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First HTPC Build, Will This Work ?

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August 13, 2012 1:34:54 PM

Hey TomsHardware,

I want to build a HTPC for my Dad for his birthday and i wanted to make sure it would work if i bought this stuff and which one i should build. This PC will not be getting overclocked but will sometimes be used in a warm enviroment and it need to be quiet.

Intel-based Build:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

AMD-based Build:
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=wish_list...

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August 13, 2012 1:45:09 PM

we cant view them.

can you use pcpartpicker.com? its a site with pretty much all the parts that you need to build a system. if you cant find the part on the site, you can directly link them here. pcpartpicker usually gives the lowest prices for each component. just make sure that you set the location to Australia
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August 13, 2012 1:57:18 PM
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August 13, 2012 2:02:12 PM

your budget? if you are just watching movies, the i3 2120 is overkill

id keep the case.


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August 13, 2012 2:04:42 PM

watching blu-ray movies, watching youtube and prett much nothing else
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August 13, 2012 2:10:53 PM

this should be more than enough

http://pcpartpicker.com/au/p/ewLj

take the dvd drive that you listed. i cant find it on this site

you also dont need a graphics card to play movies. the onboard should be enough
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August 13, 2012 2:14:44 PM

ok, but im gonna get the sound card because my dad spend heaps of time on his hifi and i want to get something that has optical out
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August 13, 2012 4:25:54 PM

creative sound is a pretty terrible choice for the price.
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August 13, 2012 5:17:13 PM
August 13, 2012 5:28:30 PM

culso your dad won't need a discreet sound card if he is using the optical out to his Home theater system. Almost all of the motherboards have optical out nowadays. So save some money and forget about the sound card...
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August 13, 2012 5:36:20 PM

And if I may add... stick with the silverstone case. IF your dad is planning to put the computer near his other hifi equipment (receiver?) he will greatly appreciate how the silverstone case stylistically matches his other hardware... :) 
You might also like the silverstone grandia 04. It comes in silver and black...
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