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Advice for first build: budget HTPC

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January 22, 2012 3:21:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: before the end of February

Budget Range: 600$ - 800$ After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching 3D movies, playing blu-ray disks, surfing the internet( youtube ), gaming if possible, NAS

Parts Not Required: Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, Amazon.com

Country: Palo Alto, CA, USA

Parts Preferences:

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

Intel BOXDH67BLB3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37U Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner /Video Recorder 1196 PCI-Express x1 Interface

ENERMAX KM001W Black RF Wireless Keyboard with Mouse

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 3D 1920x1080 HDTV

Additional Comments: I want it to be quiet and look good in my living room.

Is this a good build?

I was also thinking about getting this SSD: OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) because it would be quiet and let it boot a lot quicker. Is it worth giving up all that HD space I would get with the Caviar Green?

And will the PSU take European 220v?
January 22, 2012 6:28:42 PM

Your best graphics option that will let you play some games will probably be an AMD Llano APU . This is a cpu with a full graphics core built in .
http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/


I cant see any details in the newegg link for the case that indicate if it will run 110 or 230 volt .
Have you considered the Silverstone GD 05 [ or 04] that are taller and can take full size expansion cards ? Then you could use any ATX power supply , and as a bonus have much better cooling .
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January 22, 2012 8:05:50 PM

Gaming's not that important to me. What i want the most is that it is quiet, but still can do 3D blu ray. I hear the llano stock cooler is very noisey, and a silent aftermarket cooler such as the shuriken would bring the price up too much.

I also liked that the case is slim. I'm not planning on a dedicated video card, which would bring extra heat and noise.
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