I have purchased an DIGN Htpc (Home Theater Personal Computer) case.
I will use it mainly for:
- DVD and Divx processing
- TV processing (using Dscaler)
- gaming (Quake III etc)
The HTPC is hooked up to a Projector (Nec LT150z) displaying the images on a 6x8 ft Dalite HiPower Screen.
Obviously silence is important for me, although not an obsession.
Trade off is there: I need power to be able to use the Dscaler filters to scale and improve the picture from my capture card (a Falcon).
Steps I have already taken...
- purchased a 80G Seagate IV Barracuda HD
- I have a Pioneer DVD-Rom (104-region free) slot drive, with very quiet playback
- I have ordered a Fortron modified 300PSU (with a Verax fan)
Now I am looking at a heatsink for a 2.4G processor.
I am not prepared to back down on the power of my processor, so really, I am after the best cooling solution, to keep noise levels as low as possible, and the CPU as cool as possible. I am not considering overclocking the CPU.
I am leaning towards the Zalman, but now I am seriously wondering, after the recent tests conducted by the SilentPc team, if I should not be waiting for the new ThermalRight SLK-478, coming out next month...
I am pretty shocked at the bad results... also I cannot find a comparison of P4 cooling options, that mention clearly noise levels. The A slot review was great, but is it applicable to Pentium IV as well?
BTW This is how the case looks like (mine is gold, sorry couldn't help showing off