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Any advice on HTPC Build? [$500-$600]

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September 2, 2013 7:03:45 PM

First time building an HTPC from the ground up and want some advice/comments on the build I am going for. Below are the requirements I'm trying to fulfill, it's going to pretty much just be a straight DVR appliance as much as possible. No gaming.

Requirements:
No more than 4" tall (so it fits in with the A/V equipment)
Stream NetFlix
Record/Play live TV (so at least one PCIe for the Ceton card, records two streams at once while playing a third)
Be less than $600 (closer to $500 if possible)
Have WiFi

Below are the two possible builds I'm considering. I'm not particular for AMD or Intel, just whichever does the job effectively, efficiently and relatively cheap. I don't have a lot of movies, so 500gb is more than enough. I realize a terabyte is only like $10-$15 more, although it's not super necessary.

Lian-Li / Micro-ATX
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($65.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($30.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($18.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($40.98 @ Newegg)
Other: Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface ($190.00)
Other: LIAN LI PC-C37B ($150.00)
Total: $594.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 07:49 EDT-0400)

WiFi / Mini-ITX
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1610 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.85 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($30.97 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Certified SFX12V Power Supply ($47.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Other: Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface ($190.00)
Other: SilverStone ML05B ($50.00)
Total: $514.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-03 07:50 EDT-0400)

Any suggestions on cases, cpu, motherboard, or even experience with these would be appreciated.
September 4, 2013 5:45:18 AM

Bump,

was really hoping to get some input from the experienced folks on this board. Any advice is much appreciated!
September 5, 2013 7:05:04 AM

One last bump before giving up.
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