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December 24, 2010 8:09:21 PM

Hey guys i need a new HTPC for my living room and budget is small i was running around 700$. I came up with this:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

ZOTAC ZT-20402-10L GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card ( i used this because it support blu ray 3D)

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDX945FBGIBOX

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM

Please make any changes you need to. Thank You Guys

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December 24, 2010 9:38:52 PM

Unless you are planning on some gaming on it you can save some money and go with an AthlonII x2 or x3 instead of the Phenom.
December 24, 2010 11:44:14 PM
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December 25, 2010 12:13:33 AM

I JUST built an HTPC and it had very similar components, but was much less expensive! The parts listed below with the rebates is only $400 or $410. Its only around $450 if you dont do the rebates. And this is a very high powered system and very future proof in my opinion (Sata III and USB 3.0 and the lot)

Here was my build if you want to compare it. I also suggest a different processor than your choice. The 445 x3 Athlon works perfectly, is only $77, and uses much less energy. The only real difference is the L3 cache, which I dont really see you having to use anyway (I certainly dont), and even if you do use it, it probably wont be often enough to really make that worth the energy and the extra money (in my humble opinion anyway).

NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
---Only $40 with the code and rebate!!

Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

--I boot of of this with 1 partition for boot and a different one for the media and its works just fine. I never feel like its slow at all.


--I went with this because it has some decent graphics and has sata 6gb/s and usb 3.0 (very future proof!) Also has many Sata connections and PCI ports of all kind.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

$30 with the rebate!
Honestly, my system idles at 70 watts and maybe goes to 100 watts. Even with bluray and other thigns, this should be fine. The whole hype of really high powered PSUs seems stupid to me when this is more than enough. Is also very energy efficient.

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
This is a X3 processor and works just fine. Even a dual core would be fine, but if you encode and stuff this will work well. Also, the board with a simple click unlocks the 4th core for me! This gave me 4 cores within 30 seconds. I dont even use the 3 that come normally, so I disabled it again, but its there for the future!

Your ram is your call, just get the best deal and read ratings to make sure its good stuff! I got some for $50 that is 5 star ram and the ones I put in my stystem went down to just $40 a bit ago!

Good luck!
December 25, 2010 12:31:43 AM

idles at 70 watts? The CPU temperature? Way too much. What's the CPU voltage in the BIOS?
December 25, 2010 12:36:08 AM

Couldnt really tell you the voltage because Im at home for xmas but I never changes the voltages, so whatever is standard. Its definitely not abnormal though, just look at the 445 in Toms charts, I think they got around 74 watts idle for their system in the tests.

Temps were normal whenever I checked. Usually between 40 and 45.

Whats 'Way too much' though? If you have any other questions just let me know!

Btw, I read as many reviews as possible before buying parts, so you can trust that those parts are pretty good (but of course reading the reviews yourself wouldnt hurt!)
December 25, 2010 2:50:16 AM

Oops my fault, I wrote watts but I thought degrees.