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Hi all,
first post (hope this is in the right sub forum)

I am about to build a HTPC and have put together some components and was wandering if you guys could give me some suggestions as to what needs to be changed (if any)

What I want:
1) HTPC for living room (on 1080p TV)
- TV via TV tuner card (with recording etc.)
- Youtube, video on demand, Twitch etc.
- DVD and Blue-Ray

2) Light Gaming with friends in the living room with "reasonable" but not great graphics(e.g. Blur, Audiosurf, LIMBO, Trine 2, Street fighter 4, that kind of thing) I have a dedicated Work/Gaming machine but like the idea of casual gaming on my sofa (console-style)

3) lowish noise but certainly does not need to be silent. I would quite like low power usage as I will use the PC for TV recording etc and he will likely stay on for extended periods of time)

4) upgrade capabilities if I ever want to go 3D or more intense gaming.


My current (planned) build is

MOBA: Asrock H77M
Has USB 3 at front and back, HDMI out, 2xPCI and 2xPCIe for TV card and Wireless card and dolby surround sound (otherwise standard MOBA stuff)

Processor: (really not sure) options:

a)i3-2125 (relatively "future proof" in terms of processor power and should be able to handle simple games graphics. I think I will need discreet graphics if I want to play more demanding games. If I go that route then the graphics part )

b) G620 Pentium (should still be able to handle HTPC video stuff but not able to really play games without discreet graphics

c) scrap Intel and go with Llano?


Graphics: no discrete graphics planned atm but I would like to have the option to upgrade at a later stage

RAM:
Corsair DIMM 8 GB DDR3-1600 Kit (ram is cheap)

storage:
I already have a 60gig SSD for the OS and some mass storage for media

Power supply: not sure what to get but would probably go with something that has good reviews on Newegg
Maybe: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

case:
Silverstone GD05B USB 3.0 Grandia HTPC Black Micro ATX Case

TV card:
Not sure what to get

DVD/Blue-ray:
LG CH10LS28

OS:
I have a copy of Win7 Home Premium


I guess my biggest problem is deciding on a processor (+- graphics). I like the idea of an SB/IB 1155 system as my main PC is still running an old core-i5 750 and I could easily upgrade the HTPC to use as a main PC when the i5 gives up one day.

Any ideas are welcome.
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I don't think the i3-2125 gpu is that capable, especially at 1080p. I'd pair it with a cheap GPU as well, or yea, go with AMD.
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How about an HD 7770 at around $100? It will let you do basic gaming. GTX 660 or HD 7870 would be a whole next level above that.

On the cheap, go with Llano, but if you upgrade graphics later you are more likely to be processor limited.
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