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February 10, 2013 9:15:50 PM

I am building a HTPC to act as my DVR. I have done tons of research and I've decided to go with Intel LGA1155 Sandy Bridge. I want to be able to record/watch live tv to 3 tvs using wmc extenders. My budget is 700 including OS and Cable Tuner.

Here's what I have so far. If you have any suggestions or a build that's better I'm definitely open. I'm trying to purchase by the end of the day tomorrow so I dont have the time to wait for better deals.

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DL004 / HD105SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99

Ceton InfiniTV 4 Quad-tuner Card for Watching Digital Cable TV on the PC, PCI-Express x1 Interface $199.99

Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G - OEM $7.99

BIOSTAR TZ77B LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $99.99

Intel Celeron G540 Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G540 $49.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99

ENERMAX UC-8EB 80mm Case Fan $13.98

ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $59.99

APEX DM-317-A Black/ Silver Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply $49.99

Total- $705.37 after taxes and shipping

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February 10, 2013 9:54:08 PM

Your link isn't working so for any others who wish to help, here's the correct link to use...

I've never built an HTPC but here are a few suggestions...

MOBO/CPU combo

You chose a MicroATX case but a standard ATX board so I doubt it would have fit plus you don't need a Z77 board unless you're going to OC the CPU and judging by the Celeron you weren't. I never choose AMD over Intel but with your budget and the purpose of this, I'd go with the combo above with a Micro-ATX board and an AMD CPU with build-in graphics (APU).

I would NEVER pick a hard drive with less than 7200 RPM...

My changes only add $20 to your existing total and will make a huge difference.