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January 21, 2010 4:16:39 PM

I borrowed this from the thread above...thanks in advance to the recommend!

Wondering if anyone has any input regarding the specs...or should i just dive in and start ordering?

My first foray into world of HTPC.

HTPC: $877.15 - Thanks Psycho Sykes and obsidian86 for your feedback

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 425 2.7GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX425WFGIBOX - Retail
MOBO: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
• HSF: Not required
GPU: XFX HD-575X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
HDD (OS): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
HDD (Storage): SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
DVD: LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk Model WH08LS20K - OEM
Case: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
• Thermal Compound: Not Required
• Accessories: Streamzap PC Remote Control
This build will allow you to play music and movies on a 1080 HD TV and light 720P->1080P gaming & DX11 compatabilty...
January 21, 2010 4:32:18 PM

RAM: If you're buying from Newegg, the CAS Latency 7 Ripjaws are the same price and faster.

GPU: Definitely up that to the 5770. It's only like $15 more, for 15-20% more performance. It's probably not necessary, but it's certainly more bang for the buck.

Rest is good.
January 21, 2010 5:45:18 PM

The build looks good. That will make a great HTPC. What OS are you planning on using? If you need one, be sure to check for combo deals for the OS with your other hardware to save some money.

Another option for HTPC's now are the new Intel i3 chips with the H55 motherboards.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=370...

Here's a combo deal to consider:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $201.98 (Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor + Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H combo)

Here's a few more combo deals you might be interested in if you need an OS:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $224.98 (Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit + Sapphire 100284L Radeon HD 5750 combo)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $269.98 (Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit + XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 combo)
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January 22, 2010 2:14:26 PM

Don't forget a wireless keyboard with trackball/touchpad and a MCE remote + IR receiver.

Everything looks good to me.
February 2, 2010 7:55:13 PM

hey all

thanks a bunch for the replies...big help...will be doing some heavy duty reviewing and putting in the order....will be back with more questions probably shortly!!

really appreciate the feedback tho!
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