HTPC build

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Within 30 days

Budget Range: (e.g.: 300-400) <$600, after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, internet browsing, streaming, light gaming

Are you buying a monitor: Will connect to 58" 1080p plasma TV through a Denon 7.1 reciever via HDMI

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (Windows 8 OEM?)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest after s&H and rebates preferred. I have Amazon Prime.

Location: City, State/Region, Country - Norman, OK, U.S.A.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I intend to put this in my media cabinet with my Denon 7.1 reciever. I am looking for feedback/criticism of this proposed HTPC. I have no brand loyalty, but am willing to pay for quality. Thanks!


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.82 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($41.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad ($34.07 @ B&H)
Total: $557.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($135.57 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Agility 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Optical Drive: Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.99 @ Amazon)
    Total: $502.48
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    faster SSD (Vertex 2 is only SATA 2) and a 2 TB HDD, better GPU
  2. I'm planning on adding a NAS down the road for data storage. The SSD is for OS and primary software only. Why do you think that I need a better GPU?
  3. the GPU in the A10 is better than the 3225, for less money. It means less heat to do 080p graphics because its not working as hard
  4. I'll look into it. Thanks!
  5. So I pulled the trigger and bought the following:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($144.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($64.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
    Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad ($31.99 @ B&H)
    Total: $518.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    I'll give an update when it comes together!
  6. looks good, let us know how it goes
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