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HTPC/Media Server/Basic Gaming - Need Some Suggestions for Build

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July 21, 2013 2:41:44 AM

Hey All,

I'm interested in building a HTPC/Media Server for the new house. I posted a few weeks ago but thought I'd get a few more opinions as I've narrowed down the requirements.

Ultimately, I'm looking for a solution to the following needs. The HTCP will be played through a Yamaha AVR to a Samsung 1080p 55"LED TV. I want to run Windows and will probably use media center to run everything.

1. 3TB of music that I want to stream to various locations in the house in addition to playing through the HT AVR. The streaming will probably employ airport express units at the remote locations (unless there is a better pc platform solution for streaming throughout the house) and the primary HT AVR will receive audio hardwired from the HTCP (HDMI or the like).

2. Streaming Netflix and other movies.

3. Watching/recording online TV content/DVR

4. Playing Blue-Ray Movies from disc and other video from HDD.

5. I'd like to be able to play some games, and/or flight simulators. That said, while gaming is not the priority, I don't want the setup to fall on its face if I try to play some games.

6. Showing off pictures and video for the family

7. Mini ITX, with a case that can handle a SSD and a couple 4TB HDDs.

8. Low noise

9. Low power consumption.

10. Remote control keyboard and controllability.


All this said, what would you all suggest for this build? Budget is about 1K.

Thanks,

Bryan
July 21, 2013 3:29:26 AM

I failed to mention that I have on hand 1 4TB drive. I will only need to source a second...
That said, I could swap funds for a SSD for applications...?
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July 21, 2013 3:51:56 AM

yes you could, drop one of them and get a Samsung 840 120GB SSD, available for 93$ now
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July 21, 2013 3:58:33 AM

He doesn't need an SSd for an htpc. Get a bitfenix prodigy, a pentium g2010, a mini it's board, and a radeon 7770
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July 21, 2013 9:59:36 AM

Will the above be ample for a bit of gaming as well? I want to put something together that can handle the HTPC/Media Storage and a bit of gaming.
Thoughts?
Bryan
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July 21, 2013 11:20:05 AM

it will be able to play games on medium settings at 1080p
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July 22, 2013 4:32:13 AM

What do you guys suggest in the way of tv tuners for the pc.
I currently have hd cable throughy local provider. What is available through the air and how can I interface both cable (if I keep the service) and over the air broadcasts with the HTPC?

Thanks

Bryan
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July 22, 2013 4:35:14 AM

TV Tuners are available in PCIe and USB, u decide which one is more convenient for u
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July 22, 2013 7:26:58 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($98.95 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate 4TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 120 Advanced (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($44.97 @ Outlet PC)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($71.98 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($28.26 @ Amazon)
Total: $826.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-22 10:26 EDT-0400)
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July 22, 2013 12:47:16 PM

This is the second recommendation for an intel Pentium chip. Is there no reason to use a better quality processor?
That is, for an HTPC, do I not need an i5 or the like?
Thoughts?
Thanks,
Bryan (self-admitted NOOB).
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July 22, 2013 12:52:19 PM

bkloos said:
This is the second recommendation for an intel Pentium chip. Is there no reason to use a better quality processor?
That is, for an HTPC, do I not need an i5 or the like?
Thoughts?
Thanks,
Bryan (self-admitted NOOB).


A Pentium is actually a decent chip. The one I selected is a dual-core IB model clocked fairly high. There's no reason to pick a better chip for your needs.
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July 22, 2013 12:53:33 PM

i added an i3 because u said u also wanted to do a little gaming, and i recommend u go with it
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July 22, 2013 4:21:52 PM

I do plan on gaming every now and then. That was the reason for my question.
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July 24, 2013 4:56:38 PM

Jinayhvora or others...

Given the products outlined in your previously suggested build above, and given that I have the storage drives on hand, we could free up about $400 towards better components. That said, given my needs, how would you upgrade the list to reflect better components using the $400 ($300 if I went with the SSD)?

Also, will I have fitment issues with the cooler master 120 relative to graphics card and possible tv tuner card? Is there room for 2 cards /PCI slots? If not, alternatives?

Thanks Guys!

Bryan
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July 24, 2013 9:49:26 PM

if u have 300$ extra saved u can spend 150 extra on a Haswell i5 and another 120 extra on a GTX 760 and then u have a midrange gaming machine in ur hands, for case if u need another have a look at the Bitfenix Prodigy
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