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August 1, 2010 4:18:37 PM

Hi - I'm building a PC for the first time to play media (movies/music) on my main TV. I'd like to have full HD video playback (1080P).

Since this is the first time, I'd like to just run by the specs with the community to see if anyone could verify that these will fit in the case I chose and or identiy any potential trouble areas. I appreciate your help.

Case: Antec ISK 300-150 Mini-ITX Case
Motherboard: ECS H55H-I LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W
Video Card: SAPPHIRE HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCIE HDMI
Memory: Generic 4GB (2/2GB)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000BEVT 500GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s

Links

Case: http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=MjIzOQ==
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video Card: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?leg=&...
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 1, 2010 5:15:41 PM

Hello SimoneDice;

You might need to drop the HD 5450 video card. I don't believe it fits inside the power envelope of that 150watt PSU along with the other parts.
How about changing out the Core i3-530 and HD 5450 for a Core i5-650? The price is only about $15 more.
The Intel HD Graphics built onto the i5-650 CPU package does a decent job with Blu-Ray 1080P playback.
Core i5-661 review http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-clarkdale-cor...

GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 Mini-ITX motherboard is getting substantially better customer reviews than then ECS H55H-I. It is more expensive.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2010/06/1...

Antec ISK 300-150 Mini-ITX Case review
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
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