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HTPC hardware suggestions for use with Steam Big Picture to match 360/PS3 quality and performance

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I read an article in a recent magazine (Maximum PC I believe) where they did an HTPC build to use with a TV in conjunction with Steam's Big Picture feature. Basically, the point was to mimic a console. I found this interesting and am leaning towards making this my next project. However, I just finished my new build earlier this month, so I would like to make it as "budget" as possible, as it will be increasingly difficult to justify more PC component purches with the wife.

What I would be striving for would be to basically match the quality and performance of a 360 or PS3 (yes, I have owned both and know that they are not equivalent in these terms). I don't want the quality to be worse than a 360, but I also don't need it to match my overclocked 3770k with my GTX670 SLI setup.

So in terms of "bang for buck" to at least get the minimum hardware to match a 360's performance, what are some suggestions? I need ideas for all components and would like to keep the case low profile and quiet.
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PS3's GPU is comparable to 7900GT, and the Xbox 360's GPU is around the X1900 series. I'm sure a Phenom II X4 series would work with, for instance, a 5750 or something thereabout, and give you decent frames depending on the resolution.
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Sandy bridge dual core CPU, AMD 7750, this gpu uses all the power it needs from the board (56w max), should handle anything on med-high in 720p or higher, shouldn't be more than $170 all up and you're already destroying consoles in comparison.

edit: my girlfriend has these parts in her rig (see my sig rigs), benchmarks mafia ii 58fps, 1440x900 medium and can play Blackops II at decent fps too.

Spend less on the board too, since you can't OC that CPU. Grab yourself a H61 board, or if you want some extra features grab a B75 board. Shouldnt cost you more than $75 either choice, but that depends on where you're from.
If you wanna keep it compact, go for an ITX board, might cost a little more but.

Spend less on the PSU too, you're likely to get a GPU that consumes very little power for this type of build. Dont buy a crappy knockoff psu from ebay but, if you buy a case with a no thrills PSU you'd probably be fine using that one.
   
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
2x Enermax T.B Apollish Twister 140mm 2x NZXT FN 120RB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W 
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NZXT Phantom 410 Leadtek DTV1000s HD TV Tuner/Capture Card ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit 100cm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G630 Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 POV GT 430 2GB Strontium 4GB DDR3 
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WD Caviar Blue 500GB LG External DVD Burner Win7 Ultimate 32bit 680W ATX Power Supply 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 4170 AsRock B85M Pro3 ASUS Radeon R7 370 Kingston HyperX Fury 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 2500k @ 4.3ghz 1.34v Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3R Gigabyte GTX 760 OC Kingston HyperX t1 8GB 1866 MHZ 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Green 2TB Intel 520 SSD Samsung SH-224DB DVD Burner Corsair H105 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
2x Enermax T.B Apollish Twister 140mm 2x NZXT FN 120RB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Thermaltake ToughPower XT 775W 
CaseOtherOtherOther
NZXT Phantom 410 Leadtek DTV1000s HD TV Tuner/Capture Card ASUS PCE-N15 Wireless Adapter NZXT Sleeved Lighting Kit 100cm 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel G630 Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 POV GT 430 2GB Strontium 4GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
WD Caviar Blue 500GB LG External DVD Burner Win7 Ultimate 32bit 680W ATX Power Supply 
CaseOther
K-Mart Fish Tank Blue LED Strip 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i3 4170 AsRock B85M Pro3 ASUS Radeon R7 370 Kingston HyperX Fury 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
Toshiba 500GB SATA3 Sandisk SSD Plus Windows 7 Ultimate Antec VPF550 550w 
CaseOther
Bitfenix Shinobi (Pink) 2x 30cm Pink LED Strips 
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I used phenom II 925 with a 5770 4 gig 1333mhz ram specs below check it out runs great
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