HTPC 300dollars, doable?

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 300max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Movies/Netflix, flash games/browsing on 1080p 32inch tv

Parts Not Required: Have monitor, possibly harddrive to start out with (160gb hdd from netbook)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, however I also live near the Michigan Microcenter (I believe they have free am3 mobos with cpu purchase.... ?)

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Can only assume amd with onboard, but if I can find cheaper...

Overclocking: shouldn't be needed

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments:
Looking for a classy look. Obviously can't afford a discrete gpu atm.
If its not doable with 300 I understand. Also, don't need capture card yet (going to add on later)
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  1. X4 840 + MSI 880G E-45 $119.99
    Stuff from egg $166

    $286 total
  2. Sorry for the massive amounts of edits. I don't typically look at the very low-end parts, so I don't know what's available.

    EDIT: I had a build, but it was over what batuchka posted (I couldn't find MC's specials)...

    You can save $10, if you don't mind going after a rebate and counting it towards the budget, with these Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CL 9 sticks. They're faster too.

    That PSU also has a 10% off promo code. Here's links for everything else listed above.

    PSU: Antec Earthwatts 380W $36 after promo
    Optical: Current cheapest DVD burner $18 with free shipping promo
    HDD: 7200.12 500 GB $42 with shipping
    Case: Xigamatk Asgard $40 with shipping

    EDIT 2: Looking back at the shipping costs, batuchka's build total shipping costs is $14, which puts the total at $296 (with the PSU promo code). So if you pick up the Corsair sitcks, the total is $286.

    I'd suggest trying to throw in the HD 5450, which is perfect for HTPCs and is only $25 after rebate and shipping. The older onboard video chipsets might struggle with 1080p videos. Given the extra $14 in the budget from the PSU promo and RAM, it would only take switching the motherboard in that MC combo. I'd probably pick either the Asus M4A78LT-M LE or Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2. The Asus would put you right at the budget, while the Gigabyte would put you $10 under.

    If you don't want to count on the rebate from the RAM, you might need to make another change besides or in addition to the board. If you're sure that the laptop drive can be used (make sure it's a SATA drive), and you really don't mide using it for a while, you could easily do that. I wouldn't recommend it though. The other option would be to drop to a single 2 GB stick of RAM, like this Patriot 2 GB stick. That would save you $11 over Corsair's after rebate price or $21 over batuchka's 2x2 GB kit's price.

    EDIT 3: Found another cheaper case option: Rosewill R102-P-BK $35 after shipping. It's only a MicroATX case, so you could only get it if you switched the board to one of the ones I suggested, which would help make the HD 5450 more affordable.
  3. MadAdmiral said:
    I'd suggest trying to throw in the HD 5450, which is perfect for HTPCs. The older onboard video chipsets might struggle with 1080p videos.

    The HD 5450 is GREAT GPU for an HTPC as MadAdmiral states. With that said... the onboard HD 4250 video chipset on the MSI 880g E-45 will do smooth blu-ray playback and bitstream HDMI audio (as will HD 4200 and HD 4290). I would suggest not buying the HD 5450 if you are budget constrained. ...can always add it later for $25.
  4. HTCP mATX Build


    GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 760G mATX**
    Phenom™ II X2 560 Black Edition or Phenom™ II X4 840
    087205 BUY this BUNDLE


    APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811154094
    -$3.00 Instant

    ASUS EN210 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) GeForce 210 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814121385
    -$5.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817371033
    -$20.00 Instant

    Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1333K
    Item #: N82E16820220537

    LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106325
    193.95 newegg
    99.99 MicroCenter
    293.94 - another $15 mail-in rebate

    shipping and tax not included dropping the BLu Ray for $18 DVD drive will put you pretty close in you need the $ to cover
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