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HTPC build advice please

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May 13, 2013 6:07:21 PM

I came up with the following and wanted to know if you had any ideas on where I could cut some costs. I would like to keep the blu ray reader in case someone develops a free open source blu ray decrypting player in the future. Also, I already have the tuner card, so that one has to stay. Other than that please suggest anything else.

I'm planning on running XBMC (open elec if I can get it to work well or under windows otherwise). Mostly streaming high bitrate video and recording live atsc ota tv. I would like to keep a gaming option open with a low profile HD 7750 or something like that.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($120.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($76.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 5000B HTPC Case ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($56.22 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner w/ IR Remote PCI-E x 1 ($109.99)
Total: $591.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-13 20:55 EDT-0400)

Thanks.

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May 13, 2013 8:51:01 PM

If you want to cut cost, you can choose AMD Apu to save the video card cost. A8-5600k is only half price of i3 plus hd 7750, and you can overclock it. If you are not planning on heavy game with this HTPC, APU is a good choice.
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