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December 2, 2010 3:07:09 AM

I purchased a 55 inch led tv on black friday and been looking to build a htpc to support it. I would like to see if I could fit it in the entertainment center. The dimensions of the cabinet are 20''x 18''x18'' and will leave the back open for air circulation. I would like to keep the cost under $700 but was looking for any advice.


APEVIA X-QPACK2-BK/500 Black Aluminum Body/ Front Mask MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 500W Power Supply $99.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card $95.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ $52.99

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 $49.99

Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3550
ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $214.99

Total $584


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December 2, 2010 3:31:43 AM

Why not go with AM for CPU? IMO the Athlon II X3 offer very good performance for the money...
Here is a slightly different config
X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo - ASUS M4A87TD/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE - Check this one -
COOLER MASTER Elite 360
Able to place vertically or horizontally for users to manage the space in different way
&
Rotatable Cooler Master logo to present in different aspects
So should look good as a HTPC case...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Better quality that comes with the Apevia and is modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now for the video card -
Will you be gaming or is it just going to be a HTPC?
If no gaming, then you wont need the GTS 450 IMO...
There are 2 options to go with
1. HD 5570 - A very good HTPC card
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2935
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. If you plan for 3D, then GT 430 would suffice, but it seems to loose out on image quality to the 5570
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3973/nvidias-geforce-gt-4...
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