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HTPC for around $500

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December 29, 2009 4:28:09 PM

So here's what I'm trying to do. I'm moving off-campus (college student) and I am looking to build an HTPC for about $500. After doing some research I have come up with a build that I am fairly happy with. I have some issues that I hope you guys will help me out with.

Here are my parts: UPDATED!!!

Case: Antec NSK1380 Black/ Silver Steel MicroATX Cube Computer Case 350W Power Supply $109.99

PSU: 350W Included in Case $0

CPU: Intel Pentium E5300 2.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor $69.99

Motherboard: ZOTAC GF9300-A-E LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $99.99

Memory: A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1A16K $49.99

Graphics Card: Onboard $0

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model iHOS104-06 59.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $109.99

Grand Total= $499.94



What I want this build to do:
Be able to hold my growing library of HD movies with room to add additional HDD as it grows
Be able to playback full HD movies
Run Quiet
Be able to play Blu-Ray disks


My concerns:
I'm looking for a different/cheaper case.
Will my equipment overheat?

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December 29, 2009 8:15:18 PM

A decent HTPC build.

Have you looked at an AMD setup though? Your Intel CPU + Mobo = $170, while this AMD CPU + 785G Mobo Combo = $128

With the money saved, you could get a different case or bump up the RAM to 4GB.

Just a suggetion. Your Intel build will do the job.
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