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    HTPC build

    After months of planning I finally settled down for a HTPC configuration. When I moved to China I let my desktop PC at home, so nowadays I only use my laptop (nvidia optimus powered) for gaming. I dont have the space here to set up a new desktop system, so I decided to put me a gaming box under my TV.

    Here are the parts I want to get:

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4570
    Mainboard: ASRock H87M-ITX
    GPU: Inno3D GeForce GTX 760 OC 2GB
    RAM: G.Skill Ares 1600 DDR3 8GB
    HDD: Seagate Barrcuda 3TB
    SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 120 GB
    Case: Silverstone Sugo SG06
    PSU: Silverstone 450w ST45SF-G
    CPU cooler: Prolimatech Samuel 17 & Prolimatech Ultra Sleek Vortex 14
    Bluray: Hitachi-LG CT30F

    I wanted to wait another month till AMD releases their new gpus, so that maybe there will be another price drop. But with the latest announcements of Valve and Amd (Mantle) I am not sure if I should just wait some more months and get an AMD system? Or should I just go forward with this config?

    Any inputs or suggestions for this build are appreciated!

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    I built a HTPC over a year ago. I also went for a Silverstone case (GD08). I am very happy with this case. So I guess you can't go wrong with the SG06.

    I focused on components with low power consumption, low noise & heat production. So maybe you want to verify your parts to see if they are not too noisy etc..

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    Thanks for your answer. Seriously considering switching to a new build with a R9 280X in a SG08 case (no problem fitting a longer GPU in there).

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    Just wanted to give an update. With a delay of over one year I finally got me my HTPC. Changed the configuration quiet a bit!

    CPU: i3-4160
    Mainboard: H97M-ITX/AC
    GPU: Inno3d Gtx750Ti 2GB
    RAM: Adata 1600 DDR3 8GB
    HDD: WD Green 4TB
    SSD: Crucial MX100 256GB
    Case: Raijintek Metis Classic
    PSU: Enermax Triathlor Eco 350W
    CPU cooler: Deepcool Gamaxx 400

    Not nearly as powerful as my original configuration. Using this little box for XBMC and Steam Big Picture. Figured I still have a backlog with games for some years. Also having a kid now makes gaming time very precious. Probably can update the GPU to a quadcore and to another new low TDP GPU in a few years if needed! Weee PC gaming!

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    Soooo... time for upgrade! Well maybe. I am currently thinking of getting a new GPU. Either a RX460 or 470. I also would like to get a new monitor, i.e. 1080p 144hz cheap freesync AOC monitor. The problem I am having now is: I believe a 470 gets too hot in the small case (and blower cooler might be too loud) and the 460 is too weak for such kind of monitor. Any input on what I should do?

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    Maybe wait until next week and see how the GTX 1050 Ti performs? It might slot in between the RX 460 and 470, while drawing similar power to the 460.

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    Might be an option yes. But then I cannot get an adaptive sync monitor as I am not willing to pay +200 euros for gysnc. Not sure if I should get a 144hz monitor without it (considering the quiet weak GPU that I plan to use).

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    Ahh, yes. Variable refresh rate tech will be quite good with an HTPC with relatively low-end hardware, and AMD is certainly the go-to since Freesync is so much cheaper than G-Sync.

    AMD is in the process of dropping the price on the RX 470 to respond to the 1050 Ti. So if the power consumption + heat is tolerable, it's becoming really good value for money.

    Hmm, maybe you could get a 470 with a good cooler, then underclock and undervolt it to reduce power consumption?

    Otherwise, maybe just stick with the 460. And then maybe that 75Hz Freesync monitor? A 460 won't often go above 75FPS, except if you play CS:GO.

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    Good suggestion. Have been doing some research and found this screen: LG 23MP68VQ

    23" IPS 75hz freesync by LG

    Might be a good fit for the 460. I'll have to ponder on this new possible configuration :)

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    Oh man. Seeing the benchmarks for the 1050ti makes me reconsider again... Sad to see how far AMD is behind when it comes to performance/watt which is crucial for such small cases.

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    could you bang a 470 in it?

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    Might run a bit hot? In truth, depending on the case, you can run pretty hot in a HTPC, but i understand it is not ideal.

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    I am still considering the Sapphire RX470 with blower cooler. But I also fear that it either gets too hot, too loud or my 350W PSU is not sufficient. Still could send it back if it doesnt work :o

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    This is my HTPC:

    EVGA Hadron Air
    Seasonic SS-500L1U power supply (stock Hadron Air PSU is too loud)
    Intel 4790k
    Noctua NH-L12 CPU cooler
    Two Noctua case fans
    Nvidia GTX 970 (ASUS Strix)

    Yes, that's a full-powered video card and CPU. It's also very compact and quiet. The system is about 40% larger than the SG06.

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    Nice case, more 'classical' desktop shape, but super small and great features. I think when i built mine this was not on the market or it would have been up for consideration. Temps are fine i suspect?

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