HTPC Build

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=N82E16856101117

G.Skill 2x2gb ram 39.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

Intel Core i3-2100 124.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

LG Blu-ray 69.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232

WD Caviar Black 1tb hdd 89.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

Samsung 40 inch tv 549.99: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+Factory-Refurbished+40%22+Class+/+1080p+/+60Hz+/+LCD+HDTV/1502204.p?id=1218264250077&skuId=1502204

Thanks in advance for your help guys.
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  1. 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
  2. I also was wondering if there are any optical drives capable of playing 3D, I am thinking about getting a 3dtv
  3. dogchimp said:
    I also was wondering if there are any optical drives capable of playing 3D, I am thinking about getting a 3dtv


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106348&cm_re=3d_sata-_-27-106-348-_-Product

    It says 3d playback, so I guess this is ok
  4. 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=N82E16817371033

    Add a case like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133045

    I would be hesitant about a shuttle motherboard and power supply quality.
  5. Any recommendations for a mobo? I think I am going to go with Geeks psu, and case, and the 2100t
  6. 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=N82E16811133045

    Antec 380w psu 44.99 (will this fit in that case?): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-371-033&ReviewNo=2188631&SortField=0&Pagesize=10&IsFeedbackTab=true&rdm=16#scrollHelpful1

    Asus p8h67 evo mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131710

    Kingston 2x2gb ram 43.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134786

    WD 1tb caviar black hdd 89.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

    Lg Bluray drive 69.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232

    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)
  7. 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-eyefinity-technology/Pages/eyefinity.aspx
    nvidia: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-main.html
  8. 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-eyefinity-technology/Pages/eyefinity.aspx
    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
  9. 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=N82E16889252135&cm_re=3d_tv-_-89-252-135-_-Product

    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)
  10. TheIDKman said:
    Real good 3d tvs convert it themselfs
    Like this one does:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889252135&cm_re=3d_tv-_-89-252-135-_-Product

    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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