I will be using the Haswell and not the Ivy or Sandy Bridge chips....Haswell is intel's next chip which should run a lot cooler when comparing it to the same level chip , like I said I am in no big hurry except that I want to find a good case for now.
I really like the up to 32MB L3 Cache memory on the Haswell
I would wait until Broadwell, but my money will be in by the time Haswell comes out so that is when i want to up my system from a DDR2 Asus AMD aging system, and what is really bad, this system more than likely beat most new AMD chip system with comparable parts and that is sad for AMD, really sad, but none the less, AMD I believe has the original guy in charge now that made AMD good back when it actually competed with intel, and I did hear from the grape vine that AMD will eventually have a come back to compete with intel but truthfully I think they don't have the spunk to make a come back in the few years of hiatus that I heard, yes I heard 2 years and AMD will be making desktop chips again...if that already isn't old news.
I am in no way a gamer, I do play games occasionally but it is more or less Civilization or Heroes of Might and Magic, but I do want to have good gear just in case I am curious about a game that would use high heat graphics.
Cooling would come in as Corsair H60-H100 or equivalent for cooling, as long as there is a space for a 120mm fan or 2 either on top, side or bottom of the case, and of course, I don't plan to over clock anything.
Yes I like those really tiny HTPC cases but not think I going to find something that small without having to give up my standard PSU, yes high heat can come into play so I will use the in-line cooling system from corsair as mentioned, I currently have a Lepa psu from Enermax....sister company of Enermax....looks exactly the same PSU except for branding, well this PSU it does not even make a sound, 80 Plus Gold and very efficient.
I am curious about this case though:
Not exactly an HTPC case but it is interesting enough if I were to build my system now it might be BitFenix Prodigy with Asus MiniMax with 16 GB ram and maybe a single slot ATI 7750. But money will come in in about 3 more months, so I will wait it out for the Haswell and while I am at it the next series of graphics too...DDR4 is around the corner too but I don't want to wait 2 more years for that though.
I simply hate the cube/lanbox type htpc/small form factor cases they are not for me, I did find this type, and I simply love this case too but I do believe it is out of my price range and I don't think it will except a regular size graphics card only low form factor graphics: