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New HTPC, light gaming build advice

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November 20, 2013 7:17:04 AM

I'm thinking of building a new HTPC to replace my current, Comcast supplied DVR.
I would be using it to watch/record live TV, stream online video, and play stored 1080p video. I am also hoping to do some light gaming (e.g. Lord of the Rings Online) with this system. I would greatly appreciate some feedback on what I have selected so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S ($170)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/413256/Intel_Core_i5...

MB: ASRock H87 Pro4 ($72 w/ Code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($67)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CRSM4I/?tag=pcpapi-20

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169 After Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Fractal Design Node 605 ($130)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...

PS: SeaSonic SS-400FL ($125)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZWQXUQ/?tag=pcpapi-20

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($90)

Cable Tuner: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe ($300)
http://cetoncorp.com/products/infinitv-6-pcie/

HD: I've already purchased an Intel 530 240GB SSD, and plan to use my 3TB NAS for storage of media.

I'm least confident about my video card and motherboard selections, I'm thinking I might be a bit overboard. I'd appreciate any feedback!

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November 20, 2013 12:18:08 PM

user_name1 said:
I'm thinking of building a new HTPC to replace my current, Comcast supplied DVR.
I would be using it to watch/record live TV, stream online video, and play stored 1080p video. I am also hoping to do some light gaming (e.g. Lord of the Rings Online) with this system. I would greatly appreciate some feedback on what I have selected so far:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570S ($170)
http://www.microcenter.com/product/413256/Intel_Core_i5...

MB: ASRock H87 Pro4 ($72 w/ Code)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) ($67)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004CRSM4I/?tag=pcpapi-20

Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($169 After Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Fractal Design Node 605 ($130)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031504&s...

PS: SeaSonic SS-400FL ($125)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003ZWQXUQ/?tag=pcpapi-20

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($90)

Cable Tuner: Ceton InfiniTV 6 PCIe ($300)
http://cetoncorp.com/products/infinitv-6-pcie/

HD: I've already purchased an Intel 530 240GB SSD, and plan to use my 3TB NAS for storage of media.

I'm least confident about my video card and motherboard selections, I'm thinking I might be a bit overboard. I'd appreciate any feedback!


Most of that build is overkill, following the listed system requirements. The following build, with the PSU, Tuner, Graphics card & case should do better.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 45.0 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ Mwave)
Motherboard: Asus F2A85-M PRO Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($92.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $295.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-20 15:26 EST-0500)
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