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August 4, 2012, 04:11 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland
8gb is not overkill if you are using W7. Linux or WinXP 4gb will cut it but anything else its worth the extra $10-$15 to get 8gb rather than 4gb.
The i3 and built in hd gfx will be enough. The only place you may run into any issues is with Netflix HD as silverlight is a huge resource hog. If you find this is the case you may wish to add a cheap video card to help out however I think you should be ok without it considering.
I would recommend going the AMD apu route though. You can get a better bang for your buck when it comes to AMD and building a HTPC. With the money you save you could get a nice aftermarket cpu cooler to keep things cool and quiet.
My System Specs
i5 2500k @ 4.7ghz
8gb Crucial Elite DDR3-1600 7-8-7-21
Sapphire Radeon HD6870 OC'd 980mhz clock/1100mhz mem with Arctic Accelero S1 Plus(2x92mm Cooler Master Blade Master)
2tb WD Black
750W NZXT Hale90 80 Plus Gold PSU
MSI Interceptor Nighthawk
24" Dell something or other
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