Budget Intel HTPC Build

Approximate Purchase Date: April

Budget Range: $400 before tax and shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: watching 1080p movies, transcoding with Plex Media Server, streaming netflix, might use as PVR, light gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No, using TV

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com, newegg.ca

Location: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU for upgradeability

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Must be quiet and have decent storage because I am sick of streaming issues when I want to watch a movie in HD. Budget is a little flexible if there is a good reason for a certain component. Also, mATX motherboard is preferred because of extra PCI slots.
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  1. There are many CPU choices, so I found a few. Which one is the best for the price?

    Intel Celeron G555 2.7GHz Ivy Bridge 1mb cache, dual core $60
    Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Ivy Bridge 3mb cache, dual core $90
    Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Ivy Bridge 3mb cache, dual core $67
  2. What does "light gaming" consist of?

    i3 3225 ($130-145)
    asus/asrock/gigabyte mobo ($70-115)
    4gb memory ($30)
    2TB wd green drive ($90-100)
    hauppage tv card ($90-140)
    case of choice
  3. jesot said:
    What does "light gaming" consist of?

    Running older games like gta san andreas, just cause 2. I don't expect it to run crysis 2 very well or at all.
  4. Is a core i3 really necessary for this build? Would a pentium g2120 with a cheap gpu perform better than an i3 with HD 4000 graphics?
  5. Curious if you made a decision here... i'm looking for something similar -minus even the light gaming. Primarily the Plex/XBMC (and for me torrent/Usenet). I was thinking of going with something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($77.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($101.24 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $530.14
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-24 16:10 EDT-0400)

    but i haven't completely made up my mind on a handful of parts yet though. Here's the thread if you're interested...
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