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I've just ordered these components, how are they? Size isn't a problem, because I've got a nice little spot for it..

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

Foxconn H61S: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186216

MSI N430GT: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127580

Corsair CX430: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

Celeron G530: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116409

8GB Ripjaws 1066MHz: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231308

2TB WD Caviar Green: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136891

Blu-Ray Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151232



We don't use cable or anything like that, so we don't need a TV Tuner.
I know it's a bit overkill with the PSU, 8GB RAM and the GT 430, but my budget was 600$, this came out at 500$...

So. What do you think?
Edited by White Fire - 2/12/12 at 12:10pm
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pretty good.
probably could have gotten a mainboard w/ HDMI out instead of a dedicated GPU though wink.gif
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pretty good.
probably could have gotten a mainboard w/ HDMI out instead of a dedicated GPU though wink.gif

It'll be playing movies at 1600p though. thumb.gif
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Personally I would swap to a different motherboard. Even Biostar would be better (yes your case can fit mATX),

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332

Foxconn has poor support on its product. Unless you are young and have some brain cell to kill, don't do it. biggrin.gif

You do need software like PowerDVD to play Bluray. Overall it looks good. thumb.gif
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post #5 of 12
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I've already ordered them though.

But I am young, i've still got some cells needy of killing biggrin.gif
I hope the board isn't just horrible..
I've had a foxconn board, it wasn't horrible or anything.. I hope it does the job smile.gif
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Personally I would swap to a different motherboard. Even Biostar would be better (yes your case can fit mATX),
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138332
Foxconn has poor support on its product. Unless you are young and have some brain cell to kill, don't do it. biggrin.gif
You do need software like PowerDVD to play Bluray. Overall it looks good. thumb.gif

I gotta agree with trumpet-205, you need a better motherboard....and mini ITX motherboard in an ATX case doesn't make much sense. If your gonna go small form factor motherboard may as well go small form factor case too. That GPU is pretty weak considering its $60. Would have been better to ditch the GPU, dump more money into your motherboard/CPU a mATX with a Z68 chip set and i3 2100.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270

Sata 6Gb/sec, USB 3.0, more PCI/PCIe 1.0 slots, 8 channel analog audio, onboard HDMI, sata raid 0/1/5/10, support for hyperthreading, ...the list goes on and on this is simply a better motherboard for a mere $35.5 more.

While your needs don't include cable now ...you may need PCI and/or PCI-e slots in the future for cable card/ sound card. Would go with 1600 ripjaws instead of the 1066.
Your current setup isnt much better then buying a blue ray player with built in netflix or a set top box like boxxee box.

As for 1600p...good luck finding any sources with that resolution.thumb.gif
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I gotta agree with trumpet-205, you need a better motherboard....and mini ITX motherboard in an ATX case doesn't make much sense. If your gonna go small form factor motherboard may as well go small form factor case too. That GPU is pretty weak considering its $60. Would have been better to ditch the GPU, dump more money into your motherboard/CPU a mATX with a Z68 chip set and i3 2100.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157270
Sata 6Gb/sec, USB 3.0, more PCI/PCIe 1.0 slots, 8 channel analog audio, onboard HDMI, sata raid 0/1/5/10, support for hyperthreading, ...the list goes on and on this is simply a better motherboard for a mere $35.5 more.
While your needs don't include cable now ...you may need PCI and/or PCI-e slots in the future for cable card/ sound card. Would go with 1600 ripjaws instead of the 1066.
Your current setup isnt much better then buying a blue ray player with built in netflix or a set top box like boxxee box.
As for 1600p...good luck finding any sources with that resolution.thumb.gif

I know. I didn't even plan on that case, I was going to get a little HTPC box, but my dad insisted on that..

And I have no use for a sound card, cable card, etc.
The max that board can support is 1333MHz, so I just got 1066MHz. It's only an HTPC, hell, 8GB is more than enough anyways

And I take it back, it's a 1080p. I thought about that for a second, and then. 1600p on a TV? No.
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You might want to consider an AMD APU instead:
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These parts are already on the way..... I've said that 3 times now..
Those numbers are pretty weird though...
I'm suprised just the iGPU in the A8-3850 helped it that much. Whoa.
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I just installed the same BR player in my HTPC last weekend. You wont be disappointment and the mirror finish is really nice too. The Source 210 is a really nice case to do a build in. My wife has the Source 210 white edition and I recently did a build for a friend with the Source 220. Good luck with the build! thumb.gif
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