.gif

OCZ Technology 128GB Vertex 4 Series SATA 6Gb/s
Edited by elliscs - 11/23/12 at 6:21am
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