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July 23, 2011 6:39:39 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Soon, not very important though.

Budget Range: $500, flexible.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC & file server.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.

Country of Origin: Pacific NW, USA.

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: Doubtful.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Monitor Resolution: 720p HDTV through HDMI, possibly also 1920x1080(1200) through DVI.

Additional Comments: I would prefer a smaller case, but there is no need for it to be HTPC form factor.

And here's the build: (prices include shipping)
Case: APEX TX-381-C $35
CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 $140
Mobo: MSI H67MA-E35 $85
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) (PC3 10666) $55
PSU: Antec EA-380D 380W $40
Front Fan: Scythe 120mm "Slipstream" $14
Boot SSD: Kingston SSDNow S100 16GB $55
Total price: $424

1) Are parts I have chosen compatible with each other? (Also, will they fit in the case?)
2) Is there a better choice for something, such as a cheaper item that has equivalent capabilities?
3) I'm thinking of setting up RAID 5 by purchasing a pair of 2 TB drives that complement my current 2 TB drive. Is this a reasonable idea, and what manufacturer is most reliable these days?

The parts I'm the most iffy about are the PSU and SSD, since I have little experience with either.

Thanks!

EDIT: More stuff I've found, please let me know if you think I should use one of these.
SSD: Patriot Torqx 2 32GB $85 (thanks manu11)
Mobo: ASRock H67M-GE (B3) $80
Do I want to fill the 4 DIMM of RAM here, or is 16 GB overkill?
PSU: SeaSonic SS-300ET 300W $40
Case: Antec 300 $60
Wifi: Rosewill RNX-N180PCe Wireless Adapter $20
DVD: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $20
Do I need to purchase extra cables due to the DVD burner being OEM?
July 23, 2011 7:41:20 AM

have you considered llano build.
it will be ideal for htpc and some light gaming.

ASRock A75M-HVS FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 70$

AMD A8-3850 Llano 2.9GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3850WNGXBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 140$

psu you have chosen is nice 40$
ram too 55$

16gb isnt enough i think, better go with a faster one and larger too
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 85$

your case is fine 35$
total: 425$.

its in the same price range and willl be ideal for an htpc.



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July 23, 2011 8:44:49 AM

I think I'm going to stick with the i3, Llano is too new for my tastes right now.

Updating the SSD, 32 GB does seem to be a better idea.

I've found some alternates, if anyone has opinions:
Mobo: ASRock H67M-GE (B3) $80
PSU: SeaSonic SS-300ET 300W $60
Case: Antec 300 $60
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July 23, 2011 2:27:48 PM

evry thing seems right but you are going to a wrong way imo, i3 are nice for htpc but llano will be better for htpc purposes and just what are your tastes.
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July 23, 2011 2:32:37 PM

Llano is far superior to the i3. I would go for it for sure if this is an HPTCBuild here is what I would suggest. I know you don't trust Llano but for an HPTC it is the best. Period.

Case and PSU $49.99
Rosewill R379-M w/ 300W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU $119.99
AMD Llano A6-3650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard $69.99
ASRock A75M-HVS FM1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM $49.99
G-Skill Value Series 8GB DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive $84.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optional
SSD $89.99
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe 40GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Blu-Ray Drive $69.99
LG Super Multi WH12LS30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price w/ Options - $544.93

Price Without Options - $374.95

Overall in my personal opionion this is one of the best HPTC setups I have seen and without the options it is cheaper than your original build. It will also perform much better on all fronts. I'm sorry about sorta throwing your ideas to the curb but I have done a lot of studying about computer parts and the AMD seems to be the way to go.
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