Hello, I have an older PC with parts more than capable of being turned in to an HTPC. Though, right now, it's in a full sized tower and that's not really what I want. I've never built a HTPC or used smaller cases before so I'm not really sure what to look for.
CPU is an i7-920
Motherboard is an Asus P6T X58 SLI
Graphics card is ATI 5870
I also have 4 hard drives, two 2tb and 2 SSD's.
I'm also currently liquid cooling the CPU with an all-in-one solution. I forget which model exactly but it has a 240mm radiator.
Not sure if any of the other parts are relevant, but there's 8gb (4x2) ram, corsair 850tx PSU, and some random blu-ray drive.
I'm looking for the cheapest way to transform this in to a HTPC. Is there a case out there that will fit all the parts I got?
that is a tall order with a full atx motherboard.
Cooltek G3 can handle the videocard and all the drives with some modification however you can forget liquid cooling in any HTPC case.
That being said, it is a horrid solution for an HTPC though. Current NUC PC are more than ample to do Full HD playback. which uses 20 watt tops compared to that monstrosity that idles at around 80 watt. anything like Intel C1037, J1800 and J1900 can do that with two fingers in their nose.
It's great you want to use your old stuff for something useful but frankly it wouldn't be very cost effective. I don't know why you want to use 2 SSD's in a media center because you can fit it all on a USB stick so all in all 1 should be enough. Second GPU would do nothing except draw power and give a signal to the TV but in terms of processing power it would do literally nothing. The CPU basically the same the extra HDD's makes it nice for storage and such, but the PSU would again be such overkill that you just throw away money just by having it on.
What I do with it is just visit a welfare center. Talk to those people that you have a PC willing to sell for a few bucks which is still quite good to fund a new project. Ask a few bucks, you make a poor family happy as can be and you get some funds for your new htpc and a great feeling of helping somebody.
I'll just drop this link here.... https://teksyndicate.com/forum/build-pc/recycled-pc-htpc/147350
My build with very similar hardware in a Silverstone Grandia GD08.
Get a SilverStone SST-SDP08B 2 x 2.5" to 3.5" Bay Converter (Black)
This machine will fit like a glove on air and be very snug with the radiator. How much this is like my HTPC is really comical.