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I'm looking to build a mid-level gaming HTPC I'm looking to stay around $500 but willing to budge on it. I want a machine that can play Blu-Ray, DVD, CD, and my Steam games (Borderlands, Mass Effect, stuff like that) with decent quality. I don't really care if it can play Crisis on the highest settings or anything like that. I also want the build to take up a limited amount of space. Mini-ATX, iTX, and HTPC cases are what I'm trying to stick with.
Let me know what you guys think. Like I said this is my first build and I'm still learning as I go. So feel free to pick this apart.
If you're purchasing a blu-ray drive, get a retail version that includes playback software. In the end, it will be cheaper and should create fewer headaches than an OEM drive and dealing with playback software later: Lite-On iHES212-08 which includes a Cyberlink BD Solution disc.