Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:03
I just made my own ITX home server. Well, I failed to upgrade BIOS via internet (Asrock, btw. always upgrade from USB, never from internet), so I&#39;m forced to use my server as home computer temporarly. I even tried playing some games. All indie games are OK so far.
So I have:
8GB Corsair 1600 CL9
Be quiet! 300W
CoolerMaster ELITE 120
SSD Kingston 300+ 60GB (main, SATA3)
HDD WD RED 3TB (better lifespan than Green, 24/7 ready)
Prolimatech Samuel 17
I never wanted to spend too much money or make my computer power-hungry. It is mainly home server, backup station, dedicated downloader, and in the future: virtualization playgroung.
What can I recommend you?
1. I suggest staying with Intel
2. Abolutely don&#39;t buy Intel Atom or AMD E-xxxx
3. I really recommend SSD as primary (only?) disk. It is totally quiet, needs less power and... it is ultra fast. I recommend Windows 8 with metro stripped, start menu enabled. Computer will boot in seconds :>
4. Depending on how big is your case and how much money you have I recommend you PSU with removable cables.http://www.bequiet.com/en/powersupply/248 otherwise 300W is sufficent if you don&#39;t use dedicated graphic card.
5. If you choose Intel, then give i3-3225 (it has HD4000 graphic card) a try and check if your game works correctly. If yes, then don&#39;t buy dedicated card. Buying I5/I7 is overkill for HTPC IMO. My celeron plays 1080P x264 content and I can&#39;t see any shuttering.
6. RAM is SO cheap, so you can buy 2x4GB. Your integrated cards performance depends on ram, processor will support max 1600MHz, so buy 2x4GB 1600 CL9 (less CL=faster). Don;t forget to update BIOS to latest version, download latest drivers (don&#39;t depend on CD only) and enable XMP (1600MHz ram). Also, I recommend disabling SWAP (pagefile), especially on SSD disks. To do it safely, 8GB+ ram will be best.
BUT! If you choose AMD, buy FM2 like clearlynotjoe said and 1866MHz RAM.
7. If you want SILENT! PC, then forget AMD (unless you have space and money for very big CPU heatsink). Use any IVY Bridge Intel processor. Because my PC case is flawed by design (CPU heatsink just under PSU) I tried passive cooling. Well, after 15min stress I reached 80oC, so I decided to use fan. I use it up side down (normally it is wrong), on ~5V, so everything else, inluding HDD, makes more noise. Maximum temperature now is ~50oC. It is so silent, that I hear HDD vibration more than fans. Even electronic elements do more noise (yes, they do, you can hear them well from your dedicated graphic card under load)
8. Forget intel T processors (underclocked, you can do it yourself).