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April 30, 2012 11:32:30 PM

I'm setting up a little home theatre PC to replace all the players that I currently have and to have some occasional gaming sessions on top of that. I have around 1.2k bucks to spend on that, but the problem is that I've never built a home theatre system.

I am euro but posting stuff from Newegg or any other site works fine.

What I need is:
- CD, DVD, BluRay reader(write is not nessecary).
- Decent graphics to play some not too heavy games, I think something integrated is good enought.
- Remote control would be a big pluss(or controlling from an android pad).
- Some decent sound card to plug my speakers in.
- Case's front side has to be appealing, either black or silver.
- 1TB+ HDD!

.. Did I miss anything important?

What motherboard should I aim for that has good enought integrated graphics?
Should I aim for parts that help me reduce wattage needs?

Sorry, I do realise that I don't have anything to show but I don't yet know what parts to pick. Hopefully with your help I have a working setup soon!

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May 1, 2012 12:11:48 AM

What will you be connecting it to? If you are connecting it to a tv does it have vga, dvi, hdmi?
May 1, 2012 12:12:22 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
Fractal Design Arc Mini Black High Performance PC Computer Case w/ USB 3.0 and 3 Fractal Design Silent Fans

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 FREE SHIPPING
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

That mother board + cpu combo give you Intel HD4000 Graphics.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $339.98
ASRock H77M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX806237I53570K

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=H77M-ITX <---- another look at that board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 FREE SHIPPING
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-ST2000DM001-Barracuda-3-5... $109.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Seagate ST2000DM001 Barracuda 7200RPM 2 TB SATA 6 GB/s NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Internal 12x BD Combo Model iHES212-08 LightScribe Support

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack



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May 1, 2012 12:46:17 AM

jrwizbang said:
What will you be connecting it to? If you are connecting it to a tv does it have vga, dvi, hdmi?

I will be connecting it via HDMI. Why_Me, thank you for the items too, I will check them all out tomorrow after Ive gotten some rest. :) 
May 1, 2012 10:07:20 AM

Went over Why_Me's setup.
- I would like to get a horisontal mATX case.
- How about the LGA 1155 T series(the energy efficient ones) - I would like them because I want to use passive CPU heatsink.

What kind of PSU would I need in that case? 520W is looks very overkill with that setup and without a stand-alone GPU. Is there any reason you added that?
Would something around 250W be sufficient?

Otherwise the setup looks good! I will upate the first post with what I'd like to use. :) 
May 1, 2012 2:51:46 PM

plekter said:
Went over Why_Me's setup.
- I would like to get a horisontal mATX case.
- How about the LGA 1155 T series(the energy efficient ones) - I would like them because I want to use passive CPU heatsink.

What kind of PSU would I need in that case? 520W is looks very overkill with that setup and without a stand-alone GPU. Is there any reason you added that?
Would something around 250W be sufficient?

Otherwise the setup looks good! I will upate the first post with what I'd like to use. :) 

The psu is over kill. I was going to throw a dedicated card in there and then I read your part about the integrated graphics so I threw in a chip that would get you HD4000.
May 1, 2012 9:22:42 PM

Yeah 520 is over kill but if you ever decide to get a dedicated card then you will be set.
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