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FD Node 304 HTPC with Media Storage

mike-w

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Jun 28, 2015
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Hi there,
I'm about to embark on my first HTPC build and would greatly appreciate some critique and advice. I have bought my first component, a Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case.

I am trying to build something that will house all my media and capable of playing 10-15GB .mkv files to the TV via HDMI and watch Netflix. Occasionally it would act as a Plex server to another device. Visual and audio (5.1) quality is the most important thing to me.

I plan on using flirc so I can control using my harmony remote. The OS will probably be Windows with Kodi.

Here is what I'm thinking, any help appreciated:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4160 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($108.95 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($96.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($53.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($52.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.75 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($97.75 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $647.29
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-06-28 15:51 EDT-0400

I'll get more harddrives later, and maybe change to 4TB harddrives if they're on special.

I'm not sure I understand the difference between the i3-4160 and i3-4150, can anyone help?

Any thoughts on the above build would be appreciated!

EDIT: I'm also a little torn between the ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard and Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI Mini ITX
 
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