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May 15, 2011 4:17:13 PM

Hey Everyone, so I am planning on building an HTPC, and would like to know your opinions on parts





Approximate Purchase Date: Middle of this week

Budget Range: 500-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video, Music, Streaming

Parts Not Required: Monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, microcenter.com, tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel I3 2100, WD hard drive

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: trying to keep it quiet, this is also my first PC build (I have don many upgrades though) but I am still unsure if I am missing parts or not. Also, should the onboard graphics be good enough, or should I install one. . .any recommendations, or changes would be nice. Also, if any one can recommend a good keyboard with a built in trackpad, that would also be nice

Parts List:
Shuttle Sh67h3 Barebones 269.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill 2x2gb ram 39.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i3-2100 124.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Blu-ray 69.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD Caviar Black 1tb hdd 89.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 40 inch tv 549.99: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+Factory-Refurbish...

Thanks in advance for your help guys.



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May 15, 2011 5:23:59 PM

Im building one 2, and I see ur going for the i3 2100 but I should go with the new i3 2100t (like me).
I think its 30w less power consuption... Good for the temperature and (if you care) for the powerbill.
Here you can see the difference in performance for the 2100 and 2100t : http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php

And the video card should be fine for Movies (BD)
But If you want a little extra, go with the hd 5450 1Gb..40$ Its fanless and you could play games with it (not at high details throuh)

And maybe if you got a little money left over, an ssd which will let your os run smoothly, vertex 2 40gb for 80$.

Good luck,

David

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May 15, 2011 5:39:28 PM

I also was wondering if there are any optical drives capable of playing 3D, I am thinking about getting a 3dtv
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May 15, 2011 5:43:44 PM

I agree if you want a low power htpc go with the 2100T, it's only 35w.

The on-cpu graphics should be just fine for that.

That Shuttle case is pricey. I mean you can get a H61 for $60.

A good 80+ power supply for $45 or less. (these are on sale a lot)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Add a case like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would be hesitant about a shuttle motherboard and power supply quality.

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May 15, 2011 6:03:33 PM

Any recommendations for a mobo? I think I am going to go with Geeks psu, and case, and the 2100t
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May 15, 2011 6:29:42 PM

So here is an updated build list, I am still on the fence about making it play 3D (My understanding is I need an Nvida GPU, and their 3dtv play software to get it to play o a 3dtv)


Case 69.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 380w psu 44.99 (will this fit in that case?): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-371-...

Asus p8h67 evo mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston 2x2gb ram 43.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD 1tb caviar black hdd 89.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lg Bluray drive 69.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As this is my first full build, those are all of the parts (other then cables) that I am going to need, correct?

(Edit: Changed Mobo)
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May 15, 2011 6:54:32 PM

TheIDKman said:
But a good 3d tv converts video to 3d right, so it isnt needed? Or do you mean that the computer converts it?

I know that nvidia and amd can do it:

amd: http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/amd-eyefini...
nvidia: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-main.html


I am not sure, I believe the 3d signal just needs to be sent to a 3dtv from the computer over HDMI, and I think thats what nvidas software does. . .I just need a new tv, hence my main reason for building this pc, and I happen to find some 3dtvs that fit my price range
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May 15, 2011 8:42:56 PM

dogchimp said:
I am not sure, I believe the 3d signal just needs to be sent to a 3dtv from the computer over HDMI, and I think thats what nvidas software does. . .I just need a new tv, hence my main reason for building this pc, and I happen to find some 3dtvs that fit my price range


Real good 3d tvs convert it themselfs
Like this one does:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you save, maybe you could buy one
but a friend of mine got one and says that its hard too watch for more then 90 minutes too it (you get nauseous)

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May 15, 2011 8:50:36 PM

TheIDKman said:
Real good 3d tvs convert it themselfs
Like this one does:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you save, maybe you could buy one
but a friend of mine got one and says that its hard too watch for more then 90 minutes too it (you get nauseous)


Yeah, I think for now Im just going to go with a ledtv
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