Intel HTPC i3-3225

Approximate Purchase Date: By the end of this month
Budget Range: £500 - After shipping, no rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Recording/Watching TV from freesat
Are you buying a monitor: No, I have a LG 42LS575T at 1920 x 1080
Parts to Upgrade: None, new build
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,, (other UK retailers if you've used them before)
Location: United Kingdom, London
Parts Preferences: Intel Core i3 3225 & TBS6981
Overclocing: No
SLI or Crossfire: No, integrated should be enough
Your Monitor Resolution: LG 42LS575T at 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments:

I have currently spec'd the following machine, I would like a system based on the i3-3225 with a tv tuner as below. I would also like additional room in the case for a hard drive as well as an additional tv tuner.

Case Silverstone SST-ML03B USB3.0 PC Case
CPU Intel Core i3 3225 Dual Core CPU (Socket 1155, 3.30GHz, 3MB Cache, Ivy Bridge, 55W)
Motherboard ASRock Z77 Pro4-M Motherboard (Socket 1155, Intel Z77, DDR3, S-ATA 600, Micro ATX)
Memory 8GB G.Skill DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz Sniper Series (9-9-9-24) Dual Channel Low-voltage 1.25V
Video Card Integrated
Solid-State Drive Crucial 256GB M4 (CT256M4SSD2BAA)
Wireless Network Card NETGEAR RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N USB Adapter WNDA3100v2
TV Tuner 1 TBS6981 PCI-E DVB S2 HD Dual Tuner Card
Blu-ray Burner LiteOn IHBS112-115 BD RW
Power Supply Corsair Builder Series CX 430 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS
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  1. I don't see any issues with your build other than the excessive size of the SDD. Go with a smaller SSD (90-128GB) and store your recordings onto a separate mechanical drive.

    -Wolf sends
  2. Hi. It looks like you may not come across this issue since your PSU is about an inch shorter. But you might want to look into it to make sure if you haven't yet.

    It came from a 5 part HTPC guide that might be helpful if you haven't read it.
  3. ^The PSU in that picture is 170mm deep. The Corsair CX430 is 140mm deep. That's a difference of a bit over 1 inch.

    The OP listed LiteOn optical drive is also 170mm deep which is one of the shorter optical drives. The LiteOn + Corsair combination should fit together.

    You may also want to consider going for something like the Antec Earthwatts 380W or Seasonic SS-300ES PSU's that have a fan on the back.

    You can also consider one of the micro-ATX/SFX PSU's that come with an ATX adapter plate, such as the Silverstone ST45SF or Fortron FSP400-60GHS(85)-R.
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