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"Upper?" End HTPC Build - Parts Review

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March 29, 2010 1:41:49 AM

Long time listener, first time caller. "DING" Any reviews/corrections/opinions are extremely appreciated.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: When it's right.
BUDGET RANGE: $1000
SYSTEM USAGE: HTPC, Internet TV, Home Media
NOT REQUIRED: Addition to theater system (HDTV, Receiver, Speakers, Universal Remote), KB, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com
OVERCLOCKING: No plans
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080i @ 60Hz

Case: LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

Processor: AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

RAM: Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model CT25664AA667 - Retail x 3 = 6GB Total

Hard drive (OS/Apps): Crucial CT64M225 2.5" 64GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

HDD Bracket (2.5-3.5): ICY DOCK MB990SP-B Dual 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & IDE/SATA HDD Bracket - Retail

Hard drive (Media Files): Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EARS 1.5TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: Onboard Video Chipset = ATI Radeon HD 4200

PSU: Athena Power AP-MPS3ATX40 400W ATX12V MicroATX PS3 v 2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready DELL, HP Upgrades/Replacement Power Supply - Retail

Blu-ray Drive: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM
March 29, 2010 1:48:06 AM

You'll want an AM3 board if you plan on making use of DDR3 RAM. I also suggest getting RAM running 1333MHz.
Also, a high-end HTPC would have either a dual-core Clarkdale or a quad-core AII w/ a lower-end 5xxx series card. Both options allow for HD audio bitstreaming, and a bit more graphics processing power than that HD 4200 can provide.
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