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New build thoughts...

post #1 of 4
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Hi all,
I've been thinking about building a HTPC for a while now, and yesterday got abit excited at jumped in.

Let me know what you think...

Case: Antec Minuet 350 (came with PSU)
Mobo: AsRock Z77 Pro4-M
CPU: intel i3-2120
GPU: CPU intel HD graphics 2000
Cooler: stock
RAM: G.Skills Ripjaws-X 4GB 1600
SSD: OCZ Agility 3 60G
HDD: WD green 2TB
OS: windows 7

I'll be running a media portal setup, and use a MCE remote along with a Rii mini keyboard.

I've got to say, having never used a SSD I love this thing, boot time is incredible!
Can't wait to get mediaportal setup, and see boot time directly into MP.
post #2 of 4
Some strange choices there... I would have gone w/ the H77 and a better CPU but it should be a fine build overall - might want to get a dedicated GPU [such as a GTX 520 or so] to do any heavy GPU lifting if you're going to be running any kind of encoded 1080p or heavy streaming
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Intel i7 2860QM AMD Radeon HD 6770M Corsair Vengence 1600MHz Samsung 840 Pro 256GB 
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post #3 of 4
Ya z77 board is overkill unless you want lucid virtu, also not too sure about difference in SB to IB hd graphics. I know SB uses 2000 and IB has 4000, and probably wont need 1600 ram but prices are pretty similiar in lower speeds.
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Plextor M5 Western Digital 2.5" D5 Custom Loop Windows 8 
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post #4 of 4
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As far as I could tell the i3 should have no problem playing 1080 video?

The Z77 was the best bang for buck micro-atx I could find at my local store, and it seems really good.

RAM prices are all pretty similar so I figured 1600 was worth it.

I'm by far no pro tho...

I wasn't completely happy with the case but have limited small form factor cases here in Australia, and I wanted to grab all the parts yesterday (I'm abit impatient)

Wish we had newegg.
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