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Old 02-11-2013, 03:53 PM
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Quote from LordAthens View Post :
No, I can't. I thought it would be obvious that when I say build a Celeron or i3 system for ~$200, that I was referring to a Celeron system. Certainly an i3 is going to cost more. However, for HTPC purposes, a Celeron is just fine and absolutely annihilates the Atom.

So anyhow, here's 3 minutes worth of time on Newegg;

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Qty. 	Product Description 	Savings 	Total Price

1 	XION XON-720P mATX/ ITX Slim Desktop Case, USB 3.0, 5 in 1 Card-reader, 300W PSU, White_Retail 	XION XON-720P mATX/ ITX Slim Desktop Case, USB 3.0, 5 in 1 Card-reader, 300W PSU, White_Retail
Item #: N82E16811208056
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy 	$10.00 Mail-in Rebate
	$39.99

1 	G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT 	G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
Item #: N82E16820231253
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy 		$24.99

1 	ECS H61H2-MV LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard 	ECS H61H2-MV LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813135343
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy 		$45.99

1 	Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530 	Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530
Item #: N82E16819116409
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy 		$48.99


1 	ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-32GM-C 2.5 	ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-32GM-C 2.5" 32GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820211717
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$216.72 shipped - $10 MIR = $206.72

If you have a Micro Center nearby, you can move into an i3-3225 for $25.01 more.
This barebones with a 60GB SSD and the 4GB memory comes to about $177. I am unsure what the celeron will buy you. They both stream 1080p. Although since the atom system has ATI graphics, it can bitstream audio whereas the celeron system can't. Or am I wrong?