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Please check my build before I buy and make suggestions?

post #1 of 12
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Intel BOXDH77EB Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
LITE-ON Black 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature SATA IHBS112-04
nMEDIAPC Black HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
Rosewill Green Series RG430-S12 430W "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply
Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz LGA 1155 Dual-Core Desktop Processor

Planning to purchase today, if you see anything that looks like I could do better for the same price. Total build is 601.14 shipped with all of the deals going on right now.

Thanks in advance for your insights.
post #2 of 12
I wouldn't bother getting a BluRay burner. When are you ever going to be using this capability given how cheap external HDD's are for backup purposes? You could also save a few bucks getting a cheaper H77 mobo as the intel is pretty expensive for the feature set but thats really a bit of a nitpick. Looks like a good build!
post #3 of 12
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The reason I went with the burner is after the discount codes and everything it ends up being $3 more than a comparable non-burning drive. I went with the intel MB for the same reason. It is the exact same price as the comparable ASRock board and even less than most of the other H77 boards I have seen. They are doing some serious deals over at newegg at the moment if you look at the "It's time to upgrade" section on the homepage. Saving me roughly $50 and getting me better components for the same price as the cheaper alternatives.

My plan is to get this up and running, using it as my BDP and streaming device... eventually I will add a few 2TB HDDs, probably around black friday/cyber monday, and get a ota tuner.
post #4 of 12
Well in that case I stand corrected! I think you'll be very happy with this. The only other possible cost saving advice I can give is that if you are only going to be using this for HTPC (read, non-gaming) and are not going to be doing on-the-fly transcoding, you could get a cheaper processor. If you're near a microcenter, they have the G630 for $50.

Also for OTA tuner, keep an eye out for deals on the Silicon Dust HDHomeRun. Woot often has the prime for less than $150 if you need CableCARD support. I have a dual for OTA only and I've been very happy with it.
post #5 of 12
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I appreciate your input. I am going to wait a couple more hours and then I am going to pull the trigger. Getting excited for my first HTPC every and first any pc in a long time.
post #6 of 12
For some reason newegg never send the Time to Upgrade codes to my email. There are some great deals there!

One more word of advice. Pay the $25 for assassin's guides. They will save you countess hours in the software setup phase.

post #7 of 12
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Planning on it..... thanks! I used his free guide to help pick out components.
post #8 of 12
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Purchased all components listed and the assassin's guide. I think I am going to go ahead and turn this into a build thread as well.
post #9 of 12
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All of my components are out for delivery! Getting excited.
post #10 of 12
What are you planning on using for control BTW?
post #11 of 12
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I bought an IR USB receiver and I have a harmony 900.
post #12 of 12
What IR receiver did you get? I recommend the HP one you can get on ebay as it supports the MCE Keyboard commands. These make using the harmony a lot more effective.
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