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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater Manchester
I have a 16 Gb i7 built by myself less than 2 years ago in a Silverstone CW02 case so it looks like an amp and is in in a hifi rack. As it's mainly a HTPC and not a games machine, I don't have a fancy graphics card. Although the i7 can be overclocked, it's mainly built for silence with a very large fanless CPU cooler and silent PSU. That case means you don't have to compromise on components unlike a lot of HTPC builds.
I also have a mini tower with similar specification but an i5 for use by the rest of the family. They all run off SSDs with a Synology NAS box for data storage. The i7 has a spare large SATA drive to back the NAS box up several times and copy the data to cloud storage for an off site backup.
The i7 may sound like overkill, but I also spin up virtual machines for when I'm updating my IT certifications.