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August 27, 2009 3:38:09 AM

Hi all, I recieved such great help and tips on my last (first) build that I'm back for more. This time I'm looking to build a HTPC to replace a borrowed PS3.

I have a Panasonic 1080p Plasma and a Yamaha 5.1 w/HDMI. I already have a LG BD-R.

I will primarily use the HTPC for Bluray playback, web surfing, and storing media. I have ~1000+ DVDs and another 150+ BVDs. I would like a solution that allows me to eventually store them all, and that can grow as I acquire more, but I'm not sure which is the most cost effective way to go about it. Any tips or ideas put forth will again be greatly appreciated.

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August 27, 2009 3:50:09 AM

Whats the budget for this system? If you arent going to be gaming on the system you get a 785g motherboard with a phenom II 545 and a 1TB hard drive. You can do it all for less than 450

545/785g $172
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

1TB samsung ecogreen drive $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EA380 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB patriot DDR3 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 300 $60(not the best HTPC case but they tend to be super expensive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 27, 2009 3:59:25 AM

^+1
Also check out this PSU by Corsair - it's only $29 W/ MIR.
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August 27, 2009 4:03:55 AM

I'd like to keep the budget under $1K. I will probably not be gaming on this.
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August 27, 2009 4:09:32 AM

If you are going to be gaming than i suggest getting a corsair 750tx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And either getting a 4890 for now or if you arent going to be gaming on it for a month or two wait for the 5xxx series of DX11 graphics cards to come out, they will offer significantly better performance than the currently available options but at a price premium.
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August 27, 2009 5:52:50 AM

I'm mostly concerned with expandability, I collect movies, but I don't like having to run and grab the discs off my shelves.

As for the case, I wasn't sure if I should try for the HTPC cases or go with a standard tower. Not too concerned with looks, I have a Lian Li for my desktop.
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August 27, 2009 6:56:59 AM

Hunter315's suggestions are good, but I would go with a quad core and at least two hard drives since it looks like you have a lot of DVD and BluRay ripping ahead of you. The quad core will help greatly with the ripping. I've also found it's nice to have your rips and final encoded files on separate hard drives. I use one disk as a scratch to temporarily store disk images until I encode them. I have a separate drive that stores the final files.

The 95W Phenom II X4 945 would offer a good balance of performance and reasonably low power consumption.

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $169.99

I, personally, would get fast 7200 RPM drives for extra encoding speed. I've been down the road of encoding a large DVD collection and appreciate all the extra speed I can get. The WD black 1TB drive has a 10% off coupon right now which makes it a great deal for around $85.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM $94.99

You can also get your OS in a combo with the HD to save $15.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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August 27, 2009 10:05:43 AM

I also have a fairly large DVD collection that I have stored on a home server. My suggestion would be to go with 1.5 TB drives, you will run out of space fast and will appreciate having the larger drives. You can get a Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 7,200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive at http://www.microcenter.com for $119.00 right now so well worth spending a little more for the space. Also remember that you will want to back up the movies somewhere. Since it takes a while to rip that many movies you will will need some kind of backup. I have 500 movies ripped to a home server, I ripped just the main movie which takes up about 4-5 gigs per movie, if you are ripping the full disk with subtitles it will be around 7-8 gigs per movie. My movie collection right now is around 2.5TB which I have backed up to external drives for safe keeping. Even though you have the DVD it would take a really long time to have to re-rip everything if a drive failed.
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August 27, 2009 10:59:22 AM

yeah...I was even going to suggest going to 2TB drives...you can get 3 or 4 internally in most cases, and if you fill those up you can put them in a hotswap 4in3 bay. In order to use that you'll need something with at least 4 external drive bays, though.
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August 27, 2009 3:40:59 PM

might also look into a 790gx board, few more bucks but you can raid-5 off of it, if you decide to go that route
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