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New HTPC - $200 to $600

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October 19, 2009 9:57:15 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~ 4 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $200 to $600(max)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HTPC, Netflix, Hulu, Streaming from ReadyNAS DUO, Possible Video Capture

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Hard Drive (500GB), HDTV (Samsung 50"), Audio Receiver (Onkyo HTR560), Remote (*see comment)

PREFERRED WEBSITES FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon, or one single website(NOT multiple sites)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Antec, Intel, Gigabyte **These are only preferences, I will consider alternatives**

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (Benefits?)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (1080p)
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I've attempted to give as much detail to my requirements as possible, so I'll keep this short and update with questions to further answers.

I currently have a few devices that do different tasks and I want to integrate. I have a Win 7 PC for normal computing/work/gaming, I have a old (slow) XP PC for torrent/AV decoding/web-server. I also have a Netgear ReadyNAS DUO (1TB) for document storage/media streaming (when its working)/backups. Finally, I have an Xbox 360 (old, noisy, dying) for gaming/media from NAS/Netflix. I would really like to simplify my 'system' to some degree and allow for expansion in the future.

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FUNCTION: I want a PC that will play mediafrom my NAS, Netflix, and Blu-ray. I would like it to torrent (I know...). I would like to be able to use it as a DVR (eventually, NOT NEEDED AS OF NOW).

PRIORITY:Quite, Ease, Expansion

FINAL COMMENTS:

I will NOT use Linux (nothing personal, just need 'intuitive' nature for family); I have Win 7 Pro (WMC included).
I understand the Xbox ~ WMC integration, my xbox is LOUD and dying (2 RROD/wk; I know how to fix it, my wife does not).
I have a Logitech Harmony Xbox 360 Remote; can this work with my setup.
I would like Digital Audio.
I may consider Blu-ray (streaming v physical media argument??)

I'll think of other stuff as this goes on...

More about : htpc 200 600

October 20, 2009 3:20:55 AM

Update

I'm looking at differnt products for the build and reading into this a bit more.

I've come across these two

CASE: nMediaPC HTPC 5000B

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EG45M-UD2H

Any thoughts??
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October 20, 2009 5:58:23 AM

Update

I forgot to add..

BLU-RAY: Lite-On Blu-ray Drive

Sorry... every"one"...
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