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August 17, 2012 3:18:44 AM

Looking through some spare parts I've acquired over the last year and thinking I might put together a DVR/HTPC. I don't have cable/satellite, so this would primarily serve as a DVR for broadcast TV and probably some music streaming.

Approximate Purchase Date: now (from newegg or Microcenter.)

Budget Range: No real budget, but trying to do it on the cheap

System Usage from Most to Least Important: record and playback OTA tv

Are you buying a monitor: No (Playback on 55" LG LED TV)

This is what I have:

Biostar A780L3B (AMD, 95 watt max processor)
Radeon HD5450
ATI TV Wonder tuner / remote
4GB RAM
1TB HDD
Windows 7 (Media Center)

Needed:
Processor
Power Supply
Maybe Case, but I like to build PCs into furniture, so...
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Questions:
1. What processor would you recommend? Thinking about Athlon II X3 or A4 Llano
2. What's a good power supply choice? I'm a fan of the Corsair Builder Series, but 430 watts seems overkill.
3. Anything I haven't thought of? I have a 3D Bluray player, so don't need that capability here.
4. Have I lost my mind or will this work? Any problems outputting quality HD to the TV from this setup?

Appreciate any input.

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August 17, 2012 3:51:26 AM

2 - any PS that is Silver, at least Bronze certified will do
3 - control?
4- How far will the distance from the machine to your TV be?
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August 17, 2012 4:01:20 AM

dingo07 said:
2 - any PS that is Silver, at least Bronze certified will do
3 - control?
4- How far will the distance from the machine to your TV be?



3. I'm hoping the tuner remote will handle most of the control functions. I do have a wireless keyboard/mouse I can use if it comes to that.
4. 4ft HDMI cable from the PC up through the wall to TV outlet. 1ft cable from wall outlet to TV.
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August 17, 2012 5:33:08 AM

A4 Llano is FM1 socket cpu so wont fit that board
i used a Silverstone ML03 Black Slim HTPC Case for my htpc build
with a Silverstone ST45SF 450W SFX power supply
slim line looks nice in my tv stand but downside need low profile cards
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