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I am getting ready to put together an HTPC, I would really appreciate a sanity check on my requirements and hardware list, its been 5+ years since I last did a full PC build and I am a little unsure of myself while choosing appropriate parts. I have done some research but I would really like a second opinion and no-one I personally know has done a build like this.

Requirements
Streaming Media - HBOGO , Netflix, Amazon, various music sources
Gaming - Does not have to be the best of the best, but decent enough to play most recent and current games. Big steam library, though I dn not need to download all at once.

I don't think I need an optical drive, though I might add a Blu-ray later.

Case cannot be deeper than 15"

Budget - Flexible, not infinite, price/performance relationship is important

Parts List

CPU - Intel Core i5-3350P - Seemed to have a good price/performance ratio, I don't want to overclock and using discrete GPU.

CPU Fan - stock, I might be taking a risk here but without overclocking this should hopefully be good enough, finding a good fan that will fit in the case is a pain

Motherboard - ASUS P8B75-M LX PLUS LGA 1155 Intel B75 - This is one of my big question marks

GPU - Radeon HD 7790 - Seems like a good price/performance, I am a little concerned about the size but I think it will work

SSD - SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW

HDD - Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB - I am really on the fence about this, I have read mixed reviews of these WD green drives

Memory - 2 of these sticks I own already - CORSAIR XMS3 - I think these should be fine, if I need more I can upgrade this.

Case - SilverStone GD06 - best case I could find that fit my size requirements

Software
XBMC - never used it but it seems to be what everyone uses
Steam
Windows (7 or 8) - I am still on the fence about which one to use, leaning towards 8 right now because I think metro might work well as a launcher for an HTPC
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Originally Posted by sdy5004 View Post

CPU - Intel Core i5-3350P - Seemed to have a good price/performance ratio, I don't want to overclock and using discrete GPU.

CPU Fan - stock, I might be taking a risk here but without overclocking this should hopefully be good enough, finding a good fan that will fit in the case is a pain

Motherboard - ASUS P8B75-M LX PLUS LGA 1155 Intel B75 - This is one of my big question marks

SSD - SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD120BW

HDD - Western Digital WD Green WD20EZRX 2TB - I am really on the fence about this, I have read mixed reviews of these WD green drives

Software
Windows (7 or 8) - I am still on the fence about which one to use, leaning towards 8 right now because I think metro might work well as a launcher for an HTPC
1)That CPU should work just find. A stock HSF isn't the end of the world. You may want to pick up something quieter later on if you decide you don't like it. This isn't a big concern since you're not OCing.
2)B75 is a good choice for an HTPC. The biggest tip I can give is avoid motherboards with LucidVirtu on them (the Z68 chipset) as these don't necessarily play well with being hooked up to a receiver. Personal experierence with this issue. I have a P67 chipset, but I wanted a full ATX mobo and more USB ports.
3) Since you have an SSD as the system drive, pick up a WD red as the data drive. It's only marginally slower than a Green drive but is designed to be significantly more reliable.
4) I still run Windows 7 on my HTPC, but it's more personal preference and since mine is a shared PC (single log in, always active) with roommates none of us would have been able to personalize windows 8 to really make it useful anyways.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570k ASUS MAXIMUS IV GENE HD7970 Gen 1 Ripjaws Z 2x8GB 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB RE4 2x3TB WD Red LG 10x BD-R Corsair H80i w/push pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Ultimate 3x 1920x1080 LG IPS displays. Razer Mass Effect 3 Blackwidow Ultimate Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone TJ08B-E R.A.T. 7 An ergonomic one 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i7 3770k Gigabyte Sniper M3 1155 mATX CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1TB WD RE4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
2TB WD Red 2TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 
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750W Seasonic Gold Fractal Node 804 5.1 Definitive Def Tech PERC 5i RAID card w/ BBU (LSI Firmware) 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570k ASUS MAXIMUS IV GENE HD7970 Gen 1 Ripjaws Z 2x8GB 2133MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
1TB RE4 2x3TB WD Red LG 10x BD-R Corsair H80i w/push pull 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 7 Ultimate 3x 1920x1080 LG IPS displays. Razer Mass Effect 3 Blackwidow Ultimate Cooler Master Silent Pro M850 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Silverstone TJ08B-E R.A.T. 7 An ergonomic one 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
i7 3770k Gigabyte Sniper M3 1155 mATX CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1TB WD RE4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
2TB WD Red 2TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 
PowerCaseAudioOther
750W Seasonic Gold Fractal Node 804 5.1 Definitive Def Tech PERC 5i RAID card w/ BBU (LSI Firmware) 
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Sounds legit to me. Mine is similar( i5, 8GB Ram, SSD, 7870, even a WD Green!). Plays everything when I am in the mood to play games from the couch. Tip: Get the wireless PC Xbox controller. You will be fine with the stock Intel cooler on your i5.
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Crucial Ballistix 16GB 1600 DDR3 Samsung 830 128GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB 7200rpm WD Caviar Green 1TB 7200rpm 
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Crucial Ballistix 16GB 1600 DDR3 Samsung 830 128GB Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB 7200rpm WD Caviar Green 1TB 7200rpm 
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Sounds legit to me. Mine is similar( i5, 8GB Ram, SSD, 7870, even a WD Green!). Plays everything when I am in the mood to play games from the couch. Tip: Get the wireless PC Xbox controller. You will be fine with the stock Intel cooler on your i5.

I already have the XBOX 360 controller smile.gif
I have been using it for some games at my desktop for some time now, I'm also planning on picking up one of the harmony remotes and a receiver so I can use the keyboard I have from my (dead) Logitech Revue.

The WD Red was on the first draft of the build, I have changed my mind several times on that, does anyone know if are there hard facts anywhere comparing the two drives in terms of power consumption, noise, and heat? Those honestly matter to me more than drive speed with the SSD in the box.
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