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Ceton HTPC choosing a motherboard is making me mental

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September 15, 2012 7:07:05 AM

Ok feels like I've been lurking forever and it's time to build my first PC, going to replace my awful cable dvr with an HTPC. I'm sure like most beginners what I'm after is probably not possible with a reasonable budget but here goes. The only piece I'm 100% on is the case and that was for cosmetic/fit. Everthing is open to suggestion but the mother board especially.

Liam-li Pc-c50b

Approximate Purchase Date: Next few weeks

Budget : Like to stay $800-$1100

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching live tv/recorded shows, watching ripped DVD/blurays, the occasional game. Multiple Xbox extenders at the same time feasible?

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Location: Iowa

Parts Preferences:

Ceton cable card tuner

3570k i5

P&K power supply 400 watt

As rock Pro4M motherboard

Samsung 128gb SSD

G.skill 8GB

Blu-Ray drive TBD? shorter the better for the case I guess

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: would like all the ports on the front of the case to work if they don't end up being all USB 3.0 that's fine. Quite and low idle power draw would be plus cable box currently draws 40 no matter what it's doing. I'd like to play some decent games on it down the road and possibly add a video card. Most importantly thanks in advance for the help!

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a c 540 V Motherboard
September 15, 2012 1:17:25 PM

I really don't see any problems with your current build, given that you do intend to add a graphics card and do some heavier gaming down the road. The Ceton InfiniTV4 card (assuming you're going with the PCI-E version) will work in any of you motherboard's expansion slots.

-Wolf sends
September 16, 2012 2:19:15 AM

Should be fine to make sure to have USB 3, media card slot, etc on the front of the case?
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a c 540 V Motherboard
September 16, 2012 1:40:03 PM

Yes, it's not a problem. The motherboard has 2 USB 3.0 ports and 4 USB 2.0 ports for your front connections.

-Wolf sends
September 20, 2012 2:48:32 PM

Thanks! I'm just over thinking nervous about my first build.