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

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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=N82E16819116283

    ASUS P7H55-M/CSM LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131638

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.369703 $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=N82E16820231189&cm_re=g.skill_4gb_ddr3-_-20-231-189-_-Product $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=N82E16815116036&cm_re=hvr_2250-_-15-116-036-_-Product $123.99

    Antec Black M FusionRemote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129046&cm_re=antec_htpc-_-11-129-046-_-Product $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=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product $89.99

    LG UH10LS20 Blu-ray Disc Combo Internal SATA 10x SuperMulti Blue LightScribe - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136185&cm_re=UH10LS20-_-27-136-185-_-Product $114.99

    Total - $714.93
  4. 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=N82E16819103726

    ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131406

    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=N82E16820231189&cm_re=g.skill_4gb_ddr3-_-20-231-189-_-Product $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=N82E16815116036&cm_re=hvr_2250-_-15-116-036-_-Product $123.99

    Antec Black M FusionRemote 350 Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129046&cm_re=antec_htpc-_-11-129-046-_-Product $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=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product $89.99

    LG UH10LS20 Blu-ray Disc Combo Internal SATA 10x SuperMulti Blue LightScribe - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136185&cm_re=UH10LS20-_-27-136-185-_-Product $114.99

    Total - $687.94
  5. My budget is less than 800 So both of those will be great...
  6. 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?
  7. For Nvidia, check out this site:

    http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_Vision_Requirements.html

    For AMD/ATI, I don't know what they have planned yet.
  8. cheapest way to get the best 3D viewing would be a ps3
  9. 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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