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My first attempt at building a HTPC. I have never assembled a computer so I am sure I am going to make my mistakes and hence need opinions of the gurus here.


Here is my build based on renethx's guidelines:


GIGABYTE GA-H57M-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Model #:GA-H57M-USB3

Item #:N82E16813128430 - 120$


CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Model #:CMPSU-450VX

Item #:N82E16817139003 - 40$


Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530 - 100$


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Item #:N82E16820231193 - 65$


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Model #:ST3500418AS

Item #:N82E16822148395 - 40$


Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Model #:Fusion Remote Black

Item #:N82E16811129054 - 150$


Windows 7 Home premium - around 85$


Do I need a wireless card?


This build comes to around 640$ and will be mostly used for watching movies online and rarely for gaming. (My son may want to play some games on it but that would not be its primary purpose) I plan to connect it to a LCD TV (still waiting for a good deal on that) and also to a home theater (Onkyo HT SR550). I already have a wireless keyboard.


Can the cost be brought down without affecting quality? Any better alternatives? Have I missed something?



Thanks!!
 

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My first attempt at building a HTPC. I have never assembled a computer so I am sure I am going to make my mistakes and hence need opinions of the gurus here.


Here is my build based on renethx's guidelines:


GIGABYTE GA-H57M-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H57 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Model #:GA-H57M-USB3

Item #:N82E16813128430 - 120$


CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Model #:CMPSU-450VX

Item #:N82E16817139003 - 40$


Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530 - 100$


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Model #:F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

Item #:N82E16820231193 - 65$


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Model #:ST3500418AS

Item #:N82E16822148395 - 40$


Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

Model #:Fusion Remote Black

Item #:N82E16811129054 - 150$


Windows 7 Home premium - around 85$


Do I need a wireless card?


This build comes to around 640$ and will be mostly used for watching movies online and rarely for gaming. (My son may want to play some games on it but that would not be its primary purpose) I plan to connect it to a LCD TV (still waiting for a good deal on that) and also to a home theater (Onkyo HT SR550). I already have a wireless keyboard.


Can the cost be brought down without affecting quality? Any better alternatives? Have I missed something?



Thanks!!
I'll try to help.


First, the integrated GPU will limit what games will/can be played. What games is your son planning on playing?


Love the motherboard. I am a huge Gigabyte fan.


I would get this PSU instead. Only $10 more after the rebate. I love Corsair as well and swear by them.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-004-_-Product


This RAM is better and will save you $15.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277


Good choice on the CPU.


I personally don't like Seagate from poor past experiences.


2 choices for hard drives.

1) Samsung 2TB Green which has been to been as quick as a WD Black in some tests. A little more money but worth it, imo. $80.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152245

2) WD Black 1TB at Best Buy for $60 shipped.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+...=227502&loc=01


In either choice partition 40-50 GB for your OS. Use the rest as storage.


That's an expensive case but if that's what you want then go for it.


If you need a wireless card then get one. If you can't hardwire your HTPC to the internet then I suggest getting one like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833340013


You can bring the cost down the easiest by choosing a cheaper case.


Do you need a DVD or Blu-ray drive?
 

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Looks pretty good, although I do believe you can find plenty of deals for 4GB DDR3 kits. They seem to be going for $50 currently. Don't expect to game on it, though. You really do need a discrete card for that. There's really no need to bump up to 550W. Heck, I highly doubt your current parts list will be able to consume 100W peak.
 

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Looks pretty good, although I do believe you can find plenty of deals for 4GB DDR3 kits. They seem to be going for $50 currently. Don't expect to game on it, though. You really do need a discrete card for that. There's really no need to bump up to 550W. Heck, I highly doubt your current parts list will be able to consume 100W peak.
Its not the power. Its a better constructed PSU.
 

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Its not the power. Its a better constructed PSU.
They're both VX models so they shouldn't differ much in quality. It's the recent CX ones that aren't up to par. Besides, the earlier 450VX are more favored than the 550VX models - the 450VX was manufactured by SeaSonic while the 550VX was made by CWT. Not sure if they've changed OEMs now, though.
 

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I have 2 builds where I have used this case with power supply and have been very pleased with it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811121100


One caution, check the specs for your MB/processor as I have always used AMD hardware...


so if it works for you $50 for both case and PSU

Not a bad case.


I would still upgrade the PSU and use the stock PSU for backup. I just don't trust stock PSUs. I have lost some equipment in the past to what I believe was a bad PSU. I have also had to replace a few as in my experience they just don't last. Finally, they are usually inefficient and likely end up costing you more in the long run if they do last for a while.


But otherwise I like the case. This case + the Corsair PSU is still $100 cheaper than the other case and PSU.
 

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If I was you and you have not bought any of this stuff yet. I would wait until monday because thats the day for sale of sales. Hope newegg sends out an email sunday night.

Agreed. However there are already some pretty good sales going on.


The i3 and RAM in particular.
 

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But otherwise I like the case. This case + the Corsair PSU is still $100 cheaper than the other case and PSU.

Not possible, at least not unless you're fine with the PSU sticking out of the case. Few slim cases support full ATX power supplies.
 

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If I was you and you have not bought any of this stuff yet. I would wait until monday because thats the day for sale of sales. Hope newegg sends out an email sunday night.

Thanks ogormask.. I think I will holdon until Monday.
 
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