Originally Posted by user4avsforum
Even further for me, close to 8 hours. Even if it were close enough to drive there i just checked, the 4770K and 4770S are the same price at Micro Center. The S is not more expensive than the K. Add the cost of a low profile fan to the K and you are still out more $. It is also worth noting that the S & K have the same Turbo frequency, so I do not get the point of pushing the K models for HTPC use. If you can get a T or S model at the same or lower price it is a better choice for some people.
But I can't
I am just too personally biased
I can admit I generally dislike S and T series and generally like K series enthusiast chips. The ability to overclock is nice even if you don't use it. I have a 3570k in my HTPC and I have never overclocked it
I don't favor or prefer low heat or low wattage CPU's. I generally view them as stupid and aimed more for the ignorant. I don't mean to offend anyone but I just feel like any savings you might see with one versus a K chip is so insignificant that it would never matter. Thinking otherwise seems ignorant. If you just dumped the chips into the mobo and left everything on stock or "auto" they use about the same power so there is no benefit of the S or T series.
I also don't value small HTPC's. I have never had heat issues either. I think it's easier to hide a PC with a proper case and cooling solution than it is to build one smaller and maintain proper cooling and forever chase the smallest case. I don't see the attraction in that. I don't want to see my HTPC. It's cheaper and easier to hide it some place- even in the basement or under the floor, or a closet ...etc. All you need is a HDMI cable to hook it up- so why does it need to be on a shelf next to your TV??? Just makes no sense to me. Mine is in my AV closet. I don't ever hear or see it. Same with my other components including my AVR.
Fundamentally I am opposed to saving the energy because I think it's a scam, or it pretend to be something it is not. The performance is always sacrificed more than "energy" is gained. Same story with 5400rpm hard drives. I guess I am just a true enthusiast. I am willing to accept I am different than others. I am not saying my way is right for everyone either. It's right for me for sure though.
I generally dislike 5400rpm HDD's and I generally dislike low energy chips, or better said I prefer the K series enthusiast chips at the same costs for the extra performance and value they have.
I don't even understand why someone would by an i7 can want to cram it into some small crappy case and deal with the heat and noise- and then need to worry about that and downclock it to compensate ??? That makes no sense. WTF do you even need the I7 for ? If your using an I7 with integrated graphics for a HTPC your an idiot IMO. The only point I see with an i7 would be with a GPU to run SVP, MadVR and advanced image processing. You don't need an i7 to do anything at all with normal playback or HTPC related. A pentium for $60 can do all that.
If you are trying to do anything like gaming, or encoding, or advanced task you might appreciate an i7 for and you want to use a T chip, downclock and cram it into a small case creating overheating issues it just makes no sense to me. Why not overclock it, and choose a proper cooling solution and get more frame rates, or get your encoding done faster ???? Which brings me to the stock cooler- The low profile stock cooler is inadequate for duties that would require an i7 - and you really should invest in a better cooling solution for those things.
If you not getting what I am saying - you should ask yourself "should I just buy a NUC? " instead of trying to build a HTPC.