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HTPC build help

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January 4, 2011 3:18:18 AM

Howdy there,

Just got ourselves a very nice 55 inch LCD TV and debating whether or not to cancel our cable tv which cost $69/month and replace those cost with an HTPC.

Right now I'm sorta debating whether or not to build one myself or maybe just buy the Mac Mini (lacking bluray drive is a bummer). I was also wondering whether there are any good ready-built HTPC to buy out there (ASRock, etc)

Approximate Purchase Date: January-April

Budget Range: somewhere in between $500-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: output movies to HDTV, converting DVD/Bluray to HD Video, web surfing plus other normal HTPC usage

Parts Not Required: monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: my 55i-inch Samsung LCD

Additional Comments: needs to be quiet!

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January 4, 2011 3:42:39 AM

Do you intend to watch OTA High Definition(CBS, ABC, NBC, etc)
January 4, 2011 3:47:31 AM

Definitely will get a good indoor antenna to watch OTA HD if i cancel my cable (which seems more likely the more i think about it).
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January 5, 2011 2:23:43 AM


No one else to help me out?

January 5, 2011 5:04:48 AM

Hm.... If you're not going to do any gaming, you probably don't even need an independent graphics card let alone SLI/crossfire