Overclocking for htpc/avchd i5 3750k

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: $850 Including Rebates; Before Shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Window Media Center DVR with 2 OTA tuners/ AVCHD home video editing/ Video Encoding via Handbrake software/ web browsing/ MS Office.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: All parts except Silverstone GD05 HTPC case

Do you need to buy OS: No (Windows 7 64 bit)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon

Location: Newark, Ca (San Francisco Bay Area)

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, Western Digital HDD storage

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: ?

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x768

Additional Comments: I'm planning on building an HTPC running WMC 7 24/7 as an OTA 2 tuner HD DVR, and hopefully be able to use the same system to web browse, use MS Office, and occasioally edit home movies nativelly in AVCHD format. My first question is whether or not this is going to be possible an a budget of $850? Second, if it is, is the system I am proposing below work for my needs? Will I be able to overclock with the proposed low profile cooler? Any advice is welcome. I'm not new to technology but this is my first pc build from scratch.

Proposed Build:

Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K - $220

CPU Cooler:
Scythe SCBSK-2000 Big Shuriken 2 (Need low profile cooling for GD05 case) - $44

Gigabyte Intel Z77 LGA1155 AMD CrossFireX W/HDMI,DVI Dual UEFI BIOS ATX Motherboard GA-Z77-D3H
(is this overkill for what I'm doing?) - $120

Patriot Memory 16 DDR3 1600 Extreme Performance Viper 3 Series Kit (PV316G160C9K) - $70

Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB SATA II 3.5-Inch Internal Desktop Hard Drive Retail Kit -

Crucial 64 GB m4 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive SATA 6Gb/s CT064M4SSD2 - $67

Antec EarthWatts EA-650 Green 650 Watt 80 PLUS BRONZE Power Supply (I'm very flexible on this unit,
I just want something powerful enough that is pretty quiet) - $50

????? - need help with this. Will the onboard graphics suffice? If not, suggestions within budget please.

Undecided, not crucial at this time. BD RW prefered but BD ROM will work, approx. $80 (suggestions???)


Thanks in advance for any help that can be offered!!!
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  1. I don't see gaming in the system usage, so I see little point on a motherboard with expansion slots for SLI/Crossfire, so yes I would say it's overkill.
    Get this instead - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157304&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    You'll want low profile RAM as well so the heat sink won't conflict with any heat spreader.

    Your SSD has too little capacity for my liking, you'll find it insufficient in the long run and the OS itself will more or less take half of the space.

    PSU is overkill, a 500-550w unit would be more than enough to power up your whole system even under full load.

    Onboard graphics would technically work, but I wouldn't go that way since your CPU will be under even more strain. Just get a discrete low-end entry level card like the 6670.

    ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106369&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  2. Thank you excella1221...I'll definately consider the motherboard and PSU. In your opinion though, will this system work well for my needs? Will i need to overclock the CPU?
  3. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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