I've had it in my mind for a while to build a really awesome, low power, ultra quiet, supremely powerful, gamer HTPC, but I just now got around to doing it. I decided to take the road less (maybe never) traveled, and buy a laptop chip. Here's what I have thus far (prices include shipping): CPU: i7-2670QM [$250] Heatsink: Cooler Master H101 [$12] RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 1333 Patriot Signature [$35] MOBO: SUPERMICRO X9SCV-Q [$195] GPU: TBD (for now using onboard) PSU: Rosewill 430W Green Series (80 Plus; may upgrade to gold) [$40] Case: nMEDIAPC 5000B [$60] Tuner: SiliconDust HDHR3-CC [TBD] This is an upgrade from my previous HTPC which had a micro ATX board and an Athlon II X2 4200+ with a broken core, so the case and the PSU are being reused. Here's the mobo shot from the manual: Unfortunately for me the i7-2670QM is a socket G2 chip and there are very few aftermarket heatsinks for it. I had a look around and there is an official version and also several variants on frozencpu.com. None of the heatsinks for sale are quiet (or huge) so I decided to go DIY. I bought an open box CM H101 from micro center for $12 and then fabricated a mounting bracket that would fit the supermicro board. The heatsink is about an 1/8" too tall for my case but I'm planning to cut a small hole to allow it to fit better. After measuring and cutting mounting hardware I coated them in liquid tape: I then coated one side of the backplate in blu-tack so it would hold the screws, stick to the back of the mobo, and provide a little give when I tighten the screws: This is all the pieces together ready for assembly: CPU socketed and backplate attached: To make it harder to crush the CPU I used wing nuts. I added three washers on each screw to prevent the wing nuts from whacking the side of the heatsink. I used Tuniq TX-2 thermalpaste and filled in the grooves on the bottom of the heatsink (because it is HDT) prior to spreading paste directly on the CPU core. I was very careful not to overtighten the wing nuts. The fit was perfect, which is astonishing because I'm pretty lazy about measuring things. I forgot to take pictures once I had the whole thing together, so this is the only one I have (for the moment) of the completed install: The drive rack is removed in that last shot so there is a lot more room than there will be once the whole thing is back together. First boot looks good, but what the hell is "CPU Temperature: Low"?: I couldn't get it to boot my USB drive so I haven't installed Windows yet. When I get Windows installed I'll update this thread.