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Usage: Stream HD movies, music and run emulators (nes,snes,n64,gamecube,wii, and possible ps1 and ps2) through xbmc

Cost: Under $500


CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz

MB: ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

HDD: OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2

power supply is probably bigger than need but leaves room for hard drives once prices drop.

CASE: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case


Will this build work for what I want and stay relatively quite? Also what aftermarket cpu fan do you recommend if needed?
Thanks for any input
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    I don't think we're supposed to talk about emulators here but that's a pretty good build. The only thing is that your SSD is way too small - the Windows install alone will take up more than half the drive. You might want to consider a 500GB mechanical HD instead.

    You don't need an aftermarket fan for an HTPC because the cases are so small that they won't fit, and you don't need one if you're not getting an unlocked CPU.
  2. You'll want a real gpu if you plan to play any ps2/wii/gc games in higher than the games native resolution. 6870 works great to play most games 720p-1080p at 50-60 fps.
    Otherwise that's perfectly fine for lower emulators.
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