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First Time HTPC Build - Requesting Advice

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December 14, 2013 1:19:06 PM

Howdy folks! Hope the Holiday Season is treating you all well. :) 

I am looking to build an HTPC in the very near future, and could use some help in selecting hardware and software.

Approximate Purchase Date: Likely before the end of the year.

Budget Range: Would like to keep it within $400-$500, but may be able to go as high as $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Primary use will be for watching/listening to archived/streaming movies, TV, and music. I would like the machine to have plenty of storage space for the media I currently own, but would also like for it to have DVR capabilities in the event we need to record something.

Are you buying a monitor: No. I will be using a Sony Bravia KDL-40S5100 as a display. It is a 40" LCD TV - 1080p (FullHD)

Parts to Upgrade: Brand new build.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: No preference

Location: Cedar Park, Texas

Parts Preferences: No preference

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Will eventually add home theater speakers, so forward thinking on audio capabilities is appreciated. I will also be networking the machine with an Asus RT-AC56U Wireless Router, and will likely use an Asus USB-AC56 Wireless Adapter.

In terms of software, I'd appreciate your recommendations on anything from copying hard media (I have a collection of DVD/Blu-ray/CD media that I would like to box up and store away) to digital format, as well as content management, and maybe something slick to access it all with.

Thanks for your time, and please hit me up with any questions, especially if there is some detail that I have left out.

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December 14, 2013 7:05:02 PM

i added windows 7 as it has media center but if your comfortable with linux you can run XBMC and get the same functionality . Also i only put 1 stick of ram you can add a second stick later on that's what i did. it ran fine with one stick though .

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2krQc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2krQc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2krQc/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi A85S3 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($68.69 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($39.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Western Digital WD Green 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($86.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: nMEDIAPC HTPC 5000B HTPC Case ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Other: AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet PCTV tuner (A188) A188-AF PCI-Express x1 Interface ($49.99)
Total: $556.83
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-14 22:01 EST-0500)
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December 15, 2013 7:31:04 AM

Thanks bodeen2012! :) 

I think this build will hit the mark nicely. I really appreciate you taking the time to put this together, and help an old noob out. :p 

Cheers! :D 
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