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Looking to put together a HTPC for OTA DVR

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January 25, 2012 2:00:55 PM

Hi. This thread contains a pretty good starting point for what I envision for a HTPC I want to build for DVR purposes, recording from an antenna rather than cable or satellite.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1Q2012, maybe a month later
Budget Range: Around USD$800
System Usage from Most to Least Important: DVR from OTA, Netflix, Pandora
Parts Not Required: No monitor needed, no OS needed
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Prefer newegg.com, but flexible
Country: USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 720 or 1080 on HDTV
Additional Comments: Prefer quiet, will be on 24x7, will serve recordings w/xbox 360, wired ethernet

Initial parts I have in mind:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115076

MB: ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131711

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

SSD (OS only): OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227393

HDD (DVR recordings): Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

CASE: nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum / Acrylic / Steel HTPC 5000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204035

Tuner Card/Remote: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Media Center Kit Dual TV Tuner 1213 PCI-Express x1 Interface
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116036

Kbd/mouse: VisionTek Candyboard 900319 Black 69 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Mini Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823852001

Comes to $870, but I'm willing to wait a couple months for the mechanical HDD prices to soften a little. Will the onboard graphics be suitable? Am I missing anything?

Thanks! :p 

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January 27, 2012 2:36:30 PM

*bump*

No advice?

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January 27, 2012 7:45:05 PM
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Advice? mmm You have done your homework dude, theres not much the people here can tell you hahaha. But I suggest you Looking at this Cpu.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I got this for my htpc because the cooler its really silent and its 65w only, no regrets with this one work like a champ.

About that case..... i have the same case, bought from neweeg ******* fans Came broken, and the box was fully sealed lol.., and you realize that even when the pic have a lcd, the case dont come with it...-.- sigh u made me remember a Bad Day.
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January 27, 2012 7:48:45 PM

Ok, the CPU. The i3-2100 will be more than enough for an HTPC, and it's cheaper. I recommend the Antec EArthWAtts PSUs, try the 600W model, 430 is a bit tight.
February 1, 2012 3:48:03 PM
February 13, 2012 11:22:53 AM

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