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I'm building a little HTPC-Server type deal. I've got this little case with a PSU, don't know how much wattage, but I think about 300w or so. Don't know. It's really thin, but LONG.

We'll be using it as an HTPC for a 48" HDTV. 1080p. It needs to play Blu-Rays.
It'll also be used as a server for schooling. 4 computers will be using it at any given time. We're currently using a 5 year old laptop, so it doesn't need to be extremely powerful.

A few more requirements include:
Budget is 600$.
4GB RAM at least, my Dad said he wants 8GB most though. Overkill, but future proof and with how cheap RAM is, why not?
Intel CPU. I know it's not very budget but that's what he said he wants.. i3 2100 or something.
The GPU has to be low-profile with a low profile bracket. It's all the case supports.
PCI-E lanes for the GPU has to be pretty much right next to the I/O or it won't line up.
Motherboard has to be m-atx. m-itx with a PCI-E for GPUs would be optimal because that's where the PCI-E lane winds up.
Oh, and the CPU power must be 4-pin. I could probably buy an adapter, but just 4-pin is better.



Well, that's it. lol. Thanks!



This is my build so far.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131727

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116399

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148476

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102958

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148834

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247



If it's of any help, the case and PSU are from a HP Compaq d530 DJ656A#ABA. Don't know PSU wattage still. My build puts us at 515$, so I may be able to get another PSU that will fit.
Edited by White Fire - 2/2/12 at 8:04am
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post #2 of 3
For your purposes you can get by with a Celeron G530 CPU and save a few bucks.

Have you considered using the integrated graphics? You don't need a $100 graphics card just to play Blu Ray movies. If you were considering spending that much, you may as well get a Blu Ray stand-alone player and enjoy using a wireless remove and not having to purchase expensive playback software.
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We don't use cable, we don't have cable. We only watch movies.
But it may be used for other things too. You never know, I like to be safe though. I'll have to ask him.
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