HTPC Build around $600

I've read a bunch of threads for other HTPCs, but they weren't exactly what I was looking for so I've started my own thread. I don't have anything set in stone part-wise. I'm going to be using this to stream videos, store movies/tv shows and watch from it. I'd also like to have a TV tuner to record football games. And lastly this might also be used as an airvideo server for my ipad, if it doesn't hurt the overall performance.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next week or two

BUDGET RANGE: Around $600, very flexible though

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the internet, streaming videos, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: No keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, or software required.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg for convienence, will consider all others.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Stylish case preferred, but won't break the budget for it (not going to be in a completely visible location but I like it nice). A TV tuner. A remote. Not worried about hard drive space, I have a 500 GB sitting around and will expand to a 2 TB drive or an external at a later date.



MONITOR RESOLUTION: Output to a 720p Samsung plasma

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet is good, and I'd probably leave this thing on 24/7 with the occassional reboot.

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  1. This is my current newegg setup:

    SAPPHIRE 100292DDR3L Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    $59.99 with $10 mail-in rebate

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P2000LV4GK
    $97.99 with $20 mail-in rebate

    Thermaltake Black SECC Japanese steel LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

    Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540
    GIGABYTE GA-H55M-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Combo $216.98 with $10 mail-in rebate

    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner / Encoder 1229 PCI-Express x1 Interface - OEM
    Rosewill WMC Remote control/Rcvr PRC-127 for Win 7
    Combo $129.98

    $583.43 before mail-in rebate, $543.43 with rebates.
    Feedback desired!
  2. looks decent to me. You won't need DDR3 2000 with that build, 1333 will do, and there's 4 GB of Mushkin 1333 for $77.99.

    also, this TV tuner is also dual channel, comes with its own remote, and gets HD720/1080i over the air, its $124:

    I didn't see a PSU in there, this should be highly reliable, and its $39.99
  3. Thanks for the PSU tip, totally forgot about that!
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