Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

HTPC build

Last response: in Systems
Share
December 30, 2011 5:23:59 AM

I am going to build a HTPC this week and i will buy the parts this weekend. Its primary purpose is a HTPC but it will also be used for ripping and decoding DVD's. I will buy the parts from Micro Center because it is right down the street from my house. My budget is right around 1000. The parts that will not be needed are a monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Intel Core I5 2500K

GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Samsung 830 SSD 64GB
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

WD caviar green 2TB

Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 (2 4GB)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PC power and cooling Silencer 760 Watt ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Hauppauge win-tv-hvr 2250

NZXT H2 Classic Silent Mid Tower ATX
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Windows 7 64bit professional

Samsung SH-B123L Blue Ray drive


I know that the PSU is overkill but i am looking for a real quite PSU and this one had good reviews. Does anyone have any suggestions or comments for me to tweak this build? Thank You in advance.

More about : htpc build

December 30, 2011 11:28:23 AM

What's your video source (Cable/Satellite/OTA)? If it's cable or satellite, do you require a set top box from the provider? If so, look at getting a cablecard TV Tuner solution rather than the Hauppauge. If not, then the Hauppauge Win-TV-HVR 2250 is a good choice.

Personally, I'm not a fan of on-board graphic solutions, but since Microcenter is just down the street from you, you can give on-board a try and if it's not to your liking, then get a low-end graphics card.

-Wolf sends
m
0
l
December 30, 2011 2:16:09 PM

My video source is the Cable company and i am going to get a Ceton cable card tuner in the future to get my encrypted channels. Is there a problem with the Intel 3000 intergrated graphics for watching TV? I am not going to be playing games on the computer.
m
0
l
Related resources
December 30, 2011 2:54:27 PM

As I said, I'm not a fan of the on-board solutions. I've heard too many stories about, "they claim it works for HD content" only to hear "HD Content playback is stuttering" from people who use it. Then again, others say it works fine for them. Personally, I've never tried it, so I can't say yeah or nay. Hence the suggestion to give on-board a try and see if it works for you. Since you have the Microcenter right there, it's easy enough for you to go pick up a graphics card (rather than waiting a few days for Newegg to deliver).

-Wolf sends
m
0
l
December 30, 2011 10:17:28 PM

Would anyone reccomend a different power supply? I will be getting all of my parts tomorrow from Micro Center at the MD rockville store. I need it to be quite and around 500W.
m
0
l
!