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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1075187

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard + Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $174 and no stupid rebates

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Thanks. It seems like my PSU will not fit in case (based on reviews)
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Which is why I recommended the Corsair CX 430 v2. That or the Seasonic S12II 430B.

The case supports ATX v2 up to 150mm, and the MKIII is 150mm.

This review says you can squeeze in a 160mm http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/SilverStone-Grandia-GD06-Case-Review/1324/4

If you go with either of the above recommendations, as opposed to modular, you'll have quite a few cables to hide in that small case

According to the measurements it's good to go, but I've never used that case. Do you trust the review site, and which one was it?
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Save cash - get a H77 board (for future upgrades if required) and a G540. You also need a SSD for Win 7. Its well worth it. Also, save cash on the PSU - get a Corsair CX 430 v2. I have this mobo in 2 PC's, excellent for the price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128548

h77 is usually not a better deal. Most times you can find close out Z68 for cheaper which is just as good.

Otherwise just get a Z77 for basically the same price.

Blanked H77 recommendations are not helpful IMO.

If you linked a specific motherboard that was better/cheaper it might make sense.

But the assumption that h77 is a better choice just cause it's supposed to be often does not translate to realty.

I have a Z68 and a Z77 HTPC... because I was able to get the better motherboard for a lower price. I paid $39 for my Z77 Asrock as part of the Combo deal.

I don't find spectacular deals on h77 that often.

Thanks. I already ordered gb h77. I hope it works well.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1075187

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard + Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $174 and no stupid rebates

Already ordered h77 and I3 2105. Definitely paid more than 174. smile.gif
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1075187
GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard + Intel Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $174 and no stupid rebates

No HDMI.
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Thanks. It seems like my PSU will not fit in case (based on reviews)
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Which is why I recommended the Corsair CX 430 v2. That or the Seasonic S12II 430B.

The case supports ATX v2 up to 150mm, and the MKIII is 150mm.

This review says you can squeeze in a 160mm http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/SilverStone-Grandia-GD06-Case-Review/1324/4

If you go with either of the above recommendations, as opposed to modular, you'll have quite a few cables to hide in that small case

According to the measurements it's good to go, but I've never used that case. Do you trust the review site, and which one was it?

If you look at the review from amazon for ml03b it talks about getting psu less than 140mm deep.
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Anyway even though expensive decided to go ahead with GD06 case
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Guys -

Can someone review this deal w.r.t. what I have ordered?

http://slickdeals.net/f/5293310-Deal-is-back-i3-3225-and-H77M-ITX-175-at-Microcenter-B-M-only

It has ASRock H77M-ITX + i3-3225 for just $175!!

MC is near my house. If this CPU is better than what I have ordered (i3 2105) then this better deal as I have spent much more on the combo.
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Both are fine. I believe one has better graphics and power rating- but it's not significant real world. You could use either.

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Both are fine. I believe one has better graphics and power rating- but it's not significant real world. You could use either.

Which one has better graphics rating?
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WEI is irrelevant. You can hack it to show 7.9 across the board if you want. Either one is fine. I'd go for the 3220 simply because its newer but both are good enough.
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WEI is irrelevant. You can hack it to show 7.9 across the board if you want. Either one is fine. I'd go for the 3220 simply because its newer but both are good enough.

Thanks guys.

I just realized that I have order case for MicroATX form factor and the MB in this deal is Mini ITX so that rules out this deal for me.
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The 3225 using HD4000 is perhaps a bit more 'future proof' as the HD4000 is a lot more powerful. I believe the 4000 will handle 4K video formats, when they start rolling them out. I picked the 3225 for my HTPC because of that and because the additional video pipelines can speed up Quick Sync encoding.
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Hi all -

No updates on this topic for last few days.

Anyway, just wanted to let you all know..I have finished my HTPC (at least PC) so far and it worked out very well. No issues so far.

I had to return the original power supply that I had bought (could not fit in my case) and had to buy a new one ST50F-P. This is about 140mm deep but I had to use it fan-up due to some other issues. Read the GD06B review on Amazon and you will know what I am talking about.

I have installed XBMC, Plex (With some plugins) and so far using this as PC only.

Setup an appointment with Cable company for M-Card for my Silicondust HDHomerun Prime and once that is working fine I will be all set.

If you guys have any recommendations on any HTPC software, configs let me know.

So far I still need Optical Drive (BD-ROM), 2TB HDD etc but I am in no hurry for that. Also, read reviews on many Optical Drives from LG, Asus etc but all reviews are bad so not sure which drive to get. Will see around black Friday.

Also, go Logitech K400 keyboard and so far all the setup works well.

Thanks again all for helping me out in this.
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