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June 8, 2009 8:51:00 PM

Please let me know what you think.

I'm thinking that for starters the onboard audio will be sufficient for my purposes.

Am I missing anything?

Thanks!



PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS500 500W ATX12V PSU $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 Video Card $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3 Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb in RAID 5 $269.97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner & Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 $112.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE (Black) LC13B-E ATX Media Center & HTPC Case $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+ / AM2 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40.79

LG Internal SATA Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Vista Home Premium 64-bit $99.99
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Total $1043.68

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June 9, 2009 1:51:40 AM

If the most intensive video application you're going to have is decoding blu-ray discs or high-def content then the onboard graphics will suffice.

Also, some have said to use win 7 release candidate until it is available to buy.
June 9, 2009 2:06:00 AM

Katsushiro said:
If the most intensive video application you're going to have is decoding blu-ray discs or high-def content then the onboard graphics will suffice.

Also, some have said to use win 7 release candidate until it is available to buy.



Thanks for the advice!
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June 9, 2009 2:16:45 AM

looks similar to the build im making (though mine only needs one hdd, i have a 2.5TB server on gigabit lan)

i would love to hear an update on how well that tv tuner does, im looking at the same one (except with remote incuded) for my build
June 9, 2009 4:16:08 AM

mindless728 said:
looks similar to the build im making (though mine only needs one hdd, i have a 2.5TB server on gigabit lan)

i would love to hear an update on how well that tv tuner does, im looking at the same one (except with remote incuded) for my build



I'm keeping my eyes open for deals - so it may be a little while beofer I actually make the purchase.

One option I'm considering is more like your configuration - with a NAS (build).
Did you build your server?

Thanks,
June 9, 2009 4:23:37 AM

Looks like a real nice HTPC good luck with it! But you probably don't need that 1GB HD4670 a 4650 is good I think.
June 9, 2009 4:31:07 AM

I have both the Hauppauge HVR-1600 and HVR-2250 in my HTPC. They are both excellent tuner cards. I highly recommend the 2250. I also recommend Windows 7. I was surprised at how well it worked out of the box for a HTPC. I had to do some registry hacks and stuff to get Vista to recognize and properly implement both TV tuners, but Windows 7 worked great without any changes.
June 9, 2009 4:32:08 AM

AKM880 said:
Looks like a real nice HTPC good luck with it! But you probably don't need that 1GB HD4670 a 4650 is good I think.



You're probably right - I was probably just getting a little greedy!
June 9, 2009 4:53:27 AM

AKM880 said:
Sapphire 512MB Native HDMI out HD 4650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



It's got the right specs (and price).

Two knocks against it though:

1) It's not passively cooled - I'm trying to keep the htpc as quiet as possible
2) several users noted that the card ran a little hot

Again the specs are excellent - in a bigger well -ventilated case it would be perfect
June 9, 2009 2:09:27 PM

Oops sorry bout' that. Yeah and like you said you'd need good cooling to run a passive card. Or it gets HOT!
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