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August 19, 2012 6:16:34 PM

I want to build a cheap system (no more than $350 cdn) for a theater system with XBMC.

I need a blue-ray disc player,
a graphics card that can do 3D blue-ray playback,
Ram any,
motherboard any,
hard drive Preferably SSD (Don't need much space enough for OS and XBMC, some music, movies will be streamed from external 2tb or wifi),
cpu any,
HDMI out,
wifi card,
NO OS needed.
case I'd like a HTPC or small, (something aesthetically pleasing like a dvd or blue-ray player)

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August 19, 2012 7:53:55 PM

I don't recommend using a PSU that comes with a case, They are generally very low quality. Also, that memory module states that it is a 204-pin SO-DIMM and the motherboard uses 240 pin DIMMS. They are not compatible. The memory picture looks like a DIMM, but the description clearly states otherwise and is more likely to be correct than the picture.
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August 19, 2012 8:08:43 PM

blazorthon said:
I don't recommend using a PSU that comes with a case, They are generally very low quality. Also, that memory module states that it is a 204-pin SO-DIMM and the motherboard uses 240 pin DIMMS. They are not compatible. The memory picture looks like a DIMM, but the description clearly states otherwise and is more likely to be correct than the picture.


I thought is said 240 pin. I'm a bit dyslexic sometimes. Also the only reason I suggested a case with a PSU is because if you are going under like $450 that is often your only option.
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August 19, 2012 8:12:33 PM

lt_dan_zsu said:
I thought is said 240 pin. I'm a bit dyslexic sometimes. Also the only reason I suggested a case with a PSU is because if you are going under like $450 that is often your only option.


With MIR, Corsair's excellent 430w PSU is $25 with free shipping at newegg.com

I don't know if that's not an option for OP because of area, but there's probably a similar deal in other places too.
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August 19, 2012 9:09:13 PM

The problem you're going to run into is the Blu-Ray player. It requires software in order to play back Blu-Ray discs. Not sure if you took that into consideration, but here in the US, that usually adds $100 to the budget.

-Wolf sends
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August 19, 2012 9:14:39 PM

You should be able to just use something like VLC (does it have Blu-Ray support yet?). There is free software for Blu-Ray movies, although I don't know for sure what supports what. Heck, many Blu-Ray players even throw in a free copy of proprietary software that plays Blu-Ray movies and other Blu-Ray TV.
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August 19, 2012 10:24:09 PM

I'm installing xbmc on top of windows 7 pro, doesn't windows 7 support encrypted bd playback?
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August 19, 2012 10:36:00 PM

I don't think that Windows 7 supports Blu-Ray playback by default. I don't thinkthat it even supports DVD playback by default except with WMP and it doesn't support Blu-Ray, although maybe there is a codec for it.
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August 20, 2012 1:53:14 AM

Well then I might have to get AnyDvd HD or some other similar software to decode it on the spot. That adds about $120 to the price.
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