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New HTPC/Server Build - Recommend Changes!

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Last response: in Systems
July 2, 2012 1:26:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: in 2 weeks
Budget Range: Cheaper the better(-ish) I am not made of money lol
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
Streaming to AppleTV 2 XBMC (720P moving to 1080P occasionaly in the future) & TV of course through HDMI
Running two Windows 7 programs all the time the machine is on

Parts Not Required: OS Hard Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Overclockers UK
Country: UK
Parts Preferences: Below
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: It will be on TV so 1920+
Additional Comments:
I currently have a few internal drives and a few external drives connected to an old server and looking to move it all inside a new htpc/server. So I am looking to spec a new htpc/server and need some recommendations.

Storage - 15TB RAID 5 (12TB)
Quieter the better
Lower power consumption the better
Windows 7

This is what I have so far
Case - Lian Li PC-C60B HTPC Case
Motherboard - Asus Z77 Sabertooth Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard - Possible overkill for an HDMI out and SATA RAID on board
Processor - Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor
Memory - Not Sure
Power Supply - Corsair 500W - Not sure on exact model
HD x 5 (Storage) - £130 each Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache
SATA Controller Card - Was hoping to use the onboard RAID
Graphics Card - Was hoping to use the onboard HDMI

Any changes you would advise?

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July 2, 2012 6:26:23 PM

Ok after some investigation it looks like this motherboard is more than capable of running the RAID configuration and will output to HDMI with no problems. Also it's half the price :) 
MSI Z77A-G43 Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard
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July 2, 2012 10:00:33 PM

Looks OK to me, just make sure the PSU has enough SATA connectors. If you're using onboard graphics too, I'd go for the i3-2105 because it has Intel HD 3000 instead of 2000, it's quite a lot better.