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Subject: htpc build help please
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stinty Dec 23, 2012 07:00 AM Reply | Bookmark
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I am going to give my father my gaming bedroom pc for christmas and want to replace it with a htpc build using my extra x2 xfx radeon 6950 in cf on my 50" tv.

I would just add 1 of the cards but might as well add both if i ever wanna game,
I already have the burner i just bought "ihas liteon ixtreme flashed dvd burner" also.

Basicly i want a decent htpc case that will provide decent cooling for my crossfire 6950 and also fit , i keep pc on 24/7 so need it cool and work good for whatever mobo i pick.

I want a mobo that has usb 3.0 and sata 6gb/s as i will buy a ssd on boxing day and a 3tb wd and need it to be able to run my 6950's in CF and also fit all my stuff
and i want it too have decent speed wifi " my internet is 100mbs" but if it cost too much i can do without the wifi
but sata 6gbs is nice to have

For the processor i want something thats not too much but still decent , i heard amd has better prices.

For the power supply i will just buy a cheap boxing day one
maybe just a cheap xfx 850 watt one on special
and ram can you suggest proper compatible ones with whatever mobo you suggest

And cpu cooler just a cheap one that will run fine

The one thing i dont mind spending up too $250 to $300 on is the case cause i need that to be good for cooling the 24/7 running pc and look nice and big enough for all the parts.

Any accesories i should have to make my life easier and a better media experience would be fine also.
Also keep in mind i will be laying on my bed watching whatever movies and my tv shows on my 50 inch tv and maybe browsing to netflix and xbmc and whatnot lol

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I Got 6 Strings Dec 23, 2012 07:15 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Thats one hell of a HTPC you're putting together there. 2 6950s? Wow.

I do suggest getting some powerline ethernet adapters rather than using wifi. Much better for streaming from the local network and from online.

Since you have the graphics taken care of you can probably skip AMD and go for the Intel Pentium Dual Core G860 Processor. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but that will be more than enough processing power for a htpc and gaming with those gpus.

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stinty Dec 23, 2012 02:25 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Ya im replacing the 6950's so either they gather dust or i use them , maybe the core i3 would be worth the extra little bit?
anyone else for all the other stuff?

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I Got 6 Strings Dec 23, 2012 03:21 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Do you have any preference for mobo format? mitx or matx I mean?
There are lots of nice mitx cases out there. Some of which could fit your videocards, although I admit it'd be rather snug. I've seen setups with single cards like that but not too many setups with multiple cards. matx board and case might be your best bet but your case may be a bit larger than you would want. If that doesn't matter there are plenty of options for you.

Theres this matx bundle on sale now

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AEO Dec 23, 2012 03:50 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I don't think there are any mATX mobos with WIFI, but there is a decent selection of them in mITX size. There are some ATX mobos with WIFI, but they can be a bit costly.

If you go with mATX and use crossfire, you won't have any slots left over for a decent PCIe 1x wifi card. You can use a USB wifi adapter, but they are not as good as add on cards.

For mITX, you obviously cannot use crossfire, but they are packed with useful features for an HTPC. However, there really shouldn't be a need for crossfire in an HTPC driving a single 1080p screen. It would be desirable if you had 4k, but 1080p is a piece of cake for a single HD6950.

For an HTPC case, I think you are best off with something from silverstone. As an alternative, there is antec, but silverstone definitely has the better build quality.

Also, definitely worth it to have bluetooth enabled computer, because you don't need line of sight to use a BT remote with it.

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stinty Dec 24, 2012 05:43 AM Reply | Bookmark
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i have no idea what youre talking about for cases. Whats matx and mitx?I know nothing of htpc stuff.

Yeah i guess i need bluetooth then. Ijust need a case that will fit my 6950"s
and i want it in a case that sits like a house amplifier and looks kinda like one is preffered. I might play games thats why i want it to have the option of doing so if i ever need.

And for wifi maybe just use one of those usb things? i dont mind spending $100 to get faster speeds.

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I Got 6 Strings Dec 24, 2012 05:56 AM Reply | Bookmark
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stinty, get powerline ethernet adapters rather than a wifi dongle. It uses your houses wiring as an ethernet cable basically. Much better speeds than wifi and you can usually find a kit for $50-60. I don't see any great sales on any here right now but you can price match or wait for boxing day and hope for a sale. They really work well, no setup required, just plug them in and away you go just as if you plugged in a regular ethernet cable.

As for a case, how does this look to you? $59 right now.

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stinty Dec 24, 2012 08:48 PM Reply | Bookmark
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will that case fit a normal motherboard and my 2 6950"s? if so it looks great.

Ijust found this coolermaster and its kinda like a htpc case and looks like it could fit both cards and a normal motherboard.
Will this work?

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Wall Dec 24, 2012 08:53 PM Reply | Bookmark
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If the 6950 is the same size as a 6970, it will not (From personal experience)

If your cards have backend connectors (And not side connectors) I would recommend the Nmedia 6000B. Any card with side connectors will not fit in most of these HTPC Cases.

I have used a 6000B before with 2x 4830's, and they fit with room to spare, worst case just grab some tin snips and make a bit of extra room.

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stinty Dec 24, 2012 09:57 PM Reply | Bookmark
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that coolermastei stposted up top will that work? have 1 day left to figure out lol

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Wall Dec 24, 2012 10:01 PM Reply | Bookmark
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From what I had read on it a little while ago, it should, do not 100% quote me, I am sure you can find a review which would have the maximum card length, then just measure your cards. That CM Case is made for full size ATX Boards, in the smallest form factor possible for LAN Events and general portability.

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