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February 27, 2010 2:31:06 PM

Greetings and salutations

My brother asked me yesterday about HTPC's. We'd like to look at building one in the next couple of weeks. I have never used, built, or spec'd out an HTPC so I really don't know what goes into them. Thus, I turn to the all knowing Tom's community for guidance!!

Budget: $500-$700

Items needed: Tower and all inside including OS

Items not needed: Peripherals - keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, etc.

Preferred vendors: Newegg & Tiger

Overclocking: No

Crossfire: No

Thoughts: Need HDMI out to TV. Local cable provider uses coaxial cable to house connected to a digital converter box - doubt if the box can be eliminated, not sure how that works.

Other than this, I don't know exactly what to look for for components in a HTPC.

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February 27, 2010 2:49:42 PM

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec New Solution NSK3480 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 133

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

win 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

now thats for $586.93

POWERCOLOR AX5570

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$669.92 with the graphics card

you can throw in a low end graphics card and you got a serious htpc on your hands


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February 28, 2010 3:21:31 PM

1.) I'll need a TV tuner card for broadcast digital cable and a blu-ray player. Maybe it can't be done on this budget.

2.) Does a build like this NOT need a high power PSU? Coming from the gaming world, seeing a 300w PSU recommended is a shock!!

3.) Are there cases that are more Home Theater-ish? I'm envisioning a horizontal case that would stack with the stereo components.

THANKS!!
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February 28, 2010 3:55:22 PM

wevie said:
1.) I'll need a TV tuner card for broadcast digital cable and a blu-ray player. Maybe it can't be done on this budget.

2.) Does a build like this NOT need a high power PSU? Coming from the gaming world, seeing a 300w PSU recommended is a shock!!

3.) Are there cases that are more Home Theater-ish? I'm envisioning a horizontal case that would stack with the stereo components.

THANKS!!

pc power consumption is going down not up that setup with the graphics card would hardly touch 200 watts maximum draw
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