I'll be looking to a new HTPC build in a few days time and will place orders for the parts once the suggestions are final.
Mobo - Gigabyte H55
CPU - core i3-530
Ram - 4GB (or 2Gb is ok, if 4Gb isnt needed) but cant choose between all the manufacturers
GPU - i'm being drawn to passively cooled cards, seen sapphires 5670 ultimate
HDD - ?
PSU - ?
case - has been decided
Cooling - dunno about that either...the key here is being as quite as possible right?
I'll second that you don't need a GPU - check out the article at anandtech about the H55 as a HTPC.
I built mine into an Antec Micro Fusion case that came with a PSU and it doesn't even come close to using that much power. I think the H55 will idle at something like 20-some watts and use only something like 80 some when at load. You'll be OK wit ha much smaller PSU.
I'll second the tuner card - love my hauppauge 2250 - works flawlesslly in Win7.
Hauppage makes good PCI tuner cards. A note on them. I have one, and I wish I had 2. The reason is, it's a dual tuner card, 1 High Def, the other analog. So if I want to record a high def show, I can't watch another high def show.
If you have 2 one will record the other will allow you to watch. Some dude on here had 2 PCI cards, and 3 USB coax inputs. (USB is never high def tho)
You could even use the 500W OCZ ModXstream PSU. All I can say is that they are inexpensive, modular and very good. 2 big thumbs up to OCZ.
That motherboard should be fine.
Just a note on storage, go big or go home. I've been ripping my entire DVD collection and I've gobbled up about 800 GB so far, I'm wishing I had gotten a 2TB HDD.
Other than that I think you're moving in the right direction!
I have another rig in my info, and i'm very happy with the OCZ rams! Do you see me buy the obsidian, gold or the value series...um yeha i'd want to get 2 of the Hauppage but i dont know the model/specs
Relax! abt the HDD - i plan to get 2 TB in raid 1(stripping) and get another 2x 500GB for the downloaded content and Collectibles what dya yhink?
If the budget allows, try to get the Hauppauge HVR-2250. This tuner has a built in splitter and so you can record two digital streams at once (or watch one while another is recording). It does FM radio too.
Agreed...the hauppauge 2250 has a great dual tuner. I have been able to watch one and record one show, or record both. I only wish I had more slots, so I could record 4 shows....that would be very nice.
The white box version of the tuner is for the card only. The MCE kit also comes with the remote, an IR receiver/blaster, and an auxillary A/V panel. If you don't know, an IR blaster transmits remote signals to cable/satellite boxes from the computer. You won't need the remote if you plan to use the iMon remote supplied with your case.