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More focused on the HTPC side of things, here are the specs:

Gigabyte GA-HA65M-D2HB3 - $87.00 x 1 = $87.00

Intel i3-2100 3.10GHz (2nd Gen w/ integrated graphics processor) - $116.00 x 1 = $116.00

Transcend JM1333KLN-4G 4GB DDR3 1333MHz - $23.00 x 2 = $46.00

(Optional: PowerColour RADEON HD5450 1GB GDDR3 HDMI - $39.00 x 1 = $39.00)

Subtotal: $249.00 ($288.00)

Total (Less $20 Discount): $229.00 ($268.00) (inc. GST)

There's also free shipping until tomorrow! (Has to be over $200.00 though)

Im going to use an old Hard drive, Blu-ray drive and an ATX case with a 300W PSU in it... Should work fine with this.

The main things I want out of this:

- USB 3. Only one port will be fine, but they come standard with 2 anyway. I have a Drobo S that has my movies and audio on it.

- 3D Stereoscopic support for my 3d Sony TV. (i3-2100 has Intel InTru 3d(not sure if that means 3d output?)) The optional AMD card is if the Intel processor doesn't output 3d.

- Along with the 3d support, 7.1 Channel Audio out. Again, I think the Intel i3 Integrated graphics has this built in.

- Gigabit Ethernet.

- Lots of RAM, due to some server threads running in the background.

This is going to be pretty much always on... I know of the Intel i3 2100-T, but unfortunately is not available from my supplier.

Good or Bad, and is it worth it?

Thanks for your help!

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Plus not having a discrete graphics card will save you on electricity for an always on computer. You can always add a card if you are not satisfied with the video quality. Another option although not favored by many on here is a Llano A6 system, geniune quad core cpu with superior graphics to intels. Core for core intel is significantly ahead of Llano but you are talking quad vs dual core for the same price and better graphics. Anyways just a thought.
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