Originally Posted by Steve52
All this may be a problem for me. I don't want to sit down to watch a movie and have to listen to all those fans running, and getting louder the longer I watch due to heat building up. The heat and noise problem was one of the reasons why I started looking at the Asus board to begin with.
With some hindsight I'd suggest:
Put a zalman-cnps7000-cu on the cpu instead of the stock heat sync/fan,
Get a case with good air flow,
install a quiet case fan (such as silencer or nexus),
Then hopefully as the CPU gets busy and requires air flow, the HTPC stays quiet.
The silverstone lc11 looks like it might be an OK case, except the 300W power supply is probably too small (the asus manual even claims you need 15A on the +12V line which the silverstone PSU does not provide).
BTW, if you're just sitting down to watch a low-def movie, cool-n-quiet can keep the cpu underclocked and so the system heats less.