I've been looking at building a dedicated HTPC for a while. I have finally finished it. This will sit in the family room and drive the TV viewing on my home's main television. It will also serve as a source for a smaller TV in the kitchen (via Ceton echo).
Now all I need to fully deploy this is a home Ethernet. I'll be climbing around in the basement, roof cavity, peering down wall gaps, pulling Ethernet cable, etc, etc. I also need to hang the ceiling TV stand.
The biggest drag about a brand new computer is that it uses IE for internet and has stupid defaults like downloading everything to the download folder.
Quick. Well, it feels that way. My NAS was running memory tests and had an 8 hour head start. This CPU managed to run 5 cycles while NAS completed 4.
The 's' on the end also reduces the wattage (heat) and should help with the cooling and keeping the HTPC quiet.
Seems to be working. I need to put the HTPC under strain to see how it goes. This should always be the last item installed because it has a large footprint. I really wanted to use this cooler ... I had to swap motherboard brands to do that. I was initially looking at a ASUS mobo but the C1 just wouldn't fit with that mobo and the ML07B case.
I also added a collar so that the CPU cooling fan only pulls air from outside.
See CPU cooler comment. This motherboard brand was my second choice. That said, it had everything that I needed (plus an extra) with important items (power plugs, SATA connectors, etc) in the right positions. The last thing I wanted was the SATA connectors miles away from my HDD / SSD.
Black. Low profile. Fits under the C1 cooler! No issues yet ... doing well.
Went with the EVO version this time ... it was a little bit more expensive than the 128GB pro ... so I am getting double the cost for a warranty that still runs 5 years.
This will hold recorded TV, etc until I get it offloaded to the NAS. Small size (2.5") but big enough for what I need it to do. Should work well.
Passive cooling. Strong enough for an HTPC. I won't be gaming with this.
Edit: If you use this card and the ML07B, then don't screw the supports near the motherboard into the plastic tray. I did and I couldn't get the system to see the GPU ... very annoying. By leaving those support screws out, the PCI riser wasn't pulled up and I could bed it into the mobo expansion slot. System now sees the GPU, drivers installed, sound running to the TV via HDMI cable ... all good.
Excellent case. Nice looking. A complete bugger to work with. Cable management, tight squeeze (with my blundering hands). I expect that this will work out very well.
It also got the wife's thumbs up re style, look and feel, etc.
As you can see from the pictures, I sleeved the front power, HDD indicator, etc cables.
This is the SFX-L version ... an extra 30mm longer than the others ... with a Silent running 120mm fan with intelligent semi-fanless operation (according to silverstonetek).
My ML07B was one of the earlier versions (pre release of the SFX-L) so its in-take grill was set up for the older versions. This forced me to dremel my case so that it has a bigger air in-take hole.
Edie2: don't forget to turn the PSU on ... especially when working with the ML07B. Having to take everything out just flip a switch is a real drag.