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XBMC HTPC build

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August 9, 2011 10:34:31 PM

So I'm planning a htpc (more like a massive media server) to run XBMC off of and store hundreds of DVDs on (and some gaming every so often)
I'm going to use the motherboard, CPU, and RAM from my current comp, and then upgrade those, but other parts are flexible. Any advice is welcome.
P.S. This will be in the A/V closet, far from any TVs. Noise, size, and style are all non-issues.

Mobo: MSI 785gm-e65
CPU: AMD Athlon II x2 245 @ 3.6ghz

Case: Antec One Hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 500w (would get the 430w but I need more SATA power) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: 2x Samsung 2TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics: Radeon 5670 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD/BD: Asus BD-ROM drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Win7 Home Premium x64
Ram: 4gb DDR3 1333 from my current PC

I'm planning to RAID those two hard drives RAID 1, using the motherboard's built-in RAId, then if I need more storage, get a RAID card and use RAID 5 with one or two more HDDs.

My biggest areas of need are the case, PSU, and graphics. I don't know much about the 65xx/66xx cards but I would love some advice. I have a 5750 right now and I don't need that much power, but I didn't think the integrated 4250 would cut it for bluray playback and occasional gaming.

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August 9, 2011 11:14:33 PM

Well, it won't be used primarily for gaming, and I don't mean to max anything out with it. Mainly for css parties, the occasional rts, etc. I have a 5750 and definitely don't need that much power, as it will not be used nearly as much and I don't want to spend over $70 hopefully. I was really wondering if there is a better alternative to the 5670 within $10 or so of that price.
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