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Sub $600 htpc

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March 3, 2010 11:45:11 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month BUDGET RANGE: $500 –$600usd
Let me start by stating that this is will be my first build, and I welcome any and all criticism. I am currently only using Lenovo s10 netbook and obviously power is lacking. Basically I am looking for a small form factor general duty pc with an htpc emphasis.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (watching movies, streaming content, surfing the internet, light gaming)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com, amazon.com (prime account) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Not necessary SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Small form factor with a potential to upgrade

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Cpu
Intel Core i3-540 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor


Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-H55M-USB3 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard



Ram
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory



Hdd
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Case
APEX Black DM-387 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case


Psu
Suggestions if stock one sucks???

Dvd / Blu-ray
Suggestions – Willing to add later

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March 3, 2010 1:17:54 PM

Hmm what i usually do up for clients with HTPC-light gaming needs is to incorporate a discrete like HD 4670 (preferably with native HDMI for easy connectivity to LCD TV) but with your budget think we can up the ante a wee bit hehe
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March 3, 2010 1:39:00 PM

batuchka - I like that set up it offers a lot more in terms of value to me. Thanks for your response.

This set-up will work with a 46" lcd I take it?
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March 4, 2010 4:10:36 PM

I was wondering if you guys could recommend a shorter case for this build. length and width aren't a problem. I just need something that comes in under 7.5 inches.
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