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Please review my low cost HTPC build

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Want to go small and cheap with just bare essentials but not so cheap as to have trash components.

$51.99 Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge
$64.99 Thermaltake Element Q
$84.99 ASUS P8H61-I (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61
$10.99 Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3
$212.96

HDD?
Reusing.

Graphics card?
I don't think I need one. I know a E8400 can play 1080 videos (including streams) without issue and based on benchmarks I have seen the E8400 and G530 are about equal in performance.

ODD?
I will actually be installing a HDD swap bay in the ODD slot. I already own one so it will not add to cost.

OS?
Linux

Why not Llano?
I don't trust that Linux drivers will work well for the built in GPU.


A few questions..
- **Important** Can I run a PCIe wifi NIC and still use onboard graphics?
- Anything wrong with the build?
- How is the PSU in the TT case? Are there better choices for a case? I'd like to stay small. Please note that one thing I'd really like to avoid is an external PSU. I absolutely hate them.
- What is the difference between H61 and H67? Should I go H67?

Thanks
post #2 of 3
The differences between the 2 chipsets is shown in the table below.

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The build looks fine to me, The PSU in that case should be sufficent for the components you have chosen
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 6700k Gigabyte Z170X - Gaming 7 EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2400MHz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 250GB Samsung 850 Evo 500GB Western Digital 1TB XSPC Raystorm + EX240 Radiator 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro Dell U2414H x 2 Logitech G510 Corsair RM650 
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Fractal Design Define R5 Corsair M60 
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Skylake
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 6700k Gigabyte Z170X - Gaming 7 EVGA GTX 780 SC ACX Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2400MHz) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 250GB Samsung 850 Evo 500GB Western Digital 1TB XSPC Raystorm + EX240 Radiator 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 10 Pro Dell U2414H x 2 Logitech G510 Corsair RM650 
CaseMouse
Fractal Design Define R5 Corsair M60 
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That is a nice table. Thank you. Looks like I won't need anything from H67.
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