New General Purpose HTPC

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE: Watching TV (over-the-air broadcast HD), Watching Movies (Blueray capable), Listening to internet radio and over-the-air radio, some production via PreSonus Firebox, and work in photoshop and general work.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Everything below is from, so I would prefer unless you know a deal some other place.



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200)


This is what I have come up with for now. Please let me know your thoughts, any forseeable issues.

APEX MJ-16 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case ATX12V SFX 250W Power Supply - Retail

Antec Mult-Station Elite Internal IR receiver w/ VFD and remote - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999192

ZOTAC H55ITX-A-E LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813500043

Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I3530 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115222

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-2GBNQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231185

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136075
(This will be the OS drive)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136074
(This will be for my CD music collection)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136073
(2 @ $55.99 each)
(These will be for Recording TV, production audio and maybe a game or two)

LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136183

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 Interface - OEM
Item #: N82E16815116037

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116756

The total of the above products is $1003.78
This is a bit more then I want to spend but if it is enought for a while I am happy with that. If it is overkill please let me know.

Thanks all!
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  1. Just get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for $89.99, to replace the two WD Caviar Blue 500GB HDDs and save $21.99, if you can, get a cheap 32GB or 40GB SSD instead of that WD Caviar Blue 160GB for o/s bootup - they're ridiculously fast. Apart from the HDDs, it should be fine, your WD Caviar Blue 320GB would be ok for a music collection.
  2. I am now wondering if this set up is overkill?

    What Mini-ITX / Chip would you guys recommend for just HD playback?

    I've done some searching for what minimum requirement would be, but everything is so old with Zotac's and Intel's new boards out - just wondering it there is a $75 board and $75 chip that can do essentiall the same thing as I'm not gaming.

    Any thoughts?
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