HTPC Build - Need some advice

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_info&products_id=12122

MOTHERBOARD - Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=138_711_1183&products_id=17724

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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  1. What budget range are you looking at? How much do you have to spend on the build?
  2. On the Ram, processor and power supply. I was looking to spend under $300
  3. Isthis going to be a pure HTPC?
  4. It will be running XBMC and Hyperspin FE
  5. I have already decided on the Motherboard and Case, I just wanted opinions on the processor and ram and power supply.
  6. Helps when we know your budget.....?

    EDIT:
    Apologies, didn't see it listed above :o
  7. 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
  8. 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_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=16402

    $80 Corsair 500w
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_354&products_id=17373

    $36 G.Skill Ripjaws 4GB (2x2GB)
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=186_912&products_id=13105

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    $125 i3-2100 Socket 1155
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=16725
  9. Seasonic 430 watt $80
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_535&products_id=15958

    Intel Core i3 2120 $145
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=16726

    2 x2 gig of RAM
    www.cantbebotheredlookingthroughthatlistfor1600MHz,1.5voltram.com
  10. Outlander_04 said:
    Seasonic 430 watt $80
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_535&products_id=15958

    Intel Core i3 2120 $145
    http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=187_346_1184&products_id=16726

    2 x2 gig of RAM
    www.cantbebotheredlookingthroughthatlistfor1600MHz,1.5voltram.com


    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?
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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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