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Hello

I'm going to build a HTPC. It will be running XBMC in Windows 8. It will be used for 1080p 2D playback and .FLAC audio through HDMI to my receiver(needs to be hdmi 1.4)



Here's the hardware i found suitable, am I correct?:


CPU:Intel Core i3-4340 Haswell, 3,6ghz dualcore with HD 4600 graphics

Cpu coolerScythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.

RAM:Crucial Ballistix T DDR3-1600 DC - 8GB

Case: SilverStone Grandia SST-GD05B Black

PSU: Corsair CX430M - 430W PSU

HDD: Western Digital WD Green - 3TB

SSD: Samsung 840 EVO SSD - 120GB

Motherboard: ASUS H87M-PRO (C2) - Haswell
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Nice Build.

You don't need the aftermarket CPU Cooler right away. IMO, I would start off with the stock cooler, then decide if you want to upgrade later.

You can also get by with a 4GB (2x2) RAM kit.

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Is the motherboard a overkill? I don't need optical audio, since I will use HDMI. So a H81 would maybe be enough?

Or do I need features like Intel RST12 and Intel Smart Response Technology?
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That's a nice Mobo. I personally have the ASUS P8H77-M Pro (Same board previous generation).
I had some problems with the Asus, and I ended up getting a cheaper AsRock H77M mobo during my troubleshooting process.
The AsRock Mobo ended up meeting all my needs, for half the price of the Asus.

After a few RMA's with Asus on that board, when I finally got a working board back, I just used the Asus board for a new Desktop build, and left the AsRock in for my HTPC.

It all comes down to the features you need in the motherboards chipset.
It worked out well enough because I opted to build a separate media server to host all my files, rather than locally on my HTPC. For the server, I opted for a MSI-B75 board.

Here's a decent article that breaks down the features of each chipset:
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Z87-H87-H81-Q87-Q85-B85-What-is-the-difference-473/

Think about your budget, and also consider what you might want to do in the future when making your choice.

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Try to look at quality boards from Asus, AsRock, Gigabyte, and MSI.

I was weary of AsRock, but they really do put together a nice board. Once a subsidiary of Asus, they have since gone on their own, and pack a lot of extras in many of their boards.

I've done many builds with Gigabyte, and never had a problem with any of their boards.

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I have used Asus components for 3 pc's without any issues, so I will stick with Asus, even though they are more expensive.

It's not like I have a budget, but i won't spend more than necessary(except when it comes to Asus smile.gif ).

All files will be stored locally, since i live in an apartment and only have 1 tv.

4k will not be a requirement. Only 1080p 2D (but it would be nice to have the option for 3D, when i get a new TV in a few years) and DTS audio for my 7.1 receiver.
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