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post #1 of 3 Old 02-22-2013, 09:21 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi everyone!Tomorrow I'm going to Microcenter to try to get the last few parts for my htpc build. This is the first time I've ever built a computer. I'm building a mini-itx htpc to play mostly 1080p movies and tv shows/10-bit subbed anime mkvs since my laptop and ps3 fail to do either if those right (Its a nightmare trying to play or stream subs on a ps3!). I was going to get a media player but I thought htpcs would be more reliable and this would give me the opportunity to finally build a computer!
(The whole thing was suppose to be apart of my christmas gift but parents ran out of money.)


Anyway, these are the parts I have right now:
*Pentium G645 2.9GHz LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
*4gb Microcenter ddr3 ram
*120mm (I think) fan

I still have to get the case, hard drive, motherboard, and maybe power supply.

Since I want a small form factor pc i'm going to get this motherboard

http://www.microcenter.com/product/392369/GA-H61N-USB3_LGA_1155_H61_Mini_ITX_Intel_Motherboard

For the case, this is a toughy. I'm not sure whether to get

[BElite 120 Advanced Mini ITX Case][/B] http://www.microcenter.com/product/399001/Elite_120_Advanced_Mini_ITX_Case_RC-120A-KKN1 $44.99

or MI-008 Tower Black P4 Chassis with 250W http://www.amazon.com/MI-008-Tower-Black-Chassis-Supply/dp/B001H0BA24 $49.99

If I get the cooler master it will probably be higher quality then the mi-008 but then I will have to buy a power supply for it and its probably bigger. My parents or I won't be able to afford a really expensive power suppy so I will have to find something in the $5-25 (probably refurbished)

Can someone choose a power supply from these pictures that looks like I MIGHT be able to squeeze a few months out of it until I save up enough money to get a decent one if I get the cooler master case.





And has anyone had any positive experiences with the MI-008 case? I could save about $20 with that case.

Finally. I'm not sure if I will be able to get a internal hard drive or not tomorrow since I don't think my parents will have that much money with them. But if I can should I get

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461G3MS?tag=at055-20 or http://www.microcenter.com/product/400847/1TB_7,200_RPM_SATA_60Gb-s_35_Internal_Hard_Drive_DT01ACA100_-_OEM

If they don't I will probably pick up their one of their $8.99 16 gb flash drive and install and boot ubuntu or it temporary :/
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I'm sorry if this is too long everyone! This is my first build so I'm not sure on everything I exactly need to get! Also final question, should i try to squeeze $50 in there and return and upgrade my g645 to a core i3?I never opened it yet. I feel I might regret it if I don't upgrade to a i3
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you want an i3.

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IMO, There appears to be more room for expansion in the CM 120 case, so I would lean towards that. If you elect to purchase one of the PSU's you listed, I would recommend 1st the seasonic, then 2nd the sparkle power. Alternatively, You could get a Corsair CX430 PSU from NewEgg. They are regularly sale priced for $15-$20 after rebate.

Either of the hard drives are adequate, perhaps choosing the one with the best warranty would be best. I prefer WD drives, but I don't have anything against Toshiba esp. with double the capacity.

If you can opt for the i3, I would. It will be better served for what you want to accomplish now and in the future.

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