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August 16, 2012 11:49:25 AM

Hello All,

I would like some advice/comments on my HTPC build. This will be mainly used for watching 1080p .mkv files and streaming HD 1080p videos on Netflix, YouTube, etc. No gaming will be played on this build. This will be viewed on a 40" 1080p 120Hz LED HD (1920 x 1080) television.

After some research, this is what I have... (please note this is my first time building a computer so if there are any errors, bare with me)

Processor: Intel Core i3-2105
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$139.99

***some may think this processor is not needed, but I chose it mainly for the on-board Intel HD Graphics 3000***

Motherboard: Intel BOXDH67BLB3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$89.99

***I was told it's recommended to only use either H67 or Z68 chipset with the on-board Intel HD Graphics 3000, is this true?***

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$59.99

Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-380D
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$54.99

***this is a pretty pricey power supply but it was recommended because it was very quiet and does not use up a lot of electricity***

Case: Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$29.99

RAM: I already have 2 sticks of 2GB RAM lying around so I don't need to get new ones

- comments? advice? suggestions?
- do I need CPU Cooler for this build?
- am I missing anything else?
- will all the above components work together?
- are there more affordable components that I could get instead of the listed above (other than the processor and power supply)

Thank you for all your help!!!!!

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August 16, 2012 11:51:28 AM

should work fine
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August 16, 2012 3:17:58 PM

You might want to consider one of the newer chipsets like H77 or B75. They cost about the same as the older H6x chipset boards but have a few extra features. They work just fine with Sandy Bridge and HD 3000 graphics. Of course the H67 will work just fine for your project.

Or, if you are looking to shave a few $$ then you could also go for an H61 chipset motherboard since you don't need SATA 6Gbit/s.

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August 16, 2012 9:24:04 PM

So the H61 chipset motherboard would work fine with the processor? I was told to either use H67 or Z68 because of the on-board Intel HD Graphics 3000.

Are there any other areas where I could save some money?
Am I missing anything else other than a OS?
Do I need a CPU cooler?

Thanks!
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August 16, 2012 10:53:05 PM

jooksingjai said:
So the H61 chipset motherboard would work fine with the processor? I was told to either use H67 or Z68 because of the on-board Intel HD Graphics 3000.
Yes. The video on the Intel CPU's can be used with any socket 1155 board except for the P67 chipset.

jooksingjai said:
Do I need a CPU cooler?
The stock cooler will work fine. At least give it a try before spending money on a different cooler.

As cin19 said, you may want to explore AMD Llano options if you are trying to cut some costs. Either Intel or AMD, browse through the newegg combo deals to shave off a few $$$.
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August 17, 2012 12:23:59 AM

on Llano I'd avoid the A4s, the A6 triple core should make a great HTPC though
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August 19, 2012 7:36:39 AM

How is the Quad-Core A8-3800 Processor with graphics card Integrated AMD HD6550D Graphics Solution? Can it watch and stream 1080p HD videos NO PROBLEM?
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August 19, 2012 3:27:59 PM

Which is better though...

i3-2105 w/ Intel HD Graphics 3000 vs. Quad-Core A8-3800 w/ Integrated AMD HD6550D
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August 20, 2012 4:33:57 PM

the 2105 has a stronger CPU, the 3800 has a stronger GPU
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August 20, 2012 8:39:01 PM

The GPU on the A8 will slaughter HD graphics 3000. Ive heard that HD 3000 can actually stutter on 1080P videos
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