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Best optimized HTPC built feb 2012 ?

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February 15, 2012 7:40:54 AM

Hi all :) 
this is the built i am planning to get for a HTPC after doing quite a lot of research... Idea is to consolidate home media files in 1 place + playback various formats DVDrips/BD rips files / mp3s/ pics galleries etc. No TV recording stuff.
- Case : Silverstone Grandia GD 06
- Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 (rev 1.0) or ASUS® P8H61-MLE/USB3 (NEW REV 3.0)
- CPU : Intel Core I3 Sandy Bridge 2105 (HD graphics 3000) or 2125 ifnot available
- System disk : SSD Crucial M4 64 GB (for system) or Samsung 830 (64gb) or an OCZ Vertex 3 (90gb) or a Mushkin Chronos deluxe (60GB)
- Storage :  2x2 TB WD caviar green 5400rpm HDor  Seagate ST2000DL003Barracuda Green Hard Drive  2x2 TB
- DDR : G Skill eco series low voltage 2x2GB, if not available, a Corsair or Mushkin or kingston 1600 mhz kit will do
- Blue ray player : Optical Drive LG - BH10LS30
- Power Supply Seasonic X-460FL 460W Fanless Power

My priorities are the quality of the components, the silence and thelow-consumption.
As for the OS, i think Windows 7 home includes Media Center right ? Would i need any other licence in order to play Blue rays ? I reckon VLC is very limited on Blue ray playback...

Feel free to advise if you think anything might be missing. I have a
Logitech Di Novo mini already for keyboard/remote device.

My budget for the built is around 800-900€, that's roughly 1000-1100$.


Many thanks in advance for your advices :) 

February 15, 2012 8:16:04 AM

Power DVD 12 Ultra plays back everything, but it's $99.95.

As long as you have the wanted connectivity in the motherboard either one will do.

Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 will be an excellent choice for OS.
February 15, 2012 9:56:36 AM

I'd suggest an A6-3650 and A75 motherboard instead
February 15, 2012 11:00:26 AM

Use XBMC, its a great media centre solution.

Then follow this guide to enable Blu Ray playback without having to pay for any additional software like power dvd 12.
February 15, 2012 11:49:54 AM

For full blu-ray support (with menus, extras, and BD Live) the choices are PowerDVD, Total Media Theatre, or WinDVD.

PowerDVD and TMT are the better choices but both cost about $100. Arcsoft, the makers of TMT, always have a coupon code to lower the price. This one is good for 30% off. There's also this one that's good for 20% off.
February 16, 2012 11:08:57 AM

thanks very much to all,
final built is as follow :
SILVERSTONE GD06(Black) MEDIA CASE
Corsair 430W 80Plus Builder Edition Non Modular
INTEL CORE I3 2125 (3.30GHZ, 3MB CACHE) / INTEL HD3000 ONBOARD GRAPHICS
QUIET SCYTHE SHURIKEN LOW PROFILE CPU COOLER
GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 MOTHERBOARD
KINGSTON 8GB (2 x 4GB) HYPERX PC12800 1600MHZ DDR3 RAM
PIONEER BLU RAY WRITER & DVD +/- REWRITER
Crucial M4 64GB SSD
2 x 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green, SATA 6Gb/s, 5900rpm HARD DRIVE
10/100/1000 ONBOARD GIGABIT NETWORK
7 CHANEL ONBOARD HD AUDIO
GENUINE MICROSOFT 64BIT WINDOWS 7 HOME PREMIUM ( COA & DVD SUPPLIED )
Warranty: 2 Years Return To Base (1st Year Parts & Labour, 2nd Year Labour Only)

price is 1035 GBP
Hope its gonna last a couple of years then :) 
February 20, 2012 10:43:53 AM

TMT 30% off coupon worked !! brillant !! big thanks !:) 
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