$1000 HTPC

The only thing I have picked out is my case. I want to have my storage in the same case as my playback hardware.

I use a Onkyo TX-SR607 (7.1 onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding) for audio and selecting inputs to my 58" Panasonic 720P plasma.

I want to pass the audio format through the CPU and I want a video GPU that will allow me to set the resolution of my TV 1366X786. I have had trouble with onboard Intel GPU that is why I mentioned that.

I have a couple of SSD hard drives and enough spinning drives to get started. Plan on JBOD storage. It's just movies and music after all.

Two tuner cards, the old ones from several years ago. Can't remember the name off hand. But I think the are old PCI. I will post that later today.

Windows 7 Ultimate for the OS which I already have.

I guess Bluray drive would be OK.

I want reliable long lived hardware. I keep my hardware a long time.

I don't plan on much encoding but would like the capability to encode in an expeditious manner.

So that adds up to PS, video card or onboard video, ATX mobo, cpu, and ram I think.

Help me out please.
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  1. Best answer
    Silverstone makes some really solid HTPC cases. But if you want another one to consider maybe check out the Fractal Design Node 605.

    Try this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Node 605 HTPC Case ($177.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($94.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
    Total: $945.90
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-27 14:11 EST-0500)

    Here's another case to consider (same one I have) :
  2. The i5-3570k will do with the intel hd 4000, and you'll have a good cpu for encoding too.
    Here's the list :
    ^ get the bluray drive in newegg, not in outlet pc.

    Get the ram here :
    PSU :
    And the cpu for less :
  3. djangoringo said:
    The i5-3570k will do with the intel hd 4000, and you'll have a good cpu for encoding too.
    Here's the list :
    ^ get the bluray drive in newegg, not in outlet pc.

    Get the ram here :
    PSU :
    And the cpu for less :

    The problem with OEM blu ray burners is that the playback software costs an extra $100. I usually just wind up watching movie files from iTunes on mine.
  4. This is my latest build. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on this. Expandable, powerful, quiet, efficient, and good looking.

    CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $223.79

    Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V PRO ATX LGA1155 $199.99

    Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 $45.48

    Case Silverstone SST-GD07B (Black) HTPC $158.96

    Power Supply Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V $89.24

    Optical Drive Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $59.99
  5. Best answer selected by sundy58.
  6. Final build:

    1 x ($229.99) Intel Core i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I53570K

    1 x ($199.99) ASUS P8Z77-V PRO LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    1 x ($139.99) SILVERSTONE Black Aluminum / Steel Grandia Series SST-GD07B ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

    1 x ($94.99) Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-650 650W Continuous @ 50°C, 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active - PFC Power Supply

    1 x ($79.99) ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS

    1 x ($42.99) Kingston HyperX Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8

    2 x ($10.99) Silverstone Model CP06 60mm + 43mm + 43mm + 43mm Four-in-one SATA Power Connectors with Power Stabilizing Capacitors

    1 x ($15.99) Optical Quantum 25GB 6X BD-R 10 Packs Disc Model OQBDR06LT-10


    1 x ($-15.99) DISCOUNT FOR AUTOADD #77824

    Subtotal: $805.52
    Tax: $0.00
    Shipping and Handling: $16.13
    Total Amount: $821.65
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