I've read a lot of good stuff on this forum and I followed one of Shinobi's builds to help me pick the components on my first HTPC build. No big problems, but I had to swap a couple components due to availability at microcenter, so if someone can look over and let me know if there is any glaring issue - I would appreciate it. I really am a VERY new to all of this. Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: All items purchased
Budget Range:$500-$600 after rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching 1080p, WEB Browsing Streaming, Music (No gaming ever)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Microcenter
Parts Preferences: No preference
Overclocking: No (because I don’t know how ☺)
SLI or Crossfire: No
Case: Antec 300 case - $49.99 (I need to change this, it’s about three inches too deep for my cabinet.) Thoughts?
HD: Hitachi IDE3.5 500GB 7.2k RPM - $89.99
Mobo: Asrock z68 extreme3 gen 3 - $86.99
Fans: 2xKingwin 120mm red LED case fan - $7.99/each
PSU: OCZTech **550w FATAL1TY PSU - $59.99 ($39.99 with rebate)
Ram: Samsung Green 2x4gb ddr3 1600 DIMM - $39.99
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz
CD drive: N/A
Total Cost: ~500 after $20.00 worth of MIR's
I have a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and didn’t think about how to hook these up, would I just use a dongle?
Thanks geekapproved, you're right, it's more of a pc/htpc hybrid, in the sense that it doesn't have to be as small as a true htpc, as it will sit inside of a cabinet. Which mother board and case would you choose instead?
He wouldn't even have needed a video card had he listened to what the majority of us were telling him and went with an efficient cpu with built in gpu. That's the whole definition of HTPC. And he could have went with much smaller more efficient power supply.
What are his upgrade options? A discontinued Phenom II X4? Inneficient and slower than a i3, which would have been an upgradable platform too.