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March 28, 2010 9:32:55 PM

I have a budget of 1K dollars, and would love to go lower, as I can do it sooner that way! I am looking to stream video/TV and dump the cable company as I don't watch that much anyways! I have a processor, I7 940, but need to build around it. The last PC I built was back when Windows Plus was around, so I need some technical advise as well, as I am sure it has all changed.

Ideas?

Thanks,
tm

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March 28, 2010 9:43:29 PM

Look in the articles section.. There have been recent build updates matching your budget..
March 29, 2010 4:36:31 AM

Well, ... If you sell that proc on eBay, we can propbably build you an entire, fully complete, state of the art home theater (+ DVR) loaded, for the money you get ... just for that CPU ... no kidding.

Somebody show this guy what I'm talkin' about.

= Al =
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March 29, 2010 3:05:12 PM

Looks like Core I7-940 processors are going for between $400 and $500 on EBay. For that plus about $125, you can get a full system that will do all that you're asking.

Case/Power Supply: Antec Black M FusionRemote 350
Motherboard: MSI 785GM-E51 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI <== Onboard graphics and sound are more than enough to do what you want.
Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz
Memory: OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB
Optical Drive: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM

Total Cost: $525.76 Shipped.

Alternately, you can spend $150-$200 on just an LGA 1366 motherboard that can utilize your CoreI7 processor and you'd probably need to add a $50 graphics card for HD playback.

-Wolf sends

March 29, 2010 3:22:47 PM

Wolf's is decent, but if all your doing is watching media, I would swap the AM3 board/CPU for an i3-530/H55 board. They make the best HTPCs right now. I also wouldn't touch the OCZ RAM. It's really hit or miss on what works.

I would sell the i7 and build this:

CPU/Mobo: i3-530 and Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2H $200
RAM: Kingston 2x1 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $58. 4 GB is nice, but not really needed for an HTPC. If you want 4 GB, this kit is good at $95.
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90. The 750 GB is going to be slower.
Case: The above is fine if you want an HTPC case. I personally don't care for them...
Rest is the same (maybe 32-bit for the OS if you go with 2 GB of RAM)

Total: $567 w/ 2 GB, $604 w/ 4 GB
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