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Intel HTPC i3-3225

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Last response: in Systems
January 6, 2013 7:38:22 PM

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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January 6, 2013 9:35:21 PM

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
January 7, 2013 5:34:26 PM

^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.