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Building HTPC

by craigminah / June 8, 2011 4:11 AM PDT

I'm building my first PC which will be an HTPC connected to my HDTV. Prime concerns are noise and ability to play 1080P movies off HDD. My question is, what do I need to consider when building from parts? I think I made sure all parts would work but am I missing anything? Here's what I plan on using (all from NewEgg.com):

IN WIN BP655.200BL Black Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 200W Power Supply
Model #:BP655.200BL
Item #:N82E16811108196

ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Model #:H67M-ITX
Item #:N82E16813157238

Intel Core i3-2100T Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100T
Model #:BX80623I32100T
Item #:N82E16819116394

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
Model #:F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
Item #:N82E16820231180

I plan on using a 640GB WD Caviar Blue I have on hand and Windows 7 Home Premium. Not sure which RF keyboard/mouse I'll use, maybe one with a trackpad to keep it simple.

Does anyone see any potential issues with my setup? Seems straightforward but I'm a PC builder noob. Thanks for the help in advance!

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2011 4:17 AM PDT
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I did this years ago and your list is fine. But I went back to simple less power and wallet hungry solutions like the Apple TV, Boxbee and Roku. The clutter is less and it's all good.
Bob

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by craigminah / June 8, 2011 5:39 AM PDT
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Thanks. I was looking at Boxee, AppleTV, and Roku (no internal storage); PopCorn Hour A-210, Dune HDI, PS3, and XBox (not a perfect fit for one or another reason and GUIs received some complaints); and small form factor HTPCs like Asus EEE 1021, ZBox AD-02, and others with AMD Fusion E-350 APU (expensive for what it can do).

I'm probably going to pull the trigger on the purchase in a few days and appreciate you looking the config over.

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You should
by samkh / June 8, 2011 10:46 AM PDT
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be able to transcode on-the-fly and playback existing AV formats with the sandy bridge setup. Don't need 4GB but if cheap, won't hurt. Gskill not my favorite brand. Consider a larger case with side fans for better ventilation, otherwise CPU and PSU fans will become noisy if they work too hard. Throw in a BD reader so that you have a straight answer when a visitor asks "so how do you play Blu-Ray in this thing"?

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