$650 (or less) HTPC

Hey everyone, been reading here for years finally just signed up. Looking to build an HTPC, going to run some linux distro + MythTV and start there. Looking to buy this weekend, here is what I have come up with so far, definitely looking for advice for anything I could/should cut or beef up. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

Budget Range: 600-800, although if I can do what I want under 600 it would be preferred.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Living room media center only.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, cables
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Indifferent.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: OS will be Ubuntu, Red Hat or some Linux derivative, which will be running MythTV. Future upgrades will include additional hard drives likely set up in some RAID configuration, and a second tuner. I will be capturing/outputting in HD when available as an option. Down the road, this might be transformed into primarily a backend if I get around to building lightweight frontends, but for now quiet matters a little bit as it will be sitting in the living room.

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nMediaPC Case HTPC 6000B ($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204037

ASUS M4A88T-M Mobo ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103940

Crucial 2x4GB DDR3 1333 Memory ($40)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148347

Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-DB 450W ($35)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182022

Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB ($160)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245

Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Tuner ($110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116037

LG Black Blu-Ray UH12LS28 ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232

Total: $650
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  1. Nearly my identical rig except for the tuner, case, and PSU. I have the Hauppauge USB stick as I only record old reruns from one local channel. The rest of my watching is done via the browser or DVD. I also opted for the phenom II x4 840 which is the same chip only different model number they used to sell to HP.

    Your CPU does not come with a cooler so you will need one of those. Mine might be a bit tall for you case, but I have heard these are pretty good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835226047

    In general I do not use cheap quality PSU's although they will usually work fine on low powered rigs. The issue beyond electrical quality is they generally use cheap fans especially in the 80mm size. That particular one is also very inefficient these days(~65%), which menas it uses low grade components. It is also way more power than you need in this case which would not really be an issue on 80 Plus Certified or better units.

    At any rate, what I would suggest is something like this. Very high quality and effieciancy, quiet, and more than enough power. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151086

    Lastly, you might want to double check to make sure that onboard 4250 video will do full 1080p. I remember when I looked it up on the AMD site, it was a bit ambiguous on that point. I am thinking it only does 1080i, but I could be wrong. I wound up getting a 32" 720p Sony anyway, so the point was moot for me.
  2. zdanmu said:
    Hey everyone, been reading here for years finally just signed up. Looking to build an HTPC, going to run some linux distro + MythTV and start there. Looking to buy this weekend, here is what I have come up with so far, definitely looking for advice for anything I could/should cut or beef up. Thanks in advance.

    Approximate Purchase Date: This weekend

    Budget Range: 600-800, although if I can do what I want under 600 it would be preferred.

    System Usage from Most to Least Important: Living room media center only.

    Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, cables
    Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

    Country: United States

    Parts Preferences: Indifferent.

    Overclocking: No

    SLI or Crossfire: No

    Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

    Additional Comments: OS will be Ubuntu, Red Hat or some Linux derivative, which will be running MythTV. Future upgrades will include additional hard drives likely set up in some RAID configuration, and a second tuner. I will be capturing/outputting in HD when available as an option. Down the road, this might be transformed into primarily a backend if I get around to building lightweight frontends, but for now quiet matters a little bit as it will be sitting in the living room.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    nMediaPC Case HTPC 6000B ($70)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204037

    ASUS M4A88T-M Mobo ($80)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131657

    AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz ($95)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103940

    Crucial 2x4GB DDR3 1333 Memory ($40)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148347

    Rosewill Stallion Series RD450-2-DB 450W ($35)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182022

    Samsung EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB ($160)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245

    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Tuner ($110)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116037

    LG Black Blu-Ray UH12LS28 ($60)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136232

    Total: $650


    I just change the CPU & MOBO

    CPU -> Intel Core i5-2400 $190

    Motherboard -> ASRock H61M/U3S3 $70
  3. You are replacing his 175$ combo, with 260$ one? Insane. I would rather go the A6-3500, tri core, great on chip integrated graphics, will do, what you are looking for. GL!!
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