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Region-free HTPC build for $500-600

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January 7, 2010 3:43:53 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of January 2010

BUDGET RANGE: $500-600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: DVD > TV

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS (Ubuntu), case, power supply (Antec 300W Model: SL300S)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: No

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Desired:
750+ GB HD (for 250 GB music collection, HDTV recording)
7.1 channel surround (output to 7.1 channel receiver)
TV tuner
Region-free DVD playback
Relatively quiet
Low energy consumption


Any suggestions?

Current thoughts:
ZOTAC IONITX-D-E Intel Atom 330 Dual Core 1.6 GHz 441 NVIDIA ION Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
Retail $169.99


A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16K
Retail $88.99


Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$84.99


Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
Retail $149.99
January 7, 2010 3:59:38 AM

And without the S/PDIF Out, but yeah.
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January 7, 2010 1:01:53 PM

Yeah, just thought I'd point it out in case you didn't need the other stuff in the D-E. I thought I remembered this when I compared the two.

Looks like the new Pinetrail based Atom boards are coming: http://www.zotacusa.com/. No idea when it'll show up in ION stuff though. Looks like what they have right now is GMA3150 based.
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