~$800 HTPC with some work usage

Hi, I'm looking for a Win 7- 64 HTPC setup primarily for blu-ray and streaming. I will also do some work in MS office and connecting through citrix. This is my first home build, so don't hold back if I'm doing something dumb.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600-800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies, streaming

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: indifferent

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Panasonic 1080P Hdtv via HDMI, don't know precise resolution

Additional Comments: Would like it to be reasonably quiet and somewhat future proof


Case & PS - Antec Fusion (don't care about color, just seemed like a good case)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000T4MRF8/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

CPU - i5-2500, overkill, but have heard that the HD3000 graphics are worth it
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

MOBO - ASUS P8H67 (like the inclusion of usb 3.0)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131712

Ram - Gskill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

HDD - Samsung F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Optical - Samsung B123L
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151222

Keyboard - IOGEAR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823176018
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  1. Hi bpact,
    Nice build, but I would change a few things.
    The 2500k does indeed have good onboard graphics, but not GREAT ones. If you don't intend to game, you'd be better off with the i3-2100: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078&cm_re=i3_2100-_-19-115-078-_-Product
    The mobo is a fine choice.
    I would suggest this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-042-_-Product it's similar, but allows you to get a better PSU.
    Here's your HDD for $60: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Internal-HD103SJ/dp/B002MQC0P8/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1304881233&sr=1-2 ( I know it says $67, but look at the sellers, $59.99 from amazon directly)
    Ram is a good choice, stick with it.
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033&Tpk=antec%20380 It's better than the other one, and 80+ too.
    Lastly, A gts 450: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127527&cm_re=gts_450-_-14-127-527-_-Product
    And keep the blu ray drive.

    With that system, you should be able to not only watch plenty of movies, but also do some gaming! I know it's not what you are building it for, but hey, it's a bonus.

    Hope it works out!
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