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New General Purpose HTPC

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Anonymous
April 4, 2010 6:09:30 AM

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 newegg.com, so I would prefer unless you know a deal some other place.

PARTS PREFERENCES: see below.

OVERCLOCKING: No / Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet PC)

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$41.99

Antec Mult-Station Elite Internal IR receiver w/ VFD and remote - Retail
Item #: N82E16811999192
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99



ZOTAC H55ITX-A-E LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Mini ITX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813500043
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
$144.99



Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I3530 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115222
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$119.99

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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
$64.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136075
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.49
(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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99
(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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$111.98
(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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$104.99

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 Interface - OEM
Item #: N82E16815116037
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116756
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99


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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April 4, 2010 6:25:39 AM
April 4, 2010 6:25:46 AM

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.
Anonymous
April 5, 2010 4:25:39 AM

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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