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Old 03-07-2005, 01:39 AM   #1
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Some recommendations, please


I am curretnly building a new box to use as a home media center. I was looking for some recommendations on a few items. To start, here is a list of the components that I already have:

Case: Silverstone SST-LC01
Power Supply: Silverstone SST-ST40F
Motherboard: ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe 865PE
CPU: P4 3.0EGHz
RAM: Corsair Value Select Dual Channel Kit 184 Pin 1G(512MBx2) DDR PC-3200
Hard Drive: Seagate 160G SATA
Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD+/-RW SOHW-1673S

What I am looking for are recommendations on:

Case fan: (needs to be QUIET and cool.)

Memory Heat Spreaders: (Are these a good idea? What is good? Any considerations because of the brand/type of memory?)

CPU Cooler: (Looking for quiet and cool.)

While looking around at Best Buy, I also saw a "COmputer silencer" kit. I can't find it online, but it had rubber gaskets for mounting the Power supply, case fan, and hard drives, plus a mesh cover for the case fan. Does anyone have any experience with something like this? Worth $30?

Anything else I should be looking to add to this box?

Thanks in advance for your help,
 
Old 03-07-2005, 03:30 AM   #2
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The rubber gasket kit can actually make things louder. My antec Sonata was really quiet and I got one of those kits from a friend who the kit actually help. However, the Sonata was louder with the gaskets than without. Fair warning on that one.

There are many subtle ways to reduce heat. Use little mini-heatsinks on chipsets and onboard memory modules(vga). I don't know what the inside of your case has room for, so suggesting products may not help. If possible (which i'm sure its not), use a heat spreader for the CPU.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
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musicman_ace:

Thanks for the tip on the rubber gaskets. I was planning on installing them from the start. Now I'll wait so I can make a comparison.

Suggesting products is exactly what I'm looking for. RAM heat sinks. What a CPU heat spreader? Is that another name fpr heat sink, too? WHich one do you recommend?
 
Old 03-07-2005, 03:29 PM   #4
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If this is going to be an htpc for recording television, you'll need some tuner cards. Best ones are the hauppauge PVR250 or PVR350.

For heatsinks: (I'm betting you don't have the space for them)
video: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...116-016&depa=0
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-047&depa=0
ram: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...116-007&depa=0
I chopped up the heatsinks that come with the ram and stick them on chipsets/memory modules.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 09:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the recommendations. I am already planning on the pvr-350. After I get things working, I will probably add a pvr-250, too. Do these require or do you recommend any additional cooling for these?

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(I'm betting you don't have the space for them)
I'll have to see when my case gets here. I am using a Silverstone SST-LC01 ( http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...163-004&depa=0 ) which is a little larger than some other cases. It does have taller motherboard risers, though, so I'll have to bust out the measuring tape.

I see no reviews for this. You have used it? It works well? Does this go on both sides of the card and how much space is needed?

All the written reviews seem very positive, but it only gets three stars total? Have you used this? I like this. It it fits in my case and you tell me it works well for you, I think I'm gonna have to get it. Seems one of the reviewers had it out performing his stock cooler, and it is fanless. Seems perfect!

I was thinking about these http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...110-105&depa=0 . They don't come with the heatsinks. You prefer the Thermaltake ones, then?

Thanks again for your help.
 
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I've used a video heat pipe, that is like the one I have, but not exactly cause mine is old. Its the same idea. You do need to check if it works with your video card.

As I stated, you probably don't have room for these items. HTPCs are pretty packed on the insides. These items are designed so you PC is 100% silent. If you put the video and CPU heat pipes in a computer and buy a quite PSU, you'll actually hear your hard drives instead of a fan and you have to try and hear the hard drives.
 
  


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