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February 20, 2010 2:29:26 PM

I am planning on building my first HTPC for our living room. We are looking to cut the cord and cable and expect this built to be able to stream music and video from local server and the internet, DVR for over the air HD and potentially add a Blue-ray DVD at a later point in time.

I have the following components already and would like to utilize if possible:
• Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
• Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250
• Windows 7

I am thinking of using the following to complete the build:
• Intel BOXDG45ID LGA 775 Intel G45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
• G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
• Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Any concerns with the components here? I also need some suggestions picking out a quiet and efficient case and power supply. I would like to spend between $100-150 for both.

Thanks in advance!

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February 23, 2010 2:24:39 AM

blackjellognomes said:
Total budget?


I would like to stay around $400 (not including existing items). Here's the breakdown based on current pricing at Newegg:

• Intel BOXDG45ID LGA 775 Intel G45 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $105
• G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $50
• Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $85

Leaving upto $160 for PSU and Case


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February 23, 2010 2:35:41 AM

Take this PSU and Case combo $79 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And this mobo (DDR3 ram) $69 with $10 mail in rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then 4GB of DDR3 $104 (2x2GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And then this video card $25 after mail in rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that way your spending $277 on the PSU / Case / Ram / Mobo / video card and you have DDR3 and a nice silent video card that will play HD perfectly.

Now if if you want a HTPC case (the super slim junky crappy kind) then that's a whole nother story.....
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February 24, 2010 2:15:19 AM

Thanks for the feedback I will look into these components. I am limited by space and will need a HTPC case seeing this will need to fit in a stero rack.


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