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December 20, 2011 12:24:58 PM

Approximate Purchase Date before 12/31/2011

Budget Range: $400 or less if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
HTPC to record video from cable card USB tuner and playback on HDTV, Playback of BD-Rom movies, quiet, small

Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse, cablecard tuner (Have Hauppague WinTV-DCR-2650), BD-DVDROM drive (Samsung)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Low cost but not crap

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Quiet and small preferred. Will use Windows 7 Ultimate as O/S, need a remote as well. Forgot to add will be using a wired connection to my router/cable modem so don't need wireless.

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December 20, 2011 1:01:06 PM

CPU: i3 2105 w/ HD3000 graphics $134 $134

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 $49

RAM: GSKILL DDR3 1066mhz 2x2GB $20

Harddrive: WD Green 1TB $140

Case: Antec NSK w/ 380W Powersupply $95

Total: $438

I know this is above your budget, but the fact that harddrive prices are really high right now makes this significantly more expensive than just a few months ago. If you need to shave a few dollars off I think the best thing would be to get a smaller hard drive or get a slower processor. I chose this processor because its got HD3000 graphics, but you can get this one with HD2000 graphics (slightly worse) for about $15 less.

Also, this MOBO doesn't have USB 3.0, but I chose it to lower cost. You also can't overclock but this is a HTPC so I don't think that is likely.

I didn't go for an HTPC case because I couldn't find anything that were cheap and came with a power supply. The case and power supply that I've chosen are both very good quality. The PSU is Antec Earthwatts.
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December 20, 2011 1:09:05 PM

Check out the htpc in my sig was about $100 more than you want to spend, but you could easily save that on a cheaper micro atx mobo.
December 20, 2011 3:06:13 PM

I do have a Samsung 2TB hard drive that I can pull out of another system, format and use, that should save me a few bucks. Thanks all for the advice
December 20, 2011 7:14:35 PM

Case: NMediaPC Black HTPC Case - $49.99
Power Supply/Processor Combo: Power Supply/Processor Combo - $95.98
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 430 watt
  • CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250
    Motherboard/OS Combo: Motherboard/OS Combo - $149.98
  • Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit
    RAM: G.Skill 4GB (2x2GB) - $20.99
    Hard Drive: Already Have (2TB Drive)
    Optical Drive: Already Have (Samsung Blu-Ray)
    Graphics Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD6450 Low-Profile - $39.99

    Total Cost: $356.93
    Mail in Rebates: $32.00

    Final Cost: $324.93

    -Wolf sends

    Whoops! Forgot the Remote Control:

    Windows 7 MCE Remote Control ( - $13.47

    Total Cost: $370.40
    Mail In Rebates: $32.00

    Final Cost: $338.40