HTPC/Gaming build, Need Advice!

I'm trying to put together an HTPC build and have a few questions. I'd appreciate any advice ya'll could give me.
I want to get this HTPC up and running and down the road upgrade to also do some gaming. That's why I picked a larger power supply and more CPU than I need for just an HTPC. I figure that to game, i'll just have to add a graphics card.
I also plan on adding an SSD later.

My questions are:
Is this CPU more than I need, evening for gaming?
Is this PSU more or less than I need if I add a GPU, SSD, TV Tuner and possibly another HDD down the road?
What kind of TV tuner do I need if any? I plan on installing an antenna to watch and record ota channels.

I also want a remote, any advice? Logitech Harmony seems expensive.


Here's what I have so far.

Case : SILVERSTONE GD05B micro-ATX

CPU : Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz

MoBo : GIGABYTE GA-H67MA-USB3-B3

PSU : Antec EarthWatts EA-500D

RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1600

HDD : Western Digital WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

DVD : SAMSUNG Blu-ray Drive SH-B123L
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Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: $700 - $800
System Usage: Netflix, watching movies, internet tv (hulu, youtube, network websites, etc), surfing the internet, gaming
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker, OS (will use Windows 7)
Preferred Website for Parts: newegg.com
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: I want to use a microATX case to fit in my entertainment cabinet
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future
Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, Philips 47PFL6704D/F7 LCD tv
Additional Comments: want to start with the HTPC and upgrade to do some gaming in the near future.
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  1. Any input? Anyone?
  2. check out this guide, the guy here has put in a good amount of work into it and his tips and suggestions are really helpful
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1302559
  3. btw the i5 2500K is kind of pointless since if its going to be in your entertainment cabinet and be in a smaller case you wont be able to overclock so switch to an i5 2400 if you want

    also the ASROCK H61M U3S3 does everything that gigabyte does and $30 cheaper
  4. What dan said is true but this mobo is even lower price because of the combo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.631838

    You can't overclock ram on h67 or 61 so going with 1333 will save you money. What gpu were you planning to get if you upgrade? If you don't know, say a price range.
  5. k1114 said:
    What dan said is true but this mobo is even lower price because of the combo. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.631838

    You can't overclock ram on h67 or 61 so going with 1333 will save you money. What gpu were you planning to get if you upgrade? If you don't know, say a price range.


    Replace that old but -used-to-be-great PSU with this newer PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207007&cm_re=xfx_650w-_-17-207-007-_-Product
    Get a GTX 460 768mb for great HTPC performance at a low low price ($120, its 25-30% better than an HD 5770 yeah;)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162058

    Get an i5 2400
    4GB of RAM is fine, if you going with the H61 mobo any cheap, heres $40 1333MHz 4gb ram.. from a great brand (gskill).
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394

    The Harddrive that you have selected is an 'eco' green model - The blue/green models from western digital are pathetic.
    They claim to be 'low power' etc, yet thats just an excuse for low performance. In reality, no HDD uses more than 15 watts~. Performance shouldn't be hindered at the expense of so much speed. you can UPGRADE to this.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint-_-22-152-245-_-Product 2TB for $80, or you can get 1 of these $65 1TB HDD's if you only need 1 TB (They are a bit faster than the 2TB HDD i've selected, both are much faster than the blue/green WD series). The 1TB i've shown you is faster than the WD BLACK too (The fastest WD HDD).
  6. Im not sure what graphic card I will get but I will spend somewhere around $150.

    The H61 mobos don't have SATA 6Gb, will I need that for a good SSD?

    I'll definitely change the HDD and maybe the PSU also. How big of a PSU do I need?
  7. the Asrock i listed does have sata 6 Gb/s but unless you get something like the vertex 3 ssd you wont need it, if you need lots of storage that hdd is fine but if you want speed then get the Samsung F3 1TB ($65 on newegg)
  8. A 500w will be sufficient. What is your reason of adding a ssd later? It depends on the ssd if a sata 2 vs 3 will affect it and it's only a $20 difference if you wish to have it. An ssd will still be faster than a hdd.
  9. I guess i'll get the SSD now so I can put the OS on it. Mainly want it for boot speed.
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