HTPC build: What do you think?

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  1. ryanvade

    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Hello everyone,

    I am planning to build an HTPC for my new 42" Vizio TV. I have a basic parts list and want to know what you all think.

    1. Processor - Intel i3-3240 @ 3.4 Ghz (Lga1155)
    2. MOBO - ASUS P8B75-M/CSM
    3. Ram - 6 Gb Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1333 Mhz.
    4. Power - Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500w
    5. Storate - 120 Gb Samsung SSD
    6. Case - Rosewill Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower FBM-01

    Now, the issue at hand. Graphics.


    I can either use the integrated Intel graphics (B75 chipset, HD 4000 graphics maybe?) or get a Nvidia graphics card. The only reason I would want to get a dedicated card is because the integrated graphics only support 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz while my TV is 1920 x 1200 @ 120 Hz. There IS a big difference between 60 and 120 Hz.

    I was thinking about getting a EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED card but would it fit in the case? Is the 500w supply good enough (I am 95% certain it is)? Is there a better deal somewhere?

    I want to have KDE and XBMC on it. All movies are on an external drive. (May connect it to the router. )
  2. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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