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Advice for a $600-800 HTPC build

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April 14, 2010 12:11:51 AM

My current pc is on its last bytes, and I've been looking at building a new one this time (currently using laptop). Was originally looking at a desktop rig, but have since realized I'd prefer an HTPC set up. Done a little searching around, but haven't quite found the right combination.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 1-2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching (lots of) HD video files (.mkv, .mp4, .avi, etc.), watching / recording TV, streaming (Hulu / Netflix), music playback, possibly light gaming, preferably at 1080p (starcraft II, dragon age), general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor (plan to use my current 50" 1080p plasma - any issues with a plasma monitor for an htpc?)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: no brand preference; would prefer a smaller media-center sized case, but not required

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: possibly

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: system would need wireless card / adapter
April 14, 2010 10:00:37 AM

GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG Black 22X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100283-3L Radeon HD 5770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec New Solution NSK2480 Black/Silver
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $761.72

Don't know which wireless is better and that video card should fit in the case but I'm not 100% sure.
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April 14, 2010 1:15:38 PM

I like the track mosox is on but since the OP said light gaming, I think the 5770 is overkill. I have had better luck in my htpc with nvidia cards and would get a gt240 with a quiet stock cooler, should be enough for rts games. Id also get a bluray drive to use with slysoft, wink wink. And a good dual hdtv tuner with mce remote to use in win7 mce for tv dvr function. I have that case and its excellent, but only holds 2 hdd's. Is fine for me because i have networked storage.
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