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HTPC Build Help - A little bit of blu-ray, no couch gaming

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December 3, 2013 11:50:41 AM

UPDATE 1: *** Decided to go with a modified The $400 "True Spirit of Mini-ITX" PC version of this build. I'm going to have to do some research and repost the potential build after work.***

UPDATE 2: *** Put together my list of parts, now I need critique. Had to sacrifice a lot of HD space...to make this build work. I think that I'll just add another HD in the future once prices come down or if needed. For now, we will just have to delete crap we don't use! ***

Hello Experts,

As noted in the updates above, I made some changes to my initial build and I would like your opinion on whether the parts used are sufficient, insufficient or overkill. Also, if there are better parts for the same/similar price, please let me know!

We will mainly be using this computer to watch TV, movies, web surf, and downloads. I often download videos that are 720/1080P, so I would like to make sure that the HTPC is capable of processing the video files without lag/issue. Also, is the PSU that comes with the case enough to run everything?

The parts are below.

Current Parts:
SSD: Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive - $172.99
Blue-Ray: Hitachi-LG CT30F 4.8X Blu-Ray Combo 3D Player BD-ROM DVD RW SATA LabelFlash - $25.59
Case: Antec ISK 300-150 Black Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 150 Watt Power Supply - $79.99
CPU: Intel Pentium Processor G3220 3.0 GHz LGA 1150 - $67.69
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $49.99
MOBO: ASUS H87I-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel H87 Mini ITX Motherboard - $118.99

TOTAL - $517.24

Thank you for your help/input!

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December 3, 2013 11:57:20 AM

If you will do no gaming, you don't need the video card at all. The CPU has onboard graphics which is plenty for blu-ray playback.
I have the case, be aware its a pretty tight fit with the PSU and optical drive. Some longer optical drives may not fit.
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December 3, 2013 12:25:29 PM

Ah - I had thought that a video card was necessary for proper performance, thank you for that clarification. Looks like a hundred bucks is saved, lol.

Do you think that the cpu/mobo is the best bang for buck? I am hoping that there are cheaper parts that will perform just as well for HTPC purposes.

Some reviews did mention that the optical drive and PSU were a tight fit, I'm hoping that the two will fit since these two items were used in the build posted on Tom's.
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