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Nice !!!!!!
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I am looking to select similar components for my new HTPC build, but just wondering why you decided to go with the 2125 CPU, instead of 2105?


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Originally Posted by Shanndogg View Post

Thanks to the great guides and forum help I am about ready to pull the trigger on my first HTPC build, but would like to get some approval. Most of the items are directly from the guides, but my OCD wants to be sure in case I accidentally selected the wrong memory or something.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2125 Sandy Bridge
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 400W Modular
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB (seems to be the best deal right now for ~120gb SSD?)
Case: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37B
Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-ray Combo Model ihes112-04
Remote: Harmony One w/HP IR adapter
OS: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium
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Originally Posted by h_pranav View Post

Hi,

Just need an advice I am building a HTPC, below is the configuration do you recommend any changes or does it seems fine.

PSU: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ PSU

Forgot to point out that with this PSU you'll end up with a big bunch of unused cables so double check the case internals to make sure you've got somewhere to stick them where they won't get in the way. I overlooked this and now it's probably going to be a tight fit if I ever want to add another HDD as the spare cables occupy the mount point (see photos). Consider a modular PSU if this will be an issue for you. Otherwise I have the SeaSonic S12II 430W and am very happy with it.
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post #12815 of 15910
Thanks for the input, good to know I have the seal of approval to go ahead!

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Originally Posted by UncleCemka View Post

I am looking to select similar components for my new HTPC build, but just wondering why you decided to go with the 2125 CPU, instead of 2105?

I choose the 2125 because I can get it at Micro Center for less than even the 2105. I just linked all my parts to New Egg for viewing ease.

After reading some more, I might switch the OCZ V3 to the Crucial M4 like you have listed... unless New Egg puts the Samsung's back to ~$140.
post #12816 of 15910
Hey flocko, Fastslappy thanks a lot for your suggestions.
I get i3 2105 CPU without extra fan & 128 SSD
post #12817 of 15910
UncleCemka, just saw that Asus board you listed and the G Skill Ram we want is a shell shocker right now. I might have to jump on that.
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Originally Posted by h_pranav View Post

Hey flocko, Fastslappy thanks a lot for your suggestions.
I get i3 2105 CPU without extra fan & 128 SSD

No ProblemO ::::::> you will be much happier with the 128 SSD
I have a i3 2105 & a 128 Plexor SSD in this new build & Damn ! they're a Fast combo !
post #12819 of 15910
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Originally Posted by Shanndogg View Post

UncleCemka, just saw that Asus board you listed and the G Skill Ram we want is a shell shocker right now. I might have to jump on that.

Asus is a good motherboard. If you can get a Z68 Asus on EggSaver special under $100 that's a solid option.

Not many motherboards under $100 are better than an Asus Z68 PRO. (IMO actually none are)
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

Asus is a good motherboard. If you can get a Z68 Asus on EggSaver special under $100 that's a solid option.

Not many motherboards under $100 are better than an Asus Z68 PRO. (IMO actually none are)

++11oo Big Time !

Asus has really cleaned up their act since I got the 775 socketed MoBo's .. the BIOS is beautiful
post #12821 of 15910
$48 Asus H61 also on newegg right now.

That is a nice deal.

Combine that with a $50 OCZ 60GB SSD, and 4GB of Gskill DDR3 for $19 and a $38 G630 CPU and a $11 Samsung DVD burner you got a nice little machine for not much cash.

Yes, You could actually build this machine right now for $170. $200 with a case and PSU.
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Originally Posted by h_pranav View Post

Hey flocko, Fastslappy thanks a lot for your suggestions.
I get i3 2105 CPU without extra fan & 128 SSD

No biggie on this end either !

Word :

Keep a close eye on Assassin , Mfusick and other top names here . These fellas put out some of the (if not the ) best info and current pricing related to the industry . If it is cutting or leading edge , you will find it here .

Thanks guy's !
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Originally Posted by Shanndogg View Post

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB

SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB (seems to be the best deal right now for ~120gb SSD?)

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Blu-ray Combo Model ihes112-04

Heads ups.

10% OFF All Desktop Memory*
(72 HOURS ONLY!)
CODE : BTENFGN47

15% OFF All OCZ Internal Solid State Drives*
BTENFGN45

Yes that means that Vertex3 120GB is under $100!

15% OFF All Internal CD/DVD Burners *
(72 HOURS ONLY!)
BTENFGN55


Go back to the Vertex3. It's better/faster/cheaper than the crucial.

Asus > Gigabyte for sure. $99 for the Asus Z68 is very nice indeed. Act quick or it's gone.

Oh,

ANd since I like you:

Here is help on the HDD's ($10-$20 off)

http://www.neweggbusiness.com/promot...-_-0426-_-0508

Cliff notes:

Go Asus over gigabyte with Eggsaver
Go back to OCZ and save the extra 15%
post #12824 of 15910
Thread Starter 
To be fair and balanced its MFusick's opinion that the OCZ is "better".

There are many on AVS and elsewhere that don't necessarily agree.

It is cheaper. The speed of any and all SSDs for HTPC is a moot point and I don't even look at the reported speeds --- nor do I care. Any of them are plenty fast for HTPC.
post #12825 of 15910
Went ahead and grabbed the Asus Z68 Pro and 8GB GSkill Ripjaw X's for the extra $10 off with the shell shocker deal.

Thanks for the codes Mfusick, but it says my email address isn't valid with it. Was trying for the OCZ V3.
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Originally Posted by Shanndogg View Post

Went ahead and grabbed the Asus Z68 Pro and 8GB GSkill Ripjaw X's for the extra $10 off with the shell shocker deal.

Thanks for the codes Mfusick, but it says my email address isn't valid with it. Was trying for the OCZ V3.

you have to on the email list for some codes to work
post #12827 of 15910
Thanks for all of the suggestions. Unfortunately, I missed out of the MOBO and the RAM. I will keep shopping around and will pull the trigger when the deals get a little better again.

EDIT: Looks like the Crucial SSD is back to $200, so the OCZ is the only option right now.
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Originally Posted by Shanndogg View Post


Thanks for the codes Mfusick, but it says my email address isn't valid with it. Was trying for the OCZ V3.

Check slick deals. They have it posted up.
post #12829 of 15910
What is a good cheap wireless keyboard/mouse? Doesn't need to be a combo as I don't use it much with the htpc.
post #12830 of 15910
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Originally Posted by UncleCemka View Post

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Unfortunately, I missed out of the MOBO and the RAM. I will keep shopping around and will pull the trigger when the deals get a little better again.

EDIT: Looks like the Crucial SSD is back to $200, so the OCZ is the only option right now.

Still $109.99 at Buy.com. I've gotten lots of things from Buy.com with no issues.
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Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

What is a good cheap wireless keyboard/mouse? Doesn't need to be a combo as I don't use it much with the htpc.

I use my Harmony 880 90% of the time. For the 10% I need a keyboard I use the Lenevo N5902 for light duty: http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c..._menu_area=yes
And for heavier typing I use the Logitech M320 combo: http://mobile.logitech.com/en-us/key...-desktop-mk320
post #12832 of 15910
M4 Crucial 64GB update...

Well it was the firmware. I was on version 0009 and I hit the 5128 hour mark where it would lock up after an hour of use. Upgraded firmware to 000F and been running great since Friday.

Boy did I miss my SSD! Running the OS off of a 4 year old 500GB WD was painfully slow and loud!
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Originally Posted by Wilky13 View Post

M4 Crucial 64GB update...

Well it was the firmware. I was on version 0009 and I hit the 5128 hour mark where it would lock up after an hour of use. Upgraded firmware to 000F and been running great since Friday.

Boy did I miss my SSD! Running the OS off of a 4 year old 500GB WD was painfully slow and loud!

Great. Thought so.

I have seen that issue a lot with crucial m4's.

Glad it was easy fix and happy ending .
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Any thoughts on this (or alternatives for a 3TB drive):
Western Digital offers the factory-refurbished Western Digital Elements 3TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, model no. WDBAAU0030HBK-NESN, for $129.99. Coupon code "WDCARES" cuts is to $114.99. With free shipping, that's $0.04/GB and the second lowest price we've ever seen for this drive. (It's also a current price low for a refurbished unit by $55.) This drive uses GreenPower technology to reduce power consumption by up to 30%. A 6-month Western Digital warranty applies.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by cburbs View Post

What is a good cheap wireless keyboard/mouse? Doesn't need to be a combo as I don't use it much with the htpc.

I like the Lenovo with backlighting. Works fairly well for HTPC and is under $40.
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Originally Posted by LastButNotLeast View Post

Any thoughts on this (or alternatives for a 3TB drive):
Western Digital offers the factory-refurbished Western Digital Elements 3TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, model no. WDBAAU0030HBK-NESN, for $129.99. Coupon code "WDCARES" cuts is to $114.99. With free shipping, that's $0.04/GB and the second lowest price we've ever seen for this drive. (It's also a current price low for a refurbished unit by $55.) This drive uses GreenPower technology to reduce power consumption by up to 30%. A 6-month Western Digital warranty applies.

$114 for 3TB is cheap.

Seems good if your not scared of a refurb. (I am not)

after 6 months- the likelyhood of it failing is low... untill life is run out.

My experience is most drives fail early.. or late. Or- for some accident reason like a drop- or disconnect type event.
post #12837 of 15910
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

$114 for 3TB is cheap.

Seems good if your not scared of a refurb. (I am not)

after 6 months- the likelyhood of it failing is low... untill life is run out.

My experience is most drives fail early.. or late. Or- for some accident reason like a drop- or disconnect type event.

I don't like to buy refurbished anything. But that's just my personal preference.

You can get a Seagate 3TB external at Staples for $122 shipped when they are in stock. Seems like a better deal to me. But to each their own.

Buying hard drives right now is a bit of a game anyway to find a deal.
post #12838 of 15910
Unfortunately, I know the rules for this game: I buy something, and a week later it's 20% cheaper.
I actually want an internal, but they seem to be MORE expensive.
I can wait.
But not for too much longer.
Thanks for the input, guys.
Michael
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Originally Posted by Fastslappy View Post

you have to on the email list for some codes to work

Is that the subscriptions -> Newegg Newsletter list? If so I signed up for it yesterday... I guess it takes a while to activate?
post #12840 of 15910
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Originally Posted by assassin View Post

I like the Lenovo with backlighting. Works fairly well for HTPC and is under $40.

Lenovo N5902
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