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I am planning on building my first HTPC, after all my reading and research here and in Assassin's guide these are the parts I plan on buying.
My goals for the box are mainly DVR of over the Air HD, and to run a Plex media server to stream videos in my library and recordings out to roku boxes in other rooms in my house. I do not need 3d or any gaming, I only need 1080p out to my main display, 720p out to the roku's and 7.1 out to my receiver over HDMI. Does this list look like it will get the job done or do I need to change out the cpu to the Sandy Bridge 2100, I'm trying to go budget but am willing to upgrade some parts to get the performance I need?

CPU: Intel g620 $64
MOBO: Intel BOXDH67BLB3 $91
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts EA-380D $45
HD: Western Digital Caviar Green 2 TB Desktop Hard Drive WD20EARX $120
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $30
Case: Silverstone Aluminum Case GD05B $90

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Those are all great, commonly used, parts. Good choices. Although I'd suggest adding an SSD for your OS and programs. That would boost performance more than the processor upgrade.
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Thanks. I plan to add one of those later down the road. The i3 2100 processor I can get right now for only $25 more than this one. Is it even worth it or just save my money?
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Seriously, it is better and easier to install the SSD at the outset and let Windows 7 configure itself properly for the SSD.

As to the chips, people who use the i3 probably think it's worthwhile, people who use the Pentium think it's just fine. I doubt you'll notice it (and I use an i3 because I built mine before the G620 existed).

Save the money on the processor, and buy the SSD now.
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Don't migrate to the SSD later. It can be a total PITA if things don't go perfectly.

Just buy it now.
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Thanks. I plan to add one of those later down the road. The i3 2100 processor I can get right now for only $25 more than this one. Is it even worth it or just save my money?

I would go cheaper on the motherboard and cheaper on the CPU and use the cash for an SSD.

Whereas I see the real world performance and user experience gained by and i3 and $91 intel board to be about 5% and the performance and real world user experience increase using a cheap $60 SSD for OS with money saved to be about 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000% better.

Really it's no contest at all- it a total mistake to use a HDD.

I hate to be so blunt but I feel your making a terrible mistake not doing it right the first time.

The time to set up- install windows... all your programs and such... alone is not worth the time and trouble installing to a HDD only to do it again soon in the future.

For the low cost today of SSD you should do it right the first time.

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I love when my ADD kicks in and I reply... without reading the lower comments- only to see above my reply two valuable posters say the same thing.

Great minds think alike.

I did not see Assassin reply or Zon2020's great advice really... but seems like it's all legit.

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I'll throw in a second (4th now?) opinion on the SSD. I just built my own HTPC this week and would HIGHLY recommend using an SSD. I used a 64Gb Crucial M4 and everything is so crazy fast. It makes everything more enjoyable to use, which is important in an HTPC.

If you're going to spend in the $90 range for a mobo, you might look into some H77 chipsets. They would allow for an Ivy Bridge upgrade later, if desired. Everything else looks great. G620 will be plenty powerful. Should be fun.

Finally, I would recommend paying $25 for Assassin's HTPC guide. Check out the links below his post. It's a time and headache saver. I probably saved a few hours already with his instructions on installing Win7 from a USB drive. You might too, since it doesn't look like you're using an optical drive.
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If you're going to spend in the $90 range for a mobo, you might look into some H77 chipsets. They would allow for an Ivy Bridge upgrade later, if desired.

I believe H67 motherboards would support Ivy Bridge with a BIOS (UEFI?) update. However, H77 does bring native USB3 to the table.
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Have to agree with everything that's said, migrating to an SSD later can be a pain, I did it on my main rig and there were some files I couldn't delete, not so much they take up space but it's irritating they are there. Best to go SSD from the outset, it's not just the speed advantages but also the convenience of having OS and data separate. I'd say you can also find a cheaper mobo than that.

I used this one for a similar build and its working well. $70 instead of $90

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128540

similar fetaures, usb 3.0 Sata III and it will support ivy bridge too if you upgrade down the line.

It's a B75 chipset rather than H77, basically the same except you have 1 SATA III ports instead of maybe 6 and possibly no RAID support. B75 is cheaper... Unless you plan on running RAID or have more than 1 SSD's B75 is a better choice since it's cheaper, HDD's always run below SATA II spec no matter if they are labelled SATA III.
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Thanks for all the great advice!
You guys sold me on the SSD smile.gif, time to find a good deal on a 60GB SSD.
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Thanks for all the great advice!
You guys sold me on the SSD smile.gif, time to find a good deal on a 60GB SSD.

Intel 330 $49.99 after rebate at Amazon or Newegg.

There's nothing else right now even close that combines quality and price.
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Thanks grabbing it right now. I wanted to work on it this weekend. Guess I have to be patient until the drive gets here wink.gif
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I believe H67 motherboards would support Ivy Bridge with a BIOS (UEFI?) update.

There's no categorical answer to that. Intel, for example, identifies revision numbers of H67 motherboards that will accept an Ivy Bridge. I've had my DH67BL for over a year and it will with a bios upgrade so I assume that only the earliest renditions can't be updated to take an IB, but when the lists came out, someone else here with the same model mobo said theirs was too early a revision and they were out of luck. (for the DH67BL, it must be revision G10189-206 or later, and bios 0146 or later)

I assume the same is probably true for other brands of motherboards. And with some makes, there is also the question of when or if they'll ever actually get around to issuing the necessary bios upgrade to permit it to accept an IB cpu.
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Thanks grabbing it right now. I wanted to work on it this weekend. Guess I have to be patient until the drive gets here wink.gif

Which CPU did you ultimately get?

Wow, out of curiousity, I looked back and checked. In May 2011, I paid $140 for a 64GB Plextor M2S SSD, and I thought I was getting a great deal. Now you can get an Intel 60GB drive for $50. (and a couple weeks ago, I paid that same $140 for a 180GB Intel drive)

Yes, prices have fallen.
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I picked up the G620 and already dropped it and the board in the case.
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Thanks for all the great advice!
You guys sold me on the SSD smile.gif, time to find a good deal on a 60GB SSD.

There are definitely SSD's to stay away from, although I've had luck with an OCZ one, there have been a lot of complaints with many of their models, I know the Crucial M4 is a solid performer, I have one of those too. Intel's ones are also good.
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