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Quiet, Power efficient $700-1000 HTPC

Approximate Purchase Date: within next two weeks (max. one month)

Budget Range: $700-1000 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Online streaming videos (Netflix, hulu), surfing the internet/email, Android programming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor (already have these); will buy speakers at later time (surround sound)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon, newegg

Country of Origin: USA (CA)

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: First-timer, building computer for my living room. I just want to replace my old college laptop with something better (just finished college and started earning cash...). I don't need to carry it around with me anymore, so I wanted to buy something I can play/learn with and reuse parts in the future.

Priorities for the system:
1) Quality/Stable, needs to last me at least 4 years
2) Power efficient
3) Silent

Parts that I already have:
2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
Corsiar Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600

Plan:

Processor: i5-2500K
>>Definitely want an i5... chose the K version because it has Intel HD Graphics 3000 as opposed to 2000... is this a good choice, or am I overreaching?

Chipset: H67
>>Chose H67 because I don't need overclocking, and do plan on using integrated graphics (less power consumption, less heat?)

Motherboard: ASUS P8H67-M EVO
or Intel DH67GD
>>leaning towards Intel board because I saw that it's more efficient (article, see the last plot), but I've read that Intel mobos are not as well-built as the Asus mobos. Also, the Asus mobo looks nicer :)

SSD: ?
>>I plan on using this as a boot drive. Also, what are your opinions on Ubuntu vs Mac OS X Lion?

Wireless NIC: ?
>>Need wifi because of where computer will be located, prefer 802.11n. My router is a Linksys E2000-RM[\i]

Power Supply: ?
>>I'm ok with spending some cash here if it gets me something of high quality (safety for the other components) and is efficient

Case: Fractal Design Define R3, Black Pearl
>>open for suggestions, but this case seems to get good reviews and looks sleek

Extras:

CPU Cooler: ?
>>Do I need one besides the stock cooler? maybe a quieter one?

Case Fans: ?
>>I was thinking of maybe getting a 140mm to place at the top of the case...


Thank you all for your input.
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  1. Do you want to have USB 3 ports at the front of your case? If yes, you have a problem with the current MB and case selections, as none of them have provisions for that.

    Just something I thought you'd like to be aware of.
  2. you do know Lion will be a pain to install, because its made to install only on macs, never-the-less if you buy that processor with an ATI/AMD graphics card it should make the job MUCH easier.
  3. Quote:
    Do you want to have USB 3 ports at the front of your case? If yes, you have a problem with the current MB and case selections, as none of them have provisions for that.


    That isn't a deal breaker for me, but it would be nice to have...
    Fractal Design will be coming out with an upgrade kit, and new cases will have USB 3.0, although I didn't want to wait until end of September... reference

    Any suggestions on alternate MBs?

    Quote:
    you do know Lion will be a pain to install, because its made to install only on macs, never-the-less if you buy that processor with an ATI/AMD graphics card it should make the job MUCH easier.


    That makes choosing my OS easier, Ubuntu it is...

    Thanks for the info.
  4. ps3hacker12, that mobo doesn't seems to have USB 3.0...?

    i had a look around, and there doesn't seem to have almost any mobos with USB 3.0 for front-panel...
    anyways, like I said before, that isn't a big deal for me... I can always run a cable through to the back somehow...
    so I think I'll stick with one of the two above, unless anyone has other suggestions...

    I did want to get people's opinions on the two mobos above, do you all think Intel one won't be as reliable as the Asus?
    i.e. won't last as long?

    thanks
  5. The biggest difference between HD2000 and HD3000 is 3D performance so unless u have a 3D monitor/TV I would stay with HD2000 - i5-2400 will be ur best bet.
    How about this mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131711
    for a case go with either
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133044
    or
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163158
    SSD get either crucial m4 or intel 320
    wireless this guy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833381023

    no need for CPU cooler

    and for PSU I'll go with this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    so total comes to .. I have no idea .. add it up and see how it fit ur budget
  6. Best answer
    sorry i expected all gigabyte Z68 boards to have USB 3.0 as standard but i geuss not :/ just looking at the number of boards that will allow for FRONT USB 3.0 panels, there arent that many but here are two that i found in the lower price bracket:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500064
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157235

    i couldn't really find that many (at a reasonable price) that had front USB 3.0 panel ports.
  7. Best answer selected by lucaraki.
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