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May 20, 2009 5:30:54 PM

This is a new build of a HTPC for around $967.00

I would like to get your views on lowering the cost without any performance or quality degradation.
I want the case to sit beside other components next to the TV and not look like a PC.
I am open to all opinions.

Motherboard $200.00 Estimated Cost

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=ZnqQ7mgk0PCl8PpQ

CPU $119.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case $99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(+HTPC/Media+Center+Cases)-_-NMEDIAPC-_-11204030

Power Supply $74.49

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory $58.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sata Hard Drive $99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wireless RF Keyboard $69.95

http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Keyboard-Laser-Trackball...

Blu-ray Drive $144.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Op System $99.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for your help..

Tom
May 20, 2009 6:49:49 PM

Your list looks good to me.

If you want to save some money, then you could get a different Blu-Ray drive for a fraction of the cost of the Plextor. I personally use an LG and haven't had any problems with it. Of course, get retail if you don't plan on purchasing additional blu-ray software.

The PSU is the same one I use. Very quiet but it has very long cables. Make sure you have room for cable management in the case you've chosen or else go modular.

No TV tuner? If you don't plan to watch TV then that's OK.

I have both black and green versions of WD's 1TB drives. The green is a lot quieter while the black is faster. Just in case that is important to you...

Keep us posted on the progress of your HTPC project.
May 20, 2009 8:22:07 PM

I'm not sold on the HTPC remote control that comes with the motherboard. I suppose it's all you need if you're not going to run Vista Media Center, but if you are, maybe select a different motherboard and this Windows Vista Certified Infrared Remote Control. Just a thought.

I have the nMediaPC 200BA case for my HTPC and while I love the case, it is a bit cramped. It looks like this one has a bit more room for hiding cables from the power supply. I did a poor job in my case and ended up burning up my DVD Drive (took over a year to do it though).

-Wolf sends
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May 20, 2009 8:40:37 PM

Looks like its going to be a real nice HTPC ;) . That motherboard is so nice I want to use it for my next HTPC in the future. :bounce: 
May 20, 2009 9:28:24 PM

rwpritchett said:
Your list looks good to me.

If you want to save some money, then you could get a different Blu-Ray drive for a fraction of the cost of the Plextor. I personally use an LG and haven't had any problems with it. Of course, get retail if you don't plan on purchasing additional blu-ray software.

The PSU is the same one I use. Very quiet but it has very long cables. Make sure you have room for cable management in the case you've chosen or else go modular.

No TV tuner? If you don't plan to watch TV then that's OK.

I have both black and green versions of WD's 1TB drives. The green is a lot quieter while the black is faster. Just in case that is important to you...

Keep us posted on the progress of your HTPC project.



Exactly what model LG do you have?

TV tuner ---> I plan on using a Panasonic G10 50" as my display and will be switching from Dishnetwork satelitte to the PC, when i want to video stream, each plugged into different HDMI plugs sockets. I would like to shave the cost down to $800 if possible. Any ideas?
May 20, 2009 9:34:01 PM

Wolfshadw said:
I'm not sold on the HTPC remote control that comes with the motherboard. I suppose it's all you need if you're not going to run Vista Media Center, but if you are, maybe select a different motherboard and this Windows Vista Certified Infrared Remote Control. Just a thought.

I have the nMediaPC 200BA case for my HTPC and while I love the case, it is a bit cramped. It looks like this one has a bit more room for hiding cables from the power supply. I did a poor job in my case and ended up burning up my DVD Drive (took over a year to do it though).

-Wolf sends



I don't plan on using the remote that comes with the Motherboard. I think they have a version without the remote. That's why I am using the Wireless RF keyboard that needs a usb dongle.

One of the reasons I went with this case was because it had more room in it. Also it had a reader in front as well as firewire I believe plus a couple of usb ports.
May 20, 2009 9:54:37 PM

oldgraydog said:
Exactly what model LG do you have?
I'm using the LG GBC-H20L SATA Blu-Ray drive. They can be found for around $100 (retail). It comes with PowerDVD, but I ended up going with TotalMedia Theater instead because I didn't like PDVD.
May 20, 2009 9:59:12 PM

Yeah, that's the one I use. Of course it perfectly matches my Moneual case :) 
May 20, 2009 10:08:18 PM

? Why no get a Kuma cpu should work fine even while doing H.264 decoding/blu-ray correct me if im wrong
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
pretty sure even this one will do it just fine
and probably stay a bit cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Change ram to
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
All quality ram that can run at 1.8v with those timings

also consider a quieter/ better psu for that price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the watt is a bit over kill just for that a 350w psu would do
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Does look like a solid build either way i just think you can cut cost. As for case just make sure it moves air well enough but not well enough to be heard pvm fans may be iffy but do consider getting new fans if you find your case is too loud.
May 20, 2009 10:20:00 PM

IzzyCraft said:
? Why no get a Kuma cpu should work fine even while doing H.264 decoding/blu-ray correct me if im wrong
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
pretty sure even this one will do it just fine
and probably stay a bit cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Change ram to
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
All quality ram that can run at 1.8v with those timings

also consider a quieter/ better psu for that price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the watt is a bit over kill just for that a 350w psu would do
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks Izzy,
All will be considered. When I order. After all, this is a HTPC not a gaming machine


Does look like a solid build either way i just think you can cut cost. As for case just make sure it moves air well enough but not well enough to be heard pvm fans may be iffy but do consider getting new fans if you find your case is too loud.

May 20, 2009 10:40:54 PM

oldgraydog said:
I don't plan on using the remote that comes with the Motherboard. I think they have a version without the remote. That's why I am using the Wireless RF keyboard that needs a usb dongle.

One of the reasons I went with this case was because it had more room in it. Also it had a reader in front as well as firewire I believe plus a couple of usb ports.


In my original post, I did mean to say that it looks like "your" case has more room. Checking the specs, it actually does: 1 inch more depth (which means more space behind your power supply). If they're still using the same fans as they were a couple years ago, then it should be very quiet. About all the noise I hear from my case is the GPU fan (old HD 2600 Pro).

I still recommend getting a Vista capable Media Center Remote Control or a VMC keyboard, but a standard keyboard will work, of course.

-Wolf sends
May 21, 2009 11:33:44 AM

I would like to thank you all for your comments. The build is looking pretty good. We can probably do it for a little less than $900 and still have an awesome system. I will adjust the proposed build with the actual when I do it. Just waiting for motherboard and a few more dollars in pocket:) 
May 21, 2009 12:25:42 PM

Please keep us up to date on how things go! :sol: 

-Wolf sends
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