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First HTPC configuration ... your opinion?

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November 12, 2012 1:23:13 AM

I am currently doing some research to build my first HTPC. For the moment I use a NAS synology DS210j with Xbox360.

I want to be able to store my movies (2.5 TB), photos, music and powers on my TV (HDMI and streaming with ps3/xbox360)

Case: Bitfenix Prodigy mITX => 79.99 $CAD
Psu: Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500W => 56.51 $CAD
Cpu: Intel Core i3 3225 => 94.69 $CAD
Cpu fan: Scythe Shuriken REV.B 3 Heatpipe => 34.99 $CAD
Motherboard: ASUS P8H77-I mITX => 94.69 $CAD
Memory: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (2x4Go) => 36.99 $CAD
Disk: OS (WHS 2011) ADATA AS510S3-120GM-C 120GB (SSD) => 78.87 $CAD
Data Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green SATA3 (x4 for RAID5) => 379.96 $CAD (94.99 $CAD / disk)
Dvd drive: Silverstone Slot Loading Slim DVD Combo Optical Drive => 63.81 $CAD
Card Reader: nGear Flash Card Reader 3.5in Internal => 5.20 $CAD
Wifi: ASUS USB-N53 Black Diamond => 34.99 $CAD

I would like to have your opinion on the current configuration that I look for my HTPC.

Thanks,
Christo.
November 12, 2012 2:45:47 AM

I'm assuming you are using some sort of adapter for the Card reader+slim DVD drive?

Own a Prodigy myself and it looks great but I'm not sure how much I'd like it as a HTPC. It seems small but it's actually kinda awkward, you need access to most of the sides so it's going to be really hard to tuck away somewhere. Additionally, you can't put anything on top of it really.

Having said that, I don't know of many small cases that can fit 4HDDs + an SSD and an optical drive so it might be fine for your needs. Love mine, despite it's quirks.
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