Building media center plus more

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: 600-800 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home media center

Parts Not Required: n/a (I pretty much need new everything)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I don't really care

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: For my screen I want to hook it up to a nice new flatscreen tv 1080

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, I think that's HD resolution correct?

Additional Comments: Basically I want to connect this computer to a TV (I don't have this yet.) I am moving in about 2 weeks and will get all new stuff when i move ( I didn't have a very good comp or tv before but now i got a job and money). It should probably have a blu ray player and defiantly a dvd burner (preferably these can be combined). I would also if possible like to connect speakers from my computer to parts of my apartment say living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and be able to play music to all or maybe just one of the rooms at a time (however this is something i can deal with later). I would also maybe have the ability to do some gaming but its not at all a priority. I will also have my comp on prob 24/7 for torrenting
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  1. This was a sub $600 mATX/gamer but it would also serve your needs as well
  2. tdmarz22 said:
    I will also have my comp on prob 24/7 for torrenting

    If you are running it 24/7 in (probably) your living room then noise might become an issue. Check out this site the HTPC section might help.

  3. I think running 24/7 you also want to consider power usage. I have a i3-540 / H55 setup that idles at 31W and maxes out at 84W. With your budget, you could easily afford those kind of parts.

    I'd start with this CPU / motherboard (should be back in stock in a few days). The onboard graphics is one of the best for playing HD video and also has the capability to stream HD audio to a compatible receiver.

    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
    $219.99 w/ free shipping

    HDD / OS
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
    $159.98 w/ free shipping

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

    Blu-ray combo drive
    LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

    Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Total: $521.94 before shipping and taxes

    As for the case, that's really a very subjective thing. If you are going to have this hooked up to your TV I presume you want a HTPC style case? There are many ranging from $60 to hundreds of dollars depending on your taste, budget and available space in your cabinet. Just beware of cheap cases with cheaper PSUs in them.

    Some suggestions (also check for these on to take advantage of free shipping):

    Antec Fusion Remote Black



  4. thanks guys, I got a lot to contemplate it looks like. I think I am leaning towards the first one but not sure yet.

    for the first one what else would i still have to buy just fan heatsing and the thermal paste?

    (do the fans usually come with the thermal paste/ how much extra would it be to complete this setup?)
  5. The boxed processor already has a stock HSF and thermal paste protected by a thin plastic film under it (to be removed prior to installation)
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