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HTPC Build: Specs look OK?

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October 9, 2007 9:42:12 PM

I'm building my first home-built (be gentle ;)  ) with some help from veterans and the good-ol' interwebs. I'd love some input on my component list to see if there's anything I missed.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R (LGA 775/P35/ATX)
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 (1.86 GHz/1066 MHz FSB/LGA 775)
Memory: Kingston 1GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400/1.8V/CL=5)
Video Card: PNY VCG8600GXPB (GeForce 8600GT/256MB/PCI-E/HDCP/SLI)
DVD Drive: LITE-ON Black IDE DVD Burner
PSU: APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 (ATX/500W)

Some comments:
0. I haven't settled on a case yet. I don't have a ton of space to put the machine, so I'm looking for a mid-tower that's not terribly deep (can be wide and/or tall, however). I'm open to any suggestions.
1. This PC will be used 90% for HD video playback to an HDTV.
2. I know the PSU isn't great--I was going to start small and if it doesn't work out move up from there.
3. I have an old 250 GB WD SATA hard drive I'll use for my system install.

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October 9, 2007 11:46:41 PM

Most components look good.

0. Cases i would recommend a HTPC case, Silverstone LC-16 is mine. i was looking at Antecs but decided against it cause ATX board wont fit.
1. Will you need a tv tuner? recommend DVICO
2. Dont scimp on PSU, but that system is not power hungray so a smaller PSU can be had Antec, Thermaltake

I would look at SATA DVD drive (less cable clutter)
October 10, 2007 12:35:19 AM

Thanks, chookman, for the reply.

0. I looked at the SilverStone cases, but I can only do a mid-tower case (my stereo cabinet is too full to accommodate a desktop- or htpc-style case).
1. I'm going to skip the tuner card for now, but thanks for the info.
2. I'll take a look at those PSUs.
October 10, 2007 5:00:18 PM

Per chookman's suggestions, I changed the DVD Burner to a sata one and replaced the PSU, as well (after some more reading).

DVD Drive: LG Black SATA DVD Burner
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC (ATX/430W)

That PSU is actually the same amount of money for less power, but I'm assuming that's ok because it must be a better PSU (it's gotten lots of good reviews).

Better?
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