HTPC and Workstation All-in-one

So it's been a good dozen years since i built a PC... so a few things have obviously changed and wanted to get some advice before i spend money on incompatible or overpriced parts::

- looking for a HTPC which will also be the only non-laptop, non-tablet in the house.
- this will be the ONLY unit in the entertainment ctr. no xbox, no stereo, no cable, NOTHING ELSE. it will be this and my TV.
- must have blu-ray player and dvd/cd burner and USB 3.0
- will mostly be used to play music, stream movies, etc, BUT often i will also be running things like 20MB imgs in photoshop, excel, word, several browser windows, winamp and a couple other things all at once and i dont want it to bog down even a little bit EVER.

- gaming
- 3D
- overclocking

here's what i've been kinda lookin at, and im a bit torn on the MB. would be nice to have built in bluetooth and wifi, but i guess its not THAT important. if there is a much cheaper alternative that should work, say one of the AMD fusion options, perhaps i should go that route? your advice would be greatly appreciated.

mostly shoping newegg cuz i'm familiar with them from a decade ago...

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

GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77
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GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB LGA 1155 Intel Z77 (with WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0)

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M1A1333C9
$45.98 ($22.99 each)

LITE-ON Black Internal 12x BD Combo SATA Model iHES212-08 LightScribe Support

with this system build i would not need a graphics card, correct?
is a SSD for the OS worth it? or will i never even notice a difference for my light usage?
anything else i'm overlooking?

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  1. SSD would be overkill. I would consider a bookshelf PC. Asus makes some for $200-300. For what your planning, that seems like a lot of unneed horse power and cost.
  2. yah thanks i was kinda thinking that. i do want to have HTPC style case and if i gotta pay couple hundred extra i dont mind. if i were to go with an AMD fusion style which one u guys think i should be starting the shopping around with? that, plus no SSD should save me a couple hundred which is good enuf. i want this thing to be running strong 5-7 years from now so a lil bit overkill is ok but i dont want to burn cash either...
  3. So what your looking for is essentially a powerful editing machine with no gaming/overclocking element in a minimalist subdued case. Think I can do that.

    Case: Corsair 300R. Minimalist and is a great case

    CPU: Core i7-3770. You will want an Ivy Bridge for its better onboard graphics, and an i7 for its hyperthreading.

    RAM: 16GB G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz CL9. 16GB is for editing

    Motherboard: AsRock Z77 Extreme4-M. Very good board if its anything like the Extreme4 (which I would say you should get)

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM. When you have no SSD, you need a decently quick HDD, no point for 5900RPM green drives.

    PSU: Corsaur Builer series 500W. Its not 80+ Bronze, but at this low Wattage, its kinda hard to find ones that are.

    BLU-ray optical: Asus something. It does DVD as well.

    CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO. This may be unnessecary, but it will extend the life of the machine.

    Total cost:
    $920 not including postage, rebates or deals between the components.

    Edit: That right you need wireless and blue-tooth. These should fix that

    Wireless Network card: Intellinet NIC. Put it in a PCI slot.

    Bluetooth dongle: ASUS bluetooth. Just put this in a rear USB port

    Them two is $40.
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