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May 31, 2010 2:10:10 AM

If anyone could look over this build just to make sure I didn't miss anything, or wants to suggest something.

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

I love ASUS. I have had wonderful motherboards and this notebook i'm using right now.

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

Cheap DDR3 RAM that has good newegg ratings

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

I hear only good things about Antec and this case looks to be enough.

(don't feel like finding link) Western Digital Green Drive 1TB


Gonna hook up to my Sony Bravia TV via HDMI.
Going to install Linux MCE.


Is there such a thing as a TV tuner that I can use that will plug into my TV and I can watch tv/change channels though my PC and when I want to, even record TV.

Right now i only have standard antenna tv but I have satellite in my house, and next year in my dorm room i'll have cable TV.

Thank's everybody.
May 31, 2010 9:56:38 PM

sorry ... woul not take any ATOM if you GAVE it to me ...

... you can do WAY BETTER and have MUCH more flexibility and performance and expansion with an AM3 440 chip on a 790 micro-ATX mobo ... WAY !
May 31, 2010 10:06:56 PM

Agreed one of the comments on that atom board is "handles 720p pretty well." Meaning it doesn't! Any most TVs are 1080p anyway so you're looking at a board that can't handle mkv files too well let alone blu-ray discs.
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May 31, 2010 10:20:57 PM

Even the very latest ATOM with ION NextGen GPU ... SUCKS THIN WIND !

Either Fast or I could throw a dozen links that were fair and hopeful reviews ... everyone agrees ... maybe for household NAS ... but even sucks for that.

A decent legacy clock-radio would give you more bang for the buck ... INTEL MUST open up the external GPU lanes, or ATOM will die a very quick and painful death.

= Alvin =
June 1, 2010 2:04:12 AM

I'm looking to not spend too much, so you say throw out the Atom idea all together.

What's something that you would recommend? I have delt with AMD, I was a huge fan of it for the longest time, but I have fallen in love with my Core 2 Duo and I'm not sure how good AMD is.
June 1, 2010 10:46:49 AM

A 440 (x3 Core) would be overkill, but you could actually use the system as a real computer ... even fairly agressive gaming ... ~$75 The fastest Athlon-II x2 Core (even with only 2GB RAM) will kick the living snot out of any ATOM.

Micro-ATX is your friend and 4200 graphics ROCK for HTPC

BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
DDR3, ATI Radeon HD 4200, AOD ACC, HD 1080P Ready @ $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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