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1,000 Media center computer.

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December 20, 2012 2:16:01 AM

I'm building a computer that I plan on hooking up to a 42 inch HDTV. My (wonderful) fiance is giving me a 1,500 price limit, including the TV and sound system.
It will mostly be used for gaming and streaming movies.

Here is the TV and speaker system
http://www.walmart.com/ip/SCEPTRE-X425BV-FHD-42-Black-L...

so now I have 1050, including the OS.

Case: Antec three hundred two
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: MSI Z77A-G41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Seasonic Bronze 620W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i5-3570k
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G-Skill Ares Series 2x4 18660
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Western Digital 250gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard and Mouse: Genius Slimstar 8000 combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 8 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I wanted to get a remote or something but I had no idea where to start with that, so if you have any advice on that as well, it would be greatly appreciated.
December 20, 2012 3:51:30 PM

For a media center PC I wouldn't consider a full tower. Try a build similar to this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone SST-GD05B-USB3.0 (Black) HTPC Case ($122.56 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1029.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-20 12:50 EST-0500)

I have the older version of this case and it looks like it blends in well with a home theater system.
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