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Build a HTPC/SFF Living Room PC

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February 21, 2013 2:04:36 AM

Needs:

Blu-Ray and Media Center (XBMC) capabilities
USB 3.0 (for my external HDD with all my movies)
Light gaming capabilities (Steam's Big Picture mode, emulators for my old consoles)

Wants:
Aftermarket cooling of some sort so it's quieter
Modular PSU for ease of installation
No overly-bright LEDs
Small footprint to fit in my entertainment center easily
SSD for OS
Windows 8 (willing to use Windows 7 if necessary)

What I'm trying to decide is whether I get an Intel processor and cannibalize my main PC's GPU (MSI Twin Frozr II 560 ti 2GB) for graphics and use this as impetus for upgrading to a 7950, or whether I get an APU and a 7750/7770 with the understanding that I will upgrade to a Kaveri-based APU when they are released.

My budget is somewhere in the neck of $500. I already have 8GB of 1333 RAM and a 500gb internal drive for storage. I have no real preference between mATX and ITX, though I think I would prefer ITX. Networking isn't a problem, my house is wired and I've got a free ethernet drop for the PC.
February 21, 2013 12:42:54 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EXfC
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EXfC/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/EXfC/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($96.97 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Onyx 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($64.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($79.20 @ Newegg)
Total: $492.08
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-21 09:46 EST-0500)
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February 21, 2013 4:49:52 PM

What's your definition of small? How small do you need it?
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