HTPC build

I am going to build a HTPC this week and i will buy the parts this weekend. Its primary purpose is a HTPC but it will also be used for ripping and decoding DVD's. I will buy the parts from Micro Center because it is right down the street from my house. My budget is right around 1000. The parts that will not be needed are a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Intel Core I5 2500K

GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard

Samsung 830 SSD 64GB

WD caviar green 2TB

Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (2 4GB)

PC power and cooling Silencer 760 Watt ATX Power Supply

Hauppauge win-tv-hvr 2250

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Mid Tower ATX

Windows 7 64bit professional

Samsung SH-B123L Blue Ray drive

I know that the PSU is overkill but i am looking for a real quite PSU and this one had good reviews. Does anyone have any suggestions or comments for me to tweak this build? Thank You in advance.
4 answers Last reply
More about htpc build
  1. What's your video source (Cable/Satellite/OTA)? If it's cable or satellite, do you require a set top box from the provider? If so, look at getting a cablecard TV Tuner solution rather than the Hauppauge. If not, then the Hauppauge Win-TV-HVR 2250 is a good choice.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of on-board graphic solutions, but since Microcenter is just down the street from you, you can give on-board a try and if it's not to your liking, then get a low-end graphics card.

    -Wolf sends
  2. My video source is the Cable company and i am going to get a Ceton cable card tuner in the future to get my encrypted channels. Is there a problem with the Intel 3000 intergrated graphics for watching TV? I am not going to be playing games on the computer.
  3. As I said, I'm not a fan of the on-board solutions. I've heard too many stories about, "they claim it works for HD content" only to hear "HD Content playback is stuttering" from people who use it. Then again, others say it works fine for them. Personally, I've never tried it, so I can't say yeah or nay. Hence the suggestion to give on-board a try and see if it works for you. Since you have the Microcenter right there, it's easy enough for you to go pick up a graphics card (rather than waiting a few days for Newegg to deliver).

    -Wolf sends
  4. Would anyone reccomend a different power supply? I will be getting all of my parts tomorrow from Micro Center at the MD rockville store. I need it to be quite and around 500W.
Ask a new question

Read More

Build Systems