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HTPC: First Build... is this good enough?

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April 7, 2010 4:55:57 PM

Looking to build my first HTPC, want to make something that will last a long time. Possibly run emulators and stuff but I don't need it for gaming. Wanting something that will do it's job quickly without hitting the electric bill very hard. Quiet is a bonus. I did some newegg browsing and this is what I came up with. Did I overdo it?

Case:
SILVERSTONE Black 8.0mm aluminum front panel, 0.8mm SECC body GRANDIA GD04B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail

Mobo:
ASUS P5G41C-M LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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

PSU:
Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply - Retail

CPU:
Intel Celeron E3200 Wolfdale 2.4GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E3200 - Retail

Memory:
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model

Optical Drive:
LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

Thinking about getting 3 HDD's one for video, one for Tv, and one for live pause/playback

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April 7, 2010 5:12:02 PM

What is your budget? A lot of those choices are not good. First, you shouldn't even be considering a dead-end LGA 775 setup for a new build. Second, the motherboards that use both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM have known stability issues. Third, that Thermaltake PSU is one of the biggest POS's available. I'll put a build together for you in a few minutes.
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April 7, 2010 5:12:26 PM

First: What's your budget?

Second: I can tell you right now you're going to get comments about that G41 motherboard and dead-end CPU. I suggest you look at either a Intel i3 + H55 motherboard combo or an AMD Athlon II + 785G motherboard combo.

Edit- you sniped me again shortstuff! /shakesfist
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April 7, 2010 5:21:49 PM

rwpritchett said:
Edit- you sniped me again shortstuff! /shakesfist

LOL! I beat you by 24 seconds. :) 

Here's a nice HTPC build without knowing your budget:

Intel Pentium G6950 Clarkdale 2.8GHz 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7H55-M/CSM LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $186.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $108.99 (I picked this RAM because it doesn't have tall heat-sinks so it will fit better in a HTPC case)

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $123.99

Antec Black M FusionRemote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

LG UH10LS20 Blu-ray Disc Combo Internal SATA 10x SuperMulti Blue LightScribe - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

Total - $714.93
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April 7, 2010 5:51:10 PM

or something like this modified from shortstuff's

AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX425WFGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $108.99

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $123.99

Antec Black M FusionRemote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

LG UH10LS20 Blu-ray Disc Combo Internal SATA 10x SuperMulti Blue LightScribe - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

Total - $687.94
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April 7, 2010 5:53:36 PM

My budget is less than 800 So both of those will be great...
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April 7, 2010 6:02:30 PM

My wife is now asking me about the possibility of 3D integration (She really wants to own Avatar 3D)... I know nothing about that stuff. Is it possible and how would I go about finding legitimate information?

I know there would be need for a 3D television, would I need some kind of 3D enabled graphics processor or something else?
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April 7, 2010 6:14:38 PM

cheapest way to get the best 3D viewing would be a ps3
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April 7, 2010 6:56:46 PM

The latest 10.3 version of ATI drivers adds support for "3D Stereoscopic glasses". Here's the quote from the drivers release notes:

"AMD has updated it’s Direct3D (Quad buffer support) driver to enable 3rd party
middleware vendors such as iZ3D to output stereo L/R images at 120 Hz (60 Hz per
eye)"

That would require a separate GPU, 120 Hz monitor, and special glasses at a minimum.
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