Region-free HTPC build for $500-600 Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: January 7, 2010 1:01 PM in Systems Share w113raf 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 More about : region free htpc build 500 600 Dougie Fresh January 7, 2010 3:50:09 AM Is this basically the same mobo except without Wifi and e-SATA but $30 cheaper (after rebate?) ZOTAC IONITX-G-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) NVIDIA ION http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... I am not 100% sure but I noticed it. w113raf January 7, 2010 3:59:38 AM And without the S/PDIF Out, but yeah. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Dougie Fresh January 7, 2010 1:01:53 PM Yeah, just thought I'd point it out in case you didn't need the other stuff in the D-E. I thought I remembered this when I compared the two. Looks like the new Pinetrail based Atom boards are coming: http://www.zotacusa.com/. No idea when it'll show up in ION stuff though. Looks like what they have right now is GMA3150 based. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumCritique/Recommendations for my ~$ 500-600 light gaming/ htpc build ForumHTPC Build -- $ 500-600 ForumMini ITX AMD HTPC ? 500-600 range. ForumDriving myself crazy!! 500-600 Build (-HD & OS) ForumWanting to build a Core gaming pc 500-600 budget Forum$ 500-600 College Rig (Casual Gamer) ForumNeed HTPC Build - Small but powerful ForumBest All in one PC or equivalent for around 500-600 $ ForumGood 500-600 W PSU? ForumFirst build htpc -check parts list ForumFirst Build , hybrid HTPC / Medium duty gaming; $500-$750 ForumHelp with HTPC /NAS build ForumLook over my new HTPC build ? ForumNew HTPC - PSU too noisy! ForumHtpc /gaming - help w/ build ForumPCI compatibility question ForumInteresting $700 gaming build. ForumQuiet HTPC in Origen AE S10V ForumFirst Time HTPC Build ForumNeed help cutting price on new i5 build to $1k More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !