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My $400 Bluray mini HTPC!

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March 11, 2010 6:47:50 PM

So I've been planning on building an affordable and efficient HTPC system for my home. I don't plan on playing many games on it. It's going to be mostly to watch Bluray movies, stream Netflix wirelessly, run a few virtual machines, store all my movies and music, and back up my laptop wirelessly. I'm planning on running it 24/7 so energy efficiency is really important for me.

Here are the list of my parts. Please let me know what you think, I'm open to any suggestions. Oh and I didn't include a hard drive or ram because I already have those. Beside that, this is pretty much it.

Motherboard-$99.99
ZOTAC G43ITX-A-E LGA 775 Intel G43 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor-$51.99
Intel Celeron E3200 Wolfdale 2.4GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case-$64.99
Antec Mini Skeleton-90 0.8mm cold rolled steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(Computer+Cases+-+ATX+Form)-_-Antec-_-11129067

Bluray drive-$100
Brand New HL SATA Blu-Ray Player DVD Drive Burner CT21N USB 2.0 external Slim Drive
http://cgi.ebay.com/HL-Blu-Ray-Player-Combo-CT21N-USB-E...

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March 12, 2010 1:22:32 AM

Forgot to mention, I'm planning on using this also as a Boxee box to control most of my media stuff. I have a Motorola Droid which I'll be using instead of a keyboard and mouse so I won't have to worry about that. With PhoneMyPC I can control everything from my phone and even use my phone as a touchpad/keyboard.
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