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Future Proof  1155 i5 Gaming PC - HTPC

Anders Blom
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
Intel Core i5-3570K Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155 - BX80637I53570K
"Core i5 is all you'll need for any game you can throw at it."
Tuniq TX-2 Extreme High Performance Thermal Grease - 1mL
Tuniq TX-2 Extreme High Performance Thermal Grease - 1mL
"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."
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
"Buy this MoBo if you don't need the Legacy of the one below."
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 2.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3
ASUS LGA 1155 - Z68 - PCIe 2.0 and UEFI BIOS Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2200 LGA 1155 Motherboards P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3
"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"
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9)
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3 1600 MHz PC3 12800 240-Pin DDR3 Dual Channel Memory Kit (CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9)
"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)"
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card 02G-P4-2662-KR
"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."
Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT064M4SSD2
Crucial m4 64GB 2.5-Inch (9.5mm) SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive CT064M4SSD2
"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."
Crucial M500 960GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT960M500SSD1
Crucial M500 960GB SATA 2.5-Inch 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive CT960M500SSD1
"For Games and Software other than the OS. Great for adding RAW images too, before you edit."
Seagate 4TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST4000DM000
Seagate 4TB Desktop HDD SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Bare Drive ST4000DM000
"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."
Bytecc Tower Conversion Kit BRACKET-35225
Bytecc Tower Conversion Kit BRACKET-35225
"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."
Lite On 12x Internal SATA BD Writer Retail Pack iHBS312-98
Lite On 12x Internal SATA BD Writer Retail Pack iHBS312-98
"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."
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 (Black)
Lite-On Super AllWrite 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive - Bulk - IHAS124-04 (Black)
"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."
Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2255 Dual Hybrid PCI-E TV Tuner Board with Media Center Remote Control and Receiver
Hauppauge 1213 WinTV-HVR-2255 Dual Hybrid PCI-E TV Tuner Board with Media Center Remote Control and Receiver
"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."
Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express Internal HD-PVR
Hauppauge Colossus PCI Express Internal HD-PVR
"Record from HDMI in native H.264/MPEG4."
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 Internal PCI Dual TV Tuner/Video Recorder Media Center Kit 1388
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR 1600 Internal PCI Dual TV Tuner/Video Recorder Media Center Kit 1388
"Old Card - PCI, MCE compatable XP/Vista/7"
Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD
Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe - 4-channel Internal Cable TV Tuner Card for CableCARD
"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."
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging]
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack [Old Packaging]
"With some clever file placement you can add the starfield screen saver and the picture/fax viewer from XP. Google it for more info."
Antec High Current Pro HCP-750 750 Watt SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply
Antec High Current Pro HCP-750 750 Watt SLI CrossFire 80 PLUS GOLD Modular Power Supply
"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."
Case PC-A70F Full Tower microATX 5/1/10 Aluminum Black Retail
Case PC-A70F Full Tower microATX 5/1/10 Aluminum Black Retail
"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."
Lian-Li C-02B Black Aluminum Bezel For CD-ROM/DVD-ROM
Lian-Li C-02B Black Aluminum Bezel For CD-ROM/DVD-ROM
"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."
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
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
"Five ext. USB 3.0 ports One int. USB 3.0 header SATA powered"
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
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
"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."
NZXT CB-8P 250mm Individually Sleeved 8-Pin Motherboard Power Extension Premium Cable (Black)
NZXT CB-8P 250mm Individually Sleeved 8-Pin Motherboard Power Extension Premium Cable (Black)
"Needed to reach the EPS port on the MoBo from a bottom mounted PSU in a full tower such as the Lian Li PC-A70F. NZXT has a full line of these individualy sleeved cables."
NZXT IU01 Internal USB Expansion (Black)
NZXT IU01 Internal USB Expansion (Black)
"Add onboard bluetooth, wifi, hidden drives, card readers,... This takes 1 int. USB buss and changes it to 3 int. and 2 ext. Comes with 20" USB header cable, Molex pass through w/ 4" 2 pin power pigtail and velcro."
Toshiba 42TL515U 42-Inch Natural 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Net TV, Black (2011 Model)
Toshiba 42TL515U 42-Inch Natural 3D 1080p 240 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Net TV, Black (2011 Model)
"Huge Deal for a great fully featured, Passive 3D TV. I'm not even going to try to list all the cool things there are about this TV."
Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506
Logitech Surround Sound Speakers Z506
"Big Sound, Little Package. Unless you're an audiophile, these Logitechs are awesome especially for the price. You really don't need to spend $500 on a sound system just to be moderately to highly impressed. Seriously, this a great option for family rooms too. Add 2.0 speakers as your front channels for 7.1 An audiophile can go ahead and spend $12,000 on a system... I'll stick with these."
APC BE550G Back-UPS 550VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
APC BE550G Back-UPS 550VA 8-outlet Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
"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."
Logitech Gamepad F310
Logitech Gamepad F310
"So I finally caved and got this gamepad, and I like it. The analog triggers are very nice and easy to adapt to."
Extreme 3D Pro Joystick for Windows
Extreme 3D Pro Joystick for Windows
"I just bought this since it seems like it might be endangered. Logitech doesn't even stock it. 1 trigger, 1 thumb stick and 4 buttons on the crown, 1 thumb button on the stick, throttle control lever and six buttons on the pad. The stick does rotate on the Z-axis (rudder control). This thing has some serious mass. Right handed only. :("
Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display
Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display
"5 profile presets, readout display, 25 macro programable multi-colored backlit keys, 1 thumb stick."
Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
Logitech G27 Racing Wheel
"Racing wheel with 6 speed shifter and three pedal platform, it's pricey but might be worth it for some drivers."
Ankerģ 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, 800 / 1200 /1600DPI, 5 Buttons - Black
Ankerģ 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, 800 / 1200 /1600DPI, 5 Buttons - Black
"Great comfortable wireless mouse with long battery life. You can use this for everyday use and save the mouse below from wear and tare."
Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700
Logitech Wireless Gaming Mouse G700
"Wired or wireless, usable while charging, 5 profile presets, 1000rps, 5700dpi, right and left main buttons, clickable 4 way scrolling wheel, 4 extra buttons on top and 4 extra buttons by the thumb, 13 macro programable buttons in total. Runs on 1 AA NiMH battery."
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
Logitech Wireless Illuminated Keyboard K800
"30 foot range, uses two AA NiMH rechargable Batteries. I am getting about 4 weeks on a charge, with two hours a day of solid writing use. This is one of the only illuminated wireless keyboards on the market."
Azio Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard (KB505U)
Azio Large Print Tri-Color Backlit Wired Keyboard (KB505U)
"Huge letters and well backlit, these keys have a little bit more height than the board above lending to less typos and miss-struck keys."
Star Wars Fan Favorites I
Star Wars Fan Favorites I
"Battlefront II requires a microphone to be installed and enabled for the game to work with Windows 7. It's odd but the game will crash when you try to load a battle without a microphone. USB, 3.5mm jack, or even a web cam will work. Even headphones in the mic jack will work."
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - PC
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga - PC
"ALL Lego games are a blast, most fun I have ever had with a PC game. Star Wars, Clone Wars, Batman, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, I have them all and I love them all. I'll be gettin Pirates soon too."
The Sims 3 - PC
The Sims 3 - PC
"Yah that's right... I'm a Sims nerd. I Got this, and all of the expansion packs, and I love them all. Look for Sims 3 Plus packs, they include the newest expansion pack to save you some money. Keep an eye out for limited editions too."
Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition
Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition
"It's been too long since anything of this caliber has been released. Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 1-3 are great buys too."
GTR 2: Realism Redefined - PC
GTR 2: Realism Redefined - PC
"NFS is fine if you want the thrill of getting caught, but when it comes to the pure racing experience you have to go with this."