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HTPC $700-$800 budget

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October 21, 2011 6:31:57 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks


Budget Range: 700-800


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching/Recording TV, Surfing the web


Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse...ect


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: ASUS motherboards


Overclocking: Not necessary but would be nice


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: 32" LCD 1080p Sony TV


Additional Comments:

My main concerns are with the mobo and cpu, I am looking at the:

Intel Core i3 2105

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A6-3650 Llano

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the motherboard I would like but don't need 4 RAM slots, USB 3.0, SATA 6gb/s. I do however need one PCI e slot that isn't x16 (it has issues with my tv tuner card)

I know I am getting the Ceton InviniTV tuner card because it is a beast. I prefer not to get a discrete gpu.

Any advice on cases, hard drives, blu ray drives, ect would also be appreciated. Thanks!

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