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Budget HTPC

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December 12, 2009 11:35:12 PM

I wonder whether it would be cheaper to buy a premade HTPC or build one myself.

Here are my requirements:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: Less than $400 after rebates, but the lower the better :)  Don't think I'll need to spend too much for my needs

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: The only thing I'll pretty much use on it is Windows 7 Media Center for music/movies/pictures.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NEWEGG! :) 

PARTS PREFERENCES: Need a MCE remote. A TV tuner would be nice, but isn't really needed.

OVERCLOCKING: No overclocking, no SLI/Crossfire.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will connect to a 1080p HDTV, so HDMI would be nice.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just need something simple.

Thanks!

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December 13, 2009 1:26:30 PM

My cart:
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Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
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Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

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* 1 year: $6.99
* 2 year: $11.99



$26.99

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APEX DM-387 Black Steel MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 275W Power Supply

APEX DM-387 Black Steel MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 275W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811154087
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

-$5.00 Instant


$49.99
$44.99

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Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136358
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$54.99

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ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131609
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$84.99

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OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227346
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

-$15.00 Instant


$89.99
$74.99

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Rosewill Windows 7 Certified Media Center Infrared Remote Control RRC-127

Rosewill Windows 7 Certified Media Center Infrared Remote Control RRC-127
Item #: N82E16880101003
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan

The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info80-101-003.0.18)

* 1 year: $6.99
* 2 year: $11.99

-$5.00 Instant


$29.99
$24.99

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AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103688
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy



$58.00

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HIS Gift - Stormrise Game Coupon Bundle

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-$29.99 Saving


$29.99
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Subtotal: $369.94
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Should come out to $400-ish after tax & shipping, depending on where you are. I've built a HTPC with that case & AM3 620 x4. The psu is sufficient. However, you need to get the OS. If you have to, drop memory to 2 gigs & a smallest harddisk. The cheapest AM3 is single core, but can be unlocked with a more expensive mobo, which defeats the purpose of unlocking. Might as well pick up the cheapest dualie + a cheap mobo.
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