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August 4, 2008 7:36:12 AM

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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August 4, 2008 1:23:26 PM

Looks good. Pull the trigger.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2008 1:34:00 PM

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
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2008 1:39:31 PM

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
August 4, 2008 2:17:04 PM

very nice! great success!
August 4, 2008 2:25:36 PM

That memory looks expensive to me. I got 2x1gb crucial ballistix ddr2 800 for $20.
August 4, 2008 2:56:07 PM

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.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 4, 2008 3:47:37 PM

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.

August 4, 2008 5:52:16 PM

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
August 4, 2008 5:53:23 PM

oh yeah i already have a dvd rw
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