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Final check on HTPC build. Ready to hit "buy" if I get a thumbs up

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October 9, 2012 1:15:03 PM

So every 3 years the company I work for gives employees $800 to buy "technology". So I think I'm going to try my hand at an HTPC build and light gaming. I'm all carted up and ready to press the buy button. Hoping someone can chime in w/ some advice if the below makes sense. I know this is probably overkill for a HTPC, but I get $800 so I might as well use it!

My thought was to use the SSD for the OS and program install and the 3TB external HDD for DVRing stuff...

Approximate Purchase Date: Now

Budget Range: $800 after shipping & discounts

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC w/ light to moderate gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: new build

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Parts Preferences: AMD A10 cpu and a decen HTPC case

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Parts list:

Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-450-M 450W ATX12V v2.31 & EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech K400 (920-003070) Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K4/16GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital My Book Essential 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex 3 - MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C32B USB3.0 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price after shipping and discounts comes to $816.82.

Any feedback, changes, suggestions you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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October 9, 2012 2:16:33 PM

Get a quality power supply from Antec, Corsair, PC Power and Cooling, Seasonic, or Fortran Source (FSP). 450 watts would be about the maximum wattage needed for this set up.

Drop down to 8 GB of RAM and you can get it for a lot cheaper.

You probably don't need a 240GB SSD either. I'd probably recommend dropping down to 120-128GB

You mention wanting the 3TB external drive for DVR-ing, but I don't see a TV Tuner card. What is your video source (cable w/set top box, cable w/o set top box, satellite, or free over the air broadcasts)?

-Wolf sends
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October 9, 2012 2:43:21 PM

Thanks for the replay Wolfshadw. My company reimbusement won't cover TV Tuner cards. I'm going to pick up a:

Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But as a separate purchase tomake the reimbursmment a bit smoother.

Thanks for the feedback o the PSU. I never know what to get...
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October 9, 2012 5:01:37 PM

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