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August 22, 2012 1:39:09 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Now

Budget Range: Around 300-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Streaming HD Content, File Server, Blu-Ray playback, Record OTA (future upgrade but looking for recommendations)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Need everything but a Blu-Ray drive. I also have a 1.5 TB Green drive. I was thinking about getting a small SSD for the OS.

Do you need to buy OS: No. XBMC or WMC (whichever would work best)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or Amazon

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Parts Preferences: Whatever is the best

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p via HDMI

Additional Comments: Lowest noise and power consumption would be just swell.

Case - Thermaltake Element Q VL52021N2U Black SGCC / Plastic Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case 200W SFX Power Supply - $65

MOBO - ASRock A75M-ITX FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard - $90

CPU/GPU - AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core - $85

RAM - Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $27

HDD - Open to suggestions. Looking for a cheap/small capacity SSD for just the OS for quicker boot times

I am at $267 without the SSD drive

TV Tuner - Not included in the budget at this time but some help would still be appreciated. I know absolutely nothing about TV Tuners. I want to be able to record Live OTA.

Remote - Could I use something like flirc.tv to control my OS and TV Tuner or should I be looking elsewhere? I have a Viera TV and Pansonic speakers that both use my TV Remote. The less remotes the better.

I've had very little exposure to WMC or XBMC. Which would work best in this instance?

Thanks for any help guys!

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August 22, 2012 1:48:32 PM

Looks like a decent build to me. I use a 60GB Corsair Nova in my HTPC, it's SATA II but snappy enough for what the system is designed for.

I use WMC with a plug-in called Media Browser; it's very popular for DIY home media stuff. I tried XBMC and didn't get along with it personally, but I believe it is also very good.
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August 22, 2012 2:14:29 PM

So I just read up some more on this case plus CPU and it sounds like it won't fit with the included heat sink. There is only 5 centimeters clearance for the heat sink under the PSU.

Anyone have a recommendation for a similar case?
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