Case: Zalman HD135
Motherboard: ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe (Wireless edition)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+
CPU Heatsink: Thermalright XP-120
Videocard: Geforce 8500 GT from MSI
Soundcard: Connected through HDMI with SPDIF header from the MB
HDD: Samsung 120 GB (Notebook drive) modded with elastics from the Solo case and 2 Nexus noisepads.
PSU: Silverstone SST-ST30NF
TV Card: Floppy DTV with CableCrypt
Fans: 2 x Scythe S-Flex 1200, both controlled by the MB on Silent mode.
Idle temperatures from EVEREST Ultimate Edition 2007:
Core 1: 20C
Core 2: 14C
Stressed temperatures from EVEREST Ultimate Edition 2007:
Stressed through: AtiTool scanning for artifacts, HDD stressed, CPU stressed.
Core 1: 52C
Core 2: 51C
CPU: 915 rpm
Intake 120mm: 651 rpm
On 100% stressed the CPU fan goes up to 1176 rpm
Death silent, no really! I can only hear a slight hum from the HDD when I sit on my knees and keep my ear, like 20 cm of the case. How else would this be possible with only 3 moving parts in the whole system (2 fans, 1 HDD)
The stressed temps could be a bit high. But remember: for games I have my other PC that I build earlier. This one is purely for: TV, Video and Audio it never happens that it gets 100% loaded.
So in a reasonable situation, even with 1080P video files, the HTPC will only hit like 60% system use and that is divided over: memory, CPU and GPU because I use Media portal with Hardware acceleration.
The only problem I have now is: storage space, but I have a nifty device in the floppy bracket for a decent solution. Itâ€™s a removable Notebook drive also 120 Gb big. I use it like a Tape recorder. So I can use removable HDDâ€™s like video tapes. But besides that Iâ€™m looking for a bigger drive solution I think a Antec external Drive with 1 TB is a good idear.