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~$800 HTPC with some work usage

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May 8, 2011 5:59:13 PM

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)


CPU - i5-2500, overkill, but have heard that the HD3000 graphics are worth it


MOBO - ASUS P8H67 (like the inclusion of usb 3.0)


Ram - Gskill


HDD - Samsung F3


Optical - Samsung B123L


Keyboard - IOGEAR





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May 8, 2011 7:05:18 PM

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=N82E168...
The mobo is a fine choice.
I would suggest this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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-Intern... ( 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=N82E168... It's better than the other one, and 80+ too.
Lastly, A gts 450: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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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