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Approximate Purchase Date: Soon, might be the current/next month. Would it be better to wait?

Budget Range: <$2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: HTPC, Gaming, Graphic applications (3D Rendering, Photo retouch etc ...), Other random stuff

Parts Not Required: Listed below

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferably amazon because of no tax and free shipping, but things that are out of stock on amazon I can go to newegg or maybe tiger direct.

Country of Origin: Israel, but I can order from the US as well.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel/AMD CPU and preferably top of the line video card

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in future.. probably not.

Monitor Resolution: Will be connected to a 720p 42" LCD Screen and in the future will be 42-45" 1080p LCD screen

Additional Comments: (by priority)
- I need a very quiet HTPC (even on gaming) so there's a priority for passive cooling components or very silent (no water cooling)
- Shall be connected to a receiver (might be onkyo tx-sr607), so I'll need the most advanced audio formats supported
- Power consumption should be as low as possible (mainly on idle)
- Stylish but sleek and simple look - in order to get my wife confirmation and in order to comply with my living room smooth and sleek look
- Fast - I like quick and fluent windows menus, home theater applicaitions running smoothly and it shall be also used for 3D homeplan rendering (but that's the lowest priority)


Parts I have in mind (Any insight or suggestions on these would be helpful):

CPU: Intel i5-760

CPU Cooler: SCYTHE SHURIKEN Rev.B

MOB: Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 (Kinda lost here, not updated with all the new features ...)

Case: Silverstone Grandia GD05 (Kinda old model, but it suppose to be quiet and sleek designed, isn't it?)

HDDs:
1. OCZ VERTEX 30GB (Already have it) (OS+Apps)
2. WD 2TB 7200RPM 64MB GREEN SATA2, WD20EARS
or 2 X 1TB Samsung F3 SpinPoint (Heavy Apps+Storage)

GPU:
- HIS Silence H555HB512 Radeon HD 5550 512MB
or
- GIGABYTE GV-R575SL-1GI Radeon HD 5750 1GB

Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1333, 1.35v, 7-7-7-21, CL7 240-pin DIMM

PSU: Enermax Modu87+ 500W

Keyboard: LOGITECH BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD DINOVO EDGE - or - PERIXX-708 (Again, need your help here as well)

Remote control: Logitech Harmony one (Already have it)

More General questions:
- Any good AMD alternative to fullfil all requirements? which components should I add to it?
- Will all my components can be attached together in this suggested case?
- How much power or $ will I save if using for example Intel i3 core instead? or any AMD CPU will < 95W power consumption? does it worth the effort?
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