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Hello,

I am looking to move our HTPC from our basement upstairs and build a new HTPC & Gaming machine to go downstairs with our 75" screen. I will be running XBMC Gotham + Steam Big Box for gaming. We watch a lot of movies downstairs and I don't think I'd be able to get by without XBMC and instead of buying a PS4/Xbox One I'm opting for the Steam Big Box instead. These are my priorities for the machine:

#1 - Watch HD Movies and TV and Play games at Max Settings
#2 - Reliability, don't want it flaking out after a year (or sooner!)
#3 - Power consumption low, want parts that offer low power consumption while still giving me the power I need for gaming
#4 - Low noise, since it's in our family room I don't want an insanely loud machine. I can live a little noise

Here is my list of components I have thus far. Price isn't really an issue but I'd like to keep it as low as possible while still getting the most bang for my buck based on my priorities above. Any help or advice is very much appreciated! One big question I have is which motherboard would you choose (or even a completely different one). I have two listed below and I can't tell the difference between the two besides price and manufacturer.

Case - Cool Master Elite 130 - $50 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-286-_-Product

CPU - Intel Core i5-4570S Haswell - $199 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-897-_-Product

Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard - $149 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128719

OR

Motherboard - ASRock Z87E-ITX LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel I217V Lan 802.11ac WiFi Intel Motherboard - $135 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157374

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE DUAL-X 100365L Radeon R9 270 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 Video Card With BOOST & OC - $150 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814202090

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $83 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428

SSD Boot Drive - Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE120BW - $84 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...g=diglivroo-20

Power Supply - CORSAIR CXM series CX600M 600W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139048

Media Hard Drive - Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM - $60 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822236339

Blu-Ray Player - LG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model UH12NS30 - OEM - $50 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136268
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An R9 270 is not going to play all games at max settings.


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An R9 270 is not going to play all games at max settings.


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I agree with this comment. I would go for the R9280X if AMD. It is $139 with MIR rebate at Newegg and $150 worth of new games. In fact...that's the one I'm eventually getting (Asus) to replace my Asus AMD HD 7870. But right now the 7870 is maxing out everything I throw at it with ease. I'll only swap it out when I go 4K and VR. Also unsure about the PSU. If I read this right you are going to Crossfire CPUs. I'd go at least 750-850 with Crossfire. Otherwise it looks like a solid build to me.
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I agree with this comment. I would go for the R9280X if AMD. It is $139 with MIR rebate at Newegg and $150 worth of new games. In fact...that's the one I'm eventually getting (Asus) to replace my Asus AMD HD 7870. But right now the 7870 is maxing out everything I throw at it with ease. I'll only swap it out when I go 4K and VR. Also unsure about the PSU. If I read this right you are going to Crossfire CPUs. I'd go at least 750-850 with Crossfire. Otherwise it looks like a solid build to me.
Awesome thanks for the info on the GPU. Nope, I don't plan to Crossfire at all but I got a tip that this PSU is better anyway so I think I'm going with this one instead:

Antec PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...D=3938566&SID=

Oh, and On Wisconsin! =)
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HTPC & Gaming Build

Before you go out and buy a new system that's making compromises to suit a living room, how difficult would it be for you to run a HDMI cable up to your living room instead? You could have one PC handle both rooms. Then you can put your budget towards improving the single unit into a killer gaming rig.

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