The purpose of this build was to make a PC that will look good in an entertainment stand and perform well at basic tasks such as Internet, email, and HD Video and streaming (but no gaming) on a 55 inch HDTV at 1080p. I am building it for a friend and his budget was about $650 CND. This is my second build.
I decided to use an Intel I3 4330 because of a few things but mainly its low power consumption, low heat, hyper threading and 4600 APU graphics. I didn’t get anything fancy for the motherboard due to budget, I chose the Asus H81M-A because it was cheap and has HDMI out and USB 3.0 and did I mention it was cheap. One thing that kinda sucks about the mobo is it doesn’t have a hook up for front panel USB 3.0, I didn’t realize that until I was looking for the connector to plug in. On to the ram, it is DDR3 1600, went with 8 gigs to help out with the APU graphics. The case I chose is a Silverstone because I just think they make the nice HTPC cases, they look super clean and this one can fit graphics cards up to 11 inch. It fits a standard ATX power supply and I went with a corsair CX430. Future upgrades maybe a SSD and a GPU.
There were no problems with the build... well cable management was a challenge. Being a HTPC case all you can do is tie cables to the bottom and sides and that’s what I did. So far I am happy with all that parts except the no front panel USB 3.0 thing on the mobo. The integrated intel 4600 graphics scored a 6.6 on windows 7 experience index for areo and gaming, the I3 4330 scored a 7.3, the ram a 7.6 and the HD was 5.9
The total cost before tax and shyt was $544.75(Parts) + $37.91(Shipping) + $7.72(Shipping Insurance) + 29.59 (GST) + 41.31 (PST) = Grand Total of $660.90. All parts arrived by one week of my order some the next day. I was impressed because I opted for the cheapest or free ground shipping options. I ordered from Newegg, Amazon, DirectCanada and NCIX. DirectCanada's shipping was the fastest.