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$800 - $1000 Canadian HTPC Build

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August 3, 2010 12:46:24 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 3-6 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: ~$800, (but willing to splurge up to max $1000 if I must) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching HD movies/TV Shows, Gaming, Surfing 'Net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg Canada, NCIX, Memory Express

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Intel processor unless there is a strong argument otherwise.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
* Win 7 Home Premium OS
* Needs to fit into HTPC case
* 7.1 Surround-capable
* Quiet
* Will be used for Moderate level of gaming as I intend it to replace my console.

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I am a first-time HTPC builder, second-time PC builder and I need help putting together a full system.

I've settled on this case from Newegg:
Nmedia 5000B Case.

Feel free to suggest another case if you have a qualm against this one though.

I believe the Intel i3 looks ideal, but I'm having a hard time getting all my parts within my price range (and in the small box!).

If there's more information you need, let me know.

Thanks so very much!

More about : 800 1000 canadian htpc build

August 5, 2010 1:35:38 AM

Okay, I see that I'm getting a lot of views but no replies! Have I done something wrong?

I've chosen a few more parts since first post:

Case: Nmedia 5000B Case ($70)
Processor: Intel Dual Core i3 2.93GHz & 4MB Cache (73W) ($122)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 Mini ITX ($110)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB(2x2GB) DDR3 1600 ($100)
Video Card: None
Hard Drive: Western Digital SATA 1TB w32MB Cache ($95)
Optical Drive: None
Power Supply: Apevia 250W Mini ITX (OEM) ($40)
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($105)

Total So Far: $640

A few questions:
1) Not sure if my Power Supply is enough to power my build. I'm not an experienced build designer, but 250W seems small to me. Will a full sized Power Supply fit in the Nmedia case?
2) My Mobo supports "Enhanced Intel HD Graphics integrated into the processor". Is this sufficient if I want to be able to replace my console? (my benchmark would be the ability to run Mass Effect 2 well).
3) How do I know if this will all fit into my HTPC case?

As always, thanks for any help! :) 
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