Picking out the right components for a system on a budget takes a lot more research and deliberation than a Sunday afternoon can provide. If that system is also to have a very specific purpose, like a media center, then that time could easily double. There are companies that are primarily known for providing top of the line solutions, but at a premium, and there are companies that offer excellent value, but at the cost of quality. There are however, companies who are known as much for their product quality as they are known for offering competitive prices. When picking out components with a limited budget, it is wise to first look at what solutions these companies offer.
Arctic Cooling is a well known Swiss-based company that holds high standards of craftsmanship in their products, providing thermal cooling solutions in all aspects of computing. If a user is building a quiet HTPC system on a limited budget, Arctic Cooling offers various solutions which can fit any price point.
The Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP is an affordable aftermarket cooling solution for slim and HTPC systems. The Arctic Freezer 11 LP is only 53mm in height and can fit inside height-restricted cases with clearance as low as 70mm. A 92mm, PWM controlled, quiet fan comes pre-installed in the Freezer 11 LP, actively cooling down on a dual copper heatpipe heatsink. With Arctic Cooling’s 6 year warranty, the Freezer 11 LP is the perfect combination of quality and performance at a very affordable price.