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Dwayne April 23, 2011 12:56 PM

HTPC Build
 
Hello all,

I am looking at the following parts for an HTPC build. I don't foresee any real gaming on this rig. It will be connected to my Denon AVR-3300 and a Sony 52" LCD. It will be my Blu-ray player and allow me access to my network music as well as light browsing.


MCE Infrared 2 Channel Remote Control for Windows Vista & Window 7

Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H-B3 mATX LGA1155 H67 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 Motherboard

Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

Samsung SH-B123L 12X BD-ROM & DVD Burner Combo Internal SATA W/ Power DVD Software

Antec Truepower New 550W Modular Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80 Plus 120MM PWM Fan

Nmedia HTPC-1000B Desktop Media Centre Case mATX Black 1X5.25 4X3.5INT Card Reader No PS

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM

All parts priced through NCIX/New Egg and Direct Canada with DC coming in just under $800 not including tax and shipping.


As you can see, no video card as I plan to use the IGP. Any issues with HD quality that anyone has come across? I have not found much on image quality but most HTPC sites are complimentary of the H67/i3 combo.

Thanks in advance for any info, and yes, even for your opinions! :thumb:

dma0991 April 23, 2011 01:10 PM

If you do not intend to play any games with this HTPC, you could reduce your RAM to 4GB instead of 8GB. As for the PSU you could get the Corsair CX430 instead which is cheaper and the total power draw of that HTPC would not even reach 250W at all. Other than that, you're good to go.

Dwayne April 23, 2011 01:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dma0991 (Post 508827)
If you do not intend to play any games with this HTPC, you could reduce your RAM to 4GB instead of 8GB. As for the PSU you could get the Corsair CX430 instead which is cheaper and the total power draw of that HTPC would not even reach 250W at all. Other than that, you're good to go.

Thanks for some feedback. I thought of 4GB but 8GB is so cheap. I'll consider it though as it could save me a few bucks.

I really want a modular PS for the build because of the case space and even though there are a lot of cables still hardwired to the box, having some of them modular goes reduce clutter. Also, if I have my research done correctly, the Antec is a Seasonic build and I think they are one of the best PS makers available. A little extra PS headroom is nice to have if I decide to throw in a video card eventually.

Now that I am thinking about it I'll have a look at the 4GB kits and see what the price differences are. Thanks!

dma0991 April 23, 2011 02:04 PM

The money that you save from getting 4GB instead of 8GB, you could get a better CPU like the Core i5 which has 4 physical cores. I think that Antec will work just fine. gl

Arinoth April 23, 2011 03:46 PM

Nmedia is typically lower quality plastic-ish crap, i'd recommend going with Silverstone HTPC or Lian Li HTPC cases

_dangtx_ April 23, 2011 04:31 PM

overkill psu,smart choice for mobo cpu :)

2tb green? :)


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