Parts Preferences: Seeking advice especially on the compatibility of the parts, power and heat
SLI or Crossfire: Nope
CPU: Intel Core i3-3220T 2.8GHz Dual-Core (not sure if this is ok, or if i need to up this to i5-2500k which i'm considering as well)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Micro ATX LGA1155
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7750 1GB
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower
Power Supply: Corsair 800W ATX12V
manila. actually already have a shortlist of 3 stores for parts. problem is whether my build is feasible for htpc hehe. also need to know if the i3.3220T is worth it, considering it is only 35w compared to the i5-2500k which is 95w
What do you mean by "did not need additional power"? For what? You'll have to be more elaborate on this. The CPU's power consumption has nothing to with bottleneck-ing/crippling a GPU, as far as I know.
Your PSU is way overkill too. A 550w unit will be more than enough to serve that build pretty good.
The Gigabyte motherboard you chose is good, though very overpriced compared to the ASRock z77 Extreme4-M, that's $30 cheaper on Newegg, around P1230 in the Philippines; and it contains alot more features. See comparison.
Great choice in the Mini Tower. My suggestions if you want alternative would be the
Cooler Master 342 or 361 Aerocool Qs-202 (comes with 2 pre-installed fans)
By not needing additional power, i mean it does not need auxillary power. I'm also looking at a price point of around 5k - 10k for the gpu. 14k might be a bit too much.
I'll go with your suggestion of the i5 cpu.
Thanks for the advice on the mobo and the casing as well. Another casing I failed to mention are the lian-li micro-atx cases. Are they a viable or advisable alternative?
I was reading up on the 7950 and I might actually go with your suggestion. I'm considering splitting my spending on the computer and maybe go with integrated graphics first and then get the GPU 1 month after. Considering Trinity is quite promising for integrated graphics. I'll post an alternative build hopefully tomorrow. Thanks so much for the advice so far!
As long as you're not overclocking an Ivy Bridge, and you have good airflow, you won't need to worry about temps. An i3 build would be as low as it gets regarding power consumption. AMD cards have been very energy-friendly lately as well.