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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!
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! :) 
!