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$1500 HTPC

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October 28, 2010 1:32:11 AM

Hello,
I'm looking to build a HTPC, looking to spend about 1500. this is my first build and I am unsure about what i need. I have a 46" samsung HDTV at 1080p.

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October 28, 2010 1:47:34 AM

$1500 is probably overkill for an HTPC.

Take a look at my $700 PC in the Best Configs build, though It was made in early september.

I'd change it with a GTS 430, and a Athlon II X3 445 now, and if you need it, add a Wireless N card. Keep the 880G motherboard, 4 GB Ram and the 1 TB HDD. Maybe a 2 TB HD for more space. The cool wood case is optional :) 

Total with combos would be around 700-750.
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October 28, 2010 2:39:33 AM

Oh, I can spend your money :D 

Storage drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$109.99

PSU
SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W ATX12V V2.3/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99

Keyboard
Logitech diNovo Mini Black Bluetooth Wireless Mini Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$115.99

Blu-ray player/burner
PLEXTOR Black BD Combo SATA Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

HTPC Case with LED and remote control
Antec Black Aluminum / Steel Fusion Remote Black Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.95

CPU/Motherboard (with built-in graphics and HD audio bitstreaming support)
GIGABYTE GA-H55M-UD2H LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i5-661 Clarkdale 3.33GHz LGA 1156 87W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I5661
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Combo Discount: -$17.99
Combo Price: $286.99
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $276.99

OS Drive & OS:
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $314.98
$30.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $284.98

Subtotal: $1,127.88 before $40 MIR + taxes & shipping

That leaves room for one of these 4-tuner CableCard tuners
http://www.cetoncorp.com/products.php (MSRP $399)

See I can spend your money :D 
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