Future Proof  1155 i5 Gaming PC - HTPC

A Listmania! list by Anders Blom
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The list author says: "Why build just a gaming PC when you can build a gaming HTPC for just a little more. Record HDTV from OTA, satellite, or cable. Play Blu-ray and even 3D Blu-ray (with 3D HDTV). Now you have a complete Home Entertainment System.

Some of this stuff is cheaper here on Amazon, but most of it is cheaper on a different site (you know the one).

This all adds up in price but you can buy some of it at a later date, the starter set up is only about $1200 for day one Blu-ray, HDTV DVR, and High-end Gaming. You can run any game at the highest settings, and it will run smooth as can be. If you are playing massive multiplayer games with more than 16 or so players, you'll want faster RAM, and dual graphics cards.

Make sure the SATA Data Cables that you are using are rated for the added bandwidth of 6Gb/s, most are, even if only marked SATA II but some older ones won't cut it. This MoBo provides 4 SATA III and 2 SATA II cables.

Set up your BIOS not to POST the HDDs and change your start programs in your system manager, and you should get a system that boots completely within 15 seconds or so. Plus, the HDDs will last longer since they won't be spinning up every time you restart your system."
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core  LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
1.  Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K by Intel
The list author says:
  "Core i5 is all you'll need for any game you can throw at it."
Used & New from: $200.00
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Tuniq TX-2 Extreme High Performance Thermal Grease - 1mL
2.  Tuniq TX-2 Extreme High Performance Thermal Grease - 1mL by Tuniq
The list author says:
  "Best Thermal Compound. Great viscosity, high thermal conductance, electrically nonconductive. The key to proper install is to use the smallest amount possible and to apply it with one continuous 1/2" bead. Use additive free Isopropyl alcohol to remove the compound from the stock cooler."
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ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
3.  ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard by Asus
The list author says:
  "Buy this MoBo if you don't need the Legacy of the one below."
Used & New from: $199.99
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ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 2.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3
4.  ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 2.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 by Asus
The list author says:
  "True Gen 3 in ALL aspects.
2x PCIe 2.0 (3.0 w/ 22nm CPU) x16 (1@16 or 2@8)
1x PCIe 2.0 x16 @ max of 4
2x PCIe 2.0 x1
2x PCI
2x SATA III and 4x SATA II @ raid + 2x SATA III non-raid
2x USB 3.0 rear + 2x onboard
8x USB 2.0 rear + 4x onboard
1x Intel 1Gb LAN + 1x Realtek 1Gb LAN
1x Power eSATA + 1x eSATA
ASUS Bluetooth coolness"
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Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9)
5.  Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9) by Corsair
The list author says:
  "2 sticks of 4GB is all you really need (8GB total), or cheap enough to get two for 4 sticks (16GB total). Asus needs to update their supported RAM list (not many 8gig dual channel options listed).

Cas latency is @ 8-8-8-24 (i5 just eats this up)"
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EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR
6.  EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR by EVGA
The list author says:
  "One is awesome and two in 2@8 SLI will out perform any single card for twice the price. 192 bit, 960 core, 3D ready. 1 HDMI, 2 DVI, 1 Display Port."
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Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT064M4SSD2
7.  Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT064M4SSD2 by Crucial
The list author says:
  "Just the OS for me (Physical Partition).
Perfect fit for Win7 Pro 64bit. Approx. 33 GB
So, if you wanted to; you could install approx. 2-8 games or apps as well.

These drives are the biggest reason this computer runs so smoothly even tasked hard."
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Crucial M500 960GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT960M500SSD1
8.  Crucial M500 960GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT960M500SSD1 by Crucial
The list author says:
  "For Games and Software other than the OS. Great for adding RAW images too, before you edit."
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Seagate 4TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST4000DM000)
9.  Seagate 4TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive (ST4000DM000) by Seagate
The list author says:
  "For permanent media storage i.e. music, audio books, pictures, video... Get a second inexpensive drive for DVR. This doesn't need to be a SATA III drive, but this is a nice, and fast drive for mass-storage, great for creating a home network or a media library."
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Bytecc Bracket-35225 Tower Conversion Kit (BRACKET-35225)
10.  Bytecc Bracket-35225 Tower Conversion Kit (BRACKET-35225) by Bytecc
The list author says:
  "Great plastic SSD holder. Can accommodate two 2.5" drives but I suggest to buy two for better cable care if you have the room. One downside is that this cannot be used with hot swap or other drive cages that have cards in the back for quick connectivity as this bracket will not align the ports in the correct location. If that is needed then go with the Newer Technology AdaptaDrive bracket."
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Lite On 12x Internal SATA BD Writer Retail Pack iHBS312-98
11.  Lite On 12x Internal SATA BD Writer Retail Pack iHBS312-98 by Lite-On
The list author says:
  "Lite-On Drives are the ONLY ODDs that I have ever used that are truly ultra quiet and stay that way for years. <4db @ 2 meters. I canít ever hear any of these drives over the ultra quite fan noise.

Name an ODD brand, and I have used it, and I have had multiple examples of each, all within 6 months start to growl and fail to read flawless discs.

Iíll give ASUS a shot when my first Lite-On dies."
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Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 (Black)
12.  Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 (Black) by Lite-On
The list author says:
  "I have one of these set at region 2 for foreign films not available in North America. La Lectrice: Ahh Miou-Miou!

Some of the greatest movies ever made, were made first in a foreign country, years before Hollywood got it's hands them."
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Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2255 Dual Hybrid PCI-E TV Tuner Board with Media Center Remote Control and Receiver
13.  Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2255 Dual Hybrid PCI-E TV Tuner Board with Media Center Remote Control and Receiver by Hauppauge
The list author says:
  "PCIe, MCE compatable XP/Vista/7

DVR (like TiVo) will greatly reduce the lifespan of your hard drive, I recommend using a separate HDD for this process."
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Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express Internal HD-PVR
14.  Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express Internal HD-PVR by Hauppauge
The list author says:
  "Record from HDMI in native H.264/MPEG4."
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Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 Internal PCI Dual TV Tuner/Video Recorder Media Center Kit 1388
15.  Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 Internal PCI Dual TV Tuner/Video Recorder Media Center Kit 1388 by Hauppauge
The list author says:
  "Old Card - PCI, MCE compatable XP/Vista/7"
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Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD
16.  Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD by Ceton Corp.
The list author says:
  "A must for digital cable, if you want computer control over the selection of channels and possibly scheduling. If you can put up with controlling your cable through the set top box while you record it; then use the HDMI Colossus. I don't have this or need it, but from the reviews itís a stand up product for what it does."
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Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging]
17.  Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging] by Microsoft Software
The list author says:
  "With some clever file placement you can add the starfield screen saver and the picture/fax viewer from XP. Google it for more info."
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Antec High Current Pro HCP-750 750 Watt SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply
18.  Antec High Current Pro HCP-750 750 Watt SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply by Antec
The list author says:
  "I don't have this yet, reviews are great and all the cables should be long enough to reach everything even in a full tower. Gold rated and Modular. If you are only going to run one graphics card, youíll only need a 550w. The Antec EA-380D 550w is great at about $50."
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Case PC-A70F Full Tower microATX 5/1/10 Aluminum Black Retail
19.  Case PC-A70F Full Tower microATX 5/1/10 Aluminum Black Retail by Lian Li
The list author says:
  "ALL Aluminum Extended ATX Tower with 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, 1x eSATA, line in & out 3.5mm HD audio jacks, 5x 5.25 ext. bays, 10x 3.5 int. bays, bottom (or top) mounted PSU, 2x 140mm blue LED intake fans with washable filter, 2x 120mm exhaust fans. Tons of options for mods because it's a LIAN LI.

Big enough to fit an entire water cooling system in it.

The PC-60FN is a great option too."
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Lian-Li C-02B Black Aluminum Bezel For CD-ROM/DVD-ROM
20.  Lian-Li C-02B Black Aluminum Bezel For CD-ROM/DVD-ROM by Lian Li
The list author says:
  "Class up the front of any new Lian Li aluminum case. This negates the use of tool-less ODD retainers as the drive must sit farther back in the drive bay. Frozen CPU, Cooler Guys, and Performance-PCs are great places to find this. These are plastic with a cladded aluminum face, be careful pulling the case face off, so it wont catch the edge of these."
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Inateck PCI-E to USB 3.0 5-Port PCI Express Card and 15-Pin Power Connector, Mini PCI-E USB 3.0 Hub Controller Adapter, with Internal USB 3.0 20-PIN Connector - Expand Another Two USB 3.0 Ports - [ Include with A 4pin to 2x15pin Cable + A 15pin to 2x 15pin SATA Y-Cable ]
21.  Inateck PCI-E to USB 3.0 5-Port PCI Express Card and 15-Pin Power Connector, Mini PCI-E USB 3.0 Hub Controller Adapter, with Internal USB 3.0 20-PIN Connector - Expand Another Two USB 3.0 Ports - [ Include with A 4pin to 2x15pin Cable + A 15pin to 2x 15pin SATA Y-Cable ] by Inateck
The list author says:
  "Five ext. USB 3.0 ports
One int. USB 3.0 header
SATA powered"
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Atech Flash Pro-57U USB 3.0 True SuperSpeed Internal Flash Memory Card Reader w/ Front USB 3.0 Port for 5.25 Inch Drive Bay
22.  Atech Flash Pro-57U USB 3.0 True SuperSpeed Internal Flash Memory Card Reader w/ Front USB 3.0 Port for 5.25 Inch Drive Bay by Atech Flash
The list author says:
  "3.0 all the way. Most of the readers I've seen only offer pass-through USB 3.0 but the cards are read via a USB 2.0 header. This reader operates completely via USB 3.0 header.

Buy the first card above since the MoBo only comes with one USB 3.0 Header, and you need one for the case's front ports."
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  "Big Sound, Little Package.
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27.  APC BE550G Back-UPS 550VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) by APC
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  "Perfect for keeping your system on long enough to finish what you are doing, or just to keep things going from loss of grid power to the time it takes for the generator to kick in."
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28.  Logitech Gamepad F310 by Logitech
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  "So I finally caved and got this gamepad, and I like it. The analog triggers are very nice and easy to adapt to."
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29.  Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick (Silver/Black) by Logitech
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  "I just bought this since it seems like it might be endangered. Logitech doesn't even stock it.

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