Budget HTPC ($300-400)

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week or next

Budget Range: $300-400, including tax and shipping and after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: DVR (MythTv or similar), Netflix Streaming, ripping, storing and viewing DVDs and/or pictures, storing Wii games. Possibly also watchESPN app (ESPN3) if I can ever figure out a way to get it through Time Warner, or maybe even playing arcade games (MAME)

Monitor: 36" HDTV

Cable / Satellite: I have just over the air tv. No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: wherever is fine

Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA

Parts Preferences: no strong preference

Miscellaneous: I have no parts other than the TV though I could probably scrounge a mouse / keyboard

I'm trying to build a fairly low budget HTPC. As you can see, we don't have a super high end TV, nor do we watch a ton of TV. Mostly looking to be able to DVR, as well as store and play some of our media.

Any advice appreciated.
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  1. Okay after a bit more research, here is a first draft for comments - list also available at http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hQ6E

    CPU: Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz Dual-Core Processor
    $43.99 @ Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005LTU54Q/?tag=pcpapi-20

    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
    $69.99 @ Newegg - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    RAM: Kingston Valueram DDR3 1333 4 GB SDRAM Memory Module 4 (2-2GB)
    $21.74 @ Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0074VVNLS/?tag=pcpapi-20

    SSD: Crucial 64GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive
    $68.95 @ B&H - http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/768798-REG/Crucial_CT064M4SSD2_64GB_m4_SSD_2_5_.html
    (I also see it for $68.99 @ Amazon where I'd probably buy it)

    Storage: Western Digital 2 TB WD Green SATA III Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive
    $99.98 @ Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004VFJ9MK/?tag=pcpapi-20

    Case: Black Micro ATX12V Desktp 220W with DVD Rom Fdd Hidden Bay Covers
    $38.99 @ Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FIQBNW/?tag=pcpapi-20

    DVD Drive: LG DVD Burner 24X
    $16.99 @ Newegg - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136247&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    Tuner card: Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250
    $95 including tax @ Walmart (!) - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hauppauge-1229-WinTV-HVR-2250-TV-Tuner/13215046?ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=13215046&sourceid=1500000000000003142050

    Total is $455.63 though this does not include any OS (talking with a buddy that works for Microsoft to see if he has any deals on Windows) nor any keyboard / mouse / remote (are there ports to temporarily use a regular USB keyboard / mouse?) as well as any cables (or do those usually come with the parts?)

    Any suggestions on how to drop the price any? I know I could skimp a bit on the storage (especially if I choose not to get a SSD) but I'm not sure if that's worth it. Seems silly to pay $59 for a 500GB or $79 for a 1TB when you can buy a 2TB drive for $99....
  2. Drop the SSD. It's looks like your case can only has a single hard drive bay anyway.

    I'd probably opt for the same TV Tuner Card but with a remote control for only a few bucks more.

    -Wolf sends
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