So you suggest a i3 3220 at $130 at newegg. $15 more for me is nothing and I'd take the 3225 with the HD4000 for possible future use (you probably don't recall those recommending just the bare required card a couple years ago and then when 3-D came out shortly after all those cards had to be upgraded if they wanted Blu-ray 3-D and that costs a lot more upgrading than just picking up the next level card).
So $130 for the CPU and $95 for the H77 motherboard? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128548
$225 before tax (if applicable).
I suggest a i5 3570K for $189.99 and a Z77 motherboard for $59.99 + tax at Micro Center when bought in a bundle ($50 off the motherboard when you buy the i5 3570K together) http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Pro4-M/
. That's $250. $25 more than you and I get a better CPU an i5 (vs. i3) and a Z77 (vs. a H77) motherboard. Who's throwing their money away? Why I prefer that the top of the line motherboard with the extra features for an extra $60 more than the board you suggest is because I can afford the extra $60 for the Display Port, the reset CMOS external button, the extra 2 SATA ports, the extra 2 extrnal USB 3.0 ports, the optical digital audio port, THX True Studio, the additional PCI-e (vs. PCI) slot and the addition features the Z over the H adds, and just for that $60. By the way, the Gigabyte Z77 DS3H is only $50 when purchased with the the i5 3570K at Micro Center, that's a Z77 version of the board you suggest and that means a better board and CPU for just $15 over what you suggested, now your suggestion is really throwing money way... As I believe everyone here except you would pay the extra $15 for the Z77 board and a i5. And let me make this clear, for the same price as the H77 motherboard you suggested and a i3 3225, I've got a Z77 board with a i5 3570K! Oh, and forgot to mention that if you're a Micro Center member and have purchased something from there from the previous month to pervious week, then you get an additional 5% off the CPU making it $9.50 less. So that's $180.49 for the i5 and $59.99 for the Z77 ASRock or( $49.99 for the Gigabyte) plus tax.
For a video card to add some gaming, I'd suggest this for $110. Fanless so it stays quiet, and good for occassional gaming. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131475
The Z77 motherboard has Lucid Virtu Universal MVP http://www.lucidlogix.com/product-virtu-universal.html
Your power supply you suggest is not fanless or hybrid, how do you think that's a comparison? Yours just adds fan noise no matter how quiety the fan is. And obviously you didn't notice the Power Supply is fully modula also, better for a small case and a lot neater.
The case you suggest is not a nice looking case, it's not even a HTPC case that will go well in a entertainment system with similar looking components, for the $30 more I paid (or even $60 at the current price), I'd rather have the Lian Li made of light aluminium any day.
If you want to add Wireless (and bluetooth), these are what I use in my other systems and will try to see if they work with the ASRock motherboard. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0081Y0Y4E/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00
I velcro taped both antenna's to the inside of the cases and they seem to work fine through the aluminium cases without having them outside the case for aesthetics. I'll update this thread to let everyone reading this if the Gigabyte Wifi PCI-e card works with the ASRock motherboard.
By the way, if anyone wants to use SPDIF optical digital audio input on some of the Gigabyte boards for some reason (slight mod. may be necessary), here is the bracket you can add add to use it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/260866155992?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
With the Lian Li case I suggest there's a extra PCI backet slot available above the power supply also so it won't take up one of your PCI slots if you need to use all 4 (or 3 if you're Video card uses 2), or if you have an older device that uses a COM port or old Printer port, you can also find those brackets available and use the extra PCI bracket slot.