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Hi everyone,

I need some help with putting together a HTPC. I really want to ditch my cable box dvr.

Here's a list of what I want the media center to do.
- Record 4-6 cable shows
- Watch movies and shows at 1080 - Netflix / DVD and Blu-rays
- Power efficient because it will be on 24/7
- Browse the internet
- Not really going to game on it. Just record and watch TV
- Cost between $500-$800

Does anyone have suggests on what parts I should get? I really appreciate the help!
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  1. Best answer
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone ML04B HTPC Case ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Adorama)
    Total: $593.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-20 23:04 EDT-0400)

    If you want a bit more performance: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78502gbd52dhpp
  2. mastrom101 said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($184.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V200 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($52.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Silverstone ML04B HTPC Case ($75.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Pioneer BDR-208DBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($57.99 @ Adorama)
    Total: $593.40
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-20 23:04 EDT-0400)

    If you want a bit more performance: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-ax78502gbd52dhpp


    Hi mastrom101,
    Thanks for the fast reply and help! Do you think the i5 would be over kill for a htpc? Would a i3 be better?
  3. The i5 is a bit overkill, but it will last you much longer than an i3. I say it's worth it.
  4. You'll also need a quad tuner like the HDHomerun Prime.

    http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/prime/
  5. rwpritchett said:
    You'll also need a quad tuner like the HDHomerun Prime.

    http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/prime/


    Actually the HDHomerun Prime has three tuners, not four.
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