Thanks. I will try and see how my rig performs in benchmark test!
I am now strongly leaning towards Asus Rog Strix H370-I for my HTPC build for the following reasons
If anyone feels otherwise, I would like to hear them out. Please respond
Never worked with MSI. Judging from the information provided on their website, B360-I Gaming Pro AC falls way short of my requirements for a Home Theatre PC. No HDMI port, only one display port with no details provided by MSI on its specs! Still a toss up between Gigabyte H370N Wifi and Asus Rog Strix H370-I. Currently leaning towards Gigabyte as it has three video ports: HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and Display Port 1.2. Asus falls short with one HDMI 1.4 and a Display Port 1.2 Asus has better Audio, perhaps better Bios and better design. Gigabyte is the only board at the price with HDMI 2.0 port!
No plans to overclocking and gaming. Strictly an HTPC build as such why pay more for Z370? B360 is an option but for some strange reason, goof B360 motherboards seem to cost more than H370 boards with similar specs!
Thank you for your comments. I have always used Gigabyte in the past in my system builds without any problem. I am also aware of Gigabyte H370N WiFi mobo supporting HDMI 2.0. My TV is 4 year old Samsung. I am fairly sure it does not support HDMI 2.0. Even if does, I am not sure if there is significant difference between HDMI 1.2 and 2.0 outputs while watching current TV content in Canada where at the moment 4K content is sparse. In a worse case scenario, I may buy a PCI graphics card which will have HDMI 2.0 output at some time in future. On the other hand, Asus, seems to have easier to manage BIOS, better audio outputs, M.2 SSD heat shield not to mention pre mounted IO shield. The price difference between these boards is minimal at around $ 10. In any case, I suspect that my HTPC will be good for another 5-6 years before something new and better technology will appears making me to build another HTPC or streaming TV box! I have still not made up my mind!
You are right. My mind works differently as I am a non gamer and most of my experience is limited to PCs without any gaming cards (general purpose PCS and HTPCs).
Where NVMEs really shine is in the read and write performance. For data intensive applications with lots read and write activities NVME storage drives remain the clear choice. The price gaps that existed between NVMEs and Sata SSDs has become minimal. And of course there is no cable running from Mob to the SSD which can sometimes (in very small cases of 3 to 7 litres capacity) be a boon.
Storage options (not listed by you) should include SSDs and HDDs. For primary storage for storing OS and other software, you may consider M.2 SSDs and the most recent versions of NVME M2.2 SSDs offer incredible speed at reasonable cost. Samsung EVO 960/970 M.2 SSDs or WD Black M.2 SSDs are an excellent option for primary storage. Traditional HDDS can be sued for secondary storage. Rest of the build looks good.
Of course yes. All SSDs are much faster than traditional hard drives. A normal Sata SSD like MX500 will work fine. M.2 SSDs are much faster and NVME version of M.2 such as EVO960/970 are even more so.
A good selection of components but somewhat curious of your choice of MX500 as primary storage given the sizable budget. You should consider a M2. NVME SSD such as Samsung EVO960/970 M.2 for primary storage instead of MX500. Cost will be slightly higher but the bump in boot performance will be noticeable.
Prices of some PC components have been changing dramatically during last few months. As such it is too early to start planning on a PC a full year in advance. Current prices of RAM modules and graphic cards are extremely high and these are expected to come down by early next year. High speed NVME M.2 SSDs will become mainstream and you must consider incorporating it in your build as primary storage for OS and software. Prices of CPU, Power Supplies, Cases and cooling components will remain stable but savings can be made during key events such as Black Friday, Pre Christmas etc. As such my suggestion for you to wait at restart the process about 3 months prior to assemble the components. A good and reliable Mobo and power supply are two key components. Do not skimp on these.
A good power supply is well worth the extra investment. There is no benefit of using a power supply with wattage rating way above your requirements. For your purposes, a decent 400-450 W 80 Plus Bronze or 80 Plus Gold should suffice. These range between $ 40 to 65. EVGA, Seasonic and make great power supplies and you can choose one that offers best value for money. Seasonic Focus SSR-450FM 80 Plus gold suggested by Root_User is a good option. As for your main drive for OS and software strongly recommend a SSD. Your Mobo supports M.2 connector and an M.2 SSD will offer superfast boot time. Use your 3.5 HDD as secondary drive. Hope this helps
M.2 SSD prices are very reasonable at least in North America and price difference between Sata SSD and M.2 SSDs is now nominal. However the performance of the latest M.2 NVME SSDs such as EVO 960 M.2 and EVO 970 M.2 is phenomenal making them ideal as main drive for OS and other software. For storage you can go with traditional 3.5 HDDs which now include Hybrids at reasonable costs
Good recommendation from sainted. However, I upgrading the CPU to i3-8100 which has better graphics may justify cost increase. If budget permit, H370/B360 chip based mobos can be considered along with an SSD for storing OS and software programmes.
Primary storage AData 120 Gb is a weak link. If Mobo can accommodate an M.2 NVME SSD such as Samsung EVO960 or 970 or equivalents from other major brands such as Crucial or WD, please go for at least 240/250 GB.
I would go for latest 8th generation Coffee lake processors by Intel such as i5-8600K, marginally more expensive than i5-7600K. Also suggest latest Z370 mobos from Asus, Gigabyte or MSI with PCIE M.2 slots which can accommodate 8th gen processors
As for primary storage suggest at least 240/250GB Sata SSD and if budget permits, M.2 NVME SSDs such as Samsung EVO960 or 970 or equivalent from WD
If budget permits go for EVGA or Seasonic PSUs
You will need a CPU cooler either active or passive (if you want a silent PC). One could substitute the highly rated Noctua with a lower priced CPU cooler but I will rather have a cool CPU rather than a hot one! Do not forget that RAMs and VRMs generate heat as well as such some active cooling would help. I could eliminate the case fans to reduce noise levels. However PWM fans can spin at low RPMs if load and temperatures are low. The PWM headers and the nifty software utility on Gigabyte Mobo can tweak the fan RMPs to maintain lowest possible noise.
I did not realize that you are in Australia! Wow the price are high! Good set of components but not very balanced from a price to performance parameter.
Couple of comments on your build:
I recommend ggggovis's suggestion. Overall good choice of components
However the B360 Mobo is a weak link. Strongly recommend spending $ 40 more for a well respected Gigabyte Z370 HD3.(around $ 120) Much better for gaming, specifically designed for 8th gen Intel CPU and overclockable (as CPU i3-8350K is capable of overclocking). Do not skimp on Mobo or the PSU, two critical components of a reliable build.
Thanks. I admit that temperatures may not be a problem for CPU but low noise is a critical requirement for an HTPC which will be kept close to the TV. I will study your proposal on the CPU cooler
What is the basic function/use of this PC? General day to day use? Home Office? Gaming? HTPC?
Considered compact cases with built in PSU from In Win but the reviews on the PSUs (mostly TFX units with 150-200W rating) has not been encouraging despite some of them being rated as 80+ Bronze units. Hence my choice of Silverstone ML06B-E despite its relatively higher cost.
Yes, you are right. But I do not foresee myself as a gamer anytime in future! I would rather make some front panel dashboards etc.
Yes of course. Office 2016