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1st Time HTPC Build - How does this look?

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September 10, 2011 9:37:51 PM

I think that I am ready to place the order but I thought I should check with you guys first. Please let me know if you see any problems with the configuration below or if you think that there is a better option available. As stated in the description, this will be my first build so I want to make sure that I am not forgetting about anything... I am pretty sure that I am going overkill for a HTPC but I just want to make sure that it will be a machine that will last a few years and handle anything thrown at it. Any information you can provide will be appreciated!

Approximate Purchase Date: Now/This week 

Budget Range: About $1000.00 

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Downloading/Watching Video, Internet 

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (42" Panasonic), Speakers, OS (Windows 7 x64), Remote Control (Harmony 880) 

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com 

Country of Origin: San Juan, PR 

Parts Preferences: None 

Overclocking: Maybe 

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe 

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 (I just chose the highest to be ready for future TV's) 

Additional Comments: 
SSD for the OS 
Something like 4TB of HDD space for storage 
Blu-ray Combo Drive 
Internal WiFi/N 
Internal Card Reader 
Quiet/Efficient Cooling 
TV Tuner Card (I don't need it now but I will eventually want to add one) 

Case:
SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body Lascala Series LC20B-M ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor Cooler:
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 compatible GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal Paste:
Mad Dog Techie Toyz Arctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound - Thermal paste
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002VFXFE/ref=ox_sc_a...

Mother Board:
Gigabyte Intel Z68 Micro ATX LGA 1155 Motherboard (GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZBHMN8/ref=ox_sc_a...

Ram:
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD (OS):
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD Drive Converter:
SilverStone SDP08 3.5" to 2 x 2.5" Bay Converter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HHD's:
2 X SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
SILVERSTONE Strider Plus ST50F-P 500W ATX 12V v2.3 & EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive:
Samsung 12x BD-ROM/16x DVD Writer Drive - Retail SH-B123L/RSBP (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044683HI/ref=ox_sc_a...

Wireless Card:
Rosewill RNX-N180PCe PCI Express Revision 1.1 Wireless Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader:
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB Port / Extra Silver Face Plate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tools:
Rosewill RTK-015 15 Piece Standard Computer Tool Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anti-Static Wrist Strap Grounding Cord with Adjustable Band
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002O6U65W/ref=ox_sc_a...

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September 10, 2011 10:24:19 PM

99.9% of the time, the only tool you'll ever need is a Philips screw driver.
All other tools are optional.
What you may need is your first aid kit as it will contain sharp metal edges so be careful.
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September 12, 2011 8:00:57 PM

This is all well and fine, but what about the O/S itself? You are seeming to say you already have a retail version of Windows 7 64-bit. If so, that's a nice start.

Overall, I like what you've pieced together. Even if you did have to add the Windows 7 64-bit, still not bad.

And yes, a TV tuner card would be a nice touch - later on.
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September 12, 2011 9:56:14 PM

Are you saying that the "ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard" is a better MB for my setup? I just read that the GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 was a good one.

Yes, I have a copy of Windows 7 x64 ready to rock.

Do you guys think that I need more cooling? It will be in an entertainment center, so not a ton of fresh cool air.
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