$500 HTPC Build primary for Blu-ray playback

$500 HTPC Build

Budget Range: $500+ before tax/shipping
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.com , newegg.com (or any other trusted sites that are recommended)
Location: USA
Your Monitor Resolution: This would be directly connected to a 46" tv

No monitor, no oc, no os


The main purpose for this htpc is for bluray and dvd playback and web surfing in the living room. (Yep, that's it.)
Since this pc will be close to my TV in plain sight, I won't mind spending extra $ for a nicer looking case.
I'm open to sacrafising noise for performance, but wouldn't want it so loud as to ruining a quiet movie. (I'm looking at you phat ps3!)
Quality components are most welcome, since I tend to keep machines for a long time but at the same time, I would not like a overkill machine.

I'm hoping this should really be a simple build, since I'm hoping the integrated graphic cards on the newer cpu would be enough to play bluray or any 1080p videos.


Here are some of the parts that I've been eyeing on.

Case:

SilverStone Fortress Series FT03S (Expensive! I know!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163177

LIAN LI PC-Q11A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112296

BitFenix Prodigy
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811345017&Tpk=BitFenix%20Prodigy

CPU:

Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 Dual-Core HD Graphics 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116774&Tpk=i3-3225

$144.99

or

Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core HD Graphics 3000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115090

$134.99

Mobo:

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236
(Not sure if the i3-3225 will work on this)

$66.99

Memory:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

$29.99

Bluray:

LITE-ON Black 12X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106374

$54.99

Wireless Adapter:

TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704045

$17.99


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So far the compoments (excluding the case) is about $315.
Which leaves me with Hard drive and a Power supply unit (Please recommend me one!)
I'm thinking a low powered psu and a 250Gb harddrive will be about $100+, which would leave me the rest to use it for a case.


Appreciate your feedback, and thank you for reading through.
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  1. Hi there! Looks good so far. As far as the hard drive and PSU, this is what I would recommend:

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    Corsair CX430 80+, $44.99 (and a $20 rebate!)

    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200 RPM, $59.99

    I'm not sure if you need a graphics card or not for blue ray, but logic tells me you *might*. I'm sure someone else here will be point it out if you do.

    Good luck!
  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.00 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock A75M-ITX Mini ITX FM1 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE ($17.99)
    Total: $491.92
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-06 19:53 EDT-0400)

    Option #2 :)
  3. nsouter853 said:
    Hi there! Looks good so far. As far as the hard drive and PSU, this is what I would recommend:

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    Corsair CX430 80+, $44.99 (and a $20 rebate!)

    Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771
    Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200 RPM, $59.99

    I'm not sure if you need a graphics card or not for blue ray, but logic tells me you *might*. I'm sure someone else here will be point it out if you do.

    Good luck!



    I've been really looking into the whole "does i3 cpu enough for blu-ray?" question, and most of the forums and articles that I came across does seem to be on the favorable side. I'm only concerned about the playback, so I thought the integrated graphics should be enough for the use.

    Hopefully someone can shed some light :D
  4. airpressure08 said:
    I've been really looking into the whole "does i3 cpu enough for blu-ray?" question, and most of the forums and articles that I came across does seem to be on the favorable side. I'm only concerned about the playback, so I thought the integrated graphics should be enough for the use.

    Hopefully someone can shed some light :D

    More than enough if you decide to go the i3 route :) The HD4000 graphics are actually very beefy so you won't have any issues with HD content playback!
  5. mocchan said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.00 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock A75M-ITX Mini ITX FM1 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE ($17.99)
    Total: $491.92
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-06 19:53 EDT-0400)

    Option #2 :)


    Thanks for sharing the build.

    Seems like the I3-2105 draws 65 watts compared to AMD A8-3850's 100 watts.
    Will this make a significant increase in heat generation?
    I would want to get away with stock cooling as much as possible.

    Also any significant advantages in going with the A8 compared to the I3?

    Thanks again.
  6. airpressure08 said:
    Thanks for sharing the build.

    Seems like the I3-2105 draws 65 watts compared to AMD A8-3850's 100 watts.
    Will this make a significant increase in heat generation?
    I would want to get away with stock cooling as much as possible.

    Also any significant advantages in going with the A8 compared to the I3?

    Thanks again.

    The A8 will have a beefier GPU apposed to the i3. Also, the TDP of the two CPU's are irrelevant; both will show very similar temperature results with a stock cooler. As for power usage, realistically speaking, you'll only see around 80w of usage on the A8 CPU, which isn't a lot IMO. i3 will use around 50-60w, maybe less.

    Also on a side note, the stock cooler should suffice :) for your usage, you won't be putting a 100% load on your CPU, so the fan won't/shouldn't spin out too loud.
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