|Building a Core i7 HTPC with a Sapphire Mini ITX H67 Motherboard|
|Friday, 17 June 2011|
Building a Core i7 HTPC with a Sapphire Mini ITX H67 Motherboard
This year AMD's Fusion low cost platform has hit the spotlight, offering hardware accelerated performance with miniscule power demands and heat output. While this will suit many people, some of the enthusiast audience will want to spend more money and aim higher up the food chain. Today's article should tickle the tastebuds as we will be building a small form factor PC with a new Sapphire mini ITX motherboard, passively discrete cooled graphics card, Core i7 2600k CPU and Intel 6GBps Solid State Drive.
Most of us will agree however that a media PC needs to be as quiet as possible. A whirring computer in the corner of the room will often ruin the mood when enjoying a movie.
The biggest complaints normally associated with a low cost media center are weak processing power, limited mini ITX motherboard capabilities and slow hard drive speeds. Today we are building a system to rectify all these problems, but while ensuring that noise levels don't become intrusive... Kitguru