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I want to use this HTPC as a media server, stream from Netflix, my PC, use it as a file/download server, etc. I prefer it to be on 24/7 so I want it to be as silent/efficient as possible, aka low wattage and noise. I'm planning to hook up my 5.1 receiver to this HTPC, but I don't think that should be an issue with the MB I'm planning on using.

ASROCK H77M
Intel i3 3220T
G-Skill 2x 2GB DDR 1600 (1.35v)
Western Digital Green 3TB
Silverstone Black Aluminum ML03B

I haven't yet decided if I want a CD/DVD/Bluray player as I have a PS3 that does just fine; I barely watch those anymore anyway.
Also, I am not yet set on which PSU I should use. Since these components surely can't use much power at all, I'm having trouble finding a suitable PSU. I found the Corsair CX430, but I feel like that is absolute and complete overkill, even though it's priced quite nicely.
This is my first HTPC. Previously used PS3 to stream everything but lately streaming from my PC has been a disaster for some reason.
Any comments/ideas for this setup? Thanks!
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Having build two HTPCs (and another mini-ITX workstation) in the past two months, here are my thoughts. I chose the i3 3225 as it has HD4000 graphics which is a little better than the processor you list. Do you need WIFi (it sounds like you don't); if so the Gigabyte GA-H77N-WiFi is a great mini-ITX board. I have been using the Seasonic G360 PSU for mini-ITX builds that don't require large amounts of power. It's not modular so you have to carefully think about cable management since there are likely to be one or two cables that are not used. It's a great PSU and there isn't any noise at all under operating conditions. I would add an SSD for the OS and the few programs you will have just because the price has come down so much.
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AJAX, My favorite team!
I'd like to remain under $500 (and even that is a bit much actually), so the SSD is out of the questions. Since it will be a 24/7 HTPC the boot times don't really matter to me, and I don't think faster loading times will be a big deal. I found this Seasonic 300W PSU for really cheap at Microcenter. Does anyone have experience with it? It looks bland and very inefficient, but it sure is a lot cheaper than the Corsair CX430 or the Seasonic G360.
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AJAX, My favorite team!
Hope you didn't watch the match today! They drew 3-3 away to Heerenveen. Really poor performance.
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I found this Seasonic 300W PSU for really cheap at Microcenter. Does anyone have experience with it? It looks bland and very inefficient, but it sure is a lot cheaper than the Corsair CX430 or the Seasonic G360.
I have not used that one but I have used this Seasonic: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151086 It's cheaper than the 360 but not as cheap as the one you note.
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The one I linked is over 10 years old, and doesn't have a 24-pin ATX connector. I'll just order the Seasonic 300W you linked, thanks.
With Microcenter and Newegg combined this comes up to about $463. Should be plenty enough for what I want to do with it. Hopefully it will be energy efficient too! Should be able to get some readings when everything is set up next week.
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