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Hello All,

I am considering putting together a HTPC/Gaming machine to sit in my home entertainment system. Something similiar to the up and coming Steam Boxes that are on the horizon. I was debating on whether or not to purchase one of the new consoles, but I think I have ultimately decided on putting together a new PC for emulation. I would appreciate any input into this build I put together, mainly if its as capable/powerful as the new generation consoles, has plenty of room for upgrades in the future, can run well using a Panasonic 50" HDTV as the monitor, and will be fairly quiet during its operation. Thanks for your help!

-ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ AMD 760G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131795 $50.79

-PNY VCGGTX660XPB GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814133470 $189.99

-EVGA 600 B 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 600W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 3 Year Warranty 100-B1-0600-KR Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817438014 $59.99

-G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231428 $89.99

-AMD FX-6300 Vishera 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W 6-Core Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
Item #: N82E16819113286 $119.99

-Crucial M500 120GB SATA 2.5" 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT120M500SSD1
Item #: N82E16820148693 $74.99

-SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum skin reinforced plastic front panel, 0.8mm SECC body MILO Series ML03B Micro ATX Media Center ...
Item #: N82E16811163174 $59.99

Total: ~$645

Let me know if I can save any money by changing any of these parts out for increased or minimal loss in capability. I found all of these on Newegg, but I am open to using other sites for purchases if I can save $$$.

Thanks again!
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  1. The case is low profile and the graphics card will not fit

    Use the GD 05 instead

    But even with that cases good cooling I think it is wise you use an intel dual core . Even a G3220 pentium is faster than the original i3 and its very low wattage . A H81 chipset board will be cheap enough [ but only has two RAM slots ] .

    You can run it comfortably with a 500 watt pcu . Modular is highly reccommended
  2. Thanks for the response. I have read that a quad core processor is a must for emulation of later consoles however. Besides that, does the h87 chipset have upgrade options in terms of processor?
  3. Best answer
    H87 chipset is identical to Z87 [ except you cannot overclock ] so you can use can use any intel socket 1150 quadcore
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