Budget HTPC build

Approximate Purchase Date: No hurry, if need to wait for some black Friday deals no problem

Budget Range: $300-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Playback of 1080p content to hdtv, 3d blu ray, and media storage

Are you buying a monitor: No
Parts to Upgrade: All
Do you need to buy OS: Have Windows 7
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: microcenter or fry's

Location: Houston, TX have fry's and microcenter

Parts Preferences: Intel preferred

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p, LG 3d tv

Additional Comments: Small form factor in the case would be great, also quiet and no crazy blinking lights and the like. Space for 2 hard drives and maybe an ssd

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Need something to view content on my tv so I dont have to keep plugging in my laptop.

Thinking probably just a cheap SSD to start for the OS and such, eventually add in multiple TB drives, but not necessary now. Will just stream media from my other devices.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($77.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 5000B HTPC Case ($69.36 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($45.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On ihes112-04 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Logitech K400 Wireless Slim Keyboard w/Touchpad ($34.96 @ B&H)
Total: $482.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-16 12:02 EST-0500)

What do yall think??
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  1. i am also on the look out for deals on slick deals...i know it will be over kill to get an i5 3.3 ghz but suppose theres a deal on it. will it be smart to jump on the deal? or will it get too hot and loud?
  2. Hello
    Your build is good already, i5 will be just unneccessary expense.
  3. I think an AMD A series CPU would be more suitable, the integrated graphics are waaay better than Intel HD 2500. The top of the line A10 is only $10 more than that i3.

    EDIT: Here's a full build based around the A10, it's a quad core with the best integrated graphics on the market. This also has a more reputable case and SSD.

    AMD A10-5700 - $124.99
    2x2GB Crucial Ballistix 1866Mhz 1.5v CL9 - $21.99
    ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M - $74.99
    Intel 330 Series 60GB - $69.99
    Antec Minuet350 with 350W PSU - $104.99
    LITE ON Bluray Reader - $54.99
    Logitech K400 - $39.99

    Total - $491.93
  4. Best answer
    You could shrink that price a bit with a cheaper motherboard, just went for that one because it has 4 DIMM slots. Be sure to get 1866Mhz C9 memory to make the most of that CPU though, it relies on having decent memory unlike most Intel CPU's.

    A cheaper CPU like an A6 or A8 would be fine as well.

    Another suggestion as well would be to buy a cheap NAS instead of hard drives, it has loads of benefits. Means you can have a smaller, more stylish case for your HTPC and it will stay more quiet. Also means that other PC's on the network can access the content too.

    That one looks good to me, mixed reviews but has the WD name and a 3 year warranty.
  5. Best answer selected by hkton.
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