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Advice on New Build - HTPC

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January 21, 2013 6:32:54 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP
Budget Range: up to $1,200
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Music and movies (rip, burn, edit, etc.), home theater, surf internet, microsoft office, photoshop
Country: USA
Overclocking: possible
SLI or Crossfire: probably not

Additional Comments: Hi, I'm looking for advice on a pc I'm building, this will be my first build. I don't use the pc to play games so I'm just looking to build a pretty nice pc for typically use. Music, movies, surf internet, home theater, photoshop, etc. Below is my parts list I've put together so far. I've done some research and pulled this parts from recommendations from other users. I have no idea on what size power supply I'll need so please recommend something. I have an older monitor I'm using now but will probably upgrade to a new 20+ inch LCD.


Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor]
(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53570k) | $189.99 @ Microcenter
**CPU Cooler** | [Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler] (http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-cooler-r...) | $24.99 @ Newegg
**Motherboard** | [Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard]
(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-p8z77vpro) | $199.99 @ Microcenter
**Memory** | [Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory]
(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmx8gx3m2a1...) | $39.98 @ NCIX US
**Storage** | [OCZ Vertex 4 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk]
(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/ocz-internal-hard-drive-vt...) | $212.95 @ Mac Connection
**Case** | [Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case]
(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-case-rc922mk...) | $99.98 @ Newegg
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Enthusiast 850W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-tx850...) | $99.99 @ Newegg
**Optical Drive** | [Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer]
(http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lite-on-optical-drive-ihbs...) | $73.98 @ SuperBiiz
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | $89.98 @ Outlet PC
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $1031.83
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-21 15:25 EST-0500 |

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January 21, 2013 8:31:09 PM

You can go cheaper on the power supply. I recommend something in the 500 watt range. Which, you can pick up for around $40. And you can save about $50 by getting the I5 3420 which CANNOT be over-clocked, but, is around the same speed as the 3570k.
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January 21, 2013 8:32:24 PM

And, if you don't over-clock you can skip the after-market CPU cooler.
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