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HTPC HTPC Power Supply & Graphics

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by badders, 29 Jul 2008.

  1. badders

    badders Neuken in de Keuken

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    I'm in the process of building an el-cheapo HTPC for the living room, for movies and light gaming (GRiD/AudioSurf/Others...)

    The only two things I don't have are the Power Supply and Graphics Card.

    For the GFX, I'm thinking an 8600GTS or a HD3850 - my TV can only cope with 1024x768, so these should handle most games perfectly until I get a new TV (ages away) right?

    Does anyone have experience with both? Which stock cooler is quieter?

    Power supply - I need this to be above all Quiet.
    It has to power:
    C2D e2160
    80Gb Seagate HDD
    Asrock conroe-1333
    2GB Corsair 667 RAM
    Optical Drive (Will probably be upgraded to Blu-ray eventually)
    And one of the above cards.

    I'm not looking to spend Mega-money - the whole PC's only cost me £80 so far, but I do want a unit that' not going to take all the components with it in a ball of flame.

    Any Suggestions?
     
  2. bigsharn

    bigsharn Officially demotivated

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    Well I'm not sure about the PSU, because most of my builds have been all from unbranded PSUs (they're only for P3/Duron/Athlon systems, so don't kill me)

    But I have been looking at graphics cards for my HTPC, and I found this:
    (Insert porno pic like they do on Top gear)

    ...And I also found this:
    [ http://www.scan.co.uk/Product.aspx?WebProductId=661335 ]

    that's the cheapest 8600 I've seen, but they can still hit £140 in some places

    I'm using the 8500GT [ http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129968 ] for mine, because I need VGA out, but this might still help you:)
     
  3. lamboman

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    The graphics card that bigsharn chose was good. But, if you are going to be playing games, you might want to buy something a little more powerful.

    As for the power supply, the Corsair VX450 is really the only one that I would recommend. The main reason being, £45 is a small price for a great power supply. You won't really find anything better value than that.
     
  4. bigsharn

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    Only doing as I was told:waah:
     
  5. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Corsair VX450 or Enermax Pro82+ 385w - either one would be bullet proof in use and virtually silent
     
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    I use a VX550 in my own home one and can't hear it. We have to use a cathode to tell if it's actually on. An ultra low power be quiet! (like reviewed today) should be quieter with an FDB fan in it.
     
  7. badders

    badders Neuken in de Keuken

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    Cheers Everyone - It's almost confirmed what I had suspected.
    Bigsharn - that's a good price for that card, and silent, too.
    It should be enough for my needs - As I say, the Resolution will never go above 1024x768, so it doesn't need that much grunt.

    As for the power supply, I think I might go with the VX450. The VX550 is overkill for my needs - I have one of those powering my Main rig(in Signature), but it is quiet, and definitely good quality.

    Thanks for all your help everyone.
     
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