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February 15, 2013 8:32:16 PM

I am working on a shopping list for a HTPC. I really want this to run WMC so I can DVR and watch Hulu, netflix, and AmazonVOD. I already have Win7 pro available.

I have large networked HDD and would be keeping any permanent storage elsewhere that is why a small SSD.

I already own a HDHomerun dual tuner so no tuner should be needed.

I am most conserned that everything will work together. I don't know anything about psu or motherboards. Which might be obvious by the parts listed.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DKEg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DKEg/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/DKEg/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Mac Connection)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $472.67

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February 15, 2013 10:21:27 PM

Hello again bg. That looks like an excellent HTPC build. You could go smaller on the PSU, and you may want to go for a blu-ray drive that comes with playback software, but I really have nothing else to offer. Looks like you've taken the forum advice to heart.
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February 15, 2013 10:29:59 PM

^ integrating what he said

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($48.79 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Agility 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.95 @ Mac Connection)
Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $432.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-15 19:27 EST-0500)

In terms of Blu Ray playback you could try something like VLC but its not really my things so :p 
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February 15, 2013 10:30:03 PM

EDIT: Double post
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February 15, 2013 10:30:07 PM

EDIT: Double post
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February 15, 2013 10:38:18 PM

Actually, I think this is the blu-ray drive you're looking for. The one Stickmansam linked to only shows it includes burning software (Power2Go 6). This Lite-On drive includes Cyberlink's BD Solution which includes play-back software:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-Wolf sends
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February 16, 2013 10:41:17 AM

It's a good quality power supply, but I don't see why you'd spend $46 on that PSU when the $27 Corsair Stickmansam linked to is of equal quality and is more powerful. I get that you don't need that much power, but it's not going to hurt anything by having it.

-Wolf sends
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February 22, 2013 11:14:01 PM

Best answer selected by bgwalker.
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