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Need advice on small budget HTPC ($400-550)

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April 6, 2010 11:01:35 PM

Howdy all. I am a noob looking to build a basic HTPC. I would like a good sized HD (1TB or so). Not expecting anything too extreme for performance. Ability to use as a DVR down the road would be great too. Thanks for any help.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: like to start the build in the next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 400-550 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Streaming video(Hulu, Netflix,...), OTA TV, Surfing the internet, Blu-Ray playback, Music & Movie Storage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (will hook up through HDMI to Panasonic 50" 720P plasma), Speakers (run through receiver)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Would prefer Newegg, Tiger Direct, or other well known & trusted sites
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would prefer a case to fit in with receiver and other AV components

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 720P

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will go in an enclosed AV rack, so need good cooling. ATSC tuner with HDMI out preferred. I am not too picky about brands, just want the best product for the price.
April 9, 2010 12:34:01 PM

On the lower end of that budget spectrum:

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April 9, 2010 5:01:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. After doing some more research think I need to up my budget to around $600-650 and probably look at going full ATX for the cooling and ability to upgrade and add on in the future.
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