HTPC - Newbie needs advice on parts and on how to lower the cost

Approximate Purchase Date: within a month

Budget Range:
$700 or so

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC

Parts Not Required: need all parts (I do have a big screen with HDMI input)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, I live near a Microcenter and I am open to other reputable vendors.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I am building two PCs, one gamer and one HTPC. This is the gamer and my first build. My current component list comes at about $900. I would prefer to pay $700 total. Any advice on how to do that is welcomed. I do however want to keep in order of priority (1) Bluray player, (2) TV tuner, (3) Big hard drive, (4) WIN 7 OS, (5) HTPC keyboard and (5)HTPC case.

Thank you for reading my post.

Here is what I have so far:

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL
Item #: N82E16820231425
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $44.99

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817371034
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $54.99

ASUS P8H67-M LX (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131713
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $88.99

IOGEAR GKM561R Black 2.4GHz Wireless HTPC Multimedia Keyboard with Laser Trackball and Scroll Wheel
Item #: N82E16823176018
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $46.99

SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel LC13B-E ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Item #: N82E16811163117
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $114.99

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1850 (updated version of 1800) MCE Kit 1128 PCI-Express x1 Interface
Item #: N82E16815116015
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy $109.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152245
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $79.99

Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300
Item #: N82E16819115076
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $184.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack
Item #: N82E16832116986
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy $99.99

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)
Item #: N82E16827151232
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $69.99

Total $895.90
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  1. Best answer
    Microcenter doesn't have the i5 2300 but the 2400 is $150, 2500k is $180. But you might have to drop to the i3 2100 at $100 to stick to your budget.

    You might also want to look at cheaper h61 mobos. I don't know much about tv tuners or htpc cases but that would be the next thing to change to lower price and newegg has a lot of stuff lower.

    You said this is the gamer build but I think you mean this is the htpc build. If so you could lower the psu.
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