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Looking to build HTPC HULU PC

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August 21, 2009 5:44:44 PM

I would likd to build a small HTPC using either a micro ATX or Mini ITX motherboard.

I needs to:

Inexpensive less the $500 for cpu, motherboard, ram, hard drive
Be small low profile
Quite
Stream HULU smooth on a 50 inch tv
HDMI
ability to add Blue Ray drive in future
S3 capability
Low power
Min 5.1 sound perfer 7.1
Bluetooth would be nice for wireless keyboard

I would like to have as much as posible intergrated on the motherboard.

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a b V Motherboard
August 22, 2009 5:53:03 AM


I see peeps doing up with ITX GF8200 but for me the decrease in size does not justify the increase in $$ hehe
a b V Motherboard
September 2, 2009 6:54:19 PM

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mushkin 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory Model 991599 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $270

Adding to this;

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $500

Use Windows 7 64-bit, you can go with 4GB of RAM if you want, I chose 2GB to stay in budget.
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a b V Motherboard
September 2, 2009 7:06:13 PM

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

PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Caviar Green 750GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
October 5, 2009 3:22:13 AM

I am looking to do something similar. A quiet HTPC capable of running HD OTA as well as Hulu/Netflix. Would the parts you suggest be able to do this as well? I already have the tuner card in my current PVR. My budget is a bit more. Probably in the $600-700 range.

Thanks!
October 5, 2009 6:04:59 PM

This is real quick as I am at work but when you get to the point that you have built your HTPC, and assuming you are using Windows Media Center there is a great little install that will get the Hulu desktop integrated with WMC and will go full screen. I watch it on a 50" plasma. Here's a link to explore: http://secondrun.tv/blog.asp?action=viewarticle&article... . If you go with XBMC there are ways to get Hulu and netflix integrated in there also but it will cost $29 for the Playon server. I used an Antec fusion remote case with Gigabyte GA785GMPT and AMD 705e Heka triple core and love it. More later if you wish. My build was around $600 I think.
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