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February 14, 2011 11:09:26 PM


Because of issues with my cable TV provider, I'm thinking of experimenting by building a new PC to be used primarily for live video streaming.

My main interest is to get sites like ESPN3/MLBtv running nicely. I am also interested in having a TV tuner that will allow me to get over-the-air HD channels.

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: $600-700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: streaming internet video

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no preference

Country of Origin: USA

More about : video internet streaming

February 15, 2011 5:10:13 AM

best option is an HTPC build.

Antech Microfusion case w/ 80+ certified 350W Power supply: $99.99
an excellent case with room for 4 low-profile cards. the 350W PSU has 2 12v rails with 18 amps each. enough to handle the fancier video card listed below.

Palit GTS 450 low profile video card $129.99 w/ $15 MIR
a powerful card for being so small. It will handle not only your HD video at 1080P, including HD audio bitstreaming, it can handle games at 1366x768 (720p) at high details, or 1080p at medium details

AS Rock 880-GXH: $79.99
USB 3 support is why I picked this over the $59.99 version

AMD Athlon II X3 450: $79.99
a great chip, it'll speed up any video conversions, and handles games quite well.

G.Skill 4 GB DDR3-1333: $39.99
there are others this price, but tend to be higher voltage.

Samsung Spinpoint F4 2 TB Hard drive: $89.99
don't let the 5400 RPM fool you, its dense platters make data access comparable to 7200 rpm drives. Since this system has room for only 1 3.5" drive, we might as well make it the biggest we can.

LG Blue Ray Burner: $89.99
to record TV off the disk.

AVerMedia AVerTVHD Duet PCTV tuner: $89.99 ($79.99 thru 2/18)
A low profile HDTV tuner card, able to record one channel while watching a second.

total: $599.93, not including discounts and rebates
February 15, 2011 4:12:18 PM

ScrewySqrl said:

G.Skill 4 GB DDR3-1333: $39.99
there are others this price, but tend to be higher voltage.

Brilliant, thanks for the advice--one quick question, is there a significant advantage to go above 4gb? I noticed the motherboard can handle up to 16gb.
February 15, 2011 4:40:01 PM

at this time, maybe, If you are doing major items with photoshop, or heavy duty HD encoding, more might help. It can't hurt, as inexpensive 8 GB kits run around $80.