First build, some advice please.

I did some research since I am new to DIY pc's. Initially, I was intimidated by acronyms and numbers. I have some parts that I want to reuse mostly my HDD from a 3 year old pc and a radeon HD 5450 I bought recently. The only thing that I might have to buy is the OS.

Here are the parts that I plan to use for a basic setup with decent power. I'd like to use the pc to play blu-rays in the living room. If you guys have any suggestions to bring the price down or improve it, it'd be appreciated.


* Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

* BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

* G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS

* SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo SATA Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support

* Rosewill R363-M-BK Black Ultra High Gloss Finished MicroATX Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply


I was also checking out the G860 and was wondering if the i3 would be worth the extra money.
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  1. nice build, i would get a single 4gb stick for now,
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148346 19$

    and i am really afraid for the psu in that case, get a cheap case and a decent psu
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121120 35$

    and a psu like this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026 45$
  2. Might be worth spending an extra $30 for a mobo from a company like ASUS

    ASUS P8H61-M (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131716
  3. :hello: Welcome to the forums.

    Because this is your first build, look at the following threads while you are waiting for your parts.
    Build it yourself:
    http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step-guide-building

    And although this primarily a troubleshooting thread, the first part contains a checklist that will catch most noob mistakes:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261145-31-read-posting-boot-problems

    And I recommend breadboarding a new build:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262730-31-breadboarding

    It doesn't take long, and it lets you test your parts before you install them in the case.
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