first htpc build 500 budget

hey im doing my first htpc build, i want to be able to play dvd, hd video(blu ray, h264 etc) . i dont need pvr so here is what im thinking

3m HDMI to HDMI Single Link M/M $23.99

Western Digital Caviar (WD5000AAKS) 500GB SATAII 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM) $69.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (65W) Dual-Core Socket AM2, 2.4GHz, 512KB x2 L2 Cache, 2000MHz HT, $61.99

Belkin 3' Fiber Optic Audio Cable 1-Tosslink (F8C204b03-GLD) $13.99

Belkin Wireless G Desktop Card (F5D7000) - 802.11g, Wi-Fi 802.11b $28.99

Patriot Signature 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin SDRAM DDR2 800MHz (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit $39.99

Antec NSK2480 Desktop Case w/380Watt PSU, Black/Silver $97.99

Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H Socket AM2+ AMD 780G + SB700 Chipset ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics Dual Channel DDR2 1066 HD Audio GigaLAN IEEE1394 Mirco ATX $94.99

Your Total $431.92
Shipping $7.99
GST $22.00
Final Total $461.91
i will be using vista ultamate, i am hooking it up to a sharp 42 inch 1080p tv and a 5.1sound system, i will buy a bluray drive when its a little cheaper.
thanks
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  1. Looks good. Pull the trigger.
  2. You don't mention that you have a DVD-ROM drive already. You do say that you're getting a Blu-Ray drive when prices come down, but what will you use in the meantime?

    Other than that, looks good to me.

    -Wolf sends
  3. Vista Home Premium probably has all the HTPC features you need: Vista Versions
    With the money you save on Vista Home Premium upgrade the CPU to 65nm 45watt X2 4850e 2.5GHz
  4. very nice! great success!
  5. That memory looks expensive to me. I got 2x1gb crucial ballistix ddr2 800 for $20.
  6. WR2 said:
    Vista Home Premium probably has all the HTPC features you need: Vista Versions
    With the money you save on Vista Home Premium upgrade the CPU to 65nm 45watt X2 4850e 2.5GHz


    +1, good advice here. Vista ultimate is overrated and overpriced. the change in proc is also a very good idea for an htpc, higher clock with lower wattage, can't beat that.
  7. The build looks good to me too.

    If you plan on ripping your DVD's to the hard drive for instant access, you may want a larger hard drive though. The gigabytes just disappear when you start ripping video.

    Another small suggestion is to look at the newer GA-MA78GPM-DS2H for a little more $$$.

    It's basically the same board as the GA-MA78GM-S2H, but it comes with dedicated 128MB DDR3 SidePort memory for the video.
  8. no a friend is giving me his copy of ultamate,
    the didnt have the ga-ma78gpm-ds2h.
    the memory up in canada costs more then down in the states.
    im sure if iwas down in the states i cold probably spend 350 on this computer
  9. oh yeah i already have a dvd rw
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