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Need Advice on Budget HTPC

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June 26, 2012 4:19:08 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, Music, BR Moties, surfing the internet.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Australian

Country: Australia

Parts Preferences:
Case: Lian Li PC-Q08B Black HTPC Case

Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-I Mini ITX Motherboard

CPU: Intel Core i3 2120

Memory: Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3

SSD: OCZ Octane S2 128GB SSD

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001

PSU: Corsair CX-430 V2 Power Supply

Optical Drive: Lite-On IHES212 12X Bluray Combo

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit with SP1 OEM

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: -

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 min.

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC, I won't be playing games on it! just BR movies and Music throught my AVR (Denon). I will also be using a USB Wifi for a remote.

If there are any problems or areas I could improve this system please let me know!
Thanks

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June 26, 2012 7:46:16 AM

acdc1000 said:
Patflute, I'm not sure it is "much" better, maybe slightly. See Single v Dual @tomshardware
There is probably more improvements by going to 8gb dual even though he may not use it.

Also the WD Green is supposed to be a little quieter.

And I dont think you can overclock with that mobo? Dont you need a Z77?


total system performance will increase 6- 10 % with dual channel RAM . Its a very cheap way of increasing performance
June 26, 2012 1:36:01 PM

acdc1000 said:
Patflute, I'm not sure it is "much" better, maybe slightly. See Single v Dual @tomshardware
There is probably more improvements by going to 8gb dual even though he may not use it.

Also the WD Green is supposed to be a little quieter.

And I dont think you can overclock with that mobo? Dont you need a Z77?

Green is quiter, but slower.
June 26, 2012 5:55:35 PM

Caviar Green is only useful when you are just storing, not for OS and Storage. Get a 7200rpm drive.
June 26, 2012 8:17:21 PM

azeem40 said:
Caviar Green is only useful when you are just storing, not for OS and Storage. Get a 7200rpm drive.


I think he will be using the 128gb SSD for OS, but if you reckon its still too slow go with the faster 7200rpm.