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October 20, 2009 3:10:49 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before end of Month.

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: £500 - £1000) Is this reasonable? This is kind of open. I just want the best solution possible with still being mindful of cost/benefit of what I am buying. Certainly not looking to spend more than £1500 though, and it has to be special for the budget to stretch that far.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching blueray discs, watching downloaded movies, listening to music, viewing pictures from and SD card or USB, browsing the web on occasion. I have Powerline LAN through the house, connected to a large capacity fileserver.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: None, starting a fresh, but may be able to harvest a case from something.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Doesnt matter, but Dabs is good, ebuyer is Bad, and dont suggest the local computer fair !!. The fewer suppliers the better tho.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.K.

PARTS PREFERENCES: none. again, i'm looking for everyone's help here. they just need to be whisper quiet once assembled, I dont want to have to run the TV at high volume just to hear the quiet bits. - If i have to use Win 7 i will, no way i will even entertain Vista, and I suspect i wont find an XP OEM disk at a reasonable cost now, Linux would be nice due to extremely quick start up times, however, a full tutorial will be needed.

OVERCLOCKING: help?

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: help?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p, it will be connecting via HDMI to my Toshiba 42" 1080p LCD TV.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like the PC to be quiet, if possible. Size is not a major concern due to the possibility of the case harvest, but a smaller form factor would be better. What I am looking for here is a shopping list and instructions or a tutorial of some sort. I am an experienced PC builder, but have never spec'd or built an MCPC, HTPC.

THANK YOU SO MUCH IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR ADVICE!

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October 20, 2009 5:54:57 PM

You don't have to worry about needing to spend over £1500 for a decent HTPC, you can build one for over 1/4 of that amount :lol: 

AMD Phenom II X2 550 AM3 3.1Ghz - £74.70
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-phenom-ii-x2-550-am3-3...

OCZ Technology DDR3 4gb (2x2) FATAL1TY 1333Mhz - £68.44
http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-ddr3-4gb--2...

LG Electronics 22x DVDRW Black OEM SATA - £15.97
http://www.dabs.com/products/lg-electronics-22x-dvdrw-b...

400W Corsair Power Series PSU - £38.41
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400W-Corsair-Power-Serie...

Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-UD2H 785G AM3 - £63.02
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigabyte-GA-MA785GM-UD2H...

1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 - £57.95
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-Samsung-HD103SJ-Spin...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Retail - £66.78
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home...(Green)-PreOrder-Release-22-10-09


Total = £385.27 (Dabs deliver for free as you probably already know, but scan will also do it free if you sign up to the the hexus forums :) )
October 20, 2009 6:00:42 PM

build said:
You don't have to worry about needing to spend over £1500 for a decent HTPC, you can build one for over 1/4 of that amount :lol: 

AMD Phenom II X2 550 AM3 3.1Ghz - £74.70
http://www.dabs.com/products/amd-phenom-ii-x2-550-am3-3...

OCZ Technology DDR3 4gb (2x2) FATAL1TY 1333Mhz - £68.44
http://www.dabs.com/products/ocz-technology-ddr3-4gb--2...

LG Electronics 22x DVDRW Black OEM SATA - £15.97
http://www.dabs.com/products/lg-electronics-22x-dvdrw-b...

400W Corsair Power Series PSU - £38.41
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/400W-Corsair-Power-Serie...

Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-UD2H 785G AM3 - £63.02
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Gigabyte-GA-MA785GM-UD2H...

1TB Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 - £57.95
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-Samsung-HD103SJ-Spin...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Retail - £66.78
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home...(Green)-PreOrder-Release-22-10-09


Total = £385.27 (Dabs deliver for free as you probably already know, but scan will also do it free if you sign up to the the hexus forums :) )


I love the spec ... however i think i will need more RAM, say 8GB will the mobo referred to take it?
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October 20, 2009 6:02:46 PM

Nope, you could even get away with 2GB RAM but I'd recommend you stick to 4 :) 

Also try to get Windows 7 before it's released on the 22nd, as the price might jump back up.
October 20, 2009 6:04:51 PM

Yes, it will take 8GB, no you don't need it. You will want DDR2, not DDR3 though for that motherboard, or you could switch the motherboard out...
October 31, 2009 7:32:34 AM

Hi, please can you suggest a case which is quiet.
Thanks
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