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December 17, 2009 7:37:02 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: January 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 (Including Windows 7)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: All 1080p/1080i files, discs (blu-ray and dvd), Internet streaming (Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, CollegeHumor etc.), Network Storage (Hard drive shared via Widndows Sharing over home network), if possible allow Network storage (NAS of sorts)/Server duties to also run without being noticed by a user using the HTPC.

This computer will NOT do any gaming (I will just add a graphics card if that is desired in the future).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor/TV (Using HDTV with HDMI), Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.newegg.com (I'm open to others as well)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none.

OVERCLOCKING: No. / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 HDTV with HDMI (And other assorted inputs)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it as quiet and energy efficient as possible.

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The http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE Silver Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body LC20-S ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the above together is currently $893.91 on NewEgg.com

My Notes:
I went with AMD because its cheaper and usually runs cooler(It has a low wattage for lower energy consumption). The motherboard has a ATI Radeon HD 4200 GPU which according to research looks like it'll handle all the 1080p/1080i stuff I can throw at it plus it SidePort Memory - onboard 128MB DDR3 1333 memory. Eco Memory at 4GB because that was the least (I did debate 2 GB) with lower voltage for lower energy consumption (Unlike the CPU I'm not so sure this is noticeable). The case I happened to like the look of and was big enough to fit everything in it without squeezing/cramping it to make sure it has room for air to keep everything cool. Since this is a HTPC - various places recommended not skimping on the tuner card so I went with what appears to be the best. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 I've heard is very quiet yet fast - I'm also aware I would need to get my own SATA cords (It would be great if you could link those to me I'm not sure 10 inches will cut it but it looks like it will). Blu-Ray it's cheap for reading Blu-Ray (future proofing on this one) and will let me watch my DVDs. Windows 7 Home Premium (The lowest version that has Windows Media Center in it) should be self explanatory." target="_blank"> method mentioned wasn't working in the preview so I took it out and made it look neater using:
Item Name pasted from Newegg.com Wish List
Item Link from NewEgg wish list.

ADESSO WKB-3000UB Black 2.4 GHz RF Wireless Mini Keyboard w/Optical Trackball
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE Silver Aluminum front panel, 0.8 mm SECC body LC20-S ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the above together is currently $893.91 on NewEgg.com

My Notes:
I went with AMD because its cheaper and usually runs cooler(It has a low wattage for lower energy consumption). The motherboard has a ATI Radeon HD 4200 GPU which according to research looks like it'll handle all the 1080p/1080i stuff I can throw at it plus it SidePort Memory - onboard 128MB DDR3 1333 memory. Eco Memory at 4GB because that was the least (I did debate 2 GB) with lower voltage for lower energy consumption (Unlike the CPU I'm not so sure this is noticeable). The case I happened to like the look of and was big enough to fit everything in it without squeezing/cramping it to make sure it has room for air to keep everything cool. Since this is a HTPC - various places recommended not skimping on the tuner card so I went with what appears to be the best. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 I've heard is very quiet yet fast - I'm also aware I would need to get my own SATA cords (It would be great if you could link those to me I'm not sure 10 inches will cut it but it looks like it will). Blu-Ray it's cheap for reading Blu-Ray (future proofing on this one) and will let me watch my DVDs. Windows 7 Home Premium (The lowest version that has Windows Media Center in it) should be self explanatory.

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December 17, 2009 9:06:31 PM

That combo looks awesome Ares - thanks for replying! It does however lack a tuner card. With the above mentioned tuner card, keyboard, and Windows 7 Home Premium it works out to $928.45 leaving room for a sound card. Would the onboard with 8 channels not be good for audio? While I plan on getting speakers at some point in the future at the current moment the sound would be coming from the HDTV built in speakers.
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December 17, 2009 9:16:41 PM

it depends, i would say that it wont hurt anything that badly, but if you want a sound card and tv tuner, look at these:

ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

that all works out perfectly. i was so ecstatic when i found that combo, as it is PERFECT for your needs :D 
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December 17, 2009 10:24:30 PM

Thanks! Got the combo deal with the keyboard, win7 etc as mentioned. Decided to add the sound card in later when i can purchase one along with the speakers at a later date.
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December 17, 2009 10:37:51 PM

One thing. I have that keyboard from Adesso and for me, the default key-mapping is incorrect and their tech support is severely lacking. Below is my experience with them and I have bolded the pertinent parts.

Quote:
My keyboard defaults to an incorrect setting where various keys do not correspond to the correct values. For example, typing in:

ABCDEFG

could result in the computer receiving

ABC3X45

Using the FN+NunLock keys sets the keys correctly, but if the keyboard enters sleep mode, it reverts to the incorrect setting. How can I set the default key setting to the correct key setting?

Thank you!

Quote:


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Hi there,

On your BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) You NumLock might be set as ON. That is why every time your keyboard wakes up the NumLock is active. Please set to OFF.

Thanks

Adesso Tech Support

Jun-01 2009 03:35 pm.

Quote:


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Hello and thank you for your response.

My NumLock was indeed set as ON in BIOS, unfortunately, setting it to off was unsuccessful in resolving the issue (ASUS A8N-VM motherboard). In addition to the keyboard resetting when entering sleep more, it also resets on a system reboot (I performed several post BIOS update).

An alphanumeric keyboard comparison between the correct setting and the keyboard's apparent default setting is below:

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890

abcdefgh51230n6-qrst4vwxyz123456789*

I look forward to your next suggestion.

Thank you!

Jun-01 2009 05:33 pm.

Quote:


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Hi there,

Sorry for the late reply. I lost this case number. What is the update of your keyboard?

Thanks

Adesso Tech Support

Jun-15 2009 11:25 am.

Quote:
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There has been no update since my last reply. Again, whenever the keyboard goes to sleep or the system reboots, the key mapping returns to the default (incorrect) settings as posted in my previous reply:

When I type:
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890

I get:
abcdefgh51230n6-qrst4vwxyz123456789*

Again, thank you for your support. I look forward to your next suggestion.

Jun-17 2009 04:08 pm

Quote:


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Please review this request. It's been over two weeks since the last reply from Adesso Tech Support.

Jul-02 2009 07:31 am.

Quote:


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One week later and still no response. Please reply.

Jul-09 2009 06:53 pm.

Quote:


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Two weeks later and still no response.

Jul-17 2009 09:49 am.

Quote:
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You must hold down the FN key on your keyboard and the NUMLOCK/INSERT key simultaneously (1 time) to go back to the default letters on your keyboard.

Aug-07 2009 03:57 pm


Ticket closed.

I would note that the final response had already been covered in my original post.

Just thought I'd let you know.

-Wolf sends

Edit: Too late
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December 18, 2009 1:49:06 PM

Hello Wolf,

Thanks for the update about the keyboard. I've already placed the order so I'll have to check out the potential keyboard issue. Is it possible to have it configured so it automatically does a FN+Numlock when exiting sleep mode?

Wolfshadw said:
One thing. I have that keyboard from Adesso and for me, the default key-mapping is incorrect and their tech support is severely lacking. Below is my experience with them and I have bolded the pertinent parts.

Quote:
My keyboard defaults to an incorrect setting where various keys do not correspond to the correct values. For example, typing in:

ABCDEFG

could result in the computer receiving

ABC3X45

Using the FN+NunLock keys sets the keys correctly, but if the keyboard enters sleep mode, it reverts to the incorrect setting. How can I set the default key setting to the correct key setting?

Thank you!

Quote:


*

Hi there,

On your BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) You NumLock might be set as ON. That is why every time your keyboard wakes up the NumLock is active. Please set to OFF.

Thanks

Adesso Tech Support

Jun-01 2009 03:35 pm.

Quote:


*

Hello and thank you for your response.

My NumLock was indeed set as ON in BIOS, unfortunately, setting it to off was unsuccessful in resolving the issue (ASUS A8N-VM motherboard). In addition to the keyboard resetting when entering sleep more, it also resets on a system reboot (I performed several post BIOS update).

An alphanumeric keyboard comparison between the correct setting and the keyboard's apparent default setting is below:

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890

abcdefgh51230n6-qrst4vwxyz123456789*

I look forward to your next suggestion.

Thank you!

Jun-01 2009 05:33 pm.

Quote:


*

Hi there,

Sorry for the late reply. I lost this case number. What is the update of your keyboard?

Thanks

Adesso Tech Support

Jun-15 2009 11:25 am.

Quote:
*

There has been no update since my last reply. Again, whenever the keyboard goes to sleep or the system reboots, the key mapping returns to the default (incorrect) settings as posted in my previous reply:

When I type:
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz1234567890

I get:
abcdefgh51230n6-qrst4vwxyz123456789*

Again, thank you for your support. I look forward to your next suggestion.

Jun-17 2009 04:08 pm

Quote:


*

Please review this request. It's been over two weeks since the last reply from Adesso Tech Support.

Jul-02 2009 07:31 am.

Quote:


*

One week later and still no response. Please reply.

Jul-09 2009 06:53 pm.

Quote:


*

Two weeks later and still no response.

Jul-17 2009 09:49 am.

Quote:
*

You must hold down the FN key on your keyboard and the NUMLOCK/INSERT key simultaneously (1 time) to go back to the default letters on your keyboard.

Aug-07 2009 03:57 pm


Ticket closed.

I would note that the final response had already been covered in my original post.

Just thought I'd let you know.

-Wolf sends

Edit: Too late

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December 18, 2009 5:30:24 PM

Quote:
Is it possible to have it configured so it automatically does a FN+Numlock when exiting sleep mode?


Not that I'm aware of.

-Wolf sends
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