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1st time HTPC build--please advise

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So I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on my HTPC purchase. My primary use for this is going to be DVR duty as well as playing 1080p bluray movies ripped to the HDD. The only gaming I'll be doing on this is old school emulators; I already have a gaming PC. Here's what I'm looking at:

Mobo: ASRock B75M http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157313

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 (Ivy Bridge) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116777

RAM: G.SKILL RipJaws 8GB DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Bluray: LITEON Bluray 12x burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106374

PSU: Antec Green 380W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

Case: Silverstone ML03B: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163174

Already purchased:

Cablecard Receiver: Hauppauge 2650 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116072 (got this for $59.99 after rebate the other day)

SSD: OCZ 120GB http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=91218&CatId=5300 (I know people aren't a big fan of OCZ, but I got this the other day for $59.99 and I wanted to give this a shot)

HDD: Seagate 5900RPM 1.5TB http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7331904

Here's 2 things I'm wondering:

1. Am I correct in thinking the memory will run DDR3 1600 with this setup? I was going to go with the Pentium G850 and run DDR3 1333 RAM, but figured for $30 more I might as well move up to an Ivy Bridge processor for the 1600. Let me know if I'm missing something.

2. Will the Ripjaw memory fit in this case or should I play it safe and go with a different style? (I dont really care what the RAM looks like, I just wanted to go with something that has a good reputation)

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 5
I'd get a G540, 4GB DDR3 1333MHz (KVR is a good option) and an Gigabyte H77M-D3H (better built than Asrock). You'll be good to go.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
I was going to go with something along the lines of the g540 (was originally going to go with a g620) but then realized the g620 (as well as the 540) only support 1066 memory according to Intel's website. So once I get a processor that supports 1333 (the g850) its only $30 more for the Ivy Bridge. That's assuming I am correct on my understanding of the 1066-only support.
post #4 of 5
Just to clarify things a bit. I'm using the G620 with 1333 memory, however it only runs at 1066. If/when I upgrade the CPU at least the memory won't go to waste.
post #5 of 5
The memory will automatically downclock and tighten up timings and you'll be able to reuse it at 1333MHz if you upgrade. $30 more is a waste for a Pentium. Put it towards other parts.
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