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HTPC Build - Need some advice

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September 12, 2011 8:11:05 AM

Hey everyone,
I am a 21 year old from Melbourne, Australia. I am looking at building my first PC. The plan is to build a HTPC computer. Currently this is my components, but I am really unsure about other components.

CASE - Silverstone LC10-E Black
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

MOTHERBOARD - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

HDD - 2 x WD 2TB HD That I already have. With plans in the future to get a SSD
I will probably be expanding to more hard drives in the future as well.

Plus I currently have a spare DVD Drive to use, with no plans of an upgrade to Blu-Ray Player, as I already have a PS3.

For now I don't plan on using a Video Card, but thats always a maybe in the future. I plan on using the system for watching Movies/Tv Shows, listening to music and playing Games on, but nothing new enough to warrant a video card as yet.
So what sort of RAM, Processor and Power Supply should I get.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2011 8:30:29 AM

What budget range are you looking at? How much do you have to spend on the build?
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September 12, 2011 9:18:00 AM

On the Ram, processor and power supply. I was looking to spend under $300
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a c 121 B Homebuilt system
September 12, 2011 9:28:56 AM

Isthis going to be a pure HTPC?
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September 12, 2011 9:37:01 AM

It will be running XBMC and Hyperspin FE
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September 13, 2011 7:33:12 AM

I have already decided on the Motherboard and Case, I just wanted opinions on the processor and ram and power supply.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 13, 2011 7:34:46 AM

Helps when we know your budget.....?

EDIT:
Apologies, didn't see it listed above :o 
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September 13, 2011 7:52:26 AM

As posted in an above post.

I have $300 to spend on the Processor, RAM and Power Supply.

I already have the Motherboard, Case, 2 x Hard Drives
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 13, 2011 8:13:45 AM

Ideally you want to be looking at 4/8GB RAM, 500w PSU (since you plan to add a GPU in the future), and an i3 or i5. I dont think i5 will quite fit into budget though being as its around $200 on its own.

$193 i5-2400 Socket 1155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$80 Corsair 500w
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

$36 G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB)
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

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$125 i3-2100 Socket 1155
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...



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a c 143 B Homebuilt system
September 13, 2011 10:24:33 AM

AdrianPerry said:
I know SeaSonic make very very good quality PSU's, but so do Corsair, surely a 500w unit at the same price would be better value?


Why?
Surely not for the bigger number , because the total system draw is going to be about 100 watts .

And then you have to consider that Corsair dont make PSU's . They buy them . The best Corsair PSU's were/ are made by .......
.........seasonic
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 13, 2011 10:27:02 AM

The OP stated he wanted to add a graphics card in the future.

430w limits your choice to something below a 6850. 500w allows anything up to 560Ti or 6950. So yes, i'm suggesting it for "the bigger number" :D 
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September 16, 2011 5:35:51 AM

Hi i think that the motherboard vga card is not sufficient to decode x264 movies on the gpu.
I always advice to get a low watt cpu lets say 45 watt. that you can use for internetting playing xvids divx. but when you need to the power to decode the x264 use a dxva I or dxva II compatible gpu. A low end ati will do try to get a fanless one. Fans always make the most noise. Especialy when they get dusty and older.
Also a 45 watt cpu is cheap and you dont require a Huge cooler fan to cool it.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 16, 2011 12:34:14 PM

Any modern integrated video will handle x264/h.264 video just fine easily. It's been that way for years. No discreet card is needed. Even if a video file is not DXVA compliant, any of the discussed CPU's can handle the job through software decoding.
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