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Need suggestions for HTPC

Approximate Purchase Date: In couple of weeks

Budget Range: $400-$600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching movies + surfing the internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com US

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU + Asus MB and wireless keyboard ie. Adesso WKB-3000U

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like to build a quiet PC for a friend who just moved into apartment.

TIA
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A6-3500 2.1GHz Triple-Core Processor ($68.51 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock A75M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: HEC 7K09BBA30FNRX HTPC Case w/300W Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $345.43
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  2. ScrewySqrl said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A6-3500 2.1GHz Triple-Core Processor ($68.51 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock A75M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: HEC 7K09BBA30FNRX HTPC Case w/300W Power Supply ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $345.43
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

    Appreciate your reply!

    I would like to stay with Intel and Asus also I like Antec for their design and quality.
  3. Best answer
    here is an intel build: i went with an SSD for speed, but if you need more capacity, you can get the same 1TB as before for about $15 less

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2105 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($132.98 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($21.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $396.42
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
  4. I like the build. He prefers HTPC style ie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Home_theater_PC_front_with_keyboard.jpg
    Also if possible I would like to stay with more well known brands of memory. Had some trouble with no name in the past.
    And I would defiantly go with 1TB because he needs more storage.
  5. cases are subjective. feel free to pick a case he likes.

    Pareema is a decent, if new, brand 0f RAM. Corsair 8 GB would be a few bucks more
  6. Ok, as far as case I just have to make sure it takes micro ATX.
    If I wanted to go with 8GB Corsair which model would you recommend?
  7. any 1333 (10666 Mhz) ram should do
  8. ScrewySqrl said:
    any 1333 (10666 Mhz) ram should do

    Thanks!

    I just started to tweak the list and I came up with 2 options:

    1. http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17571131

    2. http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17571151

    Only difference is in case choices.

    But I just realized that MB does not have HDMI and its a must for him. Any suggestion from Asus or Gigabyte?
  9. azeem40 said:

    Thanks!

    Any recommendations for MB?
  10. the H61 you have is fine
  11. ScrewySqrl said:
    the H61 you have is fine

    I'm looking for MB with HDMI built in.
  12. Just talked to friend and he went with cheaper option http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17571131

    Final question before buying all the parts is 380W power supply that comes
    with this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129034
    is enough for i3-2120 and other above parts?
  13. you'll want the 2105 or 2125 if you don't have a GPU, they have the much better HD 3000 instead of HD 2000.

    the 380w in there is an Antec EarthWatts 380, one of the best PSUs around.
  14. ScrewySqrl said:
    you'll want the 2105 or 2125 if you don't have a GPU, they have the much better HD 3000 instead of HD 2000.

    the 380w in there is an Antec EarthWatts 380, one of the best PSUs around.


    Thanks for the heads up!

    I've changed to 2105 and its good to know that PS is good/enough.
    Just placed the order.
  15. Best answer selected by johnnybegood.
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