HTPC Build, Need advice on CPU/Mobo/GPU selection

BUDGET RANGE: undetermined

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Ripping and storing Blu-Ray Discs for storage/playback off Hard Disks.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Blu-Ray Burner (using laptop to rip), Monitor (Hooking directly up to my 58'' 1080p Plasma)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, but where ever has the best deal.
PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI 5000 series GPU for Dolby TrueHD/DTS Master Audio bitstreaming

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly, I always enjoy doing it.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Here is what I plan to accomplish: I want to rip my accumulating library of Blu-ray discs to store on a media server. I'll be using my laptop to rip them, and then transfer them to the server. I don't intend to play video games, but it would be nice to play games like left 4 dead 2 on my 58" Plasma if the hardware permits. But my main focus is being able to playback blu-ray media with the full support of HD Audio formats through my home theater system. I plan on getting a receiver that's capable of decoding the HD audio bitstreams, so my guess is I'm going to end up going with an ATI 5000 series GPU. I don't need any help picking out a case, powersupply, or memory(thats dependent on what CPU/Motherboard I end up with anyway) I just need to figure out what the most budget friendly core combo of hardware for a HTPC like this is going to be.

Also worth mentioning, I have a PS3 so I'm not sure if I can access the media content directly from the console itself or not, but I'm going to look into that avenue a little more yet.
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  1. lol is everybody getting their tax rebate or something, no offense but you are about the 20th person saying they are getting something at around 2 months from now...unfortunately things are changing super fast at the moment, fermi, 32 nm, 6 core, so by the end of march or begininning of april, tons of things will change, combos wont be around, and prices will change, so it is hard to help you. if you give a budget though i can steer you in the right direction...sorry if i sound mean, but any other time i would be giving you a build in 2 seconds, but right now too many things will change to give a good build.
  2. Well I already have a few things picked out:

    Case -

    Hard Drive Primary OS -

    Hard Drive (secondary raid 1) -

    So far totaling $515

    If I can forget about gaming It would be nice to keep the total around 800, Leaving me with $300 left for a CPU/Motherboard/GPU/Memory/Power Supply/DVD drive. This seems tight, If Its not possible I don't mind saving up a little more.
  3. this is very possible, butttt... i would have to start fresh, and no way would that hdd be in you really need 2, and if so you might have to sacrafice some performance to stick to your budget...
  4. Whats wrong with the hard drives? The 500 gb might not be necessary, but I want the HD with the OS to be separate from everything else. I definitely want 2 terrabytes of storage, and it needs to be redundant. I plan on adding another two 2TB drives in the future when they fill up, which they defiantly will. The main purpose for this machine is to backup all my media.

    After doing a little more research/shopping It really looks like the budget is gonna go to around $1,000... unless more affordable parts are going to be released in the next few months, Im leaning towards an HD 5750 for gameplay. If I can rule out Gaming period I'm leaning towards the HD 5450 (only 50bucks).
  5. would you have a problem with the 500 gb f3 and the 1 tb f3? that saves a lot of money...
  6. I don't necessarily see a problem with getting the 2TB drives. I understand that they're more expensive, but the OP said they're going to be ripping and storing Blu-Ray movies on the PC. Those things aren't exactly small in size, and if he has a large collection, the extra space might be good for him.

    However, I do agree that it might be hard for him to keep his PC under budget with them.
  7. Here's another alternative. I would stick the OS on the RAID 1, but in its own partition. That way even the OS is backed up and you save some money, space, noise, heat, and electricity on that 3rd HDD. Pricing includes shipping.

    $26 Adesso ARC-1100 - Remote control - infrared

    $61 MSI R5450-MD512H Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail

    $79 AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - Retail

    $110 Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 380W Power Supply - Retail
    This is a quiet, high-quality case.

    $110 Windows 7 Home Premium Full Version 64-bit

    $95 A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1333GB2G8-AG - Retail

    $29 LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

    $98 MSI 785GM-E65
    This is a very energy-efficient, cool-running board.

    $180 HDD1 - picked out by OP, RAID 1
    $180 HDD2 - picked out by OP, RAID 1

    $6 sata II cables

    $974 TOTAL
  8. that cpu for this kind of computer doesnt seem like the best idea, he should atleast get a quad core, that ram is wierd and seems to go above 1.65 volts, @wirelessfender, does it need an os, and that case and psu doesnt look good at all, look into something like this:

    unless im missing anything, hows htis for 799.90. you have a 1.5 Tb raid 1, 500 gb os, wayyy more powerful cpu, and better parts. also, there is no point in getting a cant game, so its as good as integrated, might as well just use the intel integrated on the i3. also, the i3 uses less power and produces less heat, good for this build.
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