New build, HTPC

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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  1. if you can tolerate a large case this combo might do the job. its more than enough system for what you want. you can even do some light gaming on it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.789234
  2. CPU: i3 2105 w/ HD3000 graphics $134
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115090 $134

    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 $49
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128527

    RAM: GSKILL DDR3 1066mhz 2x2GB $20

    Harddrive: WD Green 1TB $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136490

    Case: Antec NSK w/ 380W Powersupply $95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129072

    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.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077

    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.
  3. Check out the htpc in my sig link...it was about $100 more than you want to spend, but you could easily save that on a cheaper micro atx mobo.
  4. 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
  5. 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 (amazon.com) - $13.47

    Total Cost: $370.40
    Mail In Rebates: $32.00

    Final Cost: $338.40
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