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Want to say bye bye Cable DVR - Help with HTPC Build

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June 22, 2011 7:31:07 PM

So I have tried searching online for a while now & could really use some expert help. This will be my first HTPC build and want to make sure everything works as expected...

Approximate Purchase Date: Within next 2 weeks

Budget Range: 1000 max before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching & Recording live TV (w/ cable card), Streaming Web TV (Hulu, Netflix, etc) in High Def, Streaming Media from NAS, Streaming Media to other devices around home, Web Surfing, Watching Blu-Rays

Parts Not Required: Keyboard/Mouse (Logitech Dinovo Mini), Remote (Harmony One), speakers (will connect HTPC HDMI output to receiver), TV (46” 1080P), HDMI Cables

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: Live in NYC using Time Warner Cable & want to get rid of my rental DVR machine. I’d like to be able to get all my normal stations but don’t care about Video on Demand. I would also want it to be as quiet as possible.

Some initial parts on my list were:
LIAN LI Black Aluminum PC-C37B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS
Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface

What do you think? Can I cut the cable DVR rental cord without giving anything up?
June 23, 2011 12:16:14 AM

Swap out either the motherboard or the case and you should be good to go. You currently have an ATX form-factor motherboard (seven expansion slots) and a Micro-ATX form-factor case (four expansion slots). Either swap out your case for one that accepts ATX motherboards, or swap out your motherboard for a Micro-ATX board. Personally, I'd swap out the case for one that has fans and accepts an ATX form-factor motherboard.

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