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September 28, 2012 6:14:33 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Hopefully this week
Budget Range: 700ish
System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC (streaming 720p & 1080p movies from a server)
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca
Location: Canada
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p TV
Additional Comments: Very few lights, fairly quiet

EDIT: Updated to most recent parts choice

CPU: Intel i3 – 3225 HD 4000
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU: SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SATA III
Case: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B ATX
Bluray: ASUS Bluray

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September 29, 2012 6:26:52 PM

So I made some changes. Suggestions would be appreciated.

Im a little concerned about the cheap power supply but it got good reviews.
Any other compatibility issues?

CPU: Intel i3 – 3225 HD 4000
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TZ77XE3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU: Rosewill RV350 350W ATX
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SATA III
Case: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B ATX
Bluray: ASUS Bluray

Total: 765$

Edit: Forgot PSU
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September 29, 2012 7:34:57 PM

That PSU is a 20-pin. You should get a 24-pin.
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October 2, 2012 5:45:27 PM

Is there a reason for preferring an ATX case and motherboard? How about microATX?

For instance, this motherboard: Intel BOXDH77EB microATX HDMI H77 motherboard has HTPC-oriented technologies like a CIR header and the optical out you wanted.

Unless the Z77 is cheaper than an H77 motherboard, there is no advantage since you will not be overclocking.

For the power supply, consider this 300W 80+ Bronze PSU instead. It's very, very good and wll be more efficient thant the Rosewill:Seasonic SS-300ES 80+ Bronze ATX power supply.

With the microATX board you could still use that Lian-Li case or another smaller Lian-Li case such as:LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C50B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case which looks more like the Fractal Design Node 605 choice you had in your original post.
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October 2, 2012 6:35:04 PM

Dougie Fresh said:
Unless the Z77 is cheaper than an H77 motherboard, there is no advantage since you will not be overclocking.

Thanks for the tip, I had forgotten that haha..that saves me some money
Dougie Fresh said:
Is there a reason for preferring an ATX case and motherboard? How about microATX?

I had mostly picked it for ease of upgradability and not limiting myself in the future, but i'm not really set on in.
Dougie Fresh said:
For the power supply, consider this 300W 80+ Bronze PSU instead. It's very, very good and wll be more efficient thant the Rosewill

Thanks for the suggestion.

4GB of ram should be enough right?

CPU: Intel i3 – 3225 HD 4000
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77EB LGA 1155 Intel H77 Micro ATX Intel
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU: SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SATA III
Case: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B ATX
Bluray: ASUS Bluray

Total: 687$
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October 3, 2012 3:37:26 AM

Yes, 4GB is plenty and by using one stick you can always upgrade later. There is actually just a small 5% performance penalty for having the one stick but for HTPC I've found it to be just fine.

If you stick with the ATX you might as well get the ATX motherboard. This is the ATX version of that Intel motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

There are a few CIR kits available if you look around. Inteset I believe is the maker of one. It's nice to have the built-in IR header for HTPC.
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October 3, 2012 2:34:29 PM

Ok I swapped out to the ATX version of the intel board.

I think i might try and order this by the end of the day if there is no other suggestions


CPU: Intel i3 – 3225 HD 4000
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77KC LGA 1155 Intel H77 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
PSU: SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE
SSD: Crucial M4 64GB SATA III
Case: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C33B ATX
Bluray: ASUS Bluray
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October 3, 2012 9:54:45 PM

Ordered! Thanks for the advice.
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October 3, 2012 9:54:57 PM

Best answer selected by urbanrider.
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October 3, 2012 9:56:36 PM

Congrats! Enjoy!
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