HTPC build

tstanek

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Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within 30 days

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) <$600, after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, internet browsing, streaming, light gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Will connect to 58" 1080p plasma TV through a Denon 7.1 reciever via HDMI

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 8 OEM?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest after s&H and rebates preferred. I have Amazon Prime.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Norman, OK, U.S.A.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I intend to put this in my media cabinet with my Denon 7.1 reciever. I am looking for feedback/criticism of this proposed HTPC. I have no brand loyalty, but am willing to pay for quality. Thanks!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($41.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad ($34.07 @ B&H)
Total: $557.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
 

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($135.57 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $502.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

faster SSD (Vertex 2 is only SATA 2) and a 2 TB HDD, better GPU
 

tstanek

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I'm planning on adding a NAS down the road for data storage. The SSD is for OS and primary software only. Why do you think that I need a better GPU?
 

tstanek

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So I pulled the trigger and bought the following:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad ($31.99 @ B&H)
Total: $518.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I'll give an update when it comes together!
 

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