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First off the specs:

Case: Silverstone Milo ML03B ($65)
CPU: Intel i3-2325 ($???)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Shuriken REV.B 3 ($34.99)
Case Fans: Fractal Design Silent Series 80MM 16.0CFA/11DBa ($15.98)
Mobo: MSI H61MA-E35 ($79.99)
RAM: G.SKILL Eco Series 4GB ($45.96)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series 430W ($43.51)
Boot Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 240GB (Already own)
Storage Drive: Western Digital 2TB Green (Already own)
OS: Windows 7 Home Edition (Already own)

Total after taxes: $450 (Estimate)
*All prices are in Canadian.

Any input on the parts would be welcomed.

Now for my questions:

1. Will the Intel HD 2000 be able to handle playing 1080p files?

2. What exact parts would I need to be able to turn on my HTPC with a Logitech Harmony remote?

3. Is there anyway to lower the cost without sacrificing too much performance?

4. Will my system be cool and quiet?

Thanks for all your help!
Edited by TheDream - 2/24/12 at 4:16pm
post #2 of 34
1. Yes.
2. You would need some kind of IR receiver.
3. Less RAM? I might also look into AMD for really low budget computers. I actually built a whole Phenom II 970 BE system for $320 USD, lol.
4. Probably. The Noctua fans surely will be. The Shuriken you'd have to look up reviews or check the dB ratings.
     
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I was considering AMD but I wanted this system to use the least amount of power as possible. Do you have a link to any IR receivers? Also do anyone make motherboards for the 1155 socket that comes with CIR other then Intel?
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Changed the memory to 4GB and low voltage.
post #5 of 34
Go llano, the graphics are x10 better and i dont think id want intel hd 2000 in my rig, its just not good enough. 3000 maybe, but amd rules the skys here. Even an e-350 has better graphics then sandy bridge. If powers a big dual i would go e-350, it cheap as hell (would you like to cut that $600 in 3?) and the igpu is better then intel hd 2000, and its just 18watts. The msi mini-itx seems to be the best bang for buck, its like $80 (apu and mobo)
 
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Oh sorry the e series is actully not llano, still very good (for price and wattage)
 
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@OP

If you can... wait until the CX430 goes on sale. You can usually find them for about $25 after MIR on the egg. Hope this helps you shave a few $$.
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post #8 of 34
You could make it alot cheaper if you went with llano or similur
 
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post #9 of 34
Go with a Llano A8-3850 if you are looking to spend $140, which is a hell of an APU (can be used for budget gaming). With fusion though, you don't even need that. You could go with an A6 or even an E-Series APU if it's strictly a HTPC and not for gaming. You could technically go with a cpu with Intel 2000 graphics, but, it can actually visibly slow down your computer. I do not recommend Intel Graphics for anybody and for anything, avoid it like the plague.
post #10 of 34
Why buy an aftermarket cooler for an HTPC? The stock cooler should be just fine.

I also agree that Llano would save a lot of money. I just bought a CPU/motherboard combo of AMD A6-3500 and Asrock A75M on Newegg for $145 (USD). I can't imagine why anyone would want more CPU than that for an HPTC, plus the IGP is much better.
     
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