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Hi,

I'm about to built a new HTPC for my living room that would also be a gaming PC.

It should be quiet enough to be on 24/7 in the living room.

Connected to an HD READY 42" LCD and a Yamaha Receiver.


The components I had in mind are:


CPU: E8400 INTEL

Cooler: AC FREEZER PRO 7

Board: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R

GPU: HD4850 SAPPHIRE + MX-2 THERMAL PASTE

PSU: ENERMAX MODO82+ 525W

Case: SILVERSTONE GD01

RAM: Muskhin 4096MB (2GBX2) 800Mhz CL5

Analogue TV Card: Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 MCE KIT

DVD-RW: LG GH20N S10 DVDRWX20 SATA

Hard Disk: Samsung SATA2 640GB 16MB 7200RPM X 2


Any thoughts?


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I am in a similar situation.


First, you need to be aware that some Yamaha receivers are currently incapable of receiving the audio portion of an HDMI signal originating from a computer. There are a few current threads specifically about this. The 663 and the other models in the current line are specifically impacted. My entire build has come to a screeching halt because of this.


Second, measure the cabinet thoroughly and account for inflexible cables sticking out the back. I am having a devil of a time getting anything to fit in my otherwise massive entertainment center.


Third, the 4850 is an excellent choice, but be aware of how much heat it puts out. It does not have a second-slot fan to push the air out, so that little 78deg C spaceheater is going to add a tremendous amount of heat to the inside of the case.
 

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Originally Posted by amirn /forum/post/14177446


Hi,

I'm about to built a new HTPC for my living room that would also be a gaming PC.

It should be quiet enough to be on 24/7 in the living room.

Connected to an HD READY 42" LCD and a Yamaha Receiver.


The components I had in mind are:


CPU: E8400 INTEL

Cooler: AC FREEZER PRO 7

Board: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R

GPU: HD4850 SAPPHIRE + MX-2 THERMAL PASTE

PSU: ENERMAX MODO82+ 525W

Case: SILVERSTONE GD01

RAM: Muskhin 4096MB (2GBX2) 800Mhz CL5

Analogue TV Card: Hauppauge WinTV PVR 150 MCE KIT

DVD-RW: LG GH20N S10 DVDRWX20 SATA

Hard Disk: Samsung SATA2 640GB 16MB 7200RPM X 2


Any thoughts?


Thanks.

Don't know about that cooler, but I'm running my E8400 fanless with a Scythe Ninja Mini. (Would recommend the same to you over a faned cooler unless you plan to overclock. I overclocked mine without a fan to 3.6ghz and it's running without a hitch...)


Also I replaced the stock cooler on my HD4850 with a Zalman VF1000 running the fan @ medium speed.


I'm pretty much running an HTPC/Gaming PC here connected to a Samsung 720P DLP...


Using a Sonata Designer case with 2 92mm two tri-cool intake fans running on low and a 120mm tri-cool exhaust fan running on low.


I don't seem to have any issues with heat or much noise. In fact, I could probably disable one of the front in-take fans if I wanted to and still be fine.


Motherboard is a Gigabyte P35-DS3L.


You're going to definitely want to change the HD4850 cooler as a minimum in your build.


Don't know how noisy that ENERMAX PSU is but hopefully you picked out a pretty quiet one.
 

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I am in a similar situation.

Second, measure the cabinet thoroughly and account for inflexible cables sticking out the back. I am having a devil of a time getting anything to fit in my otherwise massive entertainment center.


Third, the 4850 is an excellent choice, but be aware of how much heat it puts out. It does not have a second-slot fan to push the air out, so that little 78deg C spaceheater is going to add a tremendous amount of heat to the inside of the case.

the GD01 is 43cm deep, I couldn't find any narrower case that would fit a long graphics card. I assume about 8cm for cables at the back, which means the case would stick 3-4cm outside my cabinet :/

As for the 4850 heat, I saw that problem, and i read that replacing the thermal paste reduces 10C or more. The 4850 is quiet thou.

I'm not sure about the 4870 heat and noise. Do you think I'll be better off with a dual slot cooler?


sodaboy581:

if the heat stays an issue, Ill replace the stock fan to the zalman VF1000 you suggested (I hope it fits in the case...), but still that will only psuh the heat away from the GPU to other areas in the case, unlike dual slot cooler


The Enermax Modu82+ got great review on silentpcreview.com, that's pretty much what I know about it




Thanks.
 
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