First Time HTPC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: anytime this week

Budget Range: $600 (maybe more)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: games (byond,halo), movies, streaming video

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS, case (cm elite 341), dvd burner lightscribe

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: No Biostar, Asrock, ECS

Overclocking: Doubt it

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080

Additional Comments: would like to be quiet yet fast
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  1. Hello dan4patriots;

    Can you give more guidance on what games you play and what your gaming expectations are?

    Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 1155 65W Dual-Core CPU $130
    BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard & RAM combo deal $145
    Mushkin Enhanced Callisto 60GB SATA II SSD boot drive $135
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 RAM
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" HDD $90
    ~about $500 to this point

    Video: Intel HD 2000 integrated graphics on the CPU - subject to change for gaming requirement.

    What kind of case do we need to fit a power supply into?
    Or does the case have a PSU already? If so how about listing the make and model
    Your DVD
    Your Case
    Your OS

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  2. dan4patriots said:
    Parts Preferences: No Biostar, Asrock, ECS
    I just now noticed that 'no'
  3. Head-to-head review of a couple of the usual contenders: Asus & Gigabyte
    Asus P8H67-M EVO & Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H

    Also available now:
    MSI H67MA-E35 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard $100
    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB DDR3 1333 RAM $50 & $10 rebate + $5 off w/ promo code EMCKGKJ78, ends 3/7
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