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Re-building HTPC---Advice Appreciated

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I havent built a PC in awhile so just wanted to check with the pros to see what you guys think. What I use my HTPC for is 3d blu-ray, blu-ray, dvd's, netflix, hulu, torrent content, music, recorded tv via media center.

So my system is currently:

X4 Athlon
mATX board
2X2TB HD
ATI 6450

My friend needed a new budget PC and I was thinking of upgrading the HTPC so its more energy efficient so I can leave it on 24/7. Im thinking about selling him some of my old HTPC parts and upgrading to:

ASRock H61MV-ITX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157367

Intel Core i3-2100 (GPU can support 3d, energy efficient)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

2X2TB HD's

Potentially add a SSD if budget allows.

Possibly a Pico PSU if it can handle everything?

I was having a hard time finding an itx case that can house 2+ 3.5 hard drives and that doesnt need a standard PSU since I will be upgrading to a more energy efficient smaller PSU. Can a Pico PSU handle everything im thinking about? Any opinions on these parts?
post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
Maybe this case+PSU would work and be efficient?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154091
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post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

Get help here:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1302559/assassins-simple-beginner-htpc-buying-guide
Have fun.

Thanks anyways I have already seen that guide. I see people posting proposed builds all the time and people offer feedback, thats what im looking for in this thread.
post #5 of 16
Are you planning to reuse your 2TB drives or are you buying 2 new drives? If you are buying then just buy one 4TB and it would fit.

Why ITX? Picking a case can be the most difficult part of a new build especially if you limit yourself to certain constraints such as ITX.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by bryansj View Post

Are you planning to reuse your 2TB drives or are you buying 2 new drives? If you are buying then just buy one 4TB and it would fit.

Why ITX? Picking a case can be the most difficult part of a new build especially if you limit yourself to certain constraints such as ITX.

Thank you for the help. Well honestly I have always loved the size of itx and figured if im going with a cool effiecent build im going with a small case biggrin.gif

It seems there arent too many cases that fit my build but I am reading about the INWIN BP655 and did see someone saying he got 3 hard drives in it. I just have to figure out how he did it lol
post #7 of 16
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post #8 of 16
A larger case would probably be cooler due to more air flow. Plus a larger case can hold a larger diameter fan which means even less noise. I'd go with an mATX.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by bryansj View Post

A larger case would probably be cooler due to more air flow. Plus a larger case can hold a larger diameter fan which means even less noise. I'd go with an mATX.

Thats the very reason why I went with a moderately sized mATX for this last build but from everything im reading it is not necessary for the 35W intel i3 chips or equivalent amd chips. From what I read even laptops come close to that W and are able to be cooled so I dont see why I should go with a bigger case. If need be im prepared to do alittle modding (I saw people adding 120mm fan to the apex itx case since it has side vent holes).
post #10 of 16
I was just speaking in general. You can make a quiet ITX case. The problem is you are going to limit yourself to ITX case and motherboard combos.
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Edited by PobjoySpecial - 5/16/13 at 2:34pm
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by bryansj View Post

Are you planning to reuse your 2TB drives or are you buying 2 new drives? If you are buying then just buy one 4TB and it would fit.

Why ITX? Picking a case can be the most difficult part of a new build especially if you limit yourself to certain constraints such as ITX.

No joke. I want front USB 3.0, an optical drive and IR in a case that's somewhere in the neighborhood of 4" high. Apparently it doesn't exist - anything that matches this configuration is as big as my Denon 4311.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by PobjoySpecial View Post

I'm surprised Dougie hasn't popped into this thread. Take a look at his new E-i7 case. It looks like it's right up your alley.

Hmm, I should be getting paid some kind of commission... smile.gif

LOL. Thanks for the mention smile.gif.

There's actually a new E-i7 model that has USB3, IR receiver window and can fit 2 x 3.5" TB drive (as long as you don't need a video card and can use 80x15mm fans).

Check out the new E-i7n USB3 case

It doesn't have an optical drive however. That space is for the 2 x 3.5".

Other than that, at 4" high I don't know what's going to fit 2 x 3.5" HDDs and an optical drive. Something micro-ATX maybe. You can easily adapt a picoPSU to a standard ATX power supply bay with something like this. My server when I had only 4 HDDs in it + 2.5" HDD + ASUS E35M1-I had a picoPSU 120-WI-25 in it with a 19V 120W AC adapter and it was fine.
post #14 of 16
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Love the look of the E-i7 but no drive=no bueno

I am liking the looks of this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133214

Perhaps alittle high on the watts but I dont think that will make a huge impact for inefficiency and will leave alittle headroom. I would just have to figure out how to get another hdd in there but I think it could be done (maybe inbetween the hdd bay and motherboard standing up, where the pci woudl normally be). Here is the video where I first saw it being used:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sODzGXsYU28

What do you guys think? Vents everywhere
post #15 of 16
If you rip all your media then you don't even need a drive on your HTPC. I'm not even sure if mine opens anymore since it has been so long since I used it.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by bob2300NX View Post

Love the look of the E-i7 but no drive=no bueno

I am liking the looks of this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133214

Perhaps alittle high on the watts but I dont think that will make a huge impact for inefficiency and will leave alittle headroom. I would just have to figure out how to get another hdd in there but I think it could be done (maybe inbetween the hdd bay and motherboard standing up, where the pci woudl normally be). Here is the video where I first saw it being used:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sODzGXsYU28

What do you guys think? Vents everywhere

Only 1 x 3.5" HDD. No bueno wink.gif
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