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January 4, 2011 9:51:53 AM

hi,

could any one please suggest me a combination of processor ,mobo and graphic card for a new htpc build under 200$...200$ is the approx budget for the entire rig. I already made a choice of 1gb ram and 300gb hd and need a case for around 50-60$

I already have a new PC which is an core i5 with 4 gigs of ram.. i m looking for an alternate to media players within 200$, which can play HD content to my Plasma

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January 4, 2011 2:49:48 PM

Honestly- that'll be really hard.

Best bet is to get bare bones or refurbed OLD computer with PCI-e, and get a 60 dollar AMD card with Audio via HDMI.

Thats my two cents!
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January 4, 2011 3:05:59 PM

If you have a MicroCenter near you, then check out their AMD bundles. The MSI 785GM-P45 and X4 640 is an OK combo. The MSI board has integrated 4200 video which is sufficient for 1080 resolution and also has an HDMI output (audio and video). $100 will get you started with a MB+CPU, but you are probably not going to fit an entire PC in that $200 budget.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...
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January 4, 2011 4:11:46 PM

sadams04 said:
If you have a MicroCenter near you, then check out their AMD bundles. The MSI 785GM-P45 and X4 640 is an OK combo. The MSI board has integrated 4200 video which is sufficient for 1080 resolution and also has an HDMI output (audio and video). $100 will get you started with a MB+CPU, but you are probably not going to fit an entire PC in that $200 budget.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...


Thanks for your suggestions, i can stretch another 100$.. i just need a good combo enough to play blu ray discs flawlessly.. as i already have another PC i wont be using it for any other purposes except watching movies and video recording from Tv
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January 4, 2011 4:41:23 PM

Blu-Ray playback on that 4200 chipset at 1080 resolution works just fine. With a $300 budget things change...

1TB Samsung F3- $60. You can get the 500GB F3, but you will only save $10...
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

4GB Patriot Sector 5 - $40 after rebate
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Blu-Ray Combo Drive - $60
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

mATX 350w Antec - $33
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - ...on your own for what ever HTPC case works for you.
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January 7, 2011 2:35:50 AM

Rumored intro price on those new Fusion boards is $150. That's 1/2 your budget.
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January 19, 2011 1:39:46 AM

Best answer selected by rocky_mystic.
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January 20, 2011 1:21:03 AM

FWIW, latest I've heard is $110. No real source for that, just some random reading.
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